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Why New Construction Homes are More Energy Efficient vs. Older Homes

Categories: Home Buying Tips, New Home Tips | Posted: October 13, 2021

If you are in the market for a new construction energy efficient home in the suburbs north of Philadelphia,, consider the option of a new construction home in Bucks County, PA. Many of these properties are ideal for buyers looking to save money on bills while reducing their carbon footprint.

Houses constructed by highly-respected builders, such as Hallmark Homes Group, offer several advantages over older homes. These newer properties involve the latest techniques for insulation, air flow and climate control while featuring state-of-the-art appliances and eco-friendly energy sources.

Save Money on Energy Costs

Over the last 20 years, manufacturers of building materials have learned what causes a home to leak temperature-treated air to the outside while letting unwanted outdoor air inside. By using the latest building standards, insulating techniques and airtight, multi-pane windows — new homes can be built to resist this. In older houses, inefficient air loss is caused by gaps which gradually develop in the building’s foundation, walls, ceiling and attic. As interior air escapes from these small openings, a vacuum effect is created which draws in air from the outside.

New Homes Have Updated Heating & Cooling

Just like the roof on an old house, heating and cooling systems in older homes can leak temperature-treated air through cracks and holes on aging ductwork. This is especially important in areas with warm summers and cool winters, such as Pennsylvania. New construction homes commonly feature the latest innovations in conduit for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). These systems maximize air flow while minimizing leakage, which saves on how much energy is needed to cool and heat your home. Less use of energy can add up to significant savings over time while creating fewer carbon emissions.

Control the Energy in Your New Home Easily

Effectively managing indoor temperatures is another energy efficient feature of newer homes. In an older home, the furnace or AC unit may be inadvertently left running while the house is unoccupied or throughout the night while people are asleep. This consumes unnecessary energy which can contribute to high monthly utility bills. However, thermostats and air conditioning units in newer homes are equipped with smart technology that can reduce energy use by maintaining ideal temperatures only when the home is occupied. Accessible remotely from apps on a smart device, these units can be programmed far in advance to maintain ideal temperatures year round.

Enjoy Modern Energy Efficient Innovations

Another set of factors which makes new homes more energy efficient than older houses are state-of-the-art appliances. Cutting edge builders, such as Hallmark, install dishwashers, refrigerators, laundry units and water heaters in all of their new builds. These features are designed for maximum output while using minimal energy. This can add up to hundreds of dollars in annual savings while lowering household carbon emissions.

Make Energy Saving Upgrades With Ease

There are several simple ways in which residential properties can be optimized for energy efficiency. During the build you can speak to your builder to make upgrades or upgrades can be done as a series after the home is built. These can be implemented with a modest investment — which can be rewarded many times over with long-term savings and eco-friendly benefits:

  1. Additional insulation in attics and crawl spaces
  2. Multi-pane windows
  3. Airtight ductwork
  4. Smart heating and cooling technology
  5. Energy-efficient kitchen and laundry appliances
  6. Solar panels and other alternative energy sources

There are many benefits of choosing a residential property built and designed with state-of-the-art energy efficiency. Contact us to learn more about all the advantages which await you in a newly-built Hallmark home.

Seven Important Questions You Need to Ask Your Home Builder

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Customized homes, Questions to Ask Home Builders | Posted: September 23, 2021

As a future homeowner, you will soon begin the exciting process of seeking out the perfect floor plan, an ideal location and — most importantly — the right builder.

The company you choose to work with will largely determine the quality of your home buying experience. To make sure you are working with the right people, it is critical that you go into the situation equipped with the right questions. This way, you can determine the company’s experience, qualification, level of success and their degree of professional integrity. In addition, this approach lets you know how other customers feel about their products and services. Plus, you will learn about their building procedures and whether they can accommodate your requests for customization.

How long have you been building in this area?

A worthwhile company will have ample knowledge of the local community as well as the seasonal patterns of the area. This way, they can build homes perfectly suited for seasonal climate changes and tailored to the preferences of folks who choose to live in Pennsylvania. If you are interested in new construction homes in Bucks County, PA, Hallmark Homes Group is the premier residential construction company in the region. Hundreds of their customers are currently enjoying gorgeous homes located in quality neighborhoods across the county.

What are your professional qualifications?

Hiring a company with experienced executives, licensed architects, capable supervisors and reputable contractors will be critical to the quality of your finished home. It is highly advisable to choose a builder with plenty of recently-finished homes in the area which you can see in person at any time. If you request to see professional documentation which validates the builder’s enterprise, it should be offered without hesitation.

What are some of your past homebuilding successes?

A worthwhile company should be able to personally show you photos, videos and in-person tours of current job sites, model homes and finished houses. Hallmark is currently building several neighborhoods of new construction homes throughout PA which are distinguished by an array of distinct company homes designs which have proven to be favorites across the region.

How does your company conduct business on a daily basis?

Another key feature of a reliable construction company is their level of professionalism. Ideally, this question should be directed at the company sales representative you will be working with. They should assure you that emails, phone calls and texts will be answered promptly and that all communications will be clear, confidential and to the point. It should be apparent that all personnel are going about daily business with professionalism, honesty and integrity.

Can you provide a list of references?

A reputable builder will have a list of people who have recently bought homes who can attest to the quality of the company’s work. This is non-negotiable, as a builder who could not make past buyers happy is quite likely to keep disappointing customers. On the other hand, a successful company like Hallmark will have dozens of happy homeowners who can’t wait to tell you that you have chosen the right builder.

How are your homes environmentally friendly?

Most current building techniques follow the idea that new homes should be eco-friendly, not only in how they are built, but in what sort of appliances and amenities are installed in the house. It is important to work with a builder who uses the latest insulating techniques and construction materials which are Energy Star Certified — meaning they are designed for energy efficiency and can help you save money on bills while reducing your carbon footprint.

Do you customize?

Buying a new construction home offers the unique opportunity to customize according to your specific needs. This step of the interviewing process will determine if your builder is willing to put in the extra effort to create your home with the right add-ons, options, color schemes and finishing features that will make it truly unique.

Going into the home buying process with the right questions in mind can help you find the company that is perfect for you. Contact us to learn more about homes created by a team of professionals who are ready to answer your every inquiry.

How to Determine Wants Vs. Needs in Your New Construction Home

Categories: Home Buying Tips, New Home Tips | Posted: September 15, 2021

As a new homebuyer, you are no doubt considering the most important features and amenities to choose for your new home. Oftentimes, the best way to decide between what you want (but can live without) and what you truly need can be done by listing your top concerns, defining them as either a want or a need and then making your decision from there.

If you’re like most folks preparing to buy a house, some of your top concerns are location, layout, number of bedrooms, kitchen size, essential amenities, master suite options and a home office. Here are a few strategies for putting these features and amenities into perspective so that you can prioritize what you want in relation to what you need.

How Important is the Location of Your New Home?

For many people, buying a house in an ideal location is an essential need — as it is very important to live near work, within top school districts and close to relatives. If these or other similar reasons have you shopping for new construction homes in Bucks County PA, Hallmark Homes Group specializes in high-quality neighborhoods full of gorgeous, newly-built residential properties that you might be interested in.

Open Floor Plan – Want or Need?

Certain aspects of your home’s layout can be defined as necessities, such as the number of bedrooms for each family member and having enough overall space for the size of your family. If a large great room for gatherings and daily activities is important to you, an open-concept floor plan, which combines all of the shared areas into one dynamic space could be considered a need as well. Additional features such as vaulted ceilings and a basement rec room could be classified as “wants” if you know you’ll be fine without them.

Larger Kitchen – Want or Need?

If preparing numerous daily meals and having family dinner every night is important to you, a large kitchen with plenty of counter space and room to move around is certainly a need. This feature is common in open-concept designs, especially those offered by Hallmark. Many of our new construction home designs feature spacious kitchens which overlap into the great room and dining areas — offering plenty of room for cooking, gathering and quality group time.

Owners Suite – Want or Need?

Many buyers look forward to purchasing a home that will reward all of their hard work with a quiet, private place for some true relaxation. If this is you, a lavish owner’s suite is definitely a need rather than a want. If you suppose you might enjoy a spa-like master bath, private sitting room and plenty of square footage for relaxation — but you are pretty sure you can do without all of that — this amenity is more of a want than a need.

Home Office – Want or Need?

If you are an independent business owner, an entrepreneur or working in any number of careers which allow you to work from home, a home office should be considered a need. If you work outside the home but you think a study might be nice for nights and weekends, this feature could be considered more of a want.

Think it Over

Essential amenities and extra features can require some practical decision making. For example, a two-car garage, laundry room, dishwasher and walk-in pantry could be considered needs. Meanwhile, a lavish owner’s suite, patio hot tub, vaulted ceilings and walk-in closets may fall more under the “I want it but I can live without it” category. These decisions may require a family discussion, but in some cases, you may be able to get all the features you desire.

Hallmark Can Help you Have Everything You Want and Need in Your New Home

Deciding what features and amenities your future home will include is an important part of the buying process. Contact us to learn more about properties which can include every feature you need, as well as the amenities you want.

Fall Activities Surround Hallmark’s New Homes in Bucks County

Categories: Things to do in Bucks County | Posted: September 15, 2021

Residents who are moving into a new construction community have so much to do, from exploring every detail of their new home to heading out and getting to know the surroundings area.

There are few things in life more satisfying than experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn as you step out of your new Hallmark Homes Group home in Bucks County, PA. The weather is cool, leaves are falling, and there are a wealth fun-filled activities in the area for residents to enjoy over the next few weeks.

From family-friendly Halloween events at a local historic farm to taking a driving tour of various haunted houses around the area, there’s something to do for kids and adults of all ages. Below are six favorite fall events Bucks County has to offer that will provide hours of entertainment and enjoyment for the entire family.

FallFest at Shadybrook Farm

FallFest is a family-friendly event celebrating all things fall and featuring a plethora of fun things to do, such as a 5-acre corn maze, pumpkin picking, and wagon rides. After you and the little ones have worked up an appetite, you can indulge your sweet tooth with spooky snacks such as kettle corn, funnel cake, and many other holiday-themed treats.

For older kids, the Alien Encounter and Barn of Horror offer up ample spooky scenes with ghoulish props (but no worries–no live actors!). There’s also live music on the weekends and bonfire pits where you can roast up some tasty s’mores.

In between the autumn excitement, take time to check out the Farm Market with sumptuous treats that are sure to add an old-fashioned flair to your festive fall season. Homemade nut butters, fresh baked pies, craft made cheeses and fresh milk in glass bottles are just a small part of a long list of local favorites.

Haunted Bucks County Driving Tour

Many ghostly tales, myths, and legends have cropped up since Bucks County was established in the year 1682. The Haunted Bucks County Driving Tour is a unique way to learn more about the history of the area and to experience local haunted places first-hand.

This self-driving tour features 20 different haunted locations scattered throughout the county. From Civil War soldiers said to haunt the local inn to tales of green orbs that float across the road at night, there’s no shortage of spooky places and locations that will put a chill down your spine.

The full driving tour takes around three hours, but you can pick and choose which of the 20 locations you’d like to stop and explore. The best part about this fall fun adventure is that you’ll get a chance be up close while learning about the rich history of Bucks County – of course, with a haunted twist.

Scarecrows in the Village

Every fall the popular Bucks County destination, Peddler’s Village, is bustling with a number of autumn-centric activities, one of which stands out for area residents as well as tourists around the world.

The ‘Scarecrows in the Village’ festival celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year. Organizations, artists and residents around the Philadelphia area compete in hopes of winning one of many honors in a variety of categories. These creative, crafty scarecrows appear in an array of multi-themed costumes and are positioned throughout the village to thrill, scare and delight visitors at every turn.

Take a break from the fun-filled activities to enjoy local shops and apple-themed food and drinks at all of the Village restaurants along with live entertainment on the weekends.

If time permits, visitors can add a ghostly twist to their visit and join the haunted walking tour to help solve a murder mystery at the ghoulish Homicide and Hauntings event each weekend.

Trick or Treat Train

All aboard the Trick or Treat Train at the New Hope Railroad! This 45-minute family-friendly train ride is a blast for kids and adults of all ages. You can choose from first-class or coach seating while your kids will enjoy participating in a live reading of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. They’ll also get the chance to sing along seasonal songs performed by the railroad musicians.

As your children board the train in their costumes, they’ll be given an official railroad trick or treat bag, various holiday-themed trinkets, and candy before you take your seat. This one-of-a-kind event is an excellent way for the entire family to celebrate Halloween while taking a ride on an authentic train!

The 2021 Fall Festival at Froehlich’s Farm

A massive pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a cow train are just two of the many fun things to do at the Fall Festival 2021 at Froehlich’s Farm. Once you arrive, you’ll find live music, bonfires, and a five-acre corn maze that will amaze and delight. The old-fashioned wagon ride will take you on a tour of the historic 107-acre farm as you take in the sights and smells of fall.

There’s also a local brewery for adults and more fun activities for kids of all ages worth checking out. Kids can discover excitement in every direction from creating their very own scarecrow and pony rides to exploring the hay maze and trying out their climbing skills at the hay pyramid climb. Plus, what better way to capture the thrills of the day with a fall family photo opportunity.

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the fall season on a Saturday or Sunday, this Bucks County, PA fall festival should be at the top of your list.

Sesame Place Halloween Spooktacular

Friday through Sunday from September 18th through November 7th, join Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, and the Count as they celebrate All Hallows Eve at the Sesame Place Halloween Spooktacular. The entire park will be transformed into a spooky (but not scary) family-friendly destination.

Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating around the entire park as their favorite Sesame Street characters pass out individually-wrapped treats. There are also several Halloween-themed shows, rides, and many fun activities such as pumpkin decorating, photo opportunities, and even a float parade!

Find Fall Fun in Bucks County PA

No matter what the season, there’s no shortage of fun things to do, which is just one of many reasons why so many people choose to live at Hallmark Homes Group’s well-located communities in Bucks County. Contact us today or stop by our offices to learn more.

Tips to Choose a Good Floor Plan for Your Lifestyle

Categories: Floor Plans, Home Buying Tips | Posted: August 25, 2021

There are more options today than ever before when it comes to home designs and layouts. Depending on the size of your family, future plans, individual needs, personal preferences and your unique sense of style, you can fine-tune your home’s floor plan to perfection.

Take Into Account the Size of Your Family

If you are raising children and have more on the way, a large, multi-story floor plan with plenty of bedrooms could be the right choice for you. Hallmark Homes Group specializes in expansive layouts that can include up to three or four rooms on the bedroom level. These areas of the floor plans also include two, three and even four bathrooms so that everyone in the family can enjoy convenience along with plenty of privacy. Plus, many of these modern layouts feature a main level study which can be customized into a guest suite for visiting family, friends or older kids who are home from school.

Enjoy Luxury at Home

As a hardworking homeowner, you can choose a floor plan with a luxurious master suite that is designed as a private retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These in-home amenities include large, spa-like bathrooms, walk-in closets, linen storage, dual vanity sinks, large showers and bathtubs, spacious sleeping quarters and areas with tray ceilings. Additionally, if you are shopping for new homes in Bucks County, you could opt to customize your master bedroom on the first floor with a private owner’s suite sitting area that overlooks a scenic outdoor space.

Have Your Master Bedroom on the Ground Floor

Another layout option for the owner’s quarters (that cater to privacy) is to choose a floor plan with a first floor master suite. This option is especially useful if you do not wish to walk up and down the stairs every day. With this layout option, you can have immediate access to your sleeping area while the second level contains the kids bedrooms and any other particular type of household noise. In the case of the Harrison side entry model at Mill Ridge, this option dedicates an entire wing of the ground floor to the master quarters and includes a huge walk-in closet, a large luxury bath and a private study suite.

Should You Opt for an In-Law Suite?

As baby boomers age, many families choose to have other members of the extended family move in with them rather than into an assisted living facility. This is especially true with large, close knit families who want their kids to be able to bond with the older generation. A first floor master suite can be designed as living quarters for your in-laws or a beloved aunt or uncle. Customizations can include special bathroom safety features, plenty of walk-in closet space and a bay window for a serene view of the backyard.

How Often Are You Entertaining Guests?

Depending on your recreational choices and home entertainment preferences, you can choose a layout with plenty of shared spaces for family movie nights and larger gatherings of guests for special events. Some of Hallmark’s floor plans include an open-concept layout which have overlapping areas on the first floor. This option blends the dining area, family room, kitchen and foyer into one extended space with a spacious feel that truly maximizes the interior square footage with useful areas rather than an unnecessary wall that takes up space and hinders verbal communication. Plus, these layouts include first floor dining areas and living rooms which can be customized and reimagined into private screening rooms, gaming areas or arts and crafts spaces.

Choosing the floor plan that is right for your family and lifestyle is an important part of the home buying process. Contact us to learn more about modern layouts and designs which can be tailored for your families specific needs.

The Most Popular Kitchen and Bathroom Features Among New Homebuyers

Categories: New Home Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: August 16, 2021

One of the most exciting things about buying a new home is being able to personally design your kitchen and bathrooms.

Your builder will no doubt offer standard features, but as the purchaser of a new property, you can upgrade and customize with the latest innovations in home fixtures and decor.

If you are shopping for new homes in Bucks County, PA, Hallmark Homes Group is known specifically for accommodating buyers down to the smallest detail during the customization phase. This company is the premier builder of single family homes in the region and is renowned for creating gorgeous homes within quality neighborhoods.

Current Home Customization Favorites

Today, the most popular features for kitchens are double sinks, walk-in pantries, kitchen islands and granite/stone countertops. Additionally, bathrooms are being personalized with customized versions of classic features such as linen closets, shower stalls and tubs, double vanities and private toilet compartments.

Kitchen Optimizations

Most people agree that the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house — so every choice that helps save time, energy and space is a big help.

  • Double Sinks

The advantages of this customization begin with the practical benefits. You can use one side to wash dishes and the other side to rinse if you are looking to save water and energy by not running your dishwasher. When it comes to food preparation, you can wash vegetables on one side and peel them on the other — the side with the garbage disposal awaiting convenient usage. Double basins can also allow you to pre-soak heavily used cookware on one side while you use the other to prepare food, fill water pitchers and rinse lightly-used dishes.

  • Walk-in Pantries

This feature is the equivalent to a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. It allows organized storage of everyday needs, extra storage for larger items and appliances as well as easy access to every shelf level. Once you close the door, a large and varied array of food and accessories is separated from the kitchen at large — helping maintain a clean, orderly appearance.

These multi-purpose customizations are the centerpiece of any kitchen and serve as a meeting place, a dining table, a food prep area, an extra storage cabinet and much more. Most modern kitchens include an island that can be designed with features like a hand sink for prepping food and rinsing dishes, extendable countertops for extra surface area or lockable wheels for moving about the area.

  • Granite/Stone Countertops

The natural look of this customization choice adds an appealing visual texture to any kitchen. Once sealed, the material is moisture, heat and stain resistant while being super sturdy and surprisingly affordable. Natural stone countertops are perfectly flat, yet each one is made from a unique piece of stone — which adds value to your home.

Bathrooms Upgrades

Another of the most-used rooms in the house, your customizations in these areas can reflect your lifestyle, family size and how much storage you prefer.

  • Linen Closet in Master Bath

These are excellent options for storing toiletries, towels, extra bed coverings and countless other necessities for the entire household. Linen closets are finishing upgrades which can be installed by your builder at your request, especially if you are working with a company such as Hallmark — a builder known for installing personalized customizations for their clients.

  • Shower Stall and a Tub

A builder with a variety of floor plans can accommodate both a shower and a bathtub in the master bath and either or in the other bathrooms. A home which features both can appeal to those who love a nice, long soak as well as those who need a quick shower before they start their day.

  • Double Vanities

This customization is ideal for an owner’s suite bathroom with plenty of room for upgrades. A double vanity sink allows maximum use of counter space while allowing each sink and surrounding area to be personalized by those who use them. This option also works for a “jack and jill” bathroom on a bedroom floor which may be used by multiple family members every day.

  • Private Toilet Compartments

Speaking of multiple users, private toilet compartments allow a bathroom to be utilized by more than one person while maintaining privacy. This type of customization works for a master bath or a bedroom-wing bathroom and carries particular appeal for homeowners who prefer to keep showering and sink usage separate from other bathroom business.

Personalizing your kitchen and bathroom features is one of the great joys of designing a new home with a new construction home builder. Contact us to learn more about homes which can be fine-tuned with the latest innovations to fit your lifestyle and needs.

Features and Benefits of a Side Entry Garage

Categories: Customized homes, Floor Plans, Home Design Trends, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: July 23, 2021

Modern home designs include a host of exciting characteristics that optimize exterior beauty and the use of interior space. One of the most popular of these innovations is the side entry garage. If you are looking into new residential properties, you may have seen floor plans that include this feature, which is quickly becoming a popular choice for today’s homebuyers.

What is a Side Entry Garage?

A side entry garage, like a traditional front entry garage, is a primary feature of the ground level of a home. It is easily accessible from the driveway yet is mostly hidden from the front view of the house. It offers the same accessibility and convenience while enhancing curb appeal and overall aesthetic value of a home.

Take a Practical Approach to New Homes

A side entry garage, while an attractive design, can be an expensive remodel on an existing home. However, if you like this design and you happen to be shopping for new homes in Bucks County, PA, Hallmark Homes Group is well known for building gorgeous properties with side-entry garages. This option allows you to enjoy all the benefits of the side entry option without having to consider remodeling a previously-owned home or redesigning an existing floor plan that does not already include this feature.

Enhance The Curb Appeal of Your Home

A side entry garage allows the front facade of a home to present a continuous design theme without being interrupted by a large, retractable metal door. Front entry garages can be a distraction to what would otherwise be a symmetrical appearance. The side-entry option allows the garage to serve its purpose while allowing the front of the home to present a cleaner, more visually pleasing character with maximum curb appeal. This design also has a “lengthening” effect to the front of a home, which makes more of the property’s width apparent from the street.

Enjoy Functionality with Fashion

A side entry garage, while not visible from the front of the house, is still very much a primary feature of the ground floor. Rather than being accessed by a front driveway, however, it is accented by a driveway to the side of the house where cars enter from a lateral position rather than from straight ahead. At the front of the home where the garage door would normally be, are instead bay windows, stylish siding, complimentary trim and other features which match the other side of the front of the home for a more balanced presentation. Once inside the garage, the interior of the home can be accessed in the same way as with a front-entry garage while all the other features of convenience, security and protection from the elements are intact.

Does Hallmark Offer Floor Plans That Have Side Entry Garages?

As the premier new home builder in Bucks County, Hallmark has created four distinctive designs which are currently available in the Mill Ridge community.

The Roosevelt

This floor plan features a two-car side entry garage. It is positioned just off the dining room which is adjacent to the front porch entrance. The interior of the home is accessed from the garage through a side room with a closet that leads into the kitchen.

The Jackson

The side entry garage on this astute, majestic, two-story design sits behind the front facade which features three large windows that blend in with the opposite side of the house. The garage opens into the home through a mud room which leads into the family room, kitchen open-concept design area.

The Jefferson

This stately design features a two-car side entry garage option to be upgraded to a three car capacity. The garage space features a nook for additional storage and opens into the home through an entryway which leads into the breakfast/kitchen area just off the two-story family room.

The Harrison

This design features a side entry two-car garage that sits at the front of the floor plan opposite of the study with the front entrance stylishly offset in between. The garage sits behind a well-balanced facade featuring two large decorative widows. The interior space opens into the kitchen through a short hallway placed between the bathroom and the laundry.

Homes with side entry garages offer outstanding aesthetic appeal while maintaining all the functionality of traditional designs. Contact us to learn more about home designs with garages that enhance the overall appeal of the property.

Why Some of the Best New Homes in Bucks County, PA are at Mill Ridge

Categories: Bucks County, Bucks County Homes, Luxury homes, Mill Ridge, New Communities, New Home Community, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: July 12, 2021

If you are shopping for homes in the semi-rural region north of Philadelphia, consider the many advantages of the Mill Ridge community. The neighborhood is being sustainably built by Hallmark Homes Group along a tree-lined street which ends in a quiet cul-de-sac. The large plots of land provide ample room for growing families, plenty of privacy as well as the enhanced safety of being located on a non-thoroughfare street. The large homesites are spread across 56 acres of hillsides and fields — presenting comfortable living in a relaxed setting. Residents benefit from living near restaurants, shopping centers, public transit stations and important business centers. 

The Location is Close to Everything

Bucks County is home to many attractions and amenities. Residents of Mill Ridge can gain quick access to all through a well-connected network of major travel routes. Downtown Philadelphia can be reached in a mere 45 minutes while New York City is just an hour and-a-half away. Meanwhile, important cities in the region such as Harrisburg, Trenton, Allentown and Atlantic City are all relatively close as well — within a couple of hours. The area is perfect for executives and business professionals who want to be near essential centers for business and commerce.  

You Won’t Have to go Far to Find Something to Do

Award-winning and world-renowned educational institutions are also abundant in this region. Young people and adults alike can benefit from a wide variety of schools designed for specific areas of learning. These include hundreds of private primary education facilities as well as dozens of universities including several branches of Penn State. 

The area is also abundant with art galleries and museums offering in-depth experiences of important cultural topics. These include the James A Michener Art Museum, The Bucks County Children’s Museum, the County Theater in Doylestown, the Davis Library of the American Revolution, Fonthill Castle and the Mercer Museum. Residents of Mill Ridge can quickly reach financial institutions, libraries and other centers of business in minutes. In addition, the area offers a variety of historic bed and breakfasts for quaint weekend getaways. 

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy numerous parks and wildlife preserves including the Peace Valley Nature Center for nature hikes and Nockamixon State Park for fishing, sightseeing and water sports. Meanwhile, camping adventures along the Delaware River and alpine sports during the winter months are just 90 minutes away at the Poconos.

You Will Find an Extraordinary Selection of Home Designs

Some of the most gorgeous new homes in Bucks County are being built at Mill Ridge. The neighborhood already boasts some of Hallmark’s finest building achievements including the Roosevelt and Jefferson models as well as the Greenbrier and Monroe. Buyers of the remaining available lots can choose from many of the company’s innovative designs including the previously mentioned two as well as the Harrison.

The Greenbrier

This design welcomes residents with a two-story foyer which leads to four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a spacious living area and large chef-friendly kitchen. Amenities include luxury master’s suite, walk-in closets, private study, first floor laundry and much more. 

The Monroe

An achievement of elegant living, this design offers 3,742 square feet of family-friendly perfection including four bedrooms, a two-car garage and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms for children and guests. The two story family room with a dramatic “wall of windows” is perfect for entertaining with an adjacent guest suite as well as two separate staircases for directing household traffic.

The Harrison

This floor plan lays out 2,860 square feet of spacious living across two floors which includes a two-story foyer, a vaulted great room and private study. The design caters to owners who enjoy luxury, as the first floor master’s suite includes amenities such as soaking tub, double bowl sinks, separate shower, private commode and large walk-in closet.  

Rural living north of Philadelphia offers the best in luxury homes, modern amenities and family-friendly surroundings. Contact us to learn more about gorgeous homes built on breathtaking plots of land.  

Why New Construction Homes are a Good Investment

Categories: New Homes in Bucks County, Uncategorized | Posted: June 25, 2021

If you are thinking of buying residential property, you probably already know that real estate is one of the best investments out there. As a future homeowner, you may be wondering which is a better place for your money; a previously-owned house or a new construction home.

Buying a new home presents a distinct set of advantages. These benefits provide you with greater control over the location of your home and the type of house you buy while offering higher long-term value, a broader set of design choices and a more significant contribution to eco-friendly living.

Love The Location of Your New Home

Buying new allows you to work with a reputable company that constructs world-class houses in family-friendly neighborhoods. Hallmark Homes Group is well known for accommodating buyers who are looking for new construction homes in Bucks County. The staff works closely with clients to create the exact design they are looking for. After the design is chosen, they build your new home in an ideal location.

Choose From the Best

Buying an existing property means your selection of home designs is limited to what the market currently offers, unless you want to incur the additional costs of remodeling. Meanwhile, a new house, especially one from a builder with a wide variety of options, can provide you with every amenity imaginable. Hallmark features 8 distinct floor plans in the Mill Ridge community with breathtaking interiors, open-concept layouts and a vast array of custom finishes and fine-tuned options.

Watch Your Investment Grow

Buying a new home is a great way to save while watching your initial investment accrue value over time. A new house will not require you to spend money on repairs and upgrades for quite a few years. Routine maintenance costs will be minimal, plus you can enjoy the additional comfort of having a builder’s warranty in place for the first few years. Meanwhile, regardless of the financial markets or the economy, your property will almost certainly increase in value as time goes by.

Personalize Your Palace

As the initial owner, you can enjoy the luxury of working with the builder to create an ideal living situation for you and your family. This can include the color schemes of your choice, equipping a bedroom to be a nursery and designing a lower level to be guest or in-law quarters. Additionally, with Hallmark, the customizations at your disposal can be fine-tuned down to countertop finishes, hardwood floor types, carpet color, fixtures, wall sconces, landscape styles and much more.

Help the Environment

Older houses can require lots of energy to heat and cool due to poor or failing insulation and older building techniques which do not conserve energy. Meanwhile, modern building materials and techniques as well as the efficiency of appliances and air treatment systems are improving in step with the need to reduce a home’s carbon footprint. A new house allows you to reduce your effect on the climate by utilizing modern innovations designed for energy efficiency. These include your AC unit, furnace, stove, lighting fixtures and windows, among others.

Choosing to buy a new home rather than an existing property is a smart way to invest in real estate. Contact us to learn more about properties designed for rewarding, long-term living.

The Effortless Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Categories: DIY Home Projects, Home Maintenance | Posted: June 9, 2021

Routine maintenance is a great way to keep your house in tip-top condition — especially if you live in a place with dynamic seasonal weather. Here are a few key tasks for owners of new homes in Bucks County to focus on as part of a routine summertime plan.

Check Your Air Conditioning System

Air intake ports on AC units have filters that can become saturated with dust just after one season. It is ideal to check these every spring before turning on your cool air for the first time. If you used the AC heavily the previous year, you might consider checking the air ducts and vacuuming out any excess dust. You can also do the same with your furnace and heating ducts in preparation for the following fall/winter season.

Take A Long Look at Your Roof

Rain gutters on a new property — such as a home built by Hallmark Homes Group — will be flowing correctly when you move in. After just one season, however, they can gather dirt, twigs and leaves. Clearing all debris from the gutters will ensure that water flows off the roof and into the downspouts as it should. Also, it is important to check downspouts to ensure they are not clogged so that water flows away from the structure.

Trim Any Trees That You May Have on Your Property

To help any trees on your property get a healthy seasonal start, water them daily for the first two weeks of summer and then twice weekly after. Once they start sprouting new limbs and growing, remember to keep branches trimmed and away from the roof, which will help keep gutters clear for the following year. In addition, this can ensure that tree limbs will not scrape against windows during windy weather.

Clean the Interior and Exterior of Your Windows

Summer sunshine always looks better through clean glass. Giving each window a thorough cleansing with soap and water on both sides will remove interior and exterior buildup from the previous winter. Also, it is a good idea to clear out any buildup of yard debris such as leaves and twigs from garden-level window wells.

Start Cutting the Grass Regularly

Mowing the lawn and edging along walkways and driveways are staples of summer home maintenance. Cutting these stretches of grass should be done on a weekly basis. While you’re making the rounds, consider trimming dead branches from shrubs and bushes and cutting back tree limbs that may be hanging low over the sidewalk or the other walkways.

Add Some Color With Plants and Flowers

Plants and flowers are fun backyard elements that brighten up a yard and don’t require a professional to take care of. Just head over to a local nursery, hardware store or even a big box retailer and pick up some flowers and plants to make your yard bright and vibrant this summer.

Power-Wash Driveways and Walkways

A good dousing of the sidewalk, driveway and front walkways will remove any dust, pollen and grime that may have built up over the winter and spring months — especially where cars are parked. A simple attachment fitted to a garden hose can give you plenty of water pressure to make the concrete glow.

A great way to enjoy the warm weather is by doing a few seasonal tasks around your residential property. Contact us to learn more about new homes that are ready for your caring touch.

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