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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.

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.

New Community: The Enclave at Warrington

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Customized homes, New Communities, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: August 17, 2020

Hallmark Homes Group is pleased to announce the opening of our newest community, The Enclave at Warrington. Located in Warrington Township, these seven luxuriously appointed new homes in Bucks County are just minutes away from numerous dining, shopping, and job opportunities of nearby Doylestown.

Choose from one of our many opulent home designs that range in size from 2,600 to 3,600 sq. ft. The floor plans come with three to five bedrooms and 2.5 to 4.5 baths. The homes sit on sizable ½ acre to 1-acre lots surrounded by pristine woodlands that offer residents uninterrupted views and a sense of privacy.

The Area

Founded in 1734, historic Warrington Township is located approximately 20 miles north of central Philadelphia. It features immaculate open spaces, beautiful parks, and easy access to the multiple trails that run alongside nearby Neshaminy Creek. Museums, outdoor activities, and restaurants allow residents to enjoy ample dining and recreational opportunities.

Centrally located in a quiet suburban setting, The Enclave at Warrington is situated strategically close to RT. 611, 202, and the PA Turnpike. This gives residents convenient access to both work, school, and recreational opportunities in Bucks County

Children living in the community will attend the top-rated Central Bucks School District, which has received high marks and reviews from both educators and parents alike. In addition to the highly rated public K-12 schools, there are many colleges around the local area, including Delaware Valley University, Bucks County Community College, Temple University, and Penn State Abington Campus.

Several indoor and outdoor shopping malls close to The Enclave at Warrington will provide you with a broad realm of shopping opportunities, including the 200,000 square foot Shops at Valley Square, which is a premiere dining, entertainment, and retail destination nearby.

If you enjoy heading out to play a round of golf, a range of prestigious country clubs to choose are nearby that offer world-class golfing, socializing, and networking events.

The local and state parks that surround your new home in Bucks County give you and your family members a chance to head outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.

In the spring and summertime, you and your family members can enjoy exploring the numerous mountain footpaths, attend live music concerts, or participate in one of many different seasonal events, such as wine tasting and the popular Food Truck Festival.

The Floor Plans

The Enclave at Warrington has seven distinct floor plans to choose from. A design catalog with extensive options coupled with the wealth of included features at The Enclave at Warrington will allow you to design your new home in Bucks County with an exceptional level of comfort, lifestyle and luxury. In addition, every home design can be fully customized to meet the individual needs and lifestyles of you and your family.

The included features of each floor plan come with ample amenities, including stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, a gas fireplace, hardwood floors, and oversized custom trim molding. You can further refine and customize your new home by adding additional rooms and other features above and beyond what’s already available.

The Kennedy

The Kennedy 2-story floor plan comes with four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. It’s 2,603 square feet in size and offers plenty of living space with an oversized kitchen, breakfast area, a formal dining room, and a spacious vaulted ceiling in the family room.

The Harrison

At a spacious 2,860 square feet, the Harrison floor plan comes with an elegant first-floor owner’s suite. Inside you’ll find a large bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower, private commode, double bowl sinks, and a large walk-in closet.

The Jackson

The Jackson floor plan has 2,936 square feet of opulent first and second-floor living space. This genuinely grand home features a two-story foyer with turned staircase, formal dining and living rooms, spacious family room and stunning master suite. An optional solarium and morning room located outside the kitchen/breakfast area will allow unimpeded views of the nearby forest.

The Madison

The Madison is a 2,793 square foot design that features an inviting two-story foyer and a comfortable family room with a vaulted ceiling. A spacious owner’s suite upstairs is complete with walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom. Three additional bedrooms and one bathroom will offer abundant living space in your new home in Bucks County for you and your family.

The Jefferson

The Jefferson floor plan has 3,006 square feet of living and entertaining space. The expansive kitchen and breakfast nook open to a two-story family room that features an optional wall of windows that let in plenty of natural light and enable you to take in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding trees and landscape.

 The Roosevelt

This four-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home comes with 3,391 square feet of living space and gives you and your family the finest amenities and features under one roof. The spacious island kitchen opens up into the two-story family room and the split stairway flows to a view-inspired great room overlook.

The Monroe

At 3,636 square feet, the Monroe is the biggest floor plan available and has multiple customization options to truly make this your dream home. The expansive kitchen features 42-inch cabinets and a walk-in pantry that connects to a large dining room. An airy two-story family room allows for a dramatic wall of windows” and is accented by a secondary staircase.

Come Home to The Enclave!

The Enclave at Warrington is an exclusive community for those who are looking for the utmost in space, convenience and luxury. Each of the homes come with a stunning view of the nearby pristine woodlands and easy access to nearby amenities.

At Hallmark Homes Group, we look forward to helping you build your dream home and welcoming you to the growing Hallmark family of homeowners. Contact us today or stop by our offices to learn more about these amazing new houses in one of the most exclusive communities in the area.

Basement Customization Ideas for Your New Home in Bucks County

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Customized homes, DIY Home Projects | Posted: May 13, 2020

The basement of your home can extend beyond a large empty room that’s used to store boxes and paperwork. It’s one of those free-for-all spaces that you can transform in a number of exciting ways to fit your specific needs – a place that you and your entire family can retreat to and enjoy.

When designing the basement level in any of Hallmark Homes Group’s new communities in Bucks County, Hallmark is willing to consider any customization request – so you can let your imagination run wild. A movie theater, play space for the kids, or even a mini pub are just a few ideas that can transform it into an exciting, usable, and enjoyable space reflecting your ultimate lifestyle.

Below are just are a few ideas that can add life to an otherwise dreary space and make designing your new basement a fun and exciting process.


The Open Concept Basement

The open concept basement is a popular new trend in home design. Unlike the kitchen, living room, or laundry room, your basement doesn’t have a required purpose. This means you have a blank canvas from the start. Considering how walls are used to separate the various rooms in your home, an open concept basement has a barrier-free environment that can accommodate a number of activities.

You can layout one section as a home gym, add a home movie theater to another corner and dedicate a central gathering area for conversation and relaxation. This concept can integrate a number of activities while allowing friends and family to freely pass from one area to the other.


Movie Theater

A home cinema is a popular basement customization because it appeals to a wide range of age groups and interests. It can become a place where family and friends gather to watch the latest movies in stunning high-definition. If you’re into sports, a home cinema can also double as the perfect place for friends and family to gather and cheer on their favorite team.

Best of all, because you’re in the lower level, you don’t have to worry too much about noise levels. You can even customize your ceiling to accommodate the very latest in-home theater projection technology and have all wiring hidden from view.


Wine Cellar

Perhaps you have a taste for the finer things in life. A separate room in the lower level of your new residence can be transformed into the perfect place to store your treasured collection of wine. Add custom plumbing and refrigeration features to help ensure the wine stays at the perfect temperature.

A dedicated tasting room with comfortable chairs centered around a wooden table (or empty wine cask) will give you and your friends a place to relax while sipping your favorite vintage. Finishing touches like a wood or gas fireplace, large screen television and authentic stone floors will create the perfect atmosphere for entertaining.


Home Gym

With an at-home gym, you won’t have to worry about crowded facilities, wait times to use equipment, dirty machines or other distractions that are sometimes experienced in a public gym. A home gym offers both convenience and privacy that fitness-minded individuals want when they are working out.

In addition to the exercise machines, adding a kitchen, sauna, and shower will provide the ultimate all-in-one workout area. Inspirational sayings written on the walls, full-length mirrors, and an adjustable sound system will help keep you motivated to stay fit and healthy.

Many in-home gyms also have storage cabinets and even a small kitchen and refrigerator for drinks and to make post-workout protein shakes. An air filtration system is also helpful to ventilate potential musty gym smells to the outside environment.


Kid’s Playroom

A kid’s room is the perfect way to keep younger family members and their friends entertained at home. Brightly colored walls, ample lighting and shelves to store their favorite games and toys will help transform your basement into a usable, flexible space where younger family members can gather to have fun.

You can get creative with exciting features like a treehouse (without the tree), drawing table, kid-sized furniture, computer stations and more so the kids have an inspiring play space to let their imaginations roam. In rain or cold weather, the lower level provides a dedicated place at home for children to spread out while they wait out bad weather. Best of all, it is a separate space that keeps the messes kids make while they play, hidden from view on the main level.


Game Room

Transforming the basement of your new home into a retro arcade or the ultimate gaming area will make a sensational impression on friends and family. With exciting elements like free-standing video game cabinets, pinball machines, a pool table, and ping pong table, a vast basement space can be transformed.

Tables, comfortable seating and snacks are a must to ensure fun and successful events. Add a full-sized bar complete with draft beer taps and your lower level will quickly become a mini-pub and popular hangout for friends and family. Complete the environment with a mini kitchen to serve up piping hot snacks and keep clean-up all on one level.


Home Office

If you have the flexibility to work from home, dedicated space in the lower level can assure both the privacy needed for calls and minimal distractions to help your focus. Of course, a desk, computer and chair are basics to start the design, while the rest will depend on your specific area of work.

When planning the size space, keep equipment in mind (printers, monitors, etc.) as well as storage for paperwork and office essentials. Carefully plan wiring and Wi-Fi connections, both of which will be important for uninterrupted work flow. Adding a wall of built-in cabinetry will provide ample storage and can double as a home library for off hours.


Family Room

If you have a growing family or regularly entertain lots of guests, you can turn your new basement into a second family room. High definition television, surround sound system, and a large comfortable wrap-around couch will transform the basement into a cozy place to entertain or unwind. A mini kitchen adds a level of convenience and can help prevent accidental spills as people move from the main kitchen down the stairs into the basement. Don’t forget to make sure that the Wi-Fi reception is good for smartphones and computer access.


Basement Customization

We hope we’ve provided you with some great design ideas that will help you create the ultimate custom basement in your new home. Hallmark Homes Group welcomes your most imaginative ideas to totally customize your lower level. If you want to take your new basement to the next level, give us a call at (215) 416-0036 and learn how we can help you design and build the home of your dreams!

Choose the Right Flooring for Your Lifestyle

Categories: Customized homes, Flooring | Posted: March 30, 2020

Choosing the right kind of flooring is an important design decision that will affect both the look of your new home in Montgomery County as well as your family’s lifestyle.


For example, while Berber carpet may look amazing, it can trap dust and other particles which can cause quality of life issues for those who suffer from allergies. Hardwood and natural stone flooring are susceptible to damage that results from high traffic such as pets, children, or large gatherings of people.


Here are a few tips to help you determine the type of flooring that may best fit your lifestyle:


What’s Your Lifestyle Like?

There are many aspects of your home and personal life that may dictate the best type of flooring to consider: The first step in choosing the right kind of flooring for your new home in Montgomery County is to look at your lifestyle.


Any kind of carpet can also cause potential problems because of occasional animal accidents. If carpet is a must, be sure to choose a brand that contains odor-reducing enzymes that will help reduce offensive smells. 



If you have toddlers in your family, a soft padded carpet is much better than a hard floor surface from a safety perspective. However, in areas where young children are more likely to make a mess, ceramic tile or other resilient material offers an easy way to clean up without causing permanent damage. 


Teenagers who play sports can track mud and dirt from one end of the home to the other. If your new home in Montgomery County is equipped with a mudroom or other designated entry area, tile or a durable vinyl plank material can not only withstand years of abuse but will also clean up very quickly.


Allergy Sufferers

If you or a loved one suffers from allergies, vinyl, laminate, and hardwood products are an ideal choice to help reduce symptoms. Carpet can attract and retain dust, mold, dirt, and tree pollen. While regular vacuuming can help, it usually only gets a portion of the allergens that become trapped in the carpet fibers.


Cats, Dogs, and Other Pets

While we love our furry family members, they can cause permanent damage to certain types of flooring, such as hardwood and expensive carpets. Dirt, mud, and sharp claws can quickly scratch the highly polished wooden, laminate, or cork floor surfaces.


The best type of flooring for a household with pets is one that has a very resilient surface, such as laminates or types of vinyl that have scratch-resistant layers that can stand up to heavy traffic and wear and tear. Ceramic tile is another excellent choice as it is durable and can be easily wet mopped.


Entertaining Guests 

If you have an active social life and like to entertain guests regularly, hard surface floors are an ideal solution. While natural stone, hardwood flooring, and luxurious carpets may look nice, these types of materials tend to wear and stain easily. In some cases, you may need to replace the entire flooring to fix the damage.


Ceramic tile offers the best of both worlds in terms of form and functionality for your new home in Montgomery County. It comes in a wide variety of textures, colors, shades, and patterns that provide a superbly elegant look and feel. Best of all, they’re durable enough to stand up to years of heavy traffic and can easily be cleaned with a wet mop.


Older and Disabled Adults

Soft carpet is an ideal choice for homes with senior citizens or disabled adults. Polished hardwood floors and ceramic tiles have a slippery surface and can easily cause someone to slip and fall. 


Low-pile carpeting will allow for walkers and wheelchairs to move about freely without getting snagged or causing damage. It also provides a soft surface that offers cushioning if someone were to fall.


What’s Your Style?

Once you’ve determined the best kind of flooring for your new home, it’s now time to think about the style. In addition to your favorite patterns and colors, choose textures that match your personal tastes. Polished marble floors, rich hardwood grains, and luxuriously thick carpets will serve to complement both your accessories and furniture. 


Consider the future as well. While shag carpet was the go-to flooring choice of the 1960s and 70s, it quickly faded out of style in the 80s. While you can easily replace furniture and décor, changing out your flooring is a major project. If you don’t plan on replacing your flooring anytime soon, opt for a style that offers a timeless look and feel. 


Types of Flooring Materials

There are many different types of flooring materials that will complement your particular lifestyle for your new home in Montgomery County:


Carpet – Carpet is the default choice for many homeowners. It offers a soft surface that provides an extra layer of security for babies, older adults, and the physically disadvantaged. Some carpet brands also come with stain and odor resistant properties. 


Wood and Hardwood – Wood floors not only provide a classic look and feel, they also work very well for those who suffer from allergies. If damage or scratches occur, they can be sanded out to look new again.


Tile – Tile is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas that are prone to spills and dirt. Some tiles, such as ceramic and porcelain, are stain and scratch-resistant and work well in households with children or pets.


Vinyl – Vinyl flooring comes in many different styles, colors, and patterns. Luxury vinyl technology has advanced to the point where it can mimic the exact look of more expensive options such as hardwood or stone.


The Right Flooring for Your New Home

The lifestyle that you live will have a significant impact on the type of flooring that you select. Contact us today to discuss the many flooring options available for your new home. If you’re looking for a move-in ready home or you would like to completely customize your own, give us a call at (215) 416-0036. At Hallmark Homes Group, we work with our clients on an individual basis to help them design and create the perfect custom home.

Benefit of Natural Light in a New Home

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Customized homes | Posted: January 29, 2020

When you’re designing a new home in Bucks County, there are a lot of little things to take into consideration. The placement of the master bedroom, laundry room, and color of the carpets are all essential factors that make up the perfect home. However, there’s one element that sometimes gets overlooked: natural light.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average American spends around 90 percent of their time indoors. This is why it’s so important to consider your window options when constructing a new home in Bucks County. Increased light has a wide range of benefits that add value to your home life. Here are just a few of the many reasons to pay close attention to how well the interior of your home is illuminated:


Reduced Energy Costs

It takes a lot of energy to keep a house well-lit. This especially holds true in the morning and evening hours when the sun is on the horizon. Ask your new home builder for their recommendations on window placement for maximum light throughout those times.

A well-lit home is also a safer home. Natural light provides much better illumination than lightbulbs. If you have older adults or people with disabilities living under your roof, it can help enhance potential obstacles that might otherwise remain obscured.


Chase Away the Grey

Have you ever walked outside on a warm sunny day and felt a little extra spring in your step? The sun can help chase away that “blah” feeling you get on a cloudy, grey day. Many studies have found that natural light may help improve your overall mood.

Even though the sky may be cloudy during the cold winter months, natural light can still filter down to the ground. Your new home in Bucks County can take advantage of every single ray of light by having ample windows where they will maximize illumination.


Improved Productivity

Ample natural light also has a psychological benefit to it. The better you feel psychologically, the more mental energy you’ll have to get up off the couch and be productive. Those who work from home might find more motivation to start working when the daylight trickles down onto their home office desk.

Even your pets can benefit from ample natural lighting inside your new home in Bucks County. Some animals, such as cats and dogs, tend to sleep more in the darker, winter months and are less physically active. Mittens and Fido will appreciate the increased daylight that could cause them to be more active.


Improved Aesthetics 

A brightly lit home looks much better than one that’s dark or has to rely on electrical light to brighten the interior. Natural light tends to bounce off the walls and add depth. It can also highlight and accentuate your unique design and décor choices.

You can also customize the amount of light that accentuates smaller areas of your home, such as hallways or closets, by strategically placing mirrors throughout the home. Try to position them so that they can reflect the light that’s coming in through the windows. It will help make hallways and smaller rooms feel much bigger.

Adding mirrored closet doors to certain bedrooms and a decorative mirror in the hallway can create a continuous flow of light that will brighten your home even on the darkest of winter days.


How to Add More Light to Your New Home Design

Now that you know the benefits of increased natural light, here are a few things that you can do to add more of it to your new home:


Choose a Floor plan with Ample Windows

When selecting the floor plan of your new home in Bucks County, there are several custom window options you can choose from. For example, the Jefferson floor plan comes with an optional Wall of Windows that will not only let in abundant natural light, but provide amazing views. The Wilson floor plan also offers ample windows, including four at the very top of the house.


Window Fabrics

Windows that have heavy fabrics tend to block out and absorb the natural light. By dressing your windows in a lightweight and light color fabric, it will allow some light to pass through, even when it’s partially or fully closed.

Tactile silks and fabrics with metallic accents will create a more luxurious look and feel while allowing ample light to come into the room. Two-tone grey upholstered dining room chairs, where the softer shade of color is on top, will also help brighten up the area.


Integrate Natural Light with Design

The interior design of your new home will have a noticeable effect upon natural light. For example, if you are considering painting your living spaces in darker colors, they tend to absorb more visible light. Painting your walls in lighter colors such as off-white or beige will reflect and accentuate the natural light coming in through the windows.

You can also paint your ceiling in a high-gloss color which will further amplify the light coming in through the windows. It will naturally draw the eye from the reflection on the ceiling to the window source.

The decorative fittings and other accoutrements can have a surprising effect upon the lighting ambiance of your home. Polished chrome lamps, chandeliers, and other shiny materials will reflect the natural light.


Let There Be Light in Your New Home

Having ample natural light coming through your home offers a wealth of benefits. Any of the above floor plans will help ensure that the living room, common areas, and bedrooms will have ample light coming through them.

Hallmark Homes Group provides our buyers with the option to completely customize their new home—including changing the layout or adding additional windows to accommodate your individual lifestyle.

If you’re ready to buy a new home, give us a call at (215) 416-0036 to learn how we can help you design and build the home of your dreams, but even better, customize it to create an ideal environment filled with natural light.

How to Design an In-law Suite in your New Home in Bucks County

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Customized homes | Posted: November 15, 2019

Often people find themselves looking for a new home when their current home no longer fits their needs. This sometimes happens when an outside family member needs to move into a house that wasn’t initially designed for that many occupants. While everyone tries their best to come up with a creative workaround, it can often lead to feelings of overcrowding or even invasion of privacy.


An in-law suite can help alleviate the crowded situation that occurs when grandma or an older child moves into the home. Hallmark homes offers the perfect solution if you’re in the market to design one for your new home in Bucks County. Below are a few tips on how you can design the perfect in-law suite that will keep everyone under your roof happy and living in harmony.


What Is an In-law Suite?

Sometimes referred to as an accessory dwelling unit, an in-law suite is a well-furnished room designed for self-sufficiency. It typically includes everything that a person needs to live an independent life. It differs from a spare bedroom in the sense that it usually contains its own kitchen, entrance, and separate bathroom.


It’s called an “in-law suite” because most people use them as a dedicated living space for their elderly parents. They can also be used as a viable housing option for older children, or even rented out as an apartment. Unlike a spare bedroom, they provide privacy for everyone living under the same roof.


How to Determine if You Need One?

Many people who are looking for new homes in Bucks Countyare opting to include an in-law suite to avoid the added cost of maintaining a separate living space such as a home or apartment, or avoid recurring monthly costs of mom or dad living in a retirement community.


Having multiple generations of your family together under one roof adds value and can improve the quality of life of all who live under it. Grandparents won’t find themselves alone, as they might in an apartment or home, and sometimes there is also a mutual benefit. The grandparent enjoys the convenience of living with the family and the family benefits from the grandparent as an additional caregiver for children in the home.


Designing an in-law suite from scratch will allow you to meet the needs and wants of your family members without sacrificing available living space. It also makes good financial sense as it helps everyone save money in the long run.


Where to Locate It?

After you’ve figured out what you’d like to include in the new room, now comes the part of deciding where you should locate it. Many older adults will prefer to have theirs on the 1st floor of a home for ease of access, while younger adults will seek out an upper floor for added privacy.


When it comes to in-law suites, the bigger the floor plan, the better. Many people who are building a new home in Bucks Countyare opting for the Monroe Floorplan, which offers an impressive 3,635 square feet of space to work with. This spacious floorplan offers them greater flexibility and the ability to incorporate their preferred design elements.


What Should You Include?

The best place to start to determine the amenities and layout of an in-law suite for your new home is to have a conversation with your adult children or parents. Ask them what their needs and wants are and you’ll get a good idea of what you should include.


For example, older adults might have trouble seeing in low light areas or climbing upstairs. Adult children might want something that has a large floorplan or walls that have built-in soundproofing for privacy and noise concerns. Try to design it so that the amenities will age with the resident and can accommodate any lifestyle changes such as the future need for a wheelchair.


If you’re designing for a senior citizen, incorporating universal design concepts such as wide doors or cabinets placed at eye level will help improve the quality of their lives. A stability bar, lipless shower stall, and even a built-in stool can help keep older adults safe when taking a shower.


Some of the more popular customized amenitiesof a standard in-law suite can include:


Kitchen or Kitchenette – A kitchen is an integral part of an in-law suite. It allows the resident to live their life independently and privately without using the kitchen of the main house.


Bathroom – The ideal bathroom should include a shower, exhaust fan, toilet, sink, cabinets, and electrical outlets.


Living or Sitting Area – Manynew homes in Bucks Countywill include a living or sitting area in the in-law suite. This allows the resident to watch television or relax in private without using the living room of the main house.


Bedroom – A bedroom should offer a comfortable sleeping space that’s insulated enough from the noise of the rest of the house.


Private Entrance – This will allow the resident to come and go as they please, without disturbing anyone living in the main house.


Private Garage – Some new home buyers will opt to add a single car garage with a direct entrance into the in-law suite. It can come with its own private driveway or be a part of the main driveway. This offers residents complete privacy and security.


Customize and Design Your New Home

In-law suites help bring multiple generations of families closer together and provide a wide range of benefits for all living under the same roof. At Hallmark Homes, we offer our buyers the ability to completely customize their new homes—above and beyond choosing the paint and flooring. You can add rooms, move walls, and customize your floor plan to meet the needs of you and your family members. We can help you design and add the perfect in-law suite to meet the needs of your family. If you’re ready to get started building your dream home, call us today at (215) 416-003

Customize Your New Home in Lehigh County, Don’t Compromise.

Categories: Customized homes, Lehigh County New Homes | Posted: May 9, 2019

Here at Hallmark Homes Group we understand that the process of building a new home is an experience, which is why we endeavor to make building your home as exciting and satisfying as possible.


When you begin your build, for example, you will find yourself faced with many decisions. Terms like “upgrades,” “personalization,” and “customization” will come up regularly. For customers not familiar with the industry, however, understanding the distinctions between them can be confusing.


Fortunately, learning the difference between upgrades, personalization, and customization is easy; it also will help you highlight the overwheliming difference between Hallmark Homes Group and other builders.


Upgrades, Personalization, and Customization


All three terms — upgrades, personalization, and customization — refer to the ability to add features to your home beyond what is included in your base purchase. Each provides different opportunities to refine your home design; the difference being the level of change taking place.


However, upgrades and/or personalization are often used interchangeably. Typically, they refer to the selections new homeowners make on general decor like flooring, countertops, cabinetry, and the like. Most builders offer the opportunity to “upgrade/personalize” these critical aspects of your home with a limited number of options, but it often stops there.


Do you have a unique vision for your new home in Lehigh County? Do you have a specific feature in mind that requires something a little above and beyond the typical builder offerings? If so, you need a builder who is willing to customize your home in style; you need Hallmark Homes Group.


Discerning customers will appreciate Hallmark Homes Group’s willingness to consider any customization, large or small. When it comes to bumping out a wall, or adding a room to the base model, few builders are as open as us to making the changes that will create your perfect home environment. Every home built by Hallmark Homes Group is something special, and truly unique to you.


There’s nothing quite like the sensation of having your new home in Lehigh County built with your specific needs in mind from the very first step.


Customize Your Home with a Trusted Area Builder


When you choose Hallmark Homes Group to build your new home, you’re working with a skilled team that is ready to collaborate with you until the key is in your hand.


Your build begins with a number of choices. Before construction begins is the perfect time to consider all of the hopes, ideas, and wishes you have for your dream home. Hallmark Homes Group’s list of upgrades can improve your quality of life in ways you never expected.


These decisions can be critical. Not only will you be utilizing some of these enhancements in your home every single day, but others — like moving a wall — can be a bit of a pain to implement later on.


These choices present an excellent opportunity to put your mark on the final product.


Customize Your Home the Hallmark Homes Group Way


When you purchase one of our new homes in Lehigh County, there are plenty of options at your fingertips. Here are a few customization ideasthat you might not have considered.


  • Room extensions create the perfect spacious place for you and your family.
  • Adding garage space can accommodate all of your vehicles or even make room for a workshop.
  • An elegant morning room, equipped with a spacious cathedral ceiling, will bring new value to the early hours of your day.
  • Add rustic ceiling beams to your family room to complete the hominess of the living area
  • A tray or cathedral ceiling can turn the height of your master bedroom into a focal point of the design.


Don’t be shy. Be sure to engage our team about adding the unique touches to your home; you may be surprised to find that many of your ideas are not only doable, they’re quite affordable.


More than that, every individual nuance you bring to your home is another way to define your space as your own. When you enlist Hallmark Homes Group to build your new home in Lehigh County, you’re getting a team that understands the weight these decisions carry for your future.


Hallmark understands that your house is more than four walls and a roof; when it’s built to your specific needs and reflect your ideas, it’s a place to truly call home.


Building the Right Home for You


Hallmark offers an assortment of custom suggestions that can customize the entire look, layout and functionality of your home.


  • Meet Everyone’s Needs.Add additional bathrooms to your home and never find yourself waiting in line.
  • Invite the In-Laws Home.When your parents need that extra bit of help, or you need an extra set of hands with the kids, an in-law suite is a perfect addition.
  • Embrace the Electrical Revolution.Extra electrical outlets can ensure that your phones, tablets, and computers always have a nearby plug to call home. More outlets allow you to place electronics without the inconvenience and worry of whether you’ll be able to plug them in.
  • The Next Generation of Home.Hallmark Homes Group can help you turn your home into a “smart” sanctuary. Consider a sound system that can turn every corner of your home into a concert or a security systems that can give you peace of mind from your smartphone.
  • Create the Space You Imagine.Hallmark Homes Group is happy to add or remove walls throughout the home, working with you to create a space that functions perfectly for you and your family.


We encourage you to engage in an open and honest dialogue with the professionals, at Hallmark Homes Group, to make sure every idea that’s important to you is covered. We want nothing more than to build the perfect home for you and your family.


It’s Time to Create Your New Home


Hallmark Homes Group takes immense pride in the reputation we’ve built throughout beautiful Bucks, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties. Our tireless work ethic and innovative approach to homebuilding ensure that all of our clients receive a unique, individualized place to call their own.


Exceeding your expectations is our personal mission. Visit our website today to begin the conversation with one of our new home counselors.


The Power of ‘Yes’: How a Bucks and Montgomery County Home Builder is Turning Ideas into Reality

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Customized homes, Hallmark Homes Group, Montgomery County, New Homes | Posted: September 19, 2017

There are two characteristics that separate an exceptional custom homebuilder from an average one: the willingness to accommodate the wishes of you, the client, and the ability to do so in a timely manner.

Hallmark Homes Group is the Bucks and Montgomery County homebuilder that allows you to quickly turn a domestic vision into your dreams of a new home. This is accomplished through the efforts of a team who not only values your ideas, but also works to shape them into the unique living spaces created for you and your family.

A ‘Can Do’ Attitude Let’s You Customize Your Home

It is a fact that many builders are unaccommodating when it comes to changing an existing floor plan or home design. As the buyer and future owner of a newly built home, your living experience should not have to be stifled by a builder who is unwilling to adapt to your requests.

You can tour the Hallmark model homes while visualizing every last detail of how your tastes and preferences can be applied to the layout you love most. Once you review your design adjustments with your Hallmark representative, building can begin.

Use Your Imagination

Hallmark Homes Group listens to your unique ideas, ranging from additional lighting installations, window sizes, trim designs, fixture styles, appliances and so much more. A video interview with a happy homeowner reveals that with Hallmark, “it’s a yes” for almost any, requested modification.

This can involve deeper sinks to accommodate your culinary inclinations or the installation of cabinet lighting if you prefer soft effects from above and below. Adding upgrades such as specialized light switches can help you achieve the perfect hue, while including certain ceiling wood beams can give your living area that perfect, homely look and feel.

The Advantages of Flexibility

Before building gets underway, you can change and upgrade specific details of your new house. Hallmark’s broad selection of designs provides style to appeal to many tastes, but you may have additional ideas for a floor plan that can perfectly accommodate your lifestyle.

You can expand rooms, bump out walls and even add specialized spaces to make your home as comfortable, enjoyable and livable as possible.

Excellent Turnaround Times

Video interviews with delighted Hallmark customers also reveal that this custom home builder got right down to the business of construction once the sale closed. This is especially convenient if you’re a buyer in transition who is eager to get into your new home. Rather than waiting around for undue months on end, you can go from visualizing your perfect house to being able to move in within a reasonable time frame.

A Homebuilder Who Listens

If you are looking for a Bucks and Montgomery County homebuilder who specializes in accommodating the requests of their clients, consider Hallmark Homes Group. Contact us to experience the value of working with a custom homebuilder who listens your ideas and implements them into the final details of your new home.

Meet Your Neighbors at Country Ridge!

Categories: Customized homes, Hallmark Homes Group, New Homes, New Model Homes | Posted: May 3, 2016

Hallmark is hosting a “Meet Your Neighbor” event on Sunday May 8th at Country Ridge in Perkasie.  Come tour Hallmark’s newly decorated model home and mingle with your future neighbors.  There will be a food truck provided by Jules Thin Crust Pizza from 12 – 2pm and an ice cream truck provided by Sweet Pea Ice Cream from 1 – 3pm.

Tour the Franklin model home located at 413 Hickory Drive.  The model is open daily from 10 am – 5pm and on Mondays from 1-5pm.  Please contact Rob DiIoia at 215-453-2930 or via email at for more information.