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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.

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.

Seven Reasons Why Buyers Consider Open Floor Plans in Their New Homes in Bucks County

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Floor Plans | Posted: September 18, 2019

An open floor plan offers homeowners a number of options when it comes to decor and design, making it an extremely desirable layout for modern lifestyles. As they continue to rise in popularity, more and more builders are offering what was once a luxurious option as a standard layout.


What is an open floor plan? You’ve probably heard the term numerous times as you are searching for your new home in Bucks County. While this trend seems to becoming a must-have in any home, it actually originated in 1886, beginning with making the kitchen more of a social room, rather then just a place to serve the family meal. These new designs provided flexibility for growing families and turned usable space into a high commodity. The concept has evolved over the years to include multiple floors and many rooms, all to provide as much flow and function as possible.


Many of the new homes in Bucks Countythat are on the market today feature open floor plans. Most commonly, an open concept means the main floor of the house contains multiple rooms in one large space. The kitchen, dining room, and living room can be combined and visual markers, such as an island or other large pieces of furniture, are used to visually separate each space.


The Many Appealsof an Open Floor Plan


For homes of any size, an open floor plan provides numerous benefits. What started as a trend now seems like the norm for newly constructed homes. This desirable design aesthetic is popular for a number of reasons including:


  1. Increases Natural Light: With fewer walls, natural light from windows can stream into the house, making the new space feel airy and bright all year long.


  1. Creates More Space: An open floor plan maximizes the square footage of a property giving homeowners the freedom to create a natural flow while making the most out of the space available. With little to no walls, doors, or pillars the visual and physical flow is enhanced throughout the space.


  1. Combines the Interior and Exterior: An open concept combined with large windows and glass doors, makes it easy to bring the feel of the outside in. A porch or patio can visually become an extension of your indoor living area while allowing easy access to your dining or living room without it feeling too secluded from the rest of your house.


  1. Better Communication: Make dinner while your kids play in the living room or work on homework in the dining room. With fewer obstacles to hinder communication, it’s so easy to hold conversations and keep an eye on everyone. An open concept allows for each member of the family to attend to their individual task and still spend time together.


  1. Ideal for Entertaining: If you love hosting informal get-togethers, upscale soirées or holiday events, an open concept is ideal. Guests can mingle with ease, areas for seating are expandable, and you can host without the hassle of wondering what is happening in separate rooms.


  1. Flexible Layout: With minimal or no walls impeding the space, you can change around rooms as needed. While there is no clear distinction between rooms, this creates options for multifunctional family living and allows owners to use the space in a way that fits their needs best. A simple desk area creates an at-home office or a place for the kids to dive into home work. A sunroom can be designated as a place to relax or become a breakfast area for informal meals.


  1. Enhances Aging in Place: Open concept living can allow residents to stay in their home longer. Fewer hinderances like walls, columns or doors allow ease of movement throughout the home. The ability to rearrange furniture to accommodate a walker or wheel chair creates an advantage over a traditional home layout.



The Arbors at Hilltown: Eight Gorgeous Open Floor Concepts


Hallmark Homes Group grasps the open concept for homebuyers with eight gorgeous open concept floorplan layouts available at their newest community, The Arbors at Hilltown in Sellersville. These new homes in Bucks Countyare not your run-of-the-mill dwellings as evidenced by three popular home designs; The Jefferson, The Monroe and the Roosevelt.


The Jefferson4 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath layout presents the ultimate in open concept living. Entering the home, a two-story foyer opens on the left to a living area and, to the right, a large formal dining area is designated by elegant columns. Beyond the main entry, an expansive kitchen opens into the breakfast area and two-story family room where a soaring wall of windows invites the outdoors inside. A second stair open into the family room leads to the privacy of the upstairs level.


The Monroe, the most spacious option at The Arbors at Hilltown, is a home with approximately 3,600 square feet, four bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms. A two-story foyer and open turned stair are flanked by living and dining areas that flow from one space to another. The airy two-story family room allows for a dramatic wall of windows and is open to a gourmet center-island kitchen and sunny breakfast room. Upstairs and down, The Monroe presents owners with the best of both worlds; expansive open concept living along with private, personal spaces including a large owner’s retreat and an in-law suite option.


The Rooseveltwith 3,391 sq. ft. of living space, 4-bedrooms, and 2 1/2 baths exudes a dramatic open feel combined with the finest features all under one roof. As you enter the home, a striking split stairway opens front-to-back creating an immediate connection of the more formal open dining and living space in the front of the home to the airy living space beyond. This view-inspired stair overlooks the heart of the home – a spacious island kitchen that flows into the two-story family room. Like the Monroe layout, personal spaces in the Roosevelt include a private study and a grand owner’s retreat with cathedral ceiling, sitting room, and lavish bath.


Best of all, this extraordinary level of luxury and openness can be experienced both through a virtual touronline or a visit onsiteto the Roosevelt decorated model home at The Arbors at Hilltown.


Explore Open Concept Living First-Hand


With stunning open floorplans that provide luxury and function beyond expectations,

Hallmark Homes Group answers to the lifestyles of today’s families. If you are in the market for new home and an open concept design fits your lifestyle, visit The Arbors at Hilltown.



Discover Why The Monroe is Hallmark Homes Group’s Most Popular Design

Categories: Floor Plans | Posted: January 15, 2019

Pennsylvania new home builder, Hallmark Homes Group, builds energy efficient new homes available in Montgomery County and throughout the Philadelphia region. With several luxury home communities and over 22 customizable floor plans to choose from, you’ll have no problem building the home of your dreams.

The Monroefloor plan is Hallmark’s most popular design and is available in three prestigious Hallmark communities. If you’re looking for a new home in Montgomery County, you can enjoy the luxury of the Monroe floor plan in the Horsham Glen community, nestled in desirable town of Horsham, PA, CNN/Money Magazine’s pick for “The Best Places to Live in America”.

If you prefer to live in Bucks County and love the Monroe home design, you can choose from two excellent locations at either Highfield Estates or The Arbors at Hilltown. Highfield Estates in Chalfont, Pa offers oversized lots, each with over 3 acres of outdoor living space while The Arbors at Hilltown, just outside of historic Sellersville is ideal for homeowners looking for the privacy of a wooded setting.

Special Features of The Monroe

The Monroeis a two-story home design with over 3,600 square feet of sprawling living space. Among the abundant features that come standard with this floor plan, here are just a few of the attractive aspects found in this design.

Monroe Floor Plan Highlights 

  • Grand 2-story foyer with dramatic turned staircase
  • Inviting living space filled with natural light
  • Formal living and dining rooms
  • Gourmet kitchen with a large kitchen island, butler’s pantry and separate breakfast nook
  • Expansive 2-story family room
  • Second set of stairs that connect the family room with the bedroom hallway
  • Lush owner’s suite with retreat, private bathroom, and 2 walk-in closets

As you walk through the front door of the Monroe, the grandeur of the 2-story foyer, formal living room, and turned staircase welcome you home. Straight ahead, the large kitchen island provides ample work space for preparing family meals or for gathering casually with friends and family.

A separate breakfast area next to the decorative windows offers additional seating and eating area. You can access the formal dining room through the convenient walk-in butler’s pantry or from the foyer.

In the two-story family room, large windows or the optional floor to ceiling “wall of windows” floods the room with natural light and invites you to sit down, relax, and get comfortable. A convenient second set of stairs connects the family room with the bedroom hallway on the second floor.

Upstairs, the lavish owner’s suite features the master bedroom, a separate owner’s retreat sitting room for winding down after a long day, and a luxurious master bathroom with two generous walk-in closets. Located on the opposite end of the hall for additional privacy and space, three additional bedrooms are served by a shared hall bath and a Jack and Jill bathroom.

Should you need additional space, the Monroeoffers an optional first floor in-law suite or guest suite off the kitchen, or the option for building a study in its place.

The Hallmark Homes Group Monroe floor plan is not only the most popular, but is also fully customizable so you can design a home that exceeds your needs and expectations. Visit our website to learn more about our new home communities, view the gallery of exterior and interior photos, take virtual tours of our homes, and the home buying process.


The Suite Life is Trending for Both Owners and In-Laws

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Floor Plans, Highfield Estates, Horsham Glen, New Homes in Montgomery County | Posted: August 17, 2017

Two Suites in Your New Home

First floor owner’s suites as well as in-law suites have become increasingly popular themes in home building. More and more, families are looking for these options when searching for the ideal home and are discovering new home layouts that accommodate varying family needs while enabling privacy and efficiency.

Hallmark Homes Group offers two new home communities, Highfield Estates in Bucks County and Horsham Glen in Montgomery County with floor plans to appeal to these growing homebuyer needs.

A Homeowner’s Sanctuary

After a long day at work, it can be a welcome luxury to retreat to the first floor master suite. Owners can relax and read a book to unwind or, while the kids complete their homework at the kitchen table, parents can rest easy from the comfort of their own room being only a few yards away.

One of the many enticing features of The Harrison floor plan offered by Hallmark Homes Group is the luxurious downstairs owners’ suite. With space to spare, the suite includes a full bath, a separate tub and shower along with an oversized walk-in closet that more than satisfies today’s homebuyers.

Beyond the lavish layout, the master bedroom area in this beautiful estate home provides convenient lower-level accessibility for the homeowners and adds the ease of one floor living. An added benefit is that heating and cooling the lower sections of the house during times when the upstairs may not be in use can save on utility costs.

A Welcoming Place for Relatives

It is becoming increasingly common for parents to live with their adult children and grandchildren, and a number of new homes are specifically designed to accommodate extended family configurations. Many families are discovering the benefits of multi-generational living arrangements for financial, practical and personal reasons.

Grandparents are able to contribute to bills and watch after grandchildren while the parents pursue careers. They, in turn, can rely on their younger family members of both generations for company or care.

The Monroe floor plan available at Hallmark communities in both Bucks and Montgomery Counties, features an in-law suite on the main floor with a private full bath, garden views and a large closet. Located beyond the kitchen and adjacent to the living room, it provides accessibility to all common areas without having to negotiate stairs.

Similarly, an adult child who is home from college or in a transitional period can occupy the same space without forfeiting their sense of independence.

In addition, the owner’s suite in this beautiful new estate home boasts a sumptuous bath and two spacious walk-in-closets and are only part of what makes this suite a pampering escape. It is one of four spacious bedrooms upstairs (with an option for a fifth for larger families).

A Home for Generations

With the multigenerational community-style homes trend growing, Hallmark understands the needs of their homeowners. We will work with you every step of the way to deliver a home that you will love for generations to come.

Contact us if you are looking for a homebuilder who both understands and is willing to customize to accommodate all of your needs.

Picking the Right Floor Plan for Your Family’s Lifestyle

Categories: Floor Plans, Home Buying Tips | Posted: March 30, 2017

You and your family deserve the best home to suit your needs and accommodate the changes as your family grows over time. How do you pick the best floor plan for your new home to ensure that it is a fit for your family’s lifestyle?

In our previous blog, we recently covered home customization and how working with a home builder to design exactly the space you want will give you long-term satisfaction in your new home. But beyond specific custom solutions, how do all the pieces fit together to make your entire floor plan right for your family.

Before you start, there are a few things you should take into account. The most important considerations come down to space and needs, but these concepts can be broken down even further. Let’s take a look at some of the basics for choosing your family’s floor plan.

Family Spaces

The first step in determining the space you need is to consider the communal spaces. If you’re a family of two who doesn’t expect to grow, your needs will be very different from those of a family of five.

Some of the family spaces to consider are:

  • Family entertainment: What do you want out of a place for television viewing or play time?
  • Food preparation and eating: Some families like an eat-in kitchen, while others prefer a more formal dining room. For couples or smaller families, a breakfast bar or island may be better suited.
  • Table for entertainment: Are you a family who enjoys games, puzzles, or activities with a need for table space? What kind of space do you need for this? Where is the best place for this in your home?
  • Floor plan concept: Do you want separate spaces for adults and children, such as a den and playroom? Or do you prefer an open concept that will allow for all activities to happen in the primary living space. What about hosting parties or events in your home.
  • Outdoor spaces: Do you plan to entertain? Would having a deck, porch, or yard help facilitate activities with your friends or extended family?

Private Spaces

Private spaces are bedrooms and bathrooms and even home offices. What does your family need in terms of privacy?

Before you settle on a floor plan, consider these needs:

  • Bathrooms: How many do you need to ensure that everyone is satisfied? Do you want something with a spa feel or would you rather keep the bathroom minimal?
  • Bedrooms: How many bedrooms will you need for your family now or in the future? Start with your ideas for the master bedroom. If you have children who will grow in this home, consider how their needs will change between when they’re babies to the time they’re teenagers.
  • Work spaces: An increasing number of professionals in America are working from home. There may be special considerations surrounding a work-from-home space. Do you need a dedicated office or will another room satisfy your work requirements?


Your private spaces need to work in concert with your communal spaces, so collaborating with a professional custom home builder who understands how to take your needs and apply them to a floor plan will be essential. Consider your priorities before talking with a builder about your new home.

At the Hallmark Homes Group, we will work with you to create a home that meets your needs to live comfortably and adapt to your living style. Our homeowners, the Johnsons, claim that with us, “it’s always a yes!” Floor plans are far beyond finite; you have the capability to customize your home to they way you want. Whether it’s opening your floor space, adding extra windows, or installing unique features, we can make your dream home become a reality.

Hallmark Homes Group will work with you to customize your floor plans to meet your lifestyle, so contact us today.