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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.

Six Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Categories: Bucks County Homes, DIY Home Projects, New Home Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: May 26, 2021

As spring gives way to summer, you’re no doubt looking forward to spending plenty of time outside with your family — enjoying your lawn, yard and patio to the fullest from sunrise to sunset and beyond.

The warm months are the perfect time of year, especially in beautiful Bucks County, for enjoying your exterior property to the fullest. As the seasons change this year, consider creating a luxury outdoor retreat for you and your family to enjoy for years to come with a few innovative design ideas from Hallmark Homes Group.

Extend your Home

Creating a sense of cohesion between your indoor and outdoor areas is a great way to open the house up to the outdoors. You can do this by using area rugs, furniture color, style choices and exterior paint color schemes that reflect those of the space just inside the back doors. This can help to create a harmonious transition from one space to the next.

Harmonize the Hardscape

Ideally, the main exterior gathering area should be an even, flat surface for furniture. Popular choices are flagstones, paving stones, concrete, tile, artificial grass, bricks and wooden decks. Similar to furniture and color schemes, the texture and tones you choose can be an extension of the interior themes of your home.

Pick a Purpose

Establishing a primary use for the majority of the space can help guide your outside design. If you love to entertain guests, a dining set could be your central focus. If evening visits are popular, perhaps couches, chairs and low-top tables arranged in a forum-type formation is a winning strategy.

Set the Scene with Landscaping

Your landscape design is your outdoor retreat’s decor, so having a plan for grass, bushes and perennials is a good idea. If your outdoor living space is sparse, container gardening could be the best option for you. Container gardens are inexpensive and maintenance is easy.

Heat it Up

Summer afternoons are perfect for cooking outside, so a propane-powered BBQ grill is a great idea. Plus, when a sunset cookout turns to an evening of stargazing, consider keeping the cool nighttime air at bay by installing a fireplace or a fire pit. These features are perfect year round for staying cozy and roasting s’mores.

Let it Flow

An exterior water feature such as a pond, fountain or waterfall will help make your outdoor oasis a place of relaxation. The subtle sound of flowing water can help you and your guests unwind all the more for maximum enjoyment of the warm weather. In addition, you can enhance the appeal with outdoor lights which reflect on the water and set an enchanting evening mood.

Creating luxury outdoor spaces is a great way to maximize your enjoyment of the summer months. Hallmark can help you make the perfect design choices for your outdoor living space. Contact us to learn more about new homes with plenty of exterior space for designing the perfect outdoor retreat.

Top Four Reasons to Move to Bucks County, PA

Categories: Bucks County, Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County, Things to do in Bucks County | Posted: May 7, 2021

If you are thinking of relocating to southeastern Pennsylvania, consider the many advantages of living in the suburbs north of Philadelphia in beautiful Bucks County!

This semi-rural region offers a variety of benefits and advantages for busy families and working professionals. The area is ideal for folks who want to be near the city for business but prefer to live far enough away to experience the outdoors. Residents can explore the many historical and cultural attractions while enjoying plenty of modern amenities such as dining, shopping and entertainment.

Commute to Philadelphia With Ease

Growing neighborhoods in this area are being built by renowned companies such as Hallmark Homes Group and are becoming some of the best places to live in Bucks County, PA. These emerging communities are located near major travel routes, so residents of new homes in Bucks County can easily commute to Philadelphia — which is only a hop, skip and a jump away.

Not only will your commute be a breeze, but you will be so close to so much else! The Delaware River and other surrounding areas offer excellent fishing, kayaking and other water related fun. You will never be far from the Poconos if you want to hit the slopes. And, let’s not forget, you won’t be too far from the exquisite beauty of the New Jersey Shore.

There is a lot of Great Things to do in Bucks County PA

Many of the Hallmark neighborhoods are being built near open space areas which are specifically designed for the enjoyment of residents. Folks who cherish their daily stroll through nature may find this one of the best reasons to move to Bucks County, PA. The Peace Valley Nature Center offers birdwatching, springtime flower blooms and observation of wildlife habitats. Meanwhile, dozens of hiking trails and picnicking areas are available at Nockamixon State Park, throughout the Bucks County Parks and Recreation Department and many other local destinations.

Discover Bucks County Destinations,  Yesterday and Today

This part of Pennsylvania is rich with historical and cultural attractions. People with an interest in the heritage of the region can travel back in time by visiting places such as the Davis Library of the American Revolution, the Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle and many more. Meanwhile the Michener Museum celebrates a world-class collection of paintings, sculptures and photography and right outside Bucks County in neighboring Montgomery County, the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum tells the story of winged flight from inception to modern times.

Enjoy World Class Entertainment & Dining Right in Your Backyard

Although the region features plenty of room to roam and breathe, every modern amenity is within a few minutes of each Hallmark community. Residents can enjoy world class entertainment such as events at the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra and the Bristol Riverside Theater. A variety of dining destinations present diverse cuisine including Chinese, Italian, American, Seafood and Japanese and a large collection of local microbreweries offer the local take on a time-tested endeavor. Plus, shopaholics will love the wide array of shopping centers, factory outlets and quaint boutiques along small town main streets.

Moving is an exciting time when families can enjoy the many benefits of an ideal neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about new homes in an area of Pennsylvania that truly has it all.

Advantages to Using LED Lighting in Your Home

Categories: DIY Home Projects, New Home Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: April 23, 2021

LED lighting is a class of products with numerous advantages over traditional light bulbs. The term stands for “light emitting diode” — a modern innovation that features energy efficiency, longevity and enhanced safety along with several other benefits.

Hallmark Homes Group recommends using LEDs in your new Bucks County home. These types of bulbs can be installed in any type of lighting fixture, indoor or outdoor.

Do LEDs Save Energy?

LEDs use far less energy to create the same results as incandescent bulbs — consuming about 50% less electricity per unit. According to Energystar.gov — a government-backed data collection agency — LEDs offer 60 – 75% greater energy efficiency by consuming up to 90% fewer watts per second. These are important distinctions if you are a homebuyer who is interested in reducing your carbon footprint.

Do LEDs Last Longer?

LEDs are designed to last up to 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs, resulting in units with a potential lifespan of 60,000 hours as opposed to the usual 1,500 or so hours of older types of bulbs. LEDs can be expected to produce light for as long as seven years before needing to be replaced. Plus, LEDs are built far sturdier than traditional bulbs, so they do not break easily while being handled or from overheating. These bulbs contain tiny computer chips encased in tough, semiconductor material rather than fragile filaments set within brittle glass.

Does Using LEDs Help Save Money on Electric Bills?

Greater efficiency and durability means big savings on bills. Low usage of watts across an entire property can cut down on monthly utilities. Meanwhile, bulbs that last for a long time save money on materials by not needing to be replaced as often as fluorescent and amourex bulbs. This means you can spend your free time enjoying your new home rather than replacing burned out bulbs.

Do LED Bulbs Get Hot?

LED bulbs offer enhanced safety because they are set in what is known as a heat sink — a feature that reduces the amount of heat that a bulb can generate. This ensures safety from burns for anyone who may be adjusting fixtures that are currently in use — because unlike incandescent, fluorescent or halogen bulbs — LEDs are not hot to the touch. This feature also reduces fire hazards for free-standing fixtures.

Enjoy High Performance

Another advantage to using LED lighting in your home is that these bulbs can be dimmed to as little as 10% light output to suit a homeowner’s aesthetic preferences. Also, rapid cycling (frequently turning on and off) does not affect the life of the bulb. Plus, when turned on, LEDs emit 100 percent brightness almost immediately — providing the luxury of having dark spaces completely lit up in an instant.

While you’re choosing the best options for your new home – right after the countertops and carpet – start using LED bulbs and fixtures right from the start. You will be amazed by the results. Reach out to the experts at Hallmark to learn more about energy efficient homes that are perfect for you and your family.

Should My Home Be Multi Generational?

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Hallmark Homes Group, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: February 26, 2021

If you frequently visit with your relatives and you love nurturing strong family ties, consider designing your next residential property to be a multigenerational home. 

According to recent reports published by the United States Census Bureau and the Pew Research Center, approximately one in five homes (four million) consists of adults living with their elders as well as their children. With the right planning, this dynamic can provide several distinct advantages in the areas of home design, finance, peace of mind and quality of life.

How Much Square Footage Do I Need?

If you work with a flexible builder such as Hallmark Homes Group, you can expand upon one of their dynamic floor plans to accommodate every member of your household. This approach can help utilize every square foot of the property by including in-law quarters with a private entrance and an internal access point, spacious bedrooms for each of the kids, optional add-on room and private areas as well as a palatial master suite so you can unwind in private luxury. Plus, the shared spaces such as the living room, dining room and kitchen can be seamlessly connected with an open-concept theme so that the house provides an overall sense of welcoming and togetherness.

Leverage Your Funds

When you’re ready to buy a new home in Bucks County, a strong financial profile is important. If you plan to live in a house with two or more generations of adults, you may have access to greater monetary resources. The more adult parties with assets can equate to a generous down payment, easy-to-obtain financing and a relatively low interest rate. Also, the more income streams there are under one roof, the easier it is to meet monthly mortgage payments and cover utility bills while saving money for other long term endeavours.     

How Can Having My Home Be Multi Generational Benefit Everyone Living There?

In a multi generational household which usually includes grandparents, parents and perhaps adult children, the chances are good that someone will almost always be home. This makes for enhanced safety and security across the premises, as someone can always look after the children, family members with special needs and the property at large. Plus, household maintenance duties and daily chores can be shared by numerous parties rather than leaving them up to just one or two people.

Relieve the Stress

Raising children while pursuing a career can be exhausting at times. Yet, with your parents or your in-laws living in the home, you can have access to economical babysitters and general child-rearing assistance at a moment’s notice. This luxury can allow parents a much-needed break from time to time while giving grandparents the exquisite joy of participating in the lives of their grandchildren. This dynamic serves to improve the quality of life for everyone involved in a partnership-themed environment. 

Designing a multi generational home is a popular choice for today’s families who want to live together. Contact us to discover how our team of flexible Bucks County builders can accommodate your busy, dynamic household. 

New Home Designs in Bucks County are Perfect for Modern Families

Categories: Bucks County, New Homes, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: January 29, 2021

As you begin considering home designs and floor plans, it is important to establish how many bedrooms and bathrooms your family will need. At this stage, you can also discuss potential guest quarters while exploring the interconnection of shared gathering spaces on the ground level. Homebuyers can also consider the luxury features offered for master suites and decide which upgrades and add-ons will complete their social areas and private spaces. The Monroe, The Greenbrier and The Harrison are three popular Hallmark home designs that offer specific advantages which can be fine-tailored to suit your exact needs.

The Monroe Home Design

This design welcomes you with a dramatic two-story foyer which opens to the living room and dining room on either side. You are then greeted by a spacious kitchen which opens to the family room and provides access to the in-law suite. The second level features three bedrooms interspersed by two bathrooms as well as an owner’s suite complete with a retreat area, luxury bath and walk-in closet. This floor plan also features optional add-ons, or upgrades, including a solarium, morning room and “Wall of Windows” option for the family room. Expansion options include upgrading from a two- to a three-car garage as well as widening the family room.  

The Monroe is distinguished by a bright, sun-soaked main level, a wide staircase and a welcoming foyer which expands into the living areas. This design is perfect for growing families who love to relax in wide-open areas and who also cherish individual private spaces.  

The Greenbrier Home Design

This design expands laterally with the massive three-car garage leading into the kitchen which then opens to the dining room, breakfast area and family room. The first level also includes a private study just off the kitchen, an optional morning room off the breakfast area as well as optional bay windows for the family room and the living room. Upstairs, the owner’s quarters occupies nearly half the square footage, with an entry area leading to the bedroom which then gives way to the retreat, sitting area, walk-in closet and luxury bathroom. This level also includes three spacious bedrooms, two of which have walk-in closets as well as two additional bathrooms.     

The Greenbrier is a unique layout centered around the kitchen which opens up into the adjoining shared living areas. As the focal point of the lower level, the expansive theme of the kitchen repeats throughout the floor plan. The open, welcoming feel is perfect for families who love to congregate around cooking, dining and quality time together. 

The Harrison Home Design

Enter into a breathtaking two-story foyer that opens up into the dining room, gallery, family room and kitchen. The left side of this level is dedicated to the owner’s quarters which include a master’s suite, luxury bath and walk-in closet. A private study is to the immediate left of the foyer, and can be interconnected to the first-floor owner’s suite if desired. Upstairs in The Harrison includes three bedrooms, one bath, a loft which opens to the foyer and a large area to the left of the stairs which gazes upon the family room, breakfast area and kitchen below. This layout features optional ground-level upgrades including a solarium off the kitchen and a fireplace in the family room.

The Harrison-Side Entry is ideal for hardworking owners and parents who prefer to have their private space on a level separate from the other bedrooms. The layout presents a connected feeling throughout, yet also provides a sense of accessible privacy and first-floor luxury. This design is ideal for buyers who want lower-level expanding options as well as a connected feeling between the upper and lower levels provided by the open areas.  

Choosing the Best Layout for Your Family

When shopping for the perfect home, a great strategy is to begin by looking for a layout that suits your unique preferences, wants and needs. Hallmark Homes Group excels in designing houses for dynamic families — offering distinctive floor plans that take luxury living to the next level. 

Assign Your Bedrooms

The layout you choose should reflect the number of current family members while providing space for new arrivals in the way of children, frequent visitors or perhaps a private quarters for in-laws. You can choose a layout that isolates the master bedroom for optimal peace and quiet or  choose one with a centrally located owner’s suite. 

Plan Your Bathrooms

These top three designs feature multiple, strategically placed bathrooms on the bedroom level — some shareable between rooms and others totally private. These layouts also include ½ baths on the ground level and can be amended for additional accommodations for finished basement customizations. 

Look Forward to Open Areas

Hallmark’s new homes include distinctive variations of the open-concept floor plan. This approach to modern living celebrates the spatial benefit of overlapping the living room, dining room, kitchen and other areas into one dynamic space. Rather than being filled with walls which separate, the ground level offers property-wide sight lines for better interaction and communication. 

Think About Upgrades

As you prepare to move to Bucks County, consider how your new home options can best serve your family. If you love plenty of natural light, explore your options for bay window upgrades to the family room, living room, dining areas and master suites as well as solarium add-ons to the kitchen and breakfast areas. If your family has multiple drivers, consider a model with a garage expansion option or three-car capacity. Owners who love to relax in luxury have plenty of options to choose from and large families with in-laws or frequent visitors can explore numerous guest suite options.

Hallmark is building the most popular home designs in suburban Pennsylvania. Contact us to learn more about a modern home layout that perfectly suits you and your family.

8 Important Steps to Take When Buying a New Home in Bucks County

Categories: Bucks County, Bucks County Homes, Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: January 15, 2021

For many homebuyers, purchasing a new home is a big event. As you begin looking for a builder and thinking about the perfect design, there are several steps to familiarize yourself with so that you are ready for this exciting adventure.

 

As a future homeowner, it is good to know a few things about modern floor plans, interior design terms, project timelines and financial planning. It is also important to choose a trusted, reputable company to work with such as Hallmark Homes Group. Once you are set in these areas, you can look forward to customizing the layout of your house and planning a finished product that will fulfill all of your living needs.

1. See the Big Picture

At this phase, you will need to get specific about what sort of a home you are looking for in terms of how many bedrooms and bathrooms, kitchen size, whether you want lots of “shared” family areas, recreation rooms, guest quarters, luxury features for the master suite, outdoor deck, home office, finished basement and more. An ideal builder will have a diverse array of layouts and floor plans and they will be flexible if you wish to alter certain design aspects to better suit your needs. Once you find a suitable floor plan and an accommodating builder, you can then fine tune the layout to perfection.

2. Clarify the Features

A reputable builder will have model homes which you can tour in order to experience the layout and get an idea of what your finished house will feel like. At this phase, you can clarify which features in the model home are standard and which are upgrades. These can vary in appearance and aesthetic and include things such as appliances, countertops, flooring, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, security hardware, electronic components, luxury master suite details and more. Your preferences may determine the overall price of the finished home — so it is important to discuss the fine details with the company representative.

3. Question Quality

When shopping for a Bucks County new home builder, you will want to look into the types of  materials being used by each company. You should be aware of the top-rated names in components such as flooring, countertops, roofing materials, plumbing fixtures and appliances. Also, quality materials play an important role in energy efficiency. These components include exterior doors, windows and insulation materials. A discussion with a company representative can give you valuable insight into the quality of the finished product.

4. Understand Scheduling

Just as the ideal company should accommodate your custom floor plan, you should also be flexible when it comes to the timeline of your build. The reason for this is that building new homes in Bucks County, just like everywhere else, involves numerous teams of specialized tradespeople, company representatives and building inspectors. Each phase of the construction process depends on the current team finishing their work and being approved before the next step can begin. This process is susceptible to delays due to bad weather, materials being held up in shipping and personnel issues.

5. Add it All Up

When working out your current finances and buying budget, it is essential to take an “all-inclusive” approach. This involves accounting for all of your routine expenditures so that you can comfortably make your monthly mortgage payments while fulfilling other financial obligations. It is essential to note that in addition to your mortgage, there are likely to be other recurring fees such as homeowner’s association (HOA) dues, insurance, quarterly property taxes and utility bills. At this phase, you should be aware that there are many types of financing available depending on your financial profile. You may qualify for creative financing through your builder’s preferred lenders from programs sponsored by the FDA, USDA and/or the VA.

6. Know Your Builder

When purchasing a new construction home, it is a good idea to look into the company, their previous work and their reputation among the community at large. A top-rated company, such as Hallmark, will have plenty of model homes to tour, company representatives to meet with and glowing reviews on their website. When researching the company, be sure to read the testimonials from satisfied customers, scroll through the suite of gorgeous floor plans and to look over their series of breathtaking neighborhoods.

7. Fine Tune the Finish

Once you have partnered with the right team of building professionals, it is time to determine the fine details and exact specifications of how your new home will look and feel. This can be based on your personal preferences in style and design, and on what you determined which features are standards, which are upgrades and what your budget will accommodate. Features to think about here are paint color (different schemes in each room or a consistent theme throughout the house), built-in shelves, wood beam ceiling trim, appliances, cabinets, molding, flooring, luxury bathroom upgrades, etc.

8. Walk Through and Approve

The final phases of your building project will require a hands-on, teamwork approach between you and your company representative. As your unique selection of custom features are being installed, you can inspect the work at the separate phases of completion of the walls, floors, lighting, windows, doors, cabinets, countertops, tiled areas, and plumbing fixtures. Also, this phase will require that you review the exterior characteristics which you may have requested to be customized such as landscaping, driveways and sidewalks. At this time, you will also have the opportunity to point out any minor details you would like fixed, changed or fine-tuned. These are then written out on a “punch list” and given to the builder to complete before you move in. At this point, you have reached what is known as “substantial completion,” and you can look forward to closing on the property.

 

Knowing the numerous phases of the homebuying process can help you have a successful, smooth experience. Contact us to learn more about building your ideal custom home.

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