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Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 08:08 AM

Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?Every year industry experts talk about the newest trends in the remodeling industry. You’ll hear about these trends on home improvement sites such as or on remodeling shows on television. A lot of what you’ll hear or read tends to focus on interior design: What are the “hot” colors this year? What kinds of backsplash materials are “in?” Which hardware finishes are most popular?  Those are all interesting and important items to consider, but which remodeling trends matter most for your Rochester home?

I’d like to suggest that real remodeling trends—ones that have staying power—focus more on functionality and changes that come about in response to homeowners’ changing lifestyles.  Let’s look at a few of these kinds of remodeling trends in some key areas of your Rochester home.

Kitchen Trends

Kitchens have changed dramatically over the years. They’re no longer simply spaces for food preparation. These days, people use them for entertaining, cooking, casual dining, and even family meetings. While color changes and finishes may constantly change, one trend that seems to have great staying power is the use of kitchen islands as a major feature in kitchens because they lend themselves to multiple uses. Take a look at some of the kitchen projects we’ve worked on recently.

Bathroom Trends

Bathrooms are kind of a big deal in today’s homes. There’s a good reason for that. This is a room you use multiple times a day. It’s where you get ready to meet the challenges of the day and it’s also a place you relax at the end of the day. A couple of trends in bathrooms have been to make them more comfortable and functional. That means dual sinks and more space for getting ready in the morning. And when it comes to comfort, many homeowners have replaced old conventional tubs (and even whirlpools) with elegant soaking tubs and spacious showers that enhance relaxation. Here’s a look at some of the things you’ll want to consider as you plan your bathroom remodel.

Interior Trends

Even though open floor plans have been around for a few years they continue to be a popular trend. It’s a way to bring more natural light into your home and it also gives the inside of your home a more spacious feel. Often homeowners choose to repurpose existing rooms to meet their changing needs for things such as a home office, a guest bedroom, or a multi-purpose family room/entertainment room. You can even finish out your basement or convert your garage into extra living space.

Addition Trends

There are also trends in home additions that are worth noting. There has been an increase in the number of multi-generational households over the past few years. Often that requires adding physical space that can be used as an in-law apartment (which can be used for older parents moving in, or for adult children who are still working on getting started in their own careers).  Click here for some inspirational images of how you can add beautiful—and needed—space to your existing home.






Topics: Home Remodeling Rochester NY

Where Will I Live While My Custom Home Is Being Built?

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 @ 09:07 AM

Where Will I Live While My Custom Home Is Being Built?Building a new home in the Rochester area can be a fun, exciting, and challenging task. What can you do to make sure you’re a happy camper throughout the process? You’ll have a lot of details to think about. That will include evaluating floor plans to come up with a design that best suits your needs (here’s some information that can help with that). You’ll make choices about building materials, finishes, and appliances. You’ll want to think through your lighting and decorating choices. There will be budgets and finances to work through, too. But there’s one question that often sneaks up on a lot of homeowners: “Where will I live while my custom home is being built?”

It’s not exactly a small detail, because the rest of life doesn’t stop when you sign a contract to build a new custom home. You still have a life to live and you have responsibilities beyond your new home. And as rustic and romantic as it may sound, “camping out” really isn’t a great option.

In a perfect world, you’d be able to sell your existing home and continue to live in it until your new home is ready to move in. Then you’d simply pack up your stuff and make your move. It sounds simple, right? Most of us, however, don’t live in that perfect world. That means when you sell your existing home, you may have to move out before the new one is completed.

Great Community Choices

The good news is that Gerber builds homes in a wide variety of communities (and individual home sites) in the Rochester area. Check out the many options available for building in the area, including Canandaigua, Marion, Huron Macedon, Webster, Ontario, and others. Knowing you’ll end up in a community you love is a big help, but it doesn’t take care of your housing needs before your move-in date.

What About Your Short-term Housing Needs?

Finding a short-term lease can really be a challenge—particularly if you want to move into a place where you’ll be comfortable and feel secure. Too often, if you can find a place, you’ll have to be prepared to pay a premium.

At Gerber, we think there’s a better way to solve that dilemma than to put an extra burden on families who want to build a new home. One of the ways we make it easier for homeowners to build with us is to provide them with another short-term housing option. Because we own a number of quality rental properties, we’re able to offer month-to-month living opportunities to our clients. As a matter of fact, while your new Gerber custom home is being built, you can live in one of these comfortable units RENT FREE. Click here for details about our free rental and storage options that you can take advantage of while we build your home! You’ll find options in Ontario, Palmyra, and Marion.

You’ll have plenty of details to deal with when building your new home. Worrying about where you’ll live while your home is being built doesn’t have to be one of them. That should make you a happy camper—without having to actually camp out!

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Topics: Rochester area Home Builder

Custom Building in Rochester: Controlling Creeping Cost

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 @ 09:07 AM

Custom Building in Rochester: Controlling Creeping CostOne of the most prevalent “horror stories” about building a custom home or doing a home remodeling project has to do with homeowners going over budget. That tale of woe is followed closely by stories about projects that took much longer to complete than planned. Sometimes that happens when a homeowner doesn’t take enough time to think through what they really want and need. That may mean adding options later that weren’t in your original budget (here’s a post that deals with that in more detail).

There are some other things that can cause building and renovation projects to exceed their budgets and deadlines—and homeowners often get surprised by these things.

Home Size

It's no surprise that (generally) a bigger house costs more money. Your builder will use more materials and more labor. One housing trend that may be a bit of a surprise for you has to do with the size of homes. For many years new home sizes got gradually bigger and bigger. House sizes took a dip around 2008 but then began edging up again. Around 2013, however, that growth flattened out and actually started down. Instead of focusing so much on the size of their homes, owners were paying more attention to the comfort and quality of their homes. They wanted homes that fit their lifestyles. Here’s an article that talks about the emphasis on better over bigger.

Home Layouts

Size isn’t the only physical characteristic that can affect your building cost. The layout of your home can have an impact as well. Some plans are more expensive to build than others. Here’s a look at the cost difference between building a one-story home, a one-and-a-half- story home, and a two-story home.


Sometimes new homeowners forget that the money they spend on their lot is actually a pretty significant portion of the overall cost of the home. Location and size obviously affect the price of the lot, but the condition of the lot (it's suitability for building) can also affect your cost.


When you’re looking at the finishes for your new house, it can be tempting to add more upgrades than you really need. It’s not that you shouldn’t do it (sometimes it’s the right thing to do), but lots of little upgrades can add up fast. Here’s a post that looks at the surprising impact of both property costs and upgrades.

Scope Creep: Small Changes That Aren’t So Small

This is a problem that hits a lot of homeowners. Part of what makes this issue so insidious is that it doesn’t happen all at once. It tends to creep up on homeowners without them being aware of it. Some builders call it “scope creep” and here’s how it can happen.

It begins when you add “small” features to the plan or contract you’ve already agreed upon with your contractor: “Let’s move that wall 5 inches to the right.” Five inches isn’t much, but sometimes it leads to having to move an outlet. In your kitchen, it could mean moving some plumbing. Or moving the wall may affect the light in the room, so you want to add a window to compensate. What seemed like a really small change can end up having a big impact.

Of course, not every change has major ramifications, but you get the picture. Changes happen in small increments that don’t seem like a big deal. But it can cost you considerably more money and add to the time it takes to complete your project.

How can you avoid scope creep?

Start by paying close attention to the plans you and your builder have created before construction starts so you both know what to expect.  If you feel strongly that something needs to change, talk to your builder about it. Tell him what you want (or don’t want) but don’t dictate the solution. Your builder may come up with an answer that doesn’t cost you more or extend your deadline. When you tell your builder what you want, he’ll probably respond in one of the following ways:

  • Sure, we can do that! Here’s the revised estimate, reflecting the increased cost.
  • No problem! That’s a change we can make, but it will take us an extra week.
  • Yes, that’s something we can do. It will cost you an additional $X and it’s going to take us an additional five days to complete the project.
  • Sorry! If you’re not willing to spend any more money and if you aren’t willing to extend the amount of time it will take to complete, we can’t make this change for you.

Talk to Your Builder and Focus on What You Can Control

Sometimes circumstances beyond anyone’s control (unforeseen increases in material costs) can increase your costs some. Unexpected material shortages or bad weather can cause delays. And sometimes things are just more difficult than expected. But you can avoid the horrors of “scope creep” by maintaining clear communication with your builder.


Topics: Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Custom home building, Staying on budget

Rochester Additions Are About More Than Adding Space

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Jul 22, 2018 @ 19:07 PM

Rochester Additions Are About More Than Adding SpaceSometimes there is simply no substitute for adding onto your Rochester home. If you have more children than when you first moved into your home, you may need more space. Or it could be that your kids are older and it's not realistic for them to share a room anymore. Or you could have an older parent who needs to move in with you. Each of those situations requires more space, but keep in mind that Rochester additions are about more than adding space.

At Gerber, we've been doing Rochester home additions for years.  One of the things we've seen time and time again is that it's not just about how much space you have in your home—it's about having space that fits your needs and your lifestyle.

Let’s look a little closer at a few scenarios to illustrate what it means to add more functionality and comfort while adding additional space.

Aging-in-Place Needs

Let’s take the example of creating space for your aging loved ones. It’s not just a matter of adding square footage. Their needs may be a little different than yours. You’ll want to pay attention to things such as:

  • Doors and Hallways
  • Kitchen layout and design
  • Stairs (or solutions that eliminate stairs)
  • Bedroom needs
  • Bathroom needs
  • Garage considerations

In each of those situations, your aging parents will have needs or preferences that are different than those of the rest of your family. Here’s a helpful infographic that highlights specific things to consider for each of the things mentioned above. These are things you’ll want to think about in order to create space where your aging parents will feel comfortable and safe.

Ease of Access

When you put on an addition, you’ll want to make sure that it’s easy to access. Open floor plans have been extremely popular for a number of years (and here’s an article that talks about how they aren’t going away anytime soon). You’ll want to talk to your remodeler about creating a space that is easy to access from the rest of your house—and looks and feels like an extension of your existing home.

Flexible Space

When adding on to your home it's a good idea to keep flexibility in mind. Things change with time. Right now you may want a game room to enjoy with your kids. That's great! But what about a few years down the road? The same is true with adding a home theatre. It may be the idea use of extra space right now, but will it still meet your needs in a few years? With some prior planning, you and your contractor should be able to come up with a flexible solution—something that can be adapted to other purposes later on. Here's a post that talks about how to keep your options open for future needs.

Sometimes, you simply need more space. That’s when a home addition can really make sense. Just be sure to take a long-range view when you do your planning. And take advantage of your builder’s expertise as you plan.

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Topics: Additions Rochester NY, Home Remodeling Rochester NY

Interior Remodeling That Reinvents Your Rochester Home from the Inside Out

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jul 4, 2018 @ 13:07 PM

Interior Remodeling Reinventing Your Rochester Home from the Inside OutSome people choose to remodel the inside of their Rochester-area homes simply because the rooms and the décor feel a bit dated. These folks are after a fresh, new look and feel. If that’s your goal, we’ve pulled together information about current trends that can help you achieve your goal. Others are more interested in ensuring that their home truly meets their needs and reflects their lifestyle. If that’s what you’re after you want to pursue interior remodeling that reinvents your Rochester home from the inside out.

Identify Your Objectives

It’s hard to make meaningful plans for improvement if you’re not sure what you want. There is something important you should do before you get too wrapped up in what kind of cabinets, countertops, flooring, or hardware you think would look good. You need to make a list of your objectives. Take your time with this and be specific. Being dissatisfied with your current kitchen is a legitimate reason to remodel. But take things to the next level. What exactly is it that bothers you about your kitchen? Is the layout awkward or uncomfortable? Is it too small? Is it dark? What would you like to be able to do in your kitchen that you can’t currently do (such as entertain or eat)?

Once you’ve created that list go back through it and separate the changes you have in mind into two categories: “Must-Have” features and “Nice-to-Have” features. That will help you when you create your budget for your remodeling project. Here’s a helpful article about creating a realistic budget.

Determine What Will Fit Your Lifestyle

There are tons of examples of beautiful homes all over the Internet. You can get great ideas on sites such as (click here for some examples). Keep in mind that just because something looks good online that doesn’t mean it’s the right solution for you. Think about how your family will use the space that you plan to remodel. For instance, there are some great ideas for creating home entertainment rooms or game rooms in your house. But if your family isn’t in the habit of watching movies together or playing games together, they’re probably not going to start just because you create a space for that.

Instead, focus on things you already do—but could do more comfortably or conveniently if you made some changes. Re-make your home to fit your personality. Here’s an article about how to create a kitchen that matches your personality. The basic principles apply to any room in your home.

Don’t Overlook the Mundane

It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and exciting rooms of your home. However, it’s often the more mundane (or even boring) areas that can make a big difference in how your home feels. That’s why it’s important to think about things such as storage space, laundry rooms, or mud rooms that can make your life a whole lot easier.

To realize the maximum impact of a home remodel, don't just focus on the surface and on how things look. Yes, you want to have a home that looks fresh and inviting but take advantage of the remodeling opportunity to reinvent your home from the inside out.

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Topics: Home Remodeling Rochester NY, Interior Remodeling

Rochester Remodeling—Measuring the Cost Before You Begin

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Jun 23, 2018 @ 13:06 PM

Rochester Remodeling Measuring the Cost Before You BeginWhen you’re considering a remodel of your Rochester-area home, you have a lot to think about. You may be wondering if it makes more sense to buy or build a new home or remodel your existing home. Or If you’re thinking about a kitchen remodel you may be wondering what features you really want in your dream kitchen.  No matter what you decide to pursue, one thing you’ll want to do is measure the cost before you begin.

There are a number of ways to look at—and evaluate—the cost of a Rochester-area remodel. Let’s look at a few.

What Impacts the Cost?

Not all remodeling projects are the same. As a result, you can spend different amounts to get what you want. Here are some of the things that will affect your final cost.

  • Size and Scope: It may seem obvious, but the size and the complexity of your project can have a dramatic impact on your cost. Simply refurbishing or replacing cabinets and flooring in your kitchen is one thing. If you choose to expand your kitchen, that may involve moving walls and other things such as changing plumbing and electrical service. Here’s a post that helps you get a grip on the scope of your project.
  • Materials Matter: The kinds of materials you choose for your project will also affect your cost. Granite or quartz countertops cost more than Formica countertops. They may also deliver more value (they look better and will last longer). But you have to be aware going into the project that they will impact your price. Here’s an article that can help you balance cost vs. value when remodeling.
  • Customization Costs: The more customized your remodeling project in, the more you’ll pay. Using standard sizes and angles is less expensive than going for unusual sizes and shapes. You’ll pay a higher price for both materials and labor. That may be worth it to you. If it’s really what you want and you can afford it—it may be the right choice. If you’ll be perfectly satisfied with a more conventional design, you probably won’t want to pay more.

Consider Resale Value

While your main concern should be to create a home that’s comfortable and convenient, you’ll want to keep resale value in mind. It’s important to look at your overall return on investment (ROI). Not all remodeling projects have the same kind of ROI. Here’s a look at the kind of return you can expect from some typical projects according to the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report (

Type of Project   Percentage of Cost Recouped
Midrange Bathroom Remodel    35%
Midrange Major Kitchen Remodel   38.1%
Midrange Minor Kitchen Remodel   56.5%
Universal Bathroom Design   38.9%
Manufactured Stone Veneer   63%
Backyard Patio   26.8%

As you can see, some projects hold their value more than others. You can visit for a look at specific descriptions and pricing for each of these projects to get an idea of what you can expect to spend. It’s also important to keep in mind that even though you may not recover everything you spend when it’s time to sell, you’ll still enjoy the benefits in terms of comfort and convenience while you live in your home.

Begin With a Budget

One thing that's really helpful in keep costs under control is, to begin with a realistic budget. Make sure you understand what you can really afford. Then take a look at what you can realistically get done for the money you're comfortable spending. Here’s an article that can help you avoid budget missteps when planning.

It’s great to look at ideas and designs online to come up with a plan to make your Rochester home even better. But make sure you measure the costs before you jump into the remodeling process.


Topics: Home Remodeling Rochester NY, Remodel Project Costs

Essentials You Need to Know About Rochester Home Remodeling

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 @ 06:06 AM

Essentials you need to know about Rochester home remodelingRemodeling your Rochester home isn’t something you’ll want to take casually. It involves a lot more than simply slapping on a new coat of paint or changing some light fixtures to freshen things up. It’s a chance to turn your Rochester home into a more comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable space for you and your family. It's a chance to customize your home to better suit your lifestyle and your personality. That kind of change, however, doesn't just happen. You'll want to be prepared so that you can make the most of the situation.  Here are some of the essentials you need to know about Rochester home remodeling.

Identifying Exactly What You Want From Your Home Remodeling Project

First of all, it’s important to identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your home renovation project. Do you need more living space? Where do you need it the most? Do you want to open up space in your home so that it feels larger (even if you don't add square footage)? You might want to think about a remodel that incorporates an open floor plan to accomplish that (and let in more light).

You’ll also want to think through how much you want to take on at one time. There may be multiple areas you want to change, but it’s helpful to start with the ones that address your most pressing needs. Here’s a post that offers some practical help in getting a grip on the scope of your project so that you tackle “first things first.”

Remodeling Costs

Another essential to ensure a successful home remodel is having a good handle on what your costs will be—before you begin. It’s easy to fall in love with gorgeous homes you see online, but everything has a cost. You need to figure out how much you can reasonably spend on a project. We’re not talking about cutting corners to save money. If you do that you won’t be satisfied with the results down the road. It’s important to balance cost and value when planning a project. Both are important.

It is important, however, to have a realistic budget and stick to it. One way to do that is to meet with a lender to see what kind of loan you qualify for. Then talk to a contractor about what a realistic plan is for the amount you’re planning to spend.

A big mistake many homeowners make is over-spending their remodeling budget. Remember, one of the main reasons to remodel is to be more comfortable in your home and to enjoy it. It's hard to do that if you're overextended. Here's an article that looks at three reasons homeowners tend to overspend their budgets—and how you can avoid doing it.

Once you establish your needs and your budget, you’ll want to get down to more specifics. Not all remodeling projects are the same, and you’ll want to think about different details depending on what kind of project you’re taking on. While you can renovate any room in your house you choose, here are some of the most commonly remodeled areas of the home. By the way, there are two main reasons these projects are so popular. They tend to deliver the most “bang for your buck”—both in terms of the return on investment (resale value) and in terms of comfort and convenience for your family.


Kitchen Remodeling

We’ve all heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s truer today than ever before. While kitchens used to be isolated from the rest of the home, they are now often the center of activity. It’s where much of family life takes place: cooking, homework, family meetings, and entertaining are just a few of the activities that take place in the kitchen. Your kitchen is much more than just your appliances and your countertops. That’s why you’ll want to give some serious thought to how your kitchen is designed. Here’s a post that highlights important things to consider when designing your Rochester home’s kitchen.

  • Bathroom Remodeling
    Bathrooms run neck and neck with kitchens as the most remodeled room in any home. There’s more to a successful bathroom remodel, however, than just putting in a new sink or toilet. Your guest bath (or Powder Room) is a room that all your guests will see. You’ll want it to be comfortable and inviting. Your master bathroom, on the other hand, is your private space. You’ll want it to be a place that offers comfort and makes getting ready for your day easy and stress-free. Here's an article that reminds you of some of the essentials you’ll want to pay attention to when remodeling your bathroom.
  • Interior Remodeling
    Many times homeowners are simply looking for more living space in their homes whether it’s for entertaining, working, additional sleeping space, home entertainment, or for hobbies. Your basement can be an incredible source of untapped (and potentially useful) space. Your garage may be another untapped source of useful space. A converted garage can be a great place for a home office. It’s also ideal for a craft room, an art or pottery studio—or for a room for older kids to hang out with their friends. Bonus room conversions are another fantastic way to create flexible space—whether you need a home office, an extra bedroom, or an entertainment room. Because it uses existing space, it's a quick and affordable way to add needed living space to your home.
  • Exterior Remodeling
    Not all remodeling, of course, has to take place inside your home. Sometimes what's outside your home matters just as much as what is inside. There's just something special about coming home to a home that's beautiful inside and out. Of course, an exterior renovation can add significant curb appeal to your home should you decide to sell at some point. But exterior features (such as porches and decks) also add to the usable space of your home. Take a look at a few examples of how great exterior remodels can make your home look—and how they can add functionality.

There are a few other things that are essential in order to ensure great results when you remodel your Rochester home. They really have more to do with information and educating yourself than anything else.

  • Remodeling Process
    The better you understand the remodeling process, the better your results will be. A big part of understanding the remodeling process is having a good grip on your responsibilities during remodeling. When you fulfill your responsibilities, it helps keep the project on schedule—and that reduces stress for you and your contractor. One of the most important tools at your disposal is your remodeler’s knowledge and experience. Of course, that’s one reason why choosing the right contractor in the first place.
  • Remodeling Resources
    Finally, there is simply no substitute for knowledge. Educating yourself about the remodeling process and about specific kinds of projects is so important. It helps you learn to ask the right questions—which puts your mind at ease. It also helps you gather ideas—and even come up with your own that you can run past your remodeler. We’re committed to helping prospective clients get the information they need before they begin the home remodeling process. It’s why we offer free downloadable remodeling resources such as our:

Remodeling your Rochester area home may not be something you’ll want to take lightly, but the good news is that with the proper information and resources it’s not something you have to take on all by yourself. The more you know about the process and your options, the better your results will be. Remodeling can actually be a fun and exciting adventure. We’d love to join you in that process!

 Click to Download: 2018 Remodeling Cost vs Value Report for Rochester, NY 

Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this August

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 9, 2018 @ 16:05 PM

Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this AugustAnybody considering building a new home in the Rochester area will want to arm themselves with as many ideas and inspirations as possible before jumping into the homebuilding process. Attending Homerama in Rochester, NY is a great way to gather that information and inspiration. And while perusing the properties for ideas may be great, the more prepared you are, the more you’ll benefit from the experience.

Here are a few tips to ensure you maximize your time and come away with knowledge that will help you find the perfect Rochester home for your family.

Do a Little Homework

It’s important that your new home fits your lifestyle. Before you begin to look at homes, take some time to think about how you’ll use your home. You’ll want to consider what size home fits your family’s needs. How many bedrooms will you need? How do you entertain? Will you need a larger family room in which to interact with guests? What about your kitchen? Will you use your kitchen for entertaining? Or do you hope to use it for gourmet cooking? Here’s a post that helps you match your new Rochester kitchen to your specific personality.

Think About Floor Plans

Reviewing some potential floor plans before you look at a finished model home can be helpful. Do you prefer an open style floor plan? Are you looking for a plan that has bedrooms on one level and common spaces on a separate level? Or are you considering something that offers single-level living? Take a look at the floor plans Gerber offers to see what appeals to you. Then you can head over to Homerama and see what a plan like that looks and feels like in real life.

First-time Buyers

If you’re looking to build/buy your first home it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. You’ll want to focus on what’s really important for you and your family at this point in time. That being said, you’ll also want to keep in mind what your family’s needs may look like down the road a few years. Here’s a helpful post that highlights some of the essentials that first-time homebuyers look for.

Establish the Essentials

It’s not just first-time buyers who should consider the essentials. Before you get too far into the process, you may want to establish what’s essential in your new home so that you’ll be happy with it for years to come. Consider making a list that’s divided into three categories: “Must-Have” features; “Nice-to-Have” features; and “Splurge” features.

Consider Your Budget

Thinking about your budget ahead of time is really smart. You’ll want to have a realistic budget in mind before you begin choosing plans. It really doesn’t make sense to look at a $400,000 home if what you really need is a $250,000 home. Here’s a look at how to create a realistic budget for your Rochester-area home. You may also want to visit a reputable lender to see what kind of a loan you qualify for. That can help you set realistic parameters before you get into the details of floor plans, finishes, and upgrades.

Educate Yourself About the Basics

As builders, we’re often asked a lot of basic questions about home design. We think that’s a good thing! That’s why we created a free Home Design Guide eBook that you can download for free. It provides basic information about how to design key rooms in your home such as your kitchen, bathroom, living room, and master bedroom. This guide goes beyond style and talks about the importance of function in good design.

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Topics: Homerama Rochester NY 2018

Farmhouse Chic for Your Rochester-Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, May 8, 2018 @ 17:05 PM

Farmhouse Chic For Your Rochester-Area HomeWhether you’re planning to build a new custom home or remodel your existing Rochester-area home, you’ll want a home that reflects your own sense of style, comfort, and personality. If relaxed, casual comfort is high on your list you might want to take a closer look at Farmhouse Chic for your Rochester-Area home.

Not New But Still Trending

The style has been around for at least 10 years or more, but it continues to grow in popularity—thanks, no doubt to HGTV’s Joanna Gaines who has been somewhat of an evangelist for the style. Part of the appeal of Farmhouse Chic is that it has so many different sub-categories. You can find examples of Classic, Western, Cottage, French, or Bohemian Farmhouse Chic all over and Pinterest.

Common Farmhouse Chic Elements

Despite their different nuances, the various versions of Farmhouse Chic share some common elements. Almost all of them feature some (if not all) of the following things:

  • Use of reclaimed wood, leather, or metal
  • Wide plank floors (often with a distressed look)
  • An emphasis on pine furniture (or other woods)
  • Comfortable, casual furniture that tends to be larger (clean lines are important)
  • Wrought iron accents
  • Accessories with a vintage look and feel (including weathered accents such as shutters, barn doors, and windows)

Let’s Take a Peek at Chic

Perhaps the best way to describe Farmhouse Chic is to take a look at a few examples. Your particular sense of taste and style will vary of course, but here are some images that illustrate the beauty and feel of this popular style.

You can see some of the elements of Farmhouse Chic in this master bedroom with the wide-open space, the use of stonework, and the clean, comfortable look of the furniture.

The kitchen in this Farmhouse home highlight the wood accents; from the wide plank wood floors to the tables, cabinets and paneled walls. You’ll also note the neutral color scheme.

This rustic kitchen/dining area really emphasizes the distressed wood look—from the floors to the ceiling and even the barn doors handing on the outside walls. You can also see the metal accents in the barn door railings, and in the chandelier.

Here’s one more look at a Farmhouse Chic kitchen that is a blend of rustic and modern. The wide plank flooring is much lighter. The kitchen table is very rustic—but matched beautifully with more modern chairs and a modern chandelier that brings in a dark metal color. Even the glassware on the table fits: It’s a subtle accent color that adds interest without dominating the room. This homeowner used the hanging barn door as a nice accent to separate the pantry from the kitchen and dining area.

A Few Words of Caution

While there may not be hard and fast rules about how to incorporate Farmhouse Chic into your home, here are a few suggestions that can help guide you.

Keep it Uncluttered

One of the keys to successfully pulling off the Farmhouse Chic style is to keep things uncluttered. The clean, airy look is a huge part of the appeal. This is one of the subtle differences between Farmhouse and Country styles. It’s a bit more sophisticated and sleek. It doesn’t need to be austere, but it should be a bit more open

Don’t Overdo It

Because accessories are an important element in the style, it can be tempting to go a bit overboard. Don’t overload rooms with accessories (that goes back to the uncluttered idea). You’ll also want to use some restraint with the reclaimed woods and metals. If you use too many varieties (or either wood or metal) the elements can start to compete with one another. Farmhouse Chic is a bit subtler.

Be Sparing with Accent Colors

Because Farmhouse style tends toward more neutral colors, it begs for some accent color. The key here is to make sure the accents are truly accents and don’t dominate the room.

Trends come and go. That’s why, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to go for classic design and staying power rather than what’s “hot.”  Still, when tastefully done, Farmhouse Chic looks like it may still be popular years from now.

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The Ellington Floor Plan in Magnolia Manor—A Great Home for a Great Community

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, May 8, 2018 @ 15:05 PM

EllingtonMagnoliaIf you’re looking for a great place to live in the Rochester area, the town of Perinton really should be on your shortlist. You’ll find it just minutes from the Village of Fairport—so it’s easy to pop in for their Farmer’s Market. There’s easy access to the New York State Thruway (Exit 45 is only 15 minutes away), and it’s close to Eastview Mall, which puts great shopping within easy reach. Twice the town of Perinton has been selected as “The Best Place to Live in America.”

Our newest community, The Magnolia Manor Community, located in between Route 31F and Whitney Road just east of Wakeman Road in Perinton, builds on that reputation. Residents can enjoy walking trails, plentiful sidewalks for strolling, and open park spaces. Nearby Center Park provides great entertainment during the summer months.

The Ellington Floor Plan in Magnolia Manor—A Great Home for a Great Community Of course, a great community deserves a great floor plan. That’s exactly what you’ll find with the Ellington located in Magnolia Manor. This 4- Bedroom, 3-1/2 Bath home offers 2210 square feet of comfortable living that includes:

  • A partially finished walkout lower level w/ full bath
  • 9’ Ceilings on the main level
  • A spacious 3-Car Garage
  • Wood/Laminate & Ceramic Tile Floors plus Granite Countertops
  • Heat Pump / Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Luxury Bath with Tile Shower & His / Her Sinks

Click here for a larger and more detailed look at the floor plan.

If you’re after comfort and convenience, this home has them in abundance. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning room off of the open kitchen. You can then move easily to the adjoining Great room where you can enjoy a warm fire in the colder months. There’s also a study on the main level that makes a great home office in case you want to work from home.

The upstairs of this model is spacious and comfortable as well. The Master Bedroom has it’s own bathroom with a tile shower and dual sinks and walk-in closets that make getting ready for the day a convenient pleasure. There are three additional bedrooms on the upper level. There is also a laundry room on the upper level so that you don’t have to haul clothes and bed linens up and down the stairs.

In short, this home provides all the comfort and space that you can imagine. What’s even better is that you don’t have to imagine it. You can visit this completed model and check out all the amenities for yourself! It’s open weekends from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Contact us to set up an appointment so you can check it out for yourself. Or, if you want a preview, click here for a virtual tour!

Magnolia Manor in Perinton offers you a great family-friendly floor plan in a great community. Come and see it for yourself! We’d be delighted to show you around!

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Topics: Rochester Home Builder, The Ellington Floor Plan, Magnolia Manor Community

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