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Greater Rochester Area Schools You’ll Want to Know About

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Dec 1, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

Greater Rochester Area Schools You’ll Want to Know AboutAs home builders in the Rochester area, we obviously field a lot of questions about which floor plans make the most sense for individual homeowners.  And of course, people want to know about home features and which materials will serve them best when it comes for cabinets or flooring. But for a lot of homebuyers want to know about schools in the area. We understand how important that is, so let’s look at some greater Rochester area schools you’ll want to know about.

To make things a bit easier for you to evaluate, we’ll organize the information by school districts and communities—with specific schools listed under those categories. For additional information about individual schools, you can click on the link to the specific school district.

Rochester (Brighton Central School District)

The Brighton Central School District is a top-rated public school district located in Rochester, NY that has a student population of approximately 3,500 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How The District Stacks Up

#1 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#8 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#10 of 692 in Safest School Districts New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#20 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#306 in Best High Schools in America in 2019 for Brighton High School by U.S. News and World Report

#45 in Best New York High Schools in 2019 for Brighton High School by U.S. News and World Report

#79 in Best STEM High Schools in 2019 for Brighton High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Brighton Central School District

Elementary Schools: French Road Elementary, Council Rock Primary School

Middle Schools: Twelve Corners Middle School

High School: Brighton High School

Webster (Webster Central School District)

The Webster Central School District is an outstanding public school district located in Webster, NY. It has over 8,000 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#8 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#24 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#77 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#80 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Webster Central School District

Elementary Schools: Plank Road North Elementary School, Plank Road South Elementary School, Klem Road North Elementary School, DeWitt Road Elementary School, Klem Road South Elementary School, Schlegel Road Elementary School, State Road Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Spry Middle School, Willink Middle School 

High School: Thomas High School, Webster-Schroeder High School  

Webster (Webster Central School District)

The Webster Central School District is an outstanding public school district located in Webster, NY with more than 8,000 students in grades PK, K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#8 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#24 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#77 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#80 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Webster Central School District

Elementary Schools: Plank Road North Elementary School, Plank Road South Elementary School, Klem Road North Elementary School, DeWitt Road Elementary School, Klem Road South Elementary School, Schlegel Road Elementary School, State Road Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Spry Middle School, Willink Middle School 

High SchoolsThomas High School, Webster-Schroeder High School 

Canandaigua (Canandaigua City School District)

The Canandaigua City School District is the leading public school district located in Canandaigua, NY with slightly more than 3,500 students in grades PK, K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#11 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#2 in Best School Districts in Ontario County for 2019 by Niche.com

#132 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#164 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#196 of 688 in Best Places to Teach in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Canandaigua City School District

Elementary Schools: Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Canandaigua Middle School 

High School: Canandaigua Academy 

Victor (Victor Central School District)

The Victor Central School District is an unparalleled public school district located in Victor, NY with fewer than 4,500 students in grades PK, K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#6 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#1 in Best School Districts in Ontario County for 2019 by Niche.com

#1 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#30 of 692 in Safest School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#62 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Victor Central School District

Elementary Schools: Victor Primary School, Victor Intermediate School, Victor Early Childhood School

Middle Schools: Victor Junior High School

High School: Victor Senior High School 

Fairport (Fairport Central School District)

The  Fairport Central School District is a highly rated public school district located in Fairport, NY that is home to nearly 6,000 students in grades K-12 and has a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#7 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#61 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#78 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#44 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Fairport Central School District

Elementary Schools: Brooks Hill School, Jefferson Avenue Elementary School, Northside School, Dudley School

Middle Schools: Martha Brown Middle School, Johanna Perrin Middle School 

High School: Fairport High School, Minerva Deland School 

Ontario (Wayne Central School District)

The  Wayne Central School District is a highly regarded public school district located in Ontario, NY that has just over 2,000 students in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#7 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#3 in Best School Districts in Wayne County for 2019 by Niche.com

#291 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#243 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Wayne Central School District

Elementary Schools: Ontario Elementary School, Ontario Primary School

Middle Schools: Wayne Central Middle School 

High School: Wayne Senior High School

Pittsford (Pittsford Central School District)

The Pittsford Central School District is an exceptional public school district located in Pittsford, NY with just over 5,500 students in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#2 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#16 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#22 of 692 Safest School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#28 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#161 in Best U.S. High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford Sutherland High School by U.S. News and World Report

#23 in Best New York High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford Sutherland High School by U.S. News and World Report

#78 in Best STEM High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford Sutherland High School by U.S. News and World Report

#108 in Best U.S. High School in 2019 for Pittsford-Mendon High School by U.S. News and World Report 

#18 in Best New York High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford-Mendon High School by U.S. News and World Report

#157 Best STEM High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford-Mendon High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Pittsford Central School District

Elementary Schools: Jefferson Road Elementary School, Thornell Road School, Allen Creek School, Mendon Center Elementary School, Park Road School

Middle Schools: Barker Road Middle School

High School: Pittsford-Mendon High School, Pittsford Sutherland High School 

Penfield (Penfield Central School District)

The Penfield Central School District is a superior public school district located in Rochester, NY with just under 4,500 students enrolled in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#3 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#19 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#28 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#29 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#108 in Best High Schools in New York for 2017 for Penfield Senior High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Penfield Central School District

Elementary Schools: Scribner Road Elementary School, Cobbles Elementary School, Harris Hill Elementary School, Indian Landing Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Bay Trail Middle School 

High School: Penfield Senior High School

Honeoye Falls (Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District)

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District is a top-rated public school district located in Honeoye Falls, NY that hoses slightly more than2,000 students in grades K-12 and has a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1

How the District Stacks Up

#4 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#64 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#57 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#68 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#371 in Best U.S. High Schools in 2019 for Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School by U.S. News and World Report

#51 in Best High Schools in New York in 2019 for Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District

Elementary Schools: Manor Intermediate School, Lima Elementary School

Middle Schools: Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School

High School: Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School 

West Irondequoit (West Irondequoit Central School District)

The  West Irondequoit Central School District is a top-notch public school district located in Rochester, NY with 3,526 students in attendance in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#5 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#40 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#59 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#102 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the West Irondequoit Central School District

Elementary Schools: Southlawn School, Seneca School, Rogers Middle School, Iroquois Middle School, Colebrook School, Briarwood School, Listwood Elementary School, Brookview School 

Middle Schools: Dake Junior High School 

High School: Irondequoit High School

While we haven’t covered every single school in the Greater Rochester area, this list gives you a pretty good idea of the quality and availability of great schools in many areas where you might consider building a home. We understand the importance of building your dream home at a location that fits your lifestyle and family needs. That’s why we offer our customers, communities in the most sought-after Rochester and Surrounding Area Locations. Gerber Homes is one of the largest Rochester & Finger Lakes Area Homebuilders with Communities in Wayne, Ontario, and Eastern Monroe Counties.

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Topics: Greater Rochester Schools, Rochester NY School Districts, Webster NY Schools, Canandaigua NY Schools, Victor NY School District, Fairport NY Schools, Ontario NY Schools, Pittsford NY Central School District, Penfield NY Schools, Honeoye Falls NY School District, Irondequoit NY Schools

What Does It Really Mean to Build a Custom Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Nov 25, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

What Does It Really Mean to Build a Custom Home?Often, when people think about custom homes, their thoughts turn toward luxury features. Images of expensive stonework, exotic woods, and gold-plated bathroom fixtures come to mind. But what does it really mean to build a custom home?

There’s More to Custom Homes Than Spending More Money

While it’s true that you’ll spend more for a custom home than you will for a “production” home, the custom home building experience really isn’t about opulence—it’s about customization. That means building a Rochester-area home that fits your family’s lifestyle like a glove. It means designing the space and the look of the home so that it reflects your personal sense of style—and the way you live and entertain.

Just because you’re building a custom home doesn’t mean writing a blank check. You still have to pay attention to your budget. Here’s an article that cautions about some of the surprising places that your Rochester custom home could cost more—and how to prepare for those surprises.

What Custom (Can) Look Like

Let’s look at a few areas in your home where having a custom home looks a little different. Perhaps the best way to do that is to actually show you examples of custom homes we’ve built for our clients.

What-Does-It-Mean-to-Build-CUSTOM-2Here’s a Great Room in a custom home we recently built. You’ll notice that there’s nothing “typical” about it, from the woodwork and lighting in the Great Room ceiling to the unique fireplace and the stunning hardwood floors. It’s light and bright and open (making it a great place to entertain). And even though it’s an open floor plan, there are design elements to clearly delineate between the Great Room and the kitchen/dining area.

Kitchen-1Here's a closer look at the kitchen in the same home. Even the cabinetry in this kitchen is unique—reflecting the homeowners' personal style and preference. And you can tell from the range and hood that this is a family that enjoys cooking. Your particular kitchen might not be outfitted with appliances for gourmet cooking, but this gives you an idea of the possibilities. This family wanted a kitchen island that accommodates food prep and casual dining. You might choose something different.

Master-BathThe Master Bathroom is another area where custom homeowners like to include something a little different. You can see some of the custom touches in the bathroom cabinets and countertops. There’s also a walk-in shower (with large shower head). You could also add features such as a steam shower, or heated flooring for those cold Rochester mornings.  Another custom feature that’s become popular is having the toilet closed off from the rest of the bathroom.

What-Does-It-Mean-to-Build-CUSTOM-3Here’s a Master Bedroom in a custom home that looks a little different than what you’d find in a standard “production” home.  Notice the unique ceiling that ads depth and visual space to the room. If this were your home, you might choose to extend the room to include a larger reading area—or perhaps include a built-in audio/visual center that hides away when it’s not in use.

 

LocationSometimes the location and lot you chose is one of the most significant custom elements of your home. You can see from this image that the custom home we built takes advantage of fantastic views of open space—including a pond in the back. It's no wonder that these homeowners opted for full-length doors at the back of the home that leads out onto a patio that lets them enjoy the scenery.

 

 

Want to See More?

Click here if you’d like to take a virtual tour of another custom home we recently built for Homearama 2018. It provides you with more ideas of ways you can make your home uniquely yours.

You Have Choices

At Gerber Homes, we offer a wide variety of great floor plans that may be exactly what you’re looking for. If one of those floor plans meets your needs, that’s great. But if you’re after something more specific—a design that really reflects your personal sense of style and lifestyle, I’d encourage you to download our free Custom Home Guide that will walk you through the particulars of setting a budget, selecting your building team, finding the right home site, negotiating the contract, and actually designing the home of your dreams!

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Topics: Custom Home Building Rochester NY, Custom Home Builder Ontario NY

Time for a New Year (Home) Resolution?

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Nov 17, 2018 @ 14:11 PM

Time for a New Year (Home) Resolution?It’s that time of year when we’re hurtling toward the holidays and everything they entail. Usually, that involves a lot of entertaining—and eating. Then we're faced with our post-holiday New Year’s resolutions.  According to Forbes.com roughly 40 percent of Americans were still making those resolutions up until a few years ago. But there’s a big difference between making them and keeping them! Forbes also reports that only 8 percent of Americans actually keep their resolutions! Maybe that’s because we tend to resolve to do things we really don’t want to do. Maybe instead of resolving to lose weight and go to the gym, it's time for a New Year (Home) resolution.

Resolve to Remodel Your Rochester-area Home

What if (instead of torturing yourself) you made a resolution to remodel your home? Why does that make sense this time of year? One thing that happens over the holidays is that many of us have a lot of guests in our homes to celebrate. And while that can be great fun, it can also surface some the flaws and shortcomings of our homes.

Think about how well your current home functions while you are entertaining your guests. Is there enough space? Are people comfortable? Is cooking and entertaining fun for you (and your guests), or do you dread having to work around guests? Let’s look at a few specific rooms that tend to be problematic over the holidays.

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Your Kitchen

People tend to congregate in the kitchen. What was that like at your house? Were guests comfortable? Was there enough space for them to mingle? Was your kitchen bright and welcoming? Or was your kitchen cramped and dark? Were you cut off from guests who had to be elsewhere while you prepared meals? But before you jump into redesigning your kitchen, you’ll want to think about exactly what it is you want to change. That means coming up with a plan that reflects how you use your kitchen. Here’s a post that helps you figure out your “kitchen personality” so that your Rochester kitchen matches your persona.

Your Family Room

Did your guests enjoy hanging out in your family room? Was it a natural draw because it’s open and spacious? Could friends and family stay connected to you while you were in the kitchen? Was it a fun and relaxing place that felt like it was connected to the rest of the home—or did your guests feel isolated? Maybe simply “re-doing” your existing family room isn’t practical, given the current layout of your home. Perhaps you’ll want to look into a family room addition that provides the space and comfort you crave.

Your Guest Bathroom/Powder Room

This is the other room that everybody sees. Did you shudder a little bit inside every time a guest went into your bathroom? Were you concerned that they’d notice that it’s a slightly past its prime? Remodeling a guest bathroom or powder room can actually be a lot of fun. It's kind of a "one-of-a-kind" room that doesn't have to mimic the overall interior design of the rest of your house. It can be fun and fanciful—or simply functional. But it should be inviting and interesting. But before you get too carried away with your flights of fancy, pay attention to these four things to remember when remodeling your bathroom.

Your Guest Bedroom

It’s not unusual for homeowners to have overnight guests during the holidays. Maybe you regularly have overnight guests. Do the kids have to give up their bedrooms for the guests? Perhaps adding a guest bedroom will solve your problems. If you work with your remodeler, you might be able to come up with a multi-functional room that serves as a home office or a craft room that can also easily double as a guest bedroom.

Maybe this year, instead of (or in addition to) resolving to run a half marathon, lose 10 pounds or develop biceps of steel, you should resolve to improve the quality of living in your home. That’s a resolution you can get excited about—and actually accomplish! If you’re looking for additional ideas and information, I’d encourage you to download our free Remodeling a House, Creating a Home eBook. It’s a great way to expand your living space, add your own style and personality into the design, and improve the functionality of each room.  With a home remodel, you can make your current home into your dream home!

 

Topics: New Year Home Resolutions Rochester NY

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_1Sometimes a remodeling of your Rochester-area home involves a bit of a cosmetic “face-lift.” Perhaps you want to make your family room a little brighter. Or you may decide to reorganize your kitchen so that it’s more efficient. Maybe you want to take advantage of unused space in your basement or attic to give your family more living space. There are times, however, when remodeling is more than just freshening up your home. We’d like to walk you through a recent remodeling project we worked on in 2018 that started (literally) from the ground up.

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_2Clearing the Way

To be honest, before we could do anything else, we had to remove the existing home in order to begin construction on the new home. That meant not only demolishing the old home, but also removing the existing foundation.

 

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_3Setting a Firm Foundation

Because the home was a complete redesign, we started with a brand new foundation. As you can see, there's more involved than just digging a hole and pouring concrete. It takes a bit more time, but it's the right way to do it!

 

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_4Focus on Framing

Here’s where it actually starts looking like we’re building a house! What you don’t see in this image is the insulation and siding that help make this an energy- efficient home. We take energy-efficiency seriously in the way we build—and in keeping our clients aware of new developments.

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_5The Not-So-Sexy Stuff

Some of the most critical parts of the building/remodeling process involve things that aren’t all that sexy at first glance. Who really gets excited about ductwork and HVAC systems? Actually, we do, because they play a huge role in making sure that your new home is comfortable (without costing you a fortune in utility payments).

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_6Homeowner Involvement

We know how important it is for you to be involved in something as personal and critical as your home. That’s why we keep you in the loop during the process. We even have some suggestions on how you can be effectively involved in what’s going on.

 

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_7Finishing Well

Choosing the right finishes is an important part of the process. That includes selecting things such as cabinets and flooring. It’s also fun and exciting to see an important room such as the kitchen taking shape before your eyes. Because the kitchen is so important, you’ll want to make sure you take the time to research and plan the ideal kitchen before you begin construction. Click here for a great resource that can help you do that.

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_8Exterior Touches

While things are taking shape inside the home, there are still exterior touches that are being added. Pouring concrete and adding stone finishes help add that touch of substance and make your home look “finished.”

 

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_9Move-in Ready

Finally! After a lot of preparation, heavy lifting, and times when progress seemed slow (even though it was necessary), you're ready to move into your newly finished—and beautiful home.

 

 

Good News! It Won’t Always Look Like a War Zone!

There are a lot of elements that go into the process of remodeling or building a new home. There may be times when you come out to look at the project and it will look more like a war zone than a home. That’s a normal part of the process. The good news is that it won’t always look that way—and we think you’ll be delighted with the finished product!

By way of proof, here’s a look at some of the finished rooms from this house we’ve been talking about.

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_10Here’s the finished Great Room.

It looks a lot different with all the finishes completed and the fixtures in place. Imagine what it will look like with rugs, furniture, and people!

 

 

 

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_11Here’s the Kitchen.

It may not have looked all that inviting before all the cabinets where in place and the hardware had been put on. But with those things completed, new flooring in place, and great lighting, it’s a warm and welcoming space! Look at how bright and open it is.

 

 

 

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home_12The Inside Even Looks Good From the Outside.

Here’s another look at the kitchen through the patio door. A beautiful exterior gives way to a glowing interior that invites family and friends inside!

This is when you look back and realize you're glad that you took the time to plan ahead. And you’re also glad you worked with a trusted builder/remodeler who took your wishes, ideas, and dreams and helped you achieve them!

 

 

There are a lot of phases of the building/remodeling process that we didn’t cover. And we just scratched the surface of what we did talk about. We offer helpful resources to answer your questions whether you're planning a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel or a whole home renovation. We’d love to help you through the process so that you can enjoy the home of your dreams!

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Topics: Rochester Remodeling, Remodeling Project Irondequoit NY

Winter is the Perfect Time to Be Thinking about Summer Lake!

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 17:10 PM

Summer Lake-2-548283-editedThe calendar may tell you that it’s winter, but if you’ve ever dreamed about owning a home on the lake in the Ontario area, now is the perfect time to be thinking about Summer Lake! 

Just a mile and a half from Webster, you’ll find Summer Lake, our newest quality community. If you’re looking for room to spread out, you’ll enjoy up to half- acre home sites that are available now and ready for building.  Add to that beautiful views (most sites have a view of nearby Lake Ontario), a quick 10-minute drive to great shopping, and delightful lake breezes in the summer, and it’s hard to imagine a better, more tranquil spot to build an affordable new home.

The town of Ontario, on the south bank of Lake Ontario, dates back to 1807. Its modest population of about 10,000 residents captures and retains that small town feel that so many families are looking for. Ontario is a close-knit community with top-notch academic opportunities for students in grades K–12.

But why think about Summer Lake in the middle of winter? Building your new home isn’t just an activity—it’s a process. The cold winter months are a great time to think through exactly what you want in your new home and to look over designs and plans to settle on the floor plan that fits your specific taste and lifestyle. Starting to think about that process now gives you more time to ask your builder questions and to make sure that you and your builder are on the same page. That will make the construction part of the process go that much more smoothly.

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Those summer breezes will be blowing off the lake before you know it! For more information, contact Leanne at leanne@gerberhomes.com or give her a call at 888-437-2373.

 

 

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Topics: Ontario NY, Lake Ontario NY, Build your dream home, Summer Home

Essentials for Evaluating the Suitability of a Model Home

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Sep 22, 2018 @ 23:09 PM

Essentials for Evaluating the Suitability of a Model HomePeople looking for a home in the greater Rochester area often assume that they either have to choose an existing home that's on the market or build from the ground up. While both of those may be good options for some people, there is another option: Purchasing a model home. Could that be a good option for you? Let’s take a look at some of the essentials for evaluating the suitability of a model home for your family’s needs.

Location

Location

We all know about the importance of location when choosing a home. Where you choose to live is every bit as important as the kind of home you choose to live in. Choosing the location of your home can be a little tricky. Sure, you can get a feel for how far it is from important locations such as schools, shopping, and other family activities. But that’s only part of the picture.

If you’re purchasing an existing home, you can get a bit of a sense for the existing community. But what if you want a newer home? If you’re building a brand new home, it’s a little harder to do that because if the homes are being built it can be hard to visualize what the community will look like. With a model home, you’ll often have the ability to see the community that is developing around it. We build homes in a variety of different communities in the greater Rochester area and we have model homes in numerous communities. Click here for a look at the communities you can visit and actually walk through a model home.

More Bang for Your Buck

More Bang for Your Buck

I’ll let you in on a little secret. When builders build a model home they like to show off just a little bit. OK, that’s really not a big secret, but it’s true. We builders use model homes as showcases. That means we tend to put our best foot forward. A model home will often have upgraded floor plans. It’s likely to have upgraded finishes for flooring, cabinets, and countertops. What that means is that you can get top-of-the-line materials and design for a great price. Builders also tend to use interior designers to decorate the interiors of model homes. And while you won’t get to keep the furniture and pictures they use to stage the model, you’ll still get the benefit of having had a professional’s touch in color-coordinating things. You can also tap into a professional’s design flair by taking pictures of the staged home and then adapting that interior look to your personal tastes.  That’s one of the things that taking a visual tour can really help.

Availability

Availability

What can you do when you have your heart set on a new home—but simply don’t have the time to wait? That’s where a model home can really shine. You may need to make a move quickly for a number of reasons:

  • You could be relocating to take a new job.
  • You could have an addition to your family on the way.
  • Maybe you have mature parents moving in with you that you weren’t planning on.

Building a brand-new home takes time, and involves a lot of decisions up front and during the building process. With a model home, you don’t have to make a lot of those choices. Plus, the home is already built. That means a faster move-in time frame. We regularly post listings of available model homes that you can either visit in person or visit online with a virtual tour.

Eliminate Guesswork

Eliminate Guesswork

For some people, one of the toughest things about building a new home is visualizing how things are going to look. Some potential homeowners can look at floor plans and see the end results in their minds. For others, the floor plans are just lines and numbers on a piece of paper. It’s hard for them to envision the end result. With a model home, you can actually walk through every room in the house. Not only do you then get to experience what each individual room looks and feels like—you also get a sense of the flow of the entire house. You can experience what it's like to move from the kitchen to the family room. You'll have a first-hand look at how each bedroom is set up. You'll know what it feels like to take linens from the bedrooms to the laundry.

Even if you decide that you still want to build, taking the time to tour a model home is a valuable experience. Model homes can help you take the guesswork out of choosing a home that’s right for you and your family.

Take Advantage of Trends

Take Advantage of Trends

I mentioned above that builders often use model homes to showcase their craftsmanship. Another thing that model homes are good for is to introduce potential homebuyers to new homebuilding trends. While we try to keep prospective clients abreast of new trends that will make their homes more comfortable and convenient, there’s nothing quite like seeing it for yourself. So if you buy a model home, you’re probably buying something that’s in step with the latest home design trends. That makes it more enjoyable for you—and it also means more value later on if you should decide to sell your home.

What If You’re Not Sure That New Is Right For You?

What If You’re Not Sure That New Is Right For You?

Building a brand new home isn't the right answer for everyone. If you're trying to figure out if it's right for you, visiting a model can help answer some of those questions because you'll see things first-hand (without having to look past other peoples' "stuff" in an occupied home. If you'd like some additional insights, here’s a helpful post that delves into the topic in a bit more detail.

 

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Topics: Purchasing a Model Home, Rochester Home Builder

Are You Dreading the Holiday Season Because Your Kitchen is Outdated?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 @ 20:09 PM

HolidaysThe holidays are a time when a lot of us enjoy having friends and family get together for a great time and a great meal. For some of us, however, the joy gives way to dread because we’re really not comfortable in our own kitchens.

There are generally two main causes of kitchen discomfort: Either our kitchens don’t look the way we want them to (and we’re a little bit self-conscious of having guests hang out there), or our kitchens don’t function the way we’d like. Let’s take a quick look at both scenarios.

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Dealing With a Kitchen That Doesn’t Look Good

When your kitchen doesn’t look good, you simply don’t want people in there. But keeping guests out of the kitchen over the holidays is virtually impossible. It’s where everybody congregates; and if you’re the host or hostess, it’s where you’re going to spend a significant amount of time.

What can you do with a kitchen that’s dated, dark, or crowded? Simply changing your color scheme isn’t going to give you the results you want. New cabinets and countertops can dramatically change the look (and feel) of your kitchen. Adding larger windows or even a glass door can let in a lot more natural light and make the room feel bigger and more inviting.

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Fixing a Dysfunctional Kitchen

Sometimes an existing kitchen simply isn’t designed to be a space for efficient food prep and entertaining. With a remodel, you can start from scratch and create a kitchen to match your needs and style. It’s a bit more involved (especially if it involves moving walls) but the impact can be remarkable. With a remodeling project, you can open up the kitchen to the rest of your home. Opening up a kitchen can increase the visual size and feel of the whole first floor—making it brighter and more functional. 

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Kitchens that maximize your space and are welcoming places for family and friends don’t just happen. You have to create them. If you’d like help in creating a space where you’ll love to cook, eat, and entertain, download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen eBook. It’s packed with information about how to design a kitchen to fit your personal style; how to get what you really want from a kitchen, and how to plan ahead for your kitchen remodel.

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You don’t have to dread the time you spend in your kitchen over the holiday. You can create the kitchen of your dreams with a little planning and help from a professional.

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Topics: Rochester Area Home Remodeling, Rochester kitchen remodeling, update Rochester-area kitchen

Your Guide to Building Truly Custom in the Fingerlakes Region

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 @ 18:08 PM

Your Guide to Building Truly Custom in the Fingerlakes RegionWhat makes a custom home truly custom? Often people think of luxury features. But a custom home is more than just luxury. Some people think of high-end appliances or top-of-the-line finishes. Those are nice things, but they don’t necessarily make a home a custom home. Here’s your guide to building truly custom in the Fingerlakes region.

Customize What’s Important For You and Your Lifestyle

A custom home is really about comfort, convenience, and design that are customized for the way your family lives. Your family isn’t like every other family in the neighborhood. Your home doesn’t have to be like every other home in the neighborhood, either. There are numerous ways you can customize your Fingerlakes region home, but here are some of the key areas you might want to tackle first. Some homeowners find it helpful to look over existing floor plans to get an idea of the flow they want in their homes. We offer a wide variety of floor plans that are ideal for that purpose. You can customize these plans, or you can simply use them as a starting point to create a completely custom plan.

Floor Plans

Every great custom home begins with a great floor plan. A floor plan helps you organize all the various parts of your home in a way that makes the most sense for you. That includes the size of your home (how many square feet you’ll have); the arrangement of the rooms (do you want sleeping quarters upstairs for peace and quiet or are you after single-level living); and it get’s down to the specific design of individual rooms. Here’s a helpful, short video that can help you pick the right floor plan for your home.

Once you have your general plan in mind, you can begin to focus on specific rooms or areas within your home. Let’s take a look at some of the most important rooms to consider.

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Here’s a picture of a kitchen in a home we recently built. You’ll notice it’s very open and provides a lot of natural light—and lots of space for entertaining, cooking, and even casual family meals at the island. Is that the right design and style for you? That depends on your needs and tastes. And that’s the beauty of a custom home.

With a custom home, you don’t have to settle for the same thing you’ll find in every other home.  You’ll have the ability to create a kitchen that fits your lifestyle and personality. So what is your kitchen personality? Here’s a great post that shows you how to determine your kitchen personality and match your kitchen to your persona! Whether you're a gourmet cook or like to host casual parties, you can create what you want.

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Your guests may never see your master bathroom, but it’s a very special—and important place. When you build a custom home, you can add the features that are most important to you. That might be an oversized walk-in shower. Or it could include dual sinks to make getting ready for your day easier and more comfortable. You might even want to include a nice soaking tub for “de-stressing” at the end of the day. It’s up to you! Here’s an article that talks about the advantage of showers or tubs in the bathroom. But you might want both! With a custom plan, you can design your bathroom the way you want—including things such as cabinets, flooring, and even storage.

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Next to your kitchen, your family room may be one of the most important social rooms for your family and your guests. The family room you see in this custom home is open to the kitchen and the dining room. Open floor plans remain extremely popular (and here’s an article that looks at some of the reasons why that’s still true). In this particular family room, the customization even extends to the ceiling. Not only is the woodwork on the ceiling striking, but it also helps define and set apart the family room—something that’s really important in homes with an open floor plan.

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The master bedroom in your home is a place of retreat and privacy. It's a very personal room. When building a custom home you have the ability to have this room create an atmosphere that's calm, relaxing, and inviting. You can build in elements that are both visually and physically comfortable and relaxing. That can include anything from windows that let in a lot of natural light, to flooring, or a reading space, or even a space for a television that tucks away when it's not in use. You’ll even want to consider where to locate your master bedroom to create the kind of room you want. Here’s a look at some pros and cons of different options.

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Sometimes the space just outside your walls is just as important as the space inside your walls. We’ve observed a trend over the past few years that has homeowners taking advantage of outdoor space as an extension of their indoor living space. Here’s an article that explores that a bit more in depth. When you build a custom home, you can customize your deck as well. You don’t have to settle for a simple rectangle where you can set up a few chairs. You might choose to put a roof over your deck (or part of it as seen in this custom home we built). You might want to build an outdoor kitchen with gas range, refrigerator, and dining space. Or you might want to build a deck that allows you to soak in a hot tub whenever you want.

Those are just a few of the ways you can create a custom home that meets your wants, needs, and desires. Other options might include a media room for watching movies, sports, or for gaming. Perhaps you want to build in a fully functional home office. Maybe a dedicated craft room or a home gym is what you want. Or you might want a garage that has space for a workshop. All of these things are what makes a custom home unique. You can build your home around your needs, your interests, and your lifestyle.

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Topics: Rochester custom homes, Buidling Custom in the Fingerlakes Region

Building a Custom Home in the Rochester Area: What to Do Before You Start

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 16:08 PM

Gerber-Homes-Custom-Home-Builder-in-Rochester-2Building a custom home is an exciting adventure. It’s easy to get caught up in that excitement and jump into the myriad details that are part of the process. There are some important things to do before you focus on color schemes, cabinet finishes, flooring, and kitchen fixtures. If you’re building a custom home in the Rochester area, here’s what to do before you start. Paying attention to these things up front will help you deal with all the details that follow—and will help you end up with the home you really want.

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Make Sure Your Home Fits Your Lifestyle

As you drive around neighborhoods in the Fingerlakes region, you may notice certain homes that are visually appealing to you. You’re likely to come across Colonial-style homes, 1st Floor Master bedroom homes, Cape-style homes, Raised Ranch-style homes, and more. Curb appeal is important, but just because you like the way a home looks from the outside doesn’t mean that home will fit the way you live.

The big question you need to ask is, “What kind of home fits your lifestyle?” Do you prefer multi-level living, or do you want to keep everything on one level? Is a walkout basement important to you? Do you plan to entertain frequently? Are you in a “kid-centric” phase of life, or are you looking for a more “mature” style? When it comes to building a custom home, it’s definitely not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. Here’s a post that explores how to select the kind of home that fits your family’s lifestyle.

Once you decide on the basic style you like, you’ll find that there are a variety of different floor plans from which to choose (We offer nine different floor plans for Colonial-style homes alone! You can check them out here).

How Much Do You Want to Customize?

Basic floor plans can help you visualize how the space in your home will be set up. They can give you a good idea of how life in your new home will flow from room to room. But what if that flow or arrangement doesn't quite reflect what you want? That's' where customization comes in. You can take a basic floor plan and make modifications so that it better suits your specific tastes and needs. It is, however, essential that you make plans for those adjustments and customizations before construction begins. Otherwise, you can be looking at significant changes in cost. That can also cause delays to your schedule. Here’s an article that talks about that in more detail.

Think About Where You Want to Live

We’ve built homes in Perinton, Webster, Canandaigua, Ontario, Victor, and numerous other communities in the area. Your choice may be influenced by the neighborhood, the schools in the area, the privacy level, your commute to work—or a host of other factors. We invite you to take a virtual visit to the communities where we build homes to see which one might suit you best.

Educate Yourself About the Process

Once you’ve firmed up the style of home you want and where you might like to live, you’re ready for your next steps. We've learned over the years that the better informed our clients are about the custom home building process, the happier they are with the results—and the more they enjoy the experience. That's why we offer some help for figuring out what those next steps. If you'd like to learn more please download our free page custom home guide.

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Topics: Custom Homes, Rochester Area Custom Home Builder

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 houzz.com 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.

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