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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 or give her a call at 888-437-2373.



Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

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

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Why Choice Matters in House Plans

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 @ 08:12 AM

Gerber-Homes-Family, Build-your-dream-home, Build-New-Personalized-HomesAfter a lot of thought and deliberation, you’ve decided that you want to build a new home. You know you’re not going to be building the Taj Mahal or the Trump Tower, but that doesn’t mean you want your new home to look like every other home on the block. You also know that you want your new home to fit into the general look of the other homes in your area—but the idea of a “cookie-cutter” home appalls you (and you really don’t want your next door neighbor walking into your house by mistake). 

When it comes to the style and design of your home, one size really doesn’t fit all. That’s one of the advantages of working with Gerber Homes. Whether you’re building on your own site, or on one of ours, we can help you build the home that suits your personality, lifestyle and needs.

What about style? Maybe your tastes run toward a Colonial style. Perhaps you prefer a Cape home. Or maybe a Ranch or Raised Ranch is more to your liking. Perhaps a Patio Home is more what you had in mind. Or you might even be looking for something that will accommodate your in-laws. We’ve got multiple plans for all those options.

Your choice of plans, however, doesn’t end with what your home will look like on the outside. Within each style of home, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of different floor plans to find the one that best suits your needs and desires. And if you haven’t decided what’s best for you, yet you can download plans for free and look at them at your leisure. What if you have a plan of your own that you like better? No problem! Just bring in your plan and we can review it together and help make your dream home a reality.

It’s your home. It’s your choice. At Gerber, we build dreams. Families live them!


Topics: Build your dream home, Gerber Homes Family, New Personalized Homes

Build a Rochester Area New Home: Custom Design or Ready-Made Plans?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

ny custom homes june1One of the big decisions facing individuals that are planning to build in the Rochester area is whether to use a ready-made home plan or to go with a custom designed plan. There are a couple of things that can (and should) influence your decision.

The nature of your lot can have a big effect on what kind of plan you choose. If you have a good-sized lot that doesn’t have restrictive setbacks, it may make sense to look for a ready-made plan that you like. Most ready-made plans are designed for standard lot sizes. If, however, the lot you plan to build on is long and narrow and your ready-made plan was created for a lot that is wide and shallow, you could have problems. Lots with unusual characteristics often require custom plans.

Many homeowners want to modify their ready-made plans—at least to a degree. After all, you want your home to feel like your home.  A good custom homebuilder can purchase the rights to a ready-made plan and make the modifications you want.  Of course if you make a lot of modifications—you essentially end up with a custom plan anyway!


Some builders offer a complete design/build package. They evaluate the shape and size of the lot and create a design that coordinates those things with the homeowners’ needs and wants. It doesn’t necessarily cost more to create the design this way. And sometimes the builder can even discover cost savings over a ready-made plan that requires major modification.

At Gerber Homes, we’re flexible. We can build on a lot of your choosing (even if you didn’t buy it through us), or we can build on one of our lots. And when it comes to floor plans, we’re equally accommodating! We can work with your plan or present you with an extensive collection of floor plans that we have available.

Or maybe your new home is just in the idea stage—and you want to see if there are existing plans that can bring your ideas to life. That’s great, too! If you’d like to bounce some ideas off of us, we’d be happy to talk to you and help you sort through the choices you have. Just shoot us a note and let us know what you’re thinking.

Whether you go with a custom design or a ready-made plan, we’ll help you build your dream home.

Topics: Gerber Homes new homes builders Rochester NY, Build your dream home

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