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Grand Entrances in Luxury New Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, May 3, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

New luxury homes grand entranceStaircases make a home.  OK, originally, they were just for getting from one floor to another, but those days are dead and gone. Now, they make a statement.

If you’re like me, you grew up in the typical post WWII cookie-cutter neighborhood. The homes, threw together quickly to keep up with diapered Baby-Boomers, were pretty much alike.  Oh sure, the paint color was different, and there might be one with a brick front, but inside, your house looked like every other house on the block.  Homes were made for function.

Gerber Homes is anything BUT a cookie-cutter new home builder in Rochester NY. I enjoy driving down a Gerber Homes street and looking at the creativity.  No two homes are the same!  There’s a Ranch home next to a Colonial home, a Cape home beside a Patio home, and they all look like a loving family.

Lisa West, of the Webster NY Briarwood model has told me more than once: “We have many floor plans, but we have never built the same home twice.” Oh, the education I’m getting!  When I first started looking at new homes in Rochester NY, I would say to some of the home builders “Could you move this wall over a couple of feet?” I was shocked when I heard “No. The floor plans can’t be changed.”

Are you kidding me?  It’s MY house! Thankfully, Gerber Homes will never say this. Change anything you want on the floor plan, the sky’s the limit.  Now, that’s more like it!

But back to those staircases. In Gerber Homes’ Webster model, The Hemingway II, you walk in the front door, and you’re greeted by elegance.  This grand staircase winds it’s way to relaxing bedrooms, spa bathrooms, and a Bonus room you have to see to believe.  (We’ll save the Bonus room for another post.)

Another thing Gerber Homes gets right.  The stairs are finished in hardwood.  Are you catching this?  No more risking your life vacuuming stairs!  I hate stair carpeting.  First, you have to locate a stair-friendly vacuum.  Usually this means one with a long hose.  So, with hose in one hand, vacuum in the other, you inch your way up, while the electrical cord tries to send you into traction.  Just for safety, you hold the cell phone in your teeth, 911 on stand-by.

Gerber Homes believes you have better things to do than spend 6 months in a body cast.  With the hardwood flooring, you just take your Swiffer Duster, whisk a little, and 30 seconds later, you’re on the couch enjoying a latte.

Probably the best way to see the Webster NY model home is to just stop over.  Lisa West will be happy to show you around, or let you explore on your own.  Once you see the new homes for sale Rochester NY 2architecture of this magnificent home, you’ll see exactly what I mean.  The Webster NY model home is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5:00.  Or give Lisa a call, and she’ll meet you over there.  By the way, the model home in Webster NY is for sale. Loaded to the gills with upgrades.  Give Lisa a call to find out more!  (585) 329-1922.

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Flooring Options and Green Shag Carpeting

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

new homes for sale Rochester NYWhen considering flooring choices, new home owners have a choice of Hardwood, Engineered Wood, or traditional Carpeting.

But before we look at each option, we need a history lesson.  100 years ago, everyone had hardwood floors.  Many homes built in the 1800′s still have their original hardwood floors, and they look great.  Depending on the home’s use, the hard wood may look at little distressed, but it’s good to go for another 100 years.  A little sanding, a little TLC, and you have a brand-new floor.

But everything changed in the 1970′s.  OK, granted, the 1970′s were a creative decade, but honestly, Shag Carpeting?  What were we thinking?  It only got worse when we insisted this flooring disaster be avocado green or burnt orange.

Perhaps home owners thought the shag carpeting would look good with the Bean Bag Chairs. Or the gold speckled white Formica in the kitchen.  Shag carpeting and bell bottoms were not our finest hour.

During the 1970′s we added wood to paneling to everything.  Not the floor mind you, no, we paneled the walls.  Even our Station Wagons.

I like to think we’ve come full circle.  We know there’s a place for carpeting, and a place for wood.  And, we use both in a practical, yet beautiful way.

New home builders like Gerber Homes of Rochester NY think how a room will be used.  Gerber Homes is a family company. They understand we spill things in the kitchen.  That we want plush carpeting when we step out of bed each morning.

For instance, Gerber Homes’ Webster NY model home. There is Engineered hardwood in the Kitchen, Dining Room and Morning Room. Also in the hallways downstairs.  These are high-spill areas.  The new home owner can easily take care of the spill and get on with life.

I learned something about Engineered wood floors.  You can have the beauty of mahogany, cherry, and other expensive woods, for a fraction of the cost.  These floors last years with very little care.  Run a duster over them, and you’re good to go.

The best way to see different floor options is to stop by Gerber Homes’ Webster model home.  Lisa West is an expert on flooring.  You’ll see different floor samples, and then see how an entire floor looks in mahogany.  It’s really quite impressive.new homes builder Rochester NY

While you’re there, ask Lisa about the 13 new Colonial floor plans Gerber Homes has just added to their portfolio!  As always, Gerber Homes will tailor make your home to fit your needs.  Contact Lisa today either by email or phone:  (585) 329-1922.  Give her a call today!

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