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Lake Front Cottage Story

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

lake house13People build new homes for a variety of reasons.

Sometimes it’s to get a tailor-made fit for their family or because a new home is energy efficient and saves heating and cooling costs.  Sometimes it’s location.

Location was the motivation to build for Jeff and Lou Ann Kane of Bristol, NY.

Jeff and Lou Ann bought lake front property on Honeoye  Lake about eleven years ago.  They loved the beautiful view, the peaceful surroundings, the neighbors, and a place to “get away from it all.”

What they weren’t in love with was the cottage.  The existing home was built in sort of a log cabin style.  Perfect in it’s time, and OK for it’s seasonal use, but over time the cottage began to be less that ideal.  The Kanes did enjoy the property’s modern barn which became great for storage.

The Kanes used the cottage in nice weather, enjoying the many activities Honeoye Lake offered.  Family would gather for holidays and weekends.  But over time Jeff and Lou Ann knew they had to make a decision.  Either sell the property or build a better, year-round, home.

The final decision came down to the Lake.  They loved their neighbors and having a peaceful place to relax.  Having town gas and water didn’t hurt their decision.

Next step was to find the right builder.  Jeff and Lou Ann talked to different home builders, and explored housing options.  Either wrong estimates were given or details lost.  The hunt continued.

That’s when they met with Gerber Homes and AdditionsJohn Graziose and Sharon Steck came to the lake front location and listened to what the Kanes had in mind.

Jeff and Lou Ann wanted a two bedroom home, that could be used year-round.  There are many winter lake activities they would love to enjoy, if they could be in their home during those months.

Three weeks ago, Gerber Homes began removing the old “Black House” which had been a neighborhood eye sore for so long.  The foundation has just been laid for a beautiful new year-round home.

Jeff and Lou Ann wanted to preserve some of the former cottage feel but take advantage of the energy efficient options.  Gerber Homes and Additions allowed the Kanes the flexibility of designing a home that will meet their needs.  In coming years it may become not only a get-away spot but also their year-around home.  Living and Vacationing, everyday.

If you would like to find out more about building a new home or adding an addition, give Gerber Homes a call.  (888) 437-2373 or email Click here to see what others are saying about building with Gerber Homes.lake house gerber homes

Topics: home builders Rochester NY, Remodeling Rochester NY, Lake front property homes, New Home Construction

Bamboo Flooring in Victor NY

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

granite countertops Rochester NYI recently visited Mike McPherson at his Colyer Crossing model home in Victor NY. I was amazed by this beautiful home and the neighborhood.

The model is called the “Gerber Daisy” and I love that.  First, it bears the Gerber Family name.  Next, this home has an incredible view.

It’s no secret to those looking for homes, that Victor is the sought after location.  The area is surrounded by new neighborhoods.  Colyer Crossing sits on the crest of a hill, overlooking woods.  It’s almost like you have your own vacation home, just minutes from Eastview Mall.  Victor basically has every shopping and dining experience you can imagine.

You really have to see the Gerber Daisy Model. This home is loaded with premium items at every turn.  Everything from bamboo flooring to granite counter tops.  I’ve never actually seen bamboo flooring before.  I wondered how it compared to hardwood flooring. Wikipedia  loves bamboo flooring. It’s durable, strong, resists moisture, and is eco-friendly.  Bamboo grows much faster than traditional trees, so it’s a renewable resource.  It takes about 3 to 5 years for bamboo to reach full maturity.  Traditional hard woods can take 20 to 120 years to mature.  In other words, it’s very Green.

Plus, it’s really cool looking.  Yes, I took photos.  I loved the many “spots” in the bamboo floor.  This creates a pattern that other flooring options just don’t have.  I left with a craving for Sesame Chicken.  When looking for flooring options, really, spend some time looking into bamboo flooring.  Stop over and see Mike’s model.  You’ll see for yourself how beautiful it is.

I also fell in love with the kitchen.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like it.  The cabinets have a grooved detail.  Somehow this just accents the granite counter tops stainless steel appliances.  Even the range hood is a premium item!bamboo flooring Rochester NY

All this to say, you need to stop over and see Mike’s Gerber Homes model in Victor NY. It’s located just minutes from Eastview Mall and Rochester NY.  The Gerber Daisy Model home has 2,731 square feet, plus a 320 square foot Bonus Room.  This Bonus Room is another reason to visit this new home in Victor NY.  Use it for the ultimate Entertainment Room for the family, or keep it yourself for the largest Home Office you’ve ever seen.  Either way, it’s just got to be seen!  Give Mike at call today at: (585) 230-8901 or click to see the floor plan.

Topics: home builders Rochester NY, homes for sale Victor NY, Bamboo Flooring Rochester NY, Granite counter tops Rochester NY, new homes for sale Victor NY

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