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Decks, Landscaping

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

New home builders Rochester NY 5With only two working days to go before Homearama 2010 in Penfield NY, the Water Song neighborhood is changing rapidly. Homearama trailers and tents are being set up, and around the Gerber Home, contractors are busy with last minute details.

The first thing I felt at The Springwater, our Gerber Homes model home, was peace.  I saw Len Sorbello from Wayside Garden Center and his crew planting flowers and pruning roses.  The landscaping looks incredible.

I didn’t realize that Wayside Garden Center also put in the beautiful walkway!  I have admired this for a couple of weeks now.  It is SO much better than walking on hills and valleys of dirt to get to the home.  I don’t miss those days, but still, it has been a blast to see The Springwater being built.

I walked into the home and was amazed.  Barbara Jean Furniture has been here!  The furnishings are incredible.  The colors are rich and accent the rooms.  Gerber Homes has built each room to have it’s own character. The couches and beds, desks and lamps, just make you think of relaxation and home.home builders Ontario NY1

I looked at the deck Wade Osterhout and Derek Gerber (son of Bruce Gerber) built.  The new owners will be able to eat dinner and relax on this second story deck.  There are stairs going down to the backyard.

This new home will be perfect for entertaining.  The deck is beautiful, made from material that will require little or no care.  I want Wade and Derek to build me a deck!

Did you know Gerber Homes also builds additions? More room for living, a Master Bath you’ll love.  A first floor Laundry Room.  A deck like The Springwater’s. Maybe Wade and Derek will even build yours!

new home builders Webster NY 2In any case, if you’re thinking about additions or remodeling, give Gerber a call at (888) 437-2373. If you’d like to read what others have said about their Gerber Homes experience, click here.

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Basements, Not just for Furnaces Anymore

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 @ 13:04 PM


new home builders Rochester NY  4It’s been years, but even now I can wake up out of a dead sleep, and scream.

I have “Basement-A-Phobia.”  Common to those of us who grew up in older homes with dark, dank, basements.
I think my phobia began when I was about 5.  My mom innocently asked me to “go to the basement and bring up a can of cling peaches.” If only she could have known the trauma that errand would cause.


First, I had to walk past Egor, the multi-armed furnace.  Egor would hiss and bang.  Spit and clang.  Those arms could grab young children and swallow them whole in it’s rumbling belly.
Once you made it past Egor, you came to shelves of canned goods.  This was the scariest part of the cellar.  Species of spiders, yet discovered by scientists lived there.  All of them killers.new homes Rochester NY 3


On my quest for cling peaches, I snuck past the sleeping Egor, and watched for angry spiders.  I was almost home-free.  I quickly grabbed the can, and in doing so, startled a mouse so large, it could have taken my hand off.  It screeched, I screamed, Egor clanged, and I was outta there.


So, perhaps you’ll understand why it’s taken so long to describe the basement of our Homearama 2010 model, The Springwater.

Last week, I ventured downstairs and was rather surprised.  The steps led to a beautifully carpeted room, kind of like another living room.  It had sliding doors, windows, that incredible bathroom with the “marble” shower, and lots of light.  It wasn’t scary at all.  It was, elegant.
But my phobia wasn’t giving up that easily.  I hadn’t seen Egor’s grandson yet.  I rounded the corner and starred in amazement.  No arms.  No clanging.  No hissing.  Just, a box.  The furnace wasn’t scary at all, and also included an air conditioning unit! The new owners could easily have a picnic lunch beside the thing, and live to tell the tale. I decided this was certainly no relation to the Egor I grew up with.  I decided to call it “Fred.”


Behind “Fred the Furnace” was a spot for canned goods or even Christmas stuff.  Lots of light, and cobweb-free.  The Springwater basement has so much room for storage.  Gerber Homes thought of everything.  You know, you might like to read what other Gerber Homes owners say about their new homes.

new homes Rochester NY 4Thanks Gerber Homes, for curing me of my Basement-a-Phobia.  Who knows, when you visit The Springwater during Homearama 2010 in Penfield NY, you might just find “Fred the Furnace” and me hanging out together, eating cling peaches.  (maybe.)

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