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Benefits of Buying a Model Home in the Rochester Area

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

 Model-homes-for-sale-Rochester-NY, Rochester-NY, Benefits-of-Buying-a-Model-HomesMany prospective homeowners enjoy looking through model homes. It’s a great way to pick up design and decorating ideas. And for some people, seeing a floor plan that’s actually built out is so much more meaningful than starting at a two-dimensional drawing. It really brings the home to life. 

Maybe you’re one of those people who prefers to wander the halls of a real home rather than looking at blueprints. But have you ever considered actually purchasing the model home you’ve been perusing? If you’ve never thought of doing that before, there are a number of benefits you might want to consider.

Upgrades. Models homes are showcases for builders. A builder really wants to “strut his stuff” for potential buyers. That’s why model homes often have upgrades in them that make the house stand out, such as upgraded flooring, more elaborate finishes and other features that you might not find in the “standard” plans of most homes.

Attractive Pricing. Even though model homes tend to have more upgraded features, you can often get a really good deal. The builder has already paid for the materials. He’s already put his labor into the structure as well. Builders don’t like to be bankers. They don’t want to hang on to something that’s costing them money. That means they are motivated to move the property so they can use that money to build something new.

Location. Again, because models are showcases, builders often put them in ideal locations that show off the best of the development to visitors. As a buyer you can sometimes get a premium spot without paying premium prices. 

No waiting. The building process takes time. When you purchase a model home, it’s already completed. Your builder may need to do some touch-up work before you move in, but that will probably take days—not weeks or months. So if you don’t want to wait to move in, a model home may be just what you’re looking for.

You can take a look at the model homes we have on hand right now. You can even take a virtual tour of most properties so that you know exactly what your options are. So if the idea of getting upgrades, attractive pricing and great location—with no waiting—appeals to you, take a look at our models!

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Topics: Rochester NY, Model homes for sale Rochester NY, Benefits of Buying a Model Homes

Location, Location, Location.

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

lake front property Ontario NY 150x150The primary law in real estate is Location, Location, Location.

Personally, I think it’s “Show me the bathrooms, show me the kitchen.” But I suppose you can have an incredible kitchen and bath in a lousy location.  So, I maybe they’re right.

Years ago, in the early days of Ontario lake front property, I had a friend who’s g-g grandfather set up a squatter’s cottage facing the lake.  I cried when the poor thing fell apart and needed to be removed. What I loved most was watching the lake.  Summer had it’s sailboats, and that was nice.  Open the window, and you’re transformed to Bar Harbour Maine. (sorta.)

But it was winter that I loved the most.  We would watch the wind and snow churn up those waves.  It was dramatic.  Beautiful. And something I could watch all day.  Many of you know what I mean.

When I walked into Leanne’s Gerber Homes model in Summer Lake, Ontario NY, I was suddenly brought back to those glorious days.  The difference was that Gerber Homes had the ultimate upgrade over that little cottage.  But the view is similar.

Let’s face it, The Ellington floor plan is incredible.  But what I liked the most was the view.  The Great Room, Dining Area, and three of the bedrooms, overlook Lake Ontario.  In my mind, I was sipping a latte, reading the paper, and watching a sailboat float by.  In winter, I would be in the Master Bedroom, wrapped in a thick robe and fuzzy slippers.  I’d be curled up in a chair, reading a good book, and watching the steel gray sky and churning waves.

I’m not sure which I would enjoy more.

Summer Lake by Gerber Homes is for people who want both a short drive to work and shopping, and the luxury of lake front property – without the lake front prices.  Summer Lake sits back a little from the shore, and has boat access within walking distance.  You know, for those times you can pry yourself away watching the waves, hot cocoa in hand.

Basically, in Summer Lake, you vacation where you live.  Why have a separate vacation cottage, when Gerber Homes can build your dream home, right here in Ontario NY.new homes for sale Rochester NY 150x150

Stop by the Gerber Homes Summer Lake Community and talk to LeAnne Boyatzies.  She would love to show off The Ellington model home, and the other lots available.  Click here to see the floor plans available with Gerber Homes. Give Leanne a call at (585) 880-1755 or email her:  leannel@gerberhomes.com. Model hours are: 10am till 3pm Wednesday – Friday.  Noon till 5pm – Saturday and Sunday.  Give Leanne a call today!

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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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New Home Options: Home Offices and Cappuccino

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 2, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

Home builder Webster NYHome offices are all the rage now, and with great reasons.

It seems the way business is going.  It just makes financial sense to have employees work from home.  And many employees prefer the flexibility.

Part 2 is our busy lives. We need a room designated to take care of our stuff.  A place for important papers, etc.  And a place to set up our computer(s).  This internet thing just doesn’t seem to be going away.

So Home Offices become our Command Center.  The hub of the house.  It’s where we find things.  Do things.  Watch the latest YouTube videos, and pass along Forwards about cute pets in Halloween costumes.

How did families survive without a Home Office?  It’s where soccer schedules are tacked to the wall, where peanut butter sandwiches go to die.  Let’s face it, we need a space just to keep our lives organized.  Or if this doesn’t work, a room with a door.

Gerber Homes, a premier new home builder in Rochester NY, has this Home Office thing all figured out. They are a family business, so they know a thing or two about what families need.

The Webster NY Briarwood Model Home Office is not only elegant, it’s also accessible.  The floor plan is designed for both business and family.home builders Rochester NY 2

This is what I mean: When you work out of your home, you need to be able to greet customers at the door, and take them directly into your office.  With the Hemingway II’s floor plan, the Office is right near the front door. Don’t underestimate the importance of this! I’ve gone through models from other home builders, and the Office is located on the second floor.  Just go past the unmade beds, it’s right after the kid’s bathroom.  Try not to stare at the Barney undies on the floor.

Since Gerber Homes is a family business, they figure most business deals will go better if customers don’t see the entire house…  Less stress for everyone.

The Office in Gerber Homes Webster NY model is also designed to be a part of the family.  One door opens to the foyer, the other door, a pocket door, becomes an extension of the Great Room.  So, while you’re cuddled up on the couch watching Leave It To Beaver reruns, (taking notes on how Ward organizes his Home Office), you can monitor how much screen time your kids are getting.  Plus, you’re close enough to yell “Hey, make me a cappuccino while you’re up!” (It could happen…)

new homes Webster NY1I guess the best way to see how this all fits together is to visit the  Webster NY model home. It’s about 5 minutes from Wegmans, and close to everything Webster has to offer.  Stop by and go through the model!  It’s open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5.  Or just call Lisa West, the Webster rep for Gerber Homes. She can arrange a tour anytime.  Call her today! (585) 329-1922.  You might be interested to know this Webster NY model home is for sale.  AND it’s loaded to the gills with upgrades. You’ll never get a better deal on a new home!!

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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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