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Grand Entrances in Rochester-Area Luxury New Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 @ 13:01 PM

Grand-Entrances-in-Luxury-New-Homes.jpgIf you’re like me, perhaps you grew up in a typical post-WWII cookie-cutter neighborhood. The homes—hastily built to keep up with diapered Baby-Boomers—were generally pretty much alike.  The paint color may have been different, and one home might have a brick front to make it look a little different, but inside, each house looked pretty much like every other house on the block.  It’s just the way things were done then.

You may have noticed that a lot of new developments still operate that way. It’s cheaper for the developer and the builders to create homes that are essentially identical. At Gerber Homes, however, we don’t take the cookie-cutter approach. That’s why it’s so rewarding for me as a builder in Rochester, NY to drive down a street in a community in which we’ve built the homes. No two homes are the same!  You’ll find a Ranch home next to a Colonial home, or a Cape home beside a Patio home. The creativity is incredible—and they all belong to the same community.

Part of that is because we offer so many different varieties of floor plans, to begin with. You don't have to settle for the same look or floor plan as your neighbor. By the way, if you're looking for help in choosing the right floor plan, here’s a post that offers some great insights.

Even if you happen to choose a floor plan that’s similar to those around you, there are still things you can do to make your home uniquely yours and to reflect your personal sense of style. Your entranceway is one place to really make your home stand out. With that in mind, I wanted to share some examples of entrances that really make an impact. You may not want to copy them, but they might be a good source of inspiration for the Rochester area home you plan to build.

Here’s a home entrance that leads visitors straight through the main level of the home. The front and back doors are aligned to provide a central hallway for a dramatic welcome. The columns and pillars add a sense of formality and the covering roof helps keep snow off the front entrance in the winter (and blistering sun off in the summer).

The entrance to this home focuses on carrying the unique arched shape of the exterior door through into the interior of the home. You can see the arched influence repeated in other doorways, in an alcove, and even in a small built-in storage closet that adds a lot of interest to the room.

Here’s an entryway that extends the front porch over to the front door and picks up the Cape style architecture of the dormers for the covering over the front stairs. The home also uses the stonework facing on the rest of the home to tie in the entranceway. In addition, the narrow windows on either side of the doorway let in natural light—making the interior entrance brighter and more welcoming.

An entranceway can also make a big and bold statement. This entryway makes it quite clear that once you step inside, you’re leaving the outside of the house behind. This particular treatment may be too bold and black for many homes, but it gives you an idea of how you can use the entrance to your home to make a statement.

You don’t have to settle for a cookie-cutter approach when building your new Rochester home. A wider variety of floor plans and a unique approach to your entryway are just two of the ways that you can make your new home uniquely yours.


Topics: Rochester Entryways, Rochester-Area Front Doors, New homes Rochester NY, Grand Entrances Rochester Homes

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!!

Topics: Floor Plans Rochester NY, Model homes for sale Rochester NY, Floor plans Webster NY, Home Office ideas in Rochester NY, Home offices tips Webster NY, New homes Rochester NY

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