Insurance is Often More Affordable on New Construction Homes

Insurance is Often More Affordable on New Construction Homes

Insurance is Often More Affordable on New Construction Homes

Insurance is typically something homeowners gloss over and take less seriously than other things when going through new home construction. There are many reasons for this, but when disaster strikes, it can leave homeowners reeling. The time is now for Cincinnati home builders to increase awareness of how insurance works and why it is beneficial to consider purchasing.

Insurance First

Oftentimes, insurance is the last thing on the mind of Cincinnati home builders. Insurance should not be tossed in last minute because an insurance company may have a reason not to insure a property. It is best to contact the insurance company first to discuss the property prior to putting money down or starting the building process. Rather than having the insurance a homeowner wants, it may take time to shop around searching for a company to take the home under its wing. To avoid the issue, Cincinnati home builders should consider speaking with an agent before signing any contracts.

New Home, More Money

Building a new home is a huge positive in the eyes of insurance companies. Most people are shocked to find out just how inexpensive it is to obtain homeowners insurance. Discounts can be offered for the first several years of ownership in some cases which means excellent coverage for less cost up front. This is excellent news for Cincinnati home builders who are looking for newly constructed properties.

Build Smarter

New technologies and building materials are available in new homes that can reduce the potential for having an insurance claim, or even lower insurance premiums. It is beneficial to find out what all the insurance costs are to ensure smarter building practices going into the process. For example, siding a home with durable materials like stucco rather than wood siding can come with a discount. Installing a home alarm system can result in a discount on insurance premiums for potential homeowners.

Affordability is a big deal to Cincinnati home builders looking to construct a new place to call their own. It helps to review all the costs associated with homeowners insurance by working with a provider that understands the ins and outs and possibly has worked with the chosen builder to ensure the best service. With the proper research, a family can be certain to get the best bang for their buck.


If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call Brookstone Homes. We will disclose all the information you need to make the best decision before and during the home building process. Our company is all about transparency throughout the entire building process. Your satisfaction is our goal. Call us to find out how to get started.

Community Spotlight: Hawk’s Landing

Community Spotlight: Hawk’s Landing

Community Spotlight: Hawk’s Landing

Hawk’s Landing is a small community which boasts eight exclusive home sites located in the Village of Newtown. The Village of Newtown, Ohio, is the perfect place to build a unique Brookstone Home less than thirty minutes from Cincinnati. The Forest Hill Schools are top notch, while other conveniences like shopping, golfing, and parks are located nearby. Within walking distance are village shops and cafes to meet up with friends, family, or new neighbors. Hawk’s Landing offers families quiet serenity while providing plenty of green space to explore. The Village of Newtown participates in a CRA Tax Abatement program that provides the perfect opportunity to both save money and build the home of your dreams in Hawk’s Landing.

Why People Love Hawk’s Landing

Families will enjoy living in Hawk’s Landing for the small town feel. The Village of Newtown hosts an annual Winterfest celebration in December that brings families and the community together. With an excellent school district for children, families will enjoy all that Hawk’s Landing has to offer. Younger families and individuals can take advantage of the nearby parks and recreation while still in close proximity to Cincinnati to commute for work or entertainment. Hawk’s Landing is the perfect place for people looking to settle into a small but growing neighborhood that offers a small town feel close to large city living.

Design Your Home with Brookstone

Available home designs in Hawk’s Landing include two of the best options available from Brookstone Homes architects. The two designs feature a variety of interior and exterior design options to choose from. The designs include:

The Chase: features over 2,000 square feet, including 3 bedrooms, with 2.5 bath and a spacious 2 car garage. The covered front porch entry opens into a spacious family room and kitchen which offers a covered side porch detail for relaxation morning or night. This award-winning design features a private deck off the master suite and plenty of closet space for storage.

The Virginia: features over 2,000 square feet of space with 3 bedrooms, a 2 car garage with rear entry along with a sweeping open floor plan for the kitchen, living, and dining rooms. Guest rooms feature walk-in closets for extra storage while the two-story family room offers space to host guests or family.



Ready to build with Brookstone?

We will help you build the home of your dreams in Hawk’s Landing or one of our other premier communities. If you are ready to build a signature home you will love, call us. Our award-winning designs are waiting for you to call them home.

Call us to find out how to get started.

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient

One of the things homeowners desire is to find ways of saving money by building in efficiencies. This can include anything from smart technology to useful apps that make a home more eco-friendly and energy-efficient. Learn ten ways to make your new home more efficient and how to incorporate them into your current home.


Most people lose money by setting their thermostats too high. Lower the thermostat while away from home by three to five degrees to use less energy and maximize savings of between 5-15% per year.


Low-flow rates of less than 2.5gpm (gallons per minute) will reduce usage by half. Look to replace the showerheads in each bathroom, starting with the most heavily trafficked one.

Seal Windows

If windows are drafty, consider weatherstripping around the frame if replacing them is not cost effective. Sealing gaps and cracks is an easy and inexpensive way to lower energy costs.

Space Heaters

Many space heaters use 1,500 watts of energy to run and quickly drain your energy bill. Consider layering clothes or investing in blankets to save money.

Turn Water Off

The average homeowner, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can save around $170 per year with small changes to water usage. Don’t run water while shaving or brushing teeth. Bathing can use 75 gallons of water compared with 17.2 gallons with a shower. Run full loads in a washer to conserve water (and money).

Replace Bulbs

Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps, and light-emitting diode bulbs offer longer lasting light which is more efficient than old incandescent bulbs.

Unplug Chargers

Cell phone and battery chargers plugged in but not in use are energy vampires. This can add up to 10% of your energy bill with more than one charging at a time.

Cold Shower

Avoid running a washer with hot water and opt for cool or warm where possible. Approximately 90% of your energy used by the washer is used to heat the water and only 10% to run the machine.

Go Solar

Solar panels are not cheap but they heat hot water and generate electricity for homes. Solar panels have many benefits like lowering fossil fuel usage and help you qualify for annual tax incentives.

Storm Door

Adding a storm door can add a layer of protection year-round. It may help reduce energy loss by up to 50% and last as long as 50 years.

Trying just one or two items on this list can produce huge savings for a family. With the right tools, you can reduce your bill and your environmental footprint, all at the same time.



If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call Brookstone Homes. We will disclose all the information you need to make the best decision before and during the home building process. We provide lots of opportunities to customize your home with environmentally friendly and cost-effective solutions to make your home energy efficient. Call us to find out how to get started.

Featured Home Design: The Norris

Featured Home Design: The Norris

Featured Home Design: The Norris

Here at Brookstone Homes, our signature home designs and award-winning floor plans are built to suit your needs and desires for your next home. One of the homes we feature is the Norris design. Each of our signature home designs come with a variety of elevations and styles.

What Makes The Norris Unique

There are many benefits to exploring the Norris home design from Brookstone Homes. Both interior and exterior features offer benefits to families who seek plenty of space and room to grow with ample storage.


The Norris floor plan offers a very unique design with lots of optional add-ons including a screened-in porch and cathedral ceiling which leads inside this beautiful home. Exterior brick design options with siding accentuate the front of the home which leads to a cozy entryway. The overall layout features over 1,700 feet including room to for additional windows and completed lower level basement for entertaining guests and family.


The Norris floor plan offers a spacious home in which to relax or entertain with an expansive dining room and kitchen area. Families can enjoy the serenity of dining in a cozy kitchen while the rest of the first floor plan provides lots of natural light and space to stretch out. Three beds and 2 baths provide families space for privacy while the master suite comes with optional cathedral ceiling for added depth. A study may be added to some of the bedrooms for additional reading space while families who enjoy entertaining can build out the lower level for guests and family to watch movies, play games or simply relax.

Building Your Dream Home with the Norris Home Design

Brookstone understands choosing your dream home is no easy task. Our award-winning designs deliver on a promise that our homes are affordable, yet elegant, and always customized to meet your needs. Our team, featuring owner Shannon Lachenman, works tirelessly to provide for you, the customer, to achieve your signature home design. We provide experience that comes from five generations of home builders in Ohio. Our expertise and passion are unsurpassed in the Cincinnati area. We are excited to help you build the dream home you have always wanted!



Whether you are interested in one of our signature home designs like the Norris, or want to consult with one of our premier architects, we are here to help create the custom home of your dreams. We bring passion and excellence to the home building process.

Call us today to get started: (513) 340-7200