Community Spotlight: The Views of Kenwood, Ohio

5 Benefits of Downsizing into a Patio Home

Tired of mowing and edging your lawn? Is your two-or-more story home getting to be too much to keep up with?  Here at Brookstone Homes, we offer a few floor plans perfect for people looking to downsize into something smaller. Here are just a few of the benefits of moving into a patio home community.

Lower Maintenance

Downsizing into a patio home will free up a lot of your time, since there is little to no exterior maintenance involved. The Brookstone communities’ HOA feature year-round yard maintenance and snow removal, so you never have to worry about shoveling snow, mowing or edging your lawn, hedge trimming or garden upkeep.

Sense of Community

Since patio homes aren’t divided up in quite the same way as a suburban community, and they sometimes have common outdoor areas to share, homeowners spend more time in proximity with their neighbors. Patio home communities are a great opportunity to make new friends and create bonds with your close neighbors.

Retain Land Ownership

Unlike condos or apartments, homeowners in a patio community usually retain ownership of the land their home sits on. While the lot size may be smaller than a suburban home, homeowners aren’t restricted by HOA rules the same way as a condominium when it comes to paint selections, fencing and other property boundaries and personalization.

Lower Price Point

The lower price point of a patio home makes it more affordable for residents looking for home ownership without the hassle of expensive home repairs and lawn maintenance. You also get to build equity with your lower price-point, unlike house rentals or apartments.

Limited Noise

Unlike apartments, townhouses or condominiums, patio homes are typically single-level. This means homeowners never have to deal with movement or music noise, banging or other types of noise pollution that come with having direct neighbors living above or below your space.

We’d love to get started on creating you the custom home of your dreams. Whether you are interested in a premier home design like the Reily or would like to consult one of our architects about other options, we’re ready to help you get started planning your future home. Call us today at (513) 340-7200.

The Oasis Home at Views of Kenwood

The Oasis is now available at the Views of Kenwood! Located on a private street off Kenwood Road, the Oasis is the perfect floorplan for a growing family. Located within a quick drive from the highway, this community is less than 20 minutes from downtown. The city of Cincinnati even offers a tax abatement program to residents of the Views. It’s the perfect community for anyone looking to settle in a quiet but easily-accessible area. Enjoy a view of Cincinnati’s own Lunken Airport and more.

Act fast to claim a spot in this superb neighborhood. We have only five lots left!

Nearby Amenities

Less than 10 minutes from I-71, the Views of Kenwood provides you with easy access to greater Cincinnati in one of the most sought-after communities! Maximize your shopping by taking trips to the nearby Kenwood Towne Center, home to Cincinnati’s only Apple store, as well as a Nordstrom, and many other premium stores unique to this Cincinnati mall. It truly offers the best in up-scale shopping that Cincinnati has to offer. Residents can also explore the city’s many public parks, enjoy dining and entertainment in surrounding communities like Madeira, Indian Hill and Montgomery, or journey downtown to find a spot to enjoy a beautiful view of the Ohio River. Great schools, a nearby office park community and several city parks are also within easy distance of this fantastic community.

About the Oasis Home

The Oasis offers over 1,800 square feet of luxury, including 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a roomy 2-car garage. This award-winning home features a covered porch, an open family/great room and kitchen (with pantry) and a spacious master suite with a private bathroom and walk-in closet. Have further questions? Give us a call. We’re happy to discuss other ways to make you a truly custom home!

We’d love to show you the Views of Kenwood community. Book an appointment with a Brookstone home expert and see if the Oasis could be the perfect home for you! Call us today at (513) 340-7200.

Community Spotlight: The Villas at Valley Creek

The Villas at Valley Creek is a beautiful new Brookstone Homes community located in Burlington, Kentucky, featuring maintenance-free living (that includes both lawn care and snow removal). The Villas at Valley Creek features patio-style ranch homes in a variety of model styles. There are even two new model homes available to view by appointment.

This exclusive community is located within the Boone County school district. Children will attend the highly-ranked Stephens Elementary School, Camp Ernst Middle School, and Cooper High School.

Nearby Amenities

The Villas at Valley Creek features walking trails, gathering parks, local fishing and much more. Its proximity to Florence, Kentucky places you within easy distance of shopping, food, entertainment and much more.

Boone County is host to many public parks. Residents can also enjoy the World of Golf, where you can learn to play, practice and hone your golf skills. The Florence Family Aquatic Center is located off Ewing Boulevard and is home to a lazy river, two spray grounds, slides, sunbathing and a zero-depth pool. You will also have easy access to a professional baseball team—the Florence Freedom.

Brookstone Homes at Valley Creek

We offer five of our high-value floor plans at the Villas at Valley Creek. Choose from the Laurel, the Springfield, the Reily, the Mead, or the Norris and start your new home adventure. Our floorplans offer custom specifications, additions, and exterior design options. Start with your favorite home plan and ask us about how you can make it your own.

Whether you are looking for an easy way to downsize, or just starting out in your first family home, the Villas at Valley Creek’s single-family and lifestyle ranch living allow you to realize your dreams and spend your time where it’s most valuable.

Here at Brookstone Homes, we’ve been building quality communities for over five generations. We understand the emotion that goes into building the home of your dreams and can’t wait to help you on your journey!

We’d love to get started on creating you the custom home of your dreams. Whether you are interested in a premier home design like the Norris or would like to consult one of our architects about other options, we’re ready to help you get started planning your future home. Call us today at (859) 904-6001.

Featured Home Design: The Mead

Spanning over 1,700 square feet, The Mead is a spacious 3-bedroom home with an incredible design that offers a luxurious Master bedroom and private bathroom, open kitchen and dining room, a central family room and a separate laundry and mud room leading out from the covered garage.

Customizing your Brookstone Home

Many features of the Mead home design can be tailored to your satisfaction. Cathedral ceilings are just one ornate detail that can be added to the Master bedroom, the back porch or the family room. An optional tray ceiling can be added to the dining room for a flawless look. For the Master bathroom, decide if a shower with a bench, or a separate shower and deluxe bathtub are right for you. The garage can also be tailored with either one or two garage doors. There’s no shortage of ways to make the Mead entirely your own. Our home designers are easily accessible and ready to help you with your home plan.

Interior Features

While we list the Mead as a 3-bedroom home, that’s optional too. We can convert one of the three upstairs bedrooms into a beautiful study or home office. Or, if you need the study but don’t want to sacrifice a bedroom, think about finishing the lower level of your Mead home. The basement can be customized to add an extra bedroom, bathroom, hobby room, game room, entertainment room and a bar.

The Mead also features a beautiful open kitchen design with a walk-in pantry, kitchen island that looks onto the spacious family room, and extra bar seating.

About Us

Brookstone Homes offers a full range of customizable homes with a variety of amazing options that can be changed according to lot elevation and your unique needs and desires. Our designs are award-winning and always elegant. With five generations of experience building homes, we are certain we can build you a home you will love for years to come. We know choosing a builder you can trust is an important part of the customer journey, and we can’t wait to help you on your path!

We’d love to get started on creating you the custom home of your dreams. Whether you are interested in a premier home design like the Mead or would like to consult one of our architects about other options, we’re ready to help you get started planning your future home. Call us today at (513) 340-7200.

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.

Thermostat

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.

Showerheads

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.

Exterior

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.

Interior

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

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist for New Cincinnati Homes

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist for New Cincinnati Homes

Sunshine is here and summer is around the corner. Vacation plans are in full swing as are the daily plans for park visits, playtime at the pool and barbecues outside. Now is also the time to consider summer home maintenance as part of getting ready for warmer temps. Follow these simple tips and tricks for getting your space ready for all those guests.

Use Your Friends (Wisely)

Even if you are hosting, that doesn’t mean you should shoulder all the work. Set a casual tone by doing things like a potluck. It might seem like a good idea to ask friends to pitch in with lugging the garden gnomes out and repainting, but be sure to offer them some thanks in the form of ice cold lemonade and cookies.

Be Prepared

Summer home maintenance is all about the preparation. Thinking ahead to the jam-packed summer, you can do yourself a favor and start early. Getting your space ready for summer is more than just making it ready to host friends and family for parties, it is about making sure you dust the cobwebs out and get it safe and ready for use.

Inspect the A/C

The last thing anybody wants to deal with on a hot day is a broken air conditioning unit. Coming home on a steamy day to an even steamier home is not only unpleasant, it also can be dangerous. A little preventative maintenance can help ensure you don’t find yourself in this predicament. Be sure to check the filter every three months and check the HVAC system for a tune-up.

Prep Windows

Warmer weather means we crawl from the cave of winter into spring and finally arrive on the doorstep of sunshine and life abundant. Opening windows can feel good, but it helps to check out what is around those windows like curtains. Lighter fabrics take advantage of added daylight and brighten a room. Be sure to inspect screens for any holes and repair before opening windows.

Test All Detectors

It is never a bad idea to check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home while performing routine summer maintenance. A few minutes spent on checking batteries can save more than just money and time.

Try a Clothesline

Why not take advantage of summer air and save on your energy bill. Back in the day nearly everyone line dried clothes. There are a variety of styles and prices to choose from when looking at ways to install a clothesline. Be sure to check with your HOA or neighborhood association to make sure it is okay to hang a clothesline on your property prior to installation.

 

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. Call us to find out how to get started.

5 Things that Come with a Brand New Home (Besides the House)

5 Things that Come with a Brand New Home (Besides the House)

5 Things that Come with a Brand New Home (Besides the House)

The keys to a brand new home are now in your hands and you are ready to move in. Finally, all that hard work has paid off and you can live in the dream home. There is so much more about owning a new home that should make you feel pretty good about your purchase.

Peace of Mind

New homes come with builder warranties, safety features, and the chance to have a third-party inspector help spot check any issues prior to move-in. New homes give an owner peace of mind. If you buy an old house, you take the risk of moving into a space that needs costly repairs. Repairing a roof can set you back several thousand dollars. Enjoy the peace that comes with owning a brand new home and rest knowing there is less to worry about.

Community

The foundation of a community are families who live on the street. Wide, tree-lined streets, events, and amenities make it easy to meet new neighbors. Children can build lasting friendships in school or on the playground. Builders spend lots of time designing new home communities that encourage a welcoming and active lifestyle for families that live there. That brand new home is an invitation to jump in and enjoy community.

Free Time

Even if you are dedicated to fixing up and doing it yourself, it can cost lots of time and money which may be better spent elsewhere. A new home is designed for your lifestyle and personality. You will not have to learn how to remove wallpaper or repaint. The free time can be used getting to know the neighbors and deciding what new accessories to buy for your new home.

Lower Utility Bills

A new home is around 30 percent more efficient than homes built only 10 years ago. Modern building practices, better insulation, and energy-saving appliances can help reduce your monthly utility bill.

Great Schools

One of the best features for families who purchase a brand new home is the nearby schools. Since you have control over where you live, you can decide which schools children attend and which school district in which to live. This will help make it easy to set up children for success.

Building a brand new home is a huge investment of time and money but you will not regret it when you realize all the benefits it has to offer you and your family now and in the future.

 

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 goal is to leave you a satisfied customer. Call us to find out how to get started.