6 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Ranch Home Living

Cliff May is normally credited for the modern-day ranch home as we know it. Ranch homes were popularized especially during the post-WWII “American Dream” phase of suburban sprawl. While ranch homes largely went out of style in the 1970s, we are seeing a huge resurgence in demand for these single-floor homes. When you stack up some of the ranch-home benefits, it’s not hard to see why they are coming back in style.

Simplicity

While of course it all comes down to square footage, ranch homes are offered in simpler sizes and shapes than their multiple-story counterparts. Because the floor plans are more open, they also require less duct work, plumbing and electrical lines to be installed. This means things are easier to repair and replace as the years go by.

Energy Efficiency

Since ranch homes are only one floor, there’s not a lot of fluctuation in temperature like those that happen when trying to heat and cool multiple levels. If the home is properly insulated and the windows are fit correctly, then a ranch home should be far more energy efficient than its multi-story counterparts.

Safe for Everyone

Ranch homes are perfect for families with members of different ages and abilities. Since there aren’t multiple levels, you won’t have a need for multiple staircases either. This makes the home extra safe from falls for families with young children, or for families with aging members who don’t want to take the stairs multiple times a day. Our builders are certified in Aging in Place Design, so our ranch homes will handle all the stages of your life.

Easier Maintenance

Ranch homes are much easier for the everyday handyman to maintain. Gutters are often reachable without an extendable ladder and roofs are easier to replace without hiring specialists. Your square footage is spread out over your whole lot rather than building skyward. This equals less grass and landscape to maintain. Because they are laid out flat, you often begin with a lot that’s been leveled out more fully, too.

Great for Entertaining

Most ranch homes are laid out in a more fluid, free-flowing floorplan than multi-story homes. They are far less likely to use individual walls to separate common areas of the home (like the kitchen, dining room and family room). Many ranch designs also incorporate windows and doors that flow into the backyard, too. This makes the ranch an obvious choice for backyard grillers and entertainers.

Less Interior Noise

Ditching the stairs means you will have noticeably less downstairs noise pollution from upstairs occupants—or as we like to say—ditching the angry herd of elephants.

Perks of Maintenance-Free Communities

So you’ve made the decision to start building the home of your dreams, but haven’t quite decided where you’d like to land? Make sure to think about your needs and priorities when planning the location of your next move. Maintenance-free communities have a lot to offer compared to the traditional suburban neighborhood—from shared community amenities to managed services, a Brookstone maintenance-free community might just be the perfect choice for you.

Lower Cost

The homes in our maintenance-free communities are always new. One advantage to building a new home in a maintenance-free community is that they cost less over time. New building materials, appliances, hardwood flooring, carpet and siding all mean it will be many years before repairs even become necessary. These items are often costly to replace in older homes.

Warranty

New home warranties are backed by insurance, and structural warranties are good for ten years. You can rest assured that if something goes wrong, it likely won’t have to be fixed out of pocket. Be sure to ask our sales representatives about our different warranty programs!

Free Time

Living in a maintenance free community will free up a ton of your personal time! Gone are the countless hours you used to spend mowing and edging your lawn, trimming hedges or working on garden upkeep. The Brookstone communities’ HOA features year-round yard lawn care, mulching and snow removal. You’ll never have to spend weekends working on your yard!

Picturesque Neighborhood

Our maintenance-free communities are as beautiful as they are easy to live in. The HOA managed landscaping and yard maintenance and the abundance of green space means your community will always have a pristine, resort feel to them. How lovely is it when home feels like a vacation?

Community Lifestyle

Our maintenance-free communities offer some shared areas and walking paths that encourage neighbors to mingle and explore more than just your own home. Amenities vary by location, so be sure to ask your sales representative what community features your neighborhood has when you are planning your move.

Preparing to Age in Place

People are living longer than ever before. So how do we prepare for the difficulties that advancing age brings? Like most things, the answer is careful and considerate planning. A great age-in-place plan will cover anything that affects your quality of life, from living arrangements to finances to transportation and your sense of community. But this plan needs to be adaptable, as both your abilities and your situation can change over a time.

But one of the biggest pieces of the aging-in-place puzzle will undoubtedly be your home. Here are a few things to consider as you build a home that will allow you to live out your golden years in independence and comfort.

Choosing a Home You can Keep Forever

First things first, decide from the outset whether you want a multi-story home or a single-floor layout. Determining how you will get around as mobility issues affect you will be central to many of your decisions. If you need the extra space of a multi-level home, consider how you want to grow over time. A second-floor master suite may be fine in the early stages, but later in life you may need your primary living space to be on the first floor. If you are really cemented to the idea of keeping your master suite on the second floor, then you need to consider things like how to handle the stairs in years to come. Will you build a staircase that can later be converted to an elevator? If not, then make sure your staircase is wide enough to accommodate a stair lift, or other assisted device down the line. Choose handrails constructed from solid materials.

Retrofitting Your Home in Later Years

You should also consider making home design choices that can be updated later to keep up with the changes that happen in your life. How easy will it be to install modifications that assist you in your daily living? Can you easily install handrails and slip-resistant flooring in your bathrooms when they become necessary? What about grab rails for toilets and showers?

Another item to consider is your kitchen layout. Can you easily reach cabinets and appliances without the assistance of a step-ladder?

Door handles are something you might also want to choose carefully. Can you easily reach and open door handles? A good suggestion is lever-handled doorknobs that can be easily opened if factors like arthritis come into play.

Good lighting should be installed throughout the house, to prevent injuries as eyesight becomes an issue. And make sure you can reach your garage or parking area easily, and that there aren’t a lot of stairs or curbs involved.

Home Maintenance

Home maintenance is another topic that will need solid planning over time. Sturdy building materials that don’t require a lot of care or cleaning are also a good idea—like brick or vinyl exteriors. You should also plan for items like lawncare and landscaping. Choose plants or shrubs that don’t require a lot of upkeep. And if you can afford it, find a trusted service to handle those items for you.

A full age-in-place plan is holistic and covers all your bases—long before you need to use it. Brookstone Homes is fully certified in Aging-in-Place Design and can plan for details exclusive to this preparation—like zero-entry showers and bathtubs. We would love to be your trusted partner in building a home you can keep forever. Contact us today to find out how we can help!

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.