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.

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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.

Community Spotlight: The Views of Kenwood, Ohio

Community Spotlight: The Views of Kenwood, Ohio

Community Spotlight: The Views of Kenwood, Ohio

The Views of Kenwood, Ohio feature home designs in a family community near Cincinnati. Located only 10 minutes from downtown, The Views of Kenwood offer private street access, amazing views, and a convenient location near Kenwood Town Center for upscale shopping and I-71 for people who love to travel. The Views of Kenwood is a small community which offers opportunities to explore big city living nearby. Families can enjoy quiet serenity or seek to explore the beautiful Ohio River nearby. The City of Cincinnati offers tax abatement programs that provide the perfect opportunity to build your new home in The Views of Kenwood, which is not just a community, but a lifestyle.

Why People Love The Views of Kenwood

One of the many amenities families will enjoy while living in the Views of Kenwood include a maintenance-free HOA, which means no lawncare headaches. With an excellent school district for children, families will enjoy this quiet yet vibrant living community. The Views of Kenwood community offers fine dining, an upscale shopping district, and close proximity to the city with all the best amenities. Young professionals will enjoy access to the nearby Lunken Airport and downtown Cincinnati for work and play. The community provides access for everyone to the Ohio River which is great for nature lovers who enjoy walking, biking, bird watching or other nature-based activities. Located within Columbia Township, The Views of Kenwood is the perfect place for anyone seeking to settle into a quiet, up-and-coming neighborhood with lots to offer individuals and families alike.

Design Your Home with Brookstone

Available home designs in the Views of Kenwood community include two of the best options available at Brookstone. The two designs include many exterior design options from which to choose, including:

Grand Vista: features over 3,300 square feet, including 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 bath and a spacious 2 car garage. The living room opens to a beautifully lighted kitchen, perfect for entertaining guests. Families will love the amazing options available for master bath, powder room, a lower level and optional elevator.

Oasis: features over 1,800 square feet with an option to go to over 1,900 square feet of space, including 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and generous 2 car garage. This award-winning design features a covered porch for greeting guests, family room opening to kitchen for entertaining, and optional second floor plan to provide additional space for growing families.

 

 

Brookstone Homes is ready to build the custom home of your dreams in The Views of Kenwood or one of our other premier communities. If you are ready to build a signature home, call us. We can help you design and build a home that will suit all your needs:

(513) 340-7200.

Homeowner Tips for Settling Into Your New Custom Home

Homeowner Tips for Settling Into Your New Custom Home

Homeowner Tips for Settling Into Your New Custom Home

Moving into a new home is both exciting and daunting in the same breath. While you’ve been planning this move for quite awhile, it seems like now that it is here, everything needs to happen at once. To help you settle into the new space, there are some general tips to follow which can smooth the rough edges.

Change of Address

The last thing you want is to find your mail going to an old address. To ensure safe delivery, be sure to file change-of-address forms with the local post office. Do this well before the move to be sure important mail is not missed (such as bills). Don’t forget to update your address with:

  • Driver’s license facility
  • Voter registration
  • Credit card companies
  • Banks
  • Auto insurance providers
  • Publication subscriptions
  • Utility companies

Store Documents

Nobody wants to deal with lost or misplaced property during a move. Moving van documents and important real estate papers can easily end up in boxes and get tossed by accident. Closing documents note mortgage, cost, and ownership of the home so be sure to safely store where you know how to access them quickly.

Check Repairs and Do Inspection

Most builders conduct a final walkthrough shortly before closing on a new home. This is the time when last minute details can be noted. Many will have been taken care of prior to the move but check with the builder on each item. Getting to know your new home is part of the fun, but make sure all the key systems are in working order. The builder will likely want to explain warranties and provide access to operating manuals. Learn where electrical circuit breakers are and how to operate those along with key aspects of your home such as security system, home theater, garage, water softener, sprinkler system, appliances, and more.

Last Tips

The following are just some key things to keep in mind that can help you feel more comfortable as you shift into gear owning this new property:

  • Decorate the home or hire someone to help bring your vision to life
  • Get to know your neighborhood by greeting neighbors, checking out playgroups, and finding people who may share similar interests with you
  • Gather emergency information and get to know the address and phone numbers of the nearest hospital, police station and fire station
  • When your family is settled, celebrate by having people over and throw a nice party
  • Now is the time to finally relax, enjoy the space, and take it all in that this will be your new home

 

 

If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call Brookstone Homes. Building a home to your specifications may be just what you need to finally feel settled into a new home. Brookstone will work with you to help create the home of your dreams.

Call us to find out how to get started: (513) 340-7200

Featured Home Design: The Arrowhead Floor Plan

Featured Home Design: The Arrowhead Floor Plan

Featured Home Design: The Arrowhead Floor Plan

Here at Brookstone Homes, we offer signature home designs and award-winning floor plans with your unique desires in mind. Your dream home with the Arrowhead design comes with a variety of elevation and styles.

What Makes the Arrowhead Unique?

There are many benefits to the Arrowhead floor plan to explore. Exterior and interior finishing touches elevate this floor plan to the next level, making it an enticing and exciting space to envision making your own.

Exterior

The Arrowhead floor plan comes with various elevations and styles. The front exterior covered entry will greet guests in style and set Arrowhead apart from other signature home designs. With five elevations to select from, families can choose the design that best suits their needs. The overall layout offers over 2,000 square feet of space to share with family, friends, and guests.

Interior

The Arrowhead floor plan provides a warm atmosphere inside as a spacious foyer greets guests, which opens to a large great room. The kitchen opens into the great room with ample space to entertain and enjoy family and friends. Large windows open onto a beautiful vista from which to take a moment to enjoy the morning sunrise or take in the views before starting your day. Four beds and 2.5 baths provide families with ample space to stretch out, relax, and enjoy privacy. The master suite with walk-in closet will entice anyone wanting extra space and storage. Families who enjoy entertaining can take advantage of the family activity center, located on the second floor which provides room for spending time with friends, loved ones, or catching a moment to yourself.

Building Your Dream Home with the Arrowhead Home Design

Brookstone gets people and we put your needs first. Our award-winning designs speak for themselves while providing a gorgeous, finished product at affordable prices for families of all sizes. Our team, including owner Shannon Lachenman, work to match your desires with the signature home design of your dreams. 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 Arrowhead, or want to consult with one of our premier architects, we will help you create the custom home you always dreamed about. Our passion and excellence is unmatched in the industry. Come find out why people are building with Brookstone.

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

The Benefits of Building a House Vs Buying One

The Benefits of Building a House Vs Buying One

The Benefits of Building a House Vs Buying One

The decision about whether building a house vs buying is best depends on many factors. One of the largest investments a family can make is in the building or purchasing of a home. Location, market trends, price, and many other factors play into what a family chooses and where to eventually buy the home. The biggest factor revolves around building a house vs buying, with each path having distinct advantages and disadvantages. Explore the options to decide which route is best.

Buying a Home

Two advantages stand out when deciding to purchase an already existing home: cost and convenience. Once pre-approval from a lender goes through, a family can shop around, find the perfect home, and eventually make an offer. Within a month or two, the family could be living in the new home.

Convenience

The process involves many steps but being able to move in right away is one of the big factors families decide to choose an existing home. Relocating kids and maybe even work is challenging, so families often choose to go with this route to ease challenges and risks.

Cost

Buying a home outright can lower some of the unknown costs which may come up when building a house. Depending on the real estate market, the prices for existing homes may be more favorable.

Brookstone Homes offers pre-built homes in several of our premier communities.  Explore our inventory and call to schedule a tour!

Building a House

Building a house is not as quick and possibly not as cost effective as purchasing existing property, but a family can select a plot of land and build a custom home with all their desired features for a great price, especially if you work with a seasoned builder like Brookstone. This customization process, along with selecting a neighborhood and getting what they want, is often cited by families as the reason for building a house vs. buying. The biggest advantage overall rests in knowing exactly what a family wants and being able to select a builder who can deliver the goods. A new home is more likely to be energy efficient, have better HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) as well as insulation. This can save families money in the long run.

Time and Money

One of the biggest drawbacks to building a house tends to be the higher costs and longer timeframe associated with the process. A family can limit the risk of building a house vs. buying when selecting carefully the builder and focusing on putting together a good contract. A lump-sum contract can specify fixed prices for construction, thereby reducing the risk of cost overruns for the buyer. Making sure everything is included saves both time and money. Selecting a duration up front can help avoid open-ended deadlines to make sure the builder stays on time. Maintain good communication with the builder and check in to be sure things are going as planned for a better overall process.

At Brookstone, our customers come first. We’re building you a forever home for your family, after all, and that’s more important than costs or financing. Let us help you put together a plan for realizing your dream home today.

 

Brookstone Homes is the premier builder in Ohio for custom homes. If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call us. We will make sure you get all your needs met in the process and ensure communication stays constant from start to finish.

Call us to find out how to get started: (513) 340-7200