Planning for an Irrigation System

  |  April 27, 2021

A well-designed and thoughtfully programmed irrigation system can save time, facilitate more attractive and healthier lawns and gardens, and use less water than a non-programmable sprinkler or manual watering. Many homeowners are inclined to install a system right away when they move into a new home—but it’s often smarter to wait. It makes sense to […]

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Benefits of a Personalized Home Vs. a Custom Home

  |  April 17, 2021

Most prospective buyers are familiar with two home-buying options: buy a new home within a community with very limited choices for personalization, or build a custom, one-of-a-kind prototype home, working with an architect, engineers, and ultimately a custom builder to get exactly what they envision. For buyers who don’t have infinite time and money, but […]

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What’s New in Lighting?

  |  March 26, 2021

With more time at home and a greater focus on comfort, lighting has received more attention lately. Lights are being treated as a design focus, and trends are changing. That’s reflected in trends such as treating ceiling lights as a design focus, with more sophisticated versions of retro and industrial style fixtures available, as well […]

Practical Landscaping Considerations

  |  March 16, 2021

Whether you’re planning a major landscaping project or a little spring rejuvenation, we offer a few planning tips to protect your home and grounds and help your landscape thrive. Check/Re-establish the slope before planting near your home. The ground should slope down about 1 inch per foot for the first 6 feet, with a continued […]

Trim Trends

  |  February 23, 2021

Trim can be an elegant finishing touch—or an unfortunate visual distraction. In today’s transitional and contemporary homes, trims are trending clean-lined, minimalist, or even nonexistent. Once, trim served a mostly utilitarian function: crown molding at the ceiling covered gaps and imperfections where the walls and ceiling met; base trim protected the bottom of the wall […]

What Makes a Community Stand Out?

  |    |  February 18, 2021

We’ve received a tremendous amount of positive feedback about the home and community design at Park Grove. People are reacting to the synergy of thoughtful components, artfully assembled. Several elements are key to making a community of homes exceptional. You start with a good location and quality materials, but to make it “pop” you need […]

What’s New in 2021?

  |  January 28, 2021

COVID-driven changes to how we live have inspired a lot of emerging trends and innovations. For example, while outdoor living spaces have been growing in popularity for quite a while, they are even more important to families now, providing alternative environments for recreation, dining, and even just a calming interlude with nature. Flexible living spaces […]

Fresh Approaches to Outdoor Living Space

  |  January 15, 2021

With so much more time spent at home, families are eager to make the most of available outdoor spaces, no matter how modest. Fortunately, there are many practical options that can be installed quickly and affordably. Rather than a window wall or folding glass doors, large sliding doors can bring the outdoors in at about […]

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LIFE | STYLE December 2020

  |    |  December 17, 2020

Happy Holidays! We hope this newsletter finds you well and somewhere warm and protected from the recent snow, maybe watching a classic (or not-so-classic) holiday movie. If you have a fireplace, woodburning or gas, light it and enjoy; the weather doesn’t get more perfect for it than a December Nor’easter. If not, there is always […]

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2020 Recap and Considerations for Home Buying and Renovating in 2021

  |  December 14, 2020

Among its many disruptions, 2020 brought rapid shifts to the housing market that pose opportunities (and challenges) for builders and buyers alike. What home buyers are seeking and when they buy seems to be shifting. The “normal” seasonality of home sales, which were traditionally highest in spring with a secondary boost in the fall, has […]