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Project Spotlight: Family Room Makeover

2017 June 20

Andrew and Kate purchased and moved into a beautiful old stone home. The previous owners had added a family room to the end of the home. Andrew and Kate desired to update the interior of the 1980’s family room addition to blend with their circa 1779 home and become a space the whole family could enjoy.

The home needed a renovation to bring the family room closer to matching the architectural style of the stone home. The stone fireplace, which is the anchor in the room, was enhanced with a wall of cabinetry. The carpeting was removed, and wide plank distressed flooring was installed to coordinate with the original home. Reclaimed wood was hand-selected to encase the ridge beam, and beams with wooden pegs were added. Also, crafted from the reclaimed wood, the sliding barn door accentuates the entry from the kitchen into the family room.

The earthen colors and period chandelier are perfect finishing touches to this stunning room that Andrew and Kate and their family will enjoy for years to come.

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Lancaster Parade of Homes 2017 Sneak Peak

2017 June 13

The Building Industry Association of Lancaster County will be holding their annual Parade of Homes from June 17-25, 2017. Metzler Home Builders will have two entries in the Parade again this year. One entry is a semi-detached home in our Villas at Featherton Community in Elizabethtown.  The other entry is a single-family home in our Willow Bend Farm Community in West Lampeter. Hours and Parade of Homes details can be found at www.lancasterparadeofhomes.com. We hope to see you there!

 

132 Canvasback Lane, Elizabethtown – Vills at Featherton Community

2,130 sq. ft. semi-detached home with open floor plan, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths

      First-floor master suite with walk-in closet and owner’s bath

                                                  First-floor living space features open floor plan with gas fireplace and luxury vinyl plank flooring

                                                                Cloister Cabinetry kitchen design including granite countertops and island w/ bar seating and stainless steel appliances

  First-floor laundry room with custom bench and pegs

Efficient natural gas heating system

          Beautiful craftsman exterior with stone and vinyl materials

  Concrete patio

Precast Superior Walls in basement

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2,023 sq. ft. single-family home with open floor plan, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

403 Wendover Way, Lancaster – Willow Bend Farm Community

Master suite with walk-in closet and owner’s bath featuring 5-foot shower

Swartz kitchen design including granite countertops, island with bar seating, stainless steel appliances and pantry

Living room featuring gas fireplace with slate hearth and surround

Luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout first-floor living space

Efficient natural gas heating system

Concrete patio

Front porch overlooks quiet cul-de-sac

Large basement with Superior Walls

New Home Available Near Ephrata

2017 June 6

75 Clay School Road, Ephrata

This new two-story home is complete and ready for immediate occupancy. It features an open floor plan with 2,040 square feet and has 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. Public water, sewer and natural gas.  Located in the Ephrata Area School District.

We have one additional lot along Clay School Road as well.

For more information on the house listed above or to discuss building your dream home on the nearby vacant lot, please call us at (717) 687-6302.

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Home Safety Reminders for the Summer

2017 May 30

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Summer is just around the corner, and unfortunately, this is the time of year when accidents around the home increase. Here are a few friendly safety reminders so you can have fun all summer long.

Water Safety – It only takes an inch of water for a child to drown. While the common areas to focus on water safety are pools and spas, other places in your yard need to also be considered: water features, wading pools and utility buckets can accumulate many inches of rainwater after storms. Keep a close eye on young children playing around these areas.

Fall Prevention – Children and pets can lean against a window screen, pop it out and fall.  Make sure upper windows are not opened more than three inches, or install a window guard.

Campfire Safety – Who doesn’t love the fire pits, hearths and other amazing outdoor heating features that are available – and quite affordable? They are a great spot to gather during a summer evening. Remember to keep children and pets at a safe distance so they don’t accidentally get burned, and position furniture far enough away so it doesn’t get too hot and possibly melt.

Grill Safety – Ensure your grill is far enough away from the side of your home or deck so that it doesn’t melt anything around it. If you grill with charcoal, make sure your coals are extinguished and cold to the touch before you dispose of them.

Vacation Safety – Summer is a great time to get out of town, but it also a time when burglars target homes.  Be sure to add securing your home to your “vacation to-do” list. Have your mail held (or have a neighbor pick up), set your lights on timers, pick up the hidden spare key (give it to a trusted neighbor instead) and don’t broadcast that you are away on social media. If you do want to post your vacation experience on social media, select a few people you can trust and set up a specific list or group where you can share tales and photos.

Taking these extra safety measures will help keep your family, and property, safe all summer long.

6 Most Important Qualifications for Choosing a Home Builder in Lancaster

2017 May 23

Choose a home builder

When you’re ready to get started on building the house of your dreams, the first step is to choose a builder in Lancaster. However, how do you find the right person for the job?

Before you shake hands with a home builder, check that they meet or exceed all of the following qualifications. Careful vetting of the company you hire will make all the difference when it comes to your satisfaction with the entire experience — from start to finish.

Check for These 6 Qualifications When Deciding on a Home Builder in Lancaster PA

They Have Good References as a Custom Home Builder

If the home builder in Lancaster is recommended by someone you know, this speaks well for them. A trustworthy company will cultivate good relationships with clients. Sometimes these personal recommendations are more valuable than references, simply because you know whether or not the word of your friend/neighbor/relative is worth anything.

Their Business Has Been Around for at Least Three Years

When looking for a custom home builder in Lancaster, you should make sure they are established in the industry. This means they will have a solid track record and will have been in business for at least three to five years.

They Have Past Work Examples You Can View

Looking at past work samples will give you an idea of the quality of work you can expect from your custom home builder in Lancaster. It will also show you their creativity and versatility. Have they mostly worked on one type of house (craftsman, contemporary, etc.), or does their past work showcase a wide range of styles and skills?

Checking out their work samples will give you a great feel for whether they are a good fit for your project.

The Home Builder is Insured

Insurance establishes the builder’s creditability, but it also makes sure you’re not liable if a worker gets injured on the job, or if an accident happens that causes damage to property you don’t own.

They’re Easy to Communicate With

You will have to work closely with your builder throughout the entire project, so making sure they’re easy to communicate with is essential. This means that they’re willing to answer your questions, listen to your ideas, and can be reached easily.

They Specialize in Custom Home Building

A home builder in PA that specializes in custom homes will be an expert on the topic. They will know what to expect out of the job, be prepared for the setbacks that are associated with this type of job, and have a thorough knowledge of regulations and codes that must be followed. Hiring someone like this is a great way to ensure your project goes as well as possible.

When you’re looking to hire a home builder in Lancaster, check for these qualifications. They’ll help you narrow the pool and find a reliable, expert builder who can complete your project to your ultimate satisfaction.

Want a custom-built home but don’t know where to start? You don’t need to be a building expert to start your project with us. Allow us to be your experts to guide you through this process. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

How to Choose the Right Exterior for Your New Custom Home

2017 May 16

Right Exterior Metzler Blog

So, you’re building a new custom home. How do you get the right look for the exterior, one that matches and/or complements the inside? What aspects should you think about?

Lucky for you, a handy guide to achieving the perfect custom home exterior is right here.

Considerations for Your Custom Home Exterior

Siding and Weather-Proofing

The right exterior siding will finish off your home’s look while providing protection from the elements at the same time.

Various types of siding exist, from brick and wood siding to fiber cement, stucco, and stone veneer. The right look for you will depend on your budget, style, and the type of house you have.

For a cost-effective option that will still add color to your exterior, vinyl siding is a good choice. For homes with more classic-looking architecture, however (such as Tudor or craftsman homes), you might want to choose brick or stone veneer.

Exterior Paint Colors

Don’t revert to a neutral color for your home’s exterior color. If you’re not choosing a natural material, the options are limitless for exterior siding shades.

Think about your home’s surrounding environment when choosing a color. Do you want your house to stand out, blend in, or reach a middle ground between the two?

For instance, if your house is surrounded by evergreens, if you want it to stand out, you should shy away from green in general. To really make it pop against the trees, consider going across the color wheel from emerald and choosing a complementary shade of rust or red. To stand out but not make a big statement, choose an analogous color, like soft yellow.

Landscaping

Your custom home landscaping plays a vital role in the overall look of your exterior. Think about it: a plain grassy lawn says nothing, but a lawn with perennial beds, a decorative fence, and a patio invite you in and suggest that the homeowners love being outdoors.

That said, match your landscaping to your lifestyle. If you’re low-maintenance, don’t choose plants and flowers that require a lot of upkeep. By the same token, if you have a classic-looking, stately house, a wild and modern garden will not look like it belongs there.

Architectural Details

The architectural details on your new custom home will be what set it apart from the other cookie-cutter houses on your street. These details will make it unique and let it shine.

For instance, beautiful trim can contrast with your home’s exterior siding or finish and set it off. On the other hand, a walkway paved with natural stone, tile, or brick can provide an elegant welcome for visitors. Decorative trim in specific areas (to set off a porch or highlight a front door) can add a touch of flair or whimsy.

Whatever details you decide to focus on, you can be sure that they will add a dose of personality to your new custom home.

Want a custom-built home but don’t know where to start? You don’t need to be a building expert to start your project with us. Allow us to be your experts to guide you through this process. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

5 Home Design Trends That We Don’t Miss

2017 May 9

Home Trends

When it comes to home décor trends, there are some that just need to lay down and die. These instantly make a room look dull, dated, and tacky. For your new home design, avoid these tasteless trends like the plague. Your new house will thank you.

Just Skip These Passé Trends for Your Home Design

There are better choices for finishing off your home than these five options. Instead of fads, choose home design trends that are timeless and have staying power.

Fake Wood Paneling

A relic of the ‘60s and ‘70s, fake wood paneling always looks dark, dreary, and dated. What’s more, it never looks like real wood. Most people who encounter this faded trend in their homes are quick to rip it out or paint over it. Both are good ideas, although painting fake wood paneling might be the better choice if you are budget-conscious.

If you do like the idea of wood on the walls, choose real wood, and keep it to an accent wall so it doesn’t feel like you’re living in a cabin.

Chevron

The repeating zig-zag pattern called chevron had a huge surge in popularity a few years ago. Chances are, you could find chevron on everything from rugs and textiles, to curtains and pillows, to patterned chairs, floors, and tile. However, what once seemed fresh and modern now feels played-out and cliché.

If you crave pattern in your home, go for something classic yet visually interesting, like stripes, paisley, or dots, instead.

Faux Finishes

Remember sponge-painting? This look for walls was popular throughout the ‘90s and early ‘00s. It was often done with colors like mauve, hunter green, or a dusty, denim blue. Unfortunately, it never looked sophisticated – just tacky and muddled. What was it supposed to be imitating, anyway?

Beige Everything

Beige walls, beige furniture, beige carpet – it all adds up to a whole lot of boring. Once upon a time, it seemed like most new houses were awash, from top to bottom, in a coat of blah beige. There are far more interesting neutrals to play around with.

However, if you insist on keeping the bones of your home decor neutral-toned, don’t forget to add color through additions like furniture and artwork.

Tile Countertops

Tile countertops are a nightmare in the kitchen. Grout is hard enough to clean in your shower, but in the kitchen, it will collect everything from crumbs to dirt to bits of food. Plus, tile can easily crack, chip, and break. Combined with the grout problem, tile countertops quickly wear out and look dingy – who knows why this ever became a fad?

These days, a much more modern option that is till budget-conscious for your kitchen home décor is a solid surface countertop that mimics the regal look of granite or quartz.

Don’t fall victim to interior design fads and trends that will quickly fade within a year or two. If you really love the look and must include it in your design, choose to add it in a way that’s more temporary, such as with pillows, artwork, and fabric, as these can be switched out far more easily.

Home Tips for Spring

2017 May 2

Spring time

Here are a few home maintenance tips for spring.

Outside the home:

  • Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage away from the home can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure that your gutters are cleaned of debris, secured property to the house, and that the downspouts are long enough to drain away from the foundation of the home.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. To check for freeze damage, turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the water from flowing, this likely means you have a damaged pipe inside the home, and you’ll need to replace it.
  • Check your wooden deck. Replace any boards that are warped, splintered or cracked before you get into the barbeque season, and give your wooden deck a new coat of weatherproofing sealant.
  • Seal around windows and doors. Air leaks happen around windows and doors, and with the hazy, hot and humid weather around the corner, now is a good time to caulk seams and re-glaze windows, where needed.
  • Check your sidewalks and other concrete areas. Ice melt can cause concrete to crack. If you notice that your walkways or patio cracked or shifted over the winter, now is a good time to make those repairs.
  • Trim shrubbery. If there are any scrubs or trees that rub up against the home, now is a good time to trim them back before a thunderstorm rolls through. Inspect the exterior of your home for loose siding, shutters or shingles; and if your home is painted, check for peeling or cracked paint. When it comes to exterior repairs, particularly anything that involves heights, we strongly recommend you call a professional so repairs can be done safely.

Inside the home:

  • Check smoke detectors. If you haven’t done so already, replace the batteries in all of your smoke detectors. This should be done in the spring and again in the fall to keep them working properly and your family safe.
  • Inspect attic for leaks. If you have an attic that is accessible, the spring is a good time to crawl up there and inspect for leaks. These will be fairly noticeable as water marks will show on the insulation.
  • Get AC inspected. Schedule a check-up for your air conditioning unit with your heating and cooling company. They will inspect your unit and make sure it is running at maximum efficiency before the summer heat hits.
  • Change ceiling fan rotation. For summer months, ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise, as you look at it from below.

The Guide to Trending Kitchen Countertops: Is Granite Still King?

2017 April 25

Guide to Trending Kitchen Countertops: Is Granite Still King?

The votes are in. For 2017, designers, tastemakers, and experts will advise you to look beyond granite and instead opt for its newer, cooler cousin: quartz.

For years, granite has reigned supreme as the be-all, end-all for kitchen countertops. It is beautiful, scratch and heat-resistant, and easy to clean and maintain, after all.

However, this tried-and-true stone is seeing competition. Learn about why quartz is the hot, new option place, plus some other kitchen design trends you might want to consider besides granite or quartz for your countertops.

Goodbye Granite, Hello Quartz: The Newest Kitchen Design Trend

So, why is quartz usurping granite for most-loved countertop material? The main reason is durability.

Quartz beats both granite and marble in this area (although the latter two have been the most popular high-end manufactured stones used in the kitchen for years).

Not only is quartz naturally stain-resistant, scratch-resistant, and heat-resistant, it also doesn’t need to be sealed, unlike granite and marble, which require periodic re-sealing to maintain their integrity. On top of these pluses, quartz is also unaffected by acidic foods, which can wear down the finish on other surfaces.

As far as affordability, quartz falls squarely between granite and marble on the price scale (marble is more expensive, granite is slightly less expensive).

Finally, quartz has become more appealing to the eye in recent years due to new manufacturing techniques. All of the above facets make quartz a shoe-in for the kitchen.

More Trends to Watch: Alternatives to Granite or Quartz for Kitchen Countertops

Love the look of natural stone for your kitchen remodel, but don’t have the budget for them? Try any of these alternative kitchen countertop trends.

Butcher Block

No matter the type of kitchen design you have, butcher block will look classic and timeless. If you are wary because you think this type of counter would be high-maintenance, worry not— scratches can be sanded out easily and sealed with mineral oil.

Concrete

Although countertops made of concrete will need regular sealing, they are a modern option that will be durable in your kitchen. Plus, they can be customized for special configurations, and even have special materials, like seashells or stones, embedded in the surface.

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops can emulate natural stone surfaces and don’t require sealing. While they are not impervious to scratches or heat, they are a low-cost way to get a high-end look.

Modern Laminate

Modern laminate countertops outdo the laminate of the past by leaps and bounds. New versions are far more durable, successfully mimic the look of natural stone, and require little maintenance and no sealing.

For your home, the right kitchen countertops will provide the look you want and the amount of durability you need. Look to kitchen trends for fresh ideas, whether you want something timeless or totally unique.

Want to get started on a kitchen renovation? Contact us to discuss all of the possibilities.

How Secure Is Your Garage Door?

2017 April 18

How Secure Is Your Garage Door?

When you close your overhead garage door, do you assume that your home is secure? For the most part it probably is, but there are a few ways crooks can still get through.  Consider these measures to make sure your home is locked tight:

Look at the service door. The service door, or side door on your garage, is often one of the easiest points of entry for a burglar. Make sure the door has a deadbolt and a heavy-duty strike plate, as should all exterior doors in your home.

Install a garage door sensor. Sometimes your garage door security is compromised simply because someone forgot to close the door. This is where a sensor and monitor come in. Attach the sensor to the garage door and then place the monitor somewhere inside your house. If the garage door is open, the monitor will let you know.

Remove clickers from your vehicle. If you park a vehicle in the driveway, make sure you do not leave your garage door remotes in your vehicles (e.g., on the visor or center console). A thief can break into your car for entry into your house. Opt for a key-ring remote, which you can find online by typing in your garage door brand followed by “remote.”

Use an old-fashioned lock. If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, you may want to lock your garage door track. Simply drill a hole in your garage door track just above one of the rollers and fasten a padlock through the hole. Even if a robber can fish the garage door lock open from the outside, he will not be able to actually roll up the door.

Install a smart home door opener. These high-tech garage door openers come with built-in security features such as monitors and lighting controls – all connected to your smartphone. This means that from anywhere, you can make sure your garage door is closed and your home is secure.

Source: The Family Handyman, Garage Security Tips