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Pets of Metzler Home Builders

2017 July 25
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Our furry friends who greet us at the end of a long work day!

Barry Yoder with Bandit

Barry Yoder with Bandit and Max

Jordan Metzler and Winston

Mike Trout with Emerson

Mike Trout and Emerson

 

Pets of Metzler

Skip Butler and Nessie

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Skip Butler and Mercury

Metzler Recently Honored with Two Industry Awards

2017 July 18
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Best of Houzz 2017 Service Award

Metzler Best of Houzz 2017

We are honored to win the “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016.

In a press release, Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz noted “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Metzler Home Builders. Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

If you haven’t discovered Houzz.com, take some time to look at their site.  You’ll discover an amazing number of photos for anything house-related. It’s a great place to get ideas for a new home or a renovation project!

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Building Industry Association AwardOur entry in the recent Building Industry Association Remodeling Showcase brought home an award for Best Interior in Division 1.  The project we showcased was the family room renovation featured on the cover of this newsletter.  As you can see by the before and after photos, the room took on a dramatic transformation with the renovation project!

 

Choosing Your Landscape for a New Custom Build Home

2017 July 11

Landscaping Ideas

You’ve chosen all of the details, down to the smallest ones, for your new custom build home. But what about the surroundings – the landscaping and curb appeal?

The grass, pathways, accents, and plants that surround your home are truly what can help set it off, complement the architecture, and make it an inviting oasis to come back to each day. Learn how to choose your landscape for your custom build home and make it happen.

Custom Home Landscaping Ideas for a Beautiful Yard

A truly beautiful landscape that works for you and your family’s needs will take cues from your house design, your lifestyle, and your aesthetic.

1. Pathways, Walkways, and Sidewalks

There’s probably already a sidewalk in place for pedestrian traffic near your home, but what about an inviting walkway leading to your front door or one that leads to the backyard? If you have separate buildings on the property, like a freestanding garage, storage shed, or guesthouse, you may consider adding walkways there, too.

Remember that in the winter, pathways around your house become indispensable when snow is on the ground.

2. Green Space

The amount of open green space you have on your landscape should consider your lifestyle. Do you have children who enjoy playing in the yard? Do you have pets that need a place to run and romp? Or maybe you enjoy hosting parties in your yard and playing lawn games.

Plan for the amount of open grass you need accordingly, and keep in mind amount of upkeep that a lawn requires for regular mowing, trimming, and occasional watering.

3. Plants and Trees

Plants and trees can take your landscape from boring to lush in an instant. If you don’t have a green thumb, though, be careful about the plants you choose for your exterior. They should be low-maintenance and sprout annually, so you won’t have to do any replanting. You may consider plants that are native to Central PA.

If enjoy gardening, you can definitely go big on plants, flowers, shrubs, vines, and anything else you desire. Just make sure the garden is manageable for the amount of time you’ll have to put into it.

4. Accents

Take your yard to the next level with accents like fencing, lighting, fountains, and sculpture. If you really want to wow visitors, you’ll include all four. Make sure the styles you choose blend well with the style and architecture of your home. For example, you may not want to choose a white picket fence with a kissing gate if your house is sleek and modern – unless that’s what you really want, of course.

5. Recreation and Play

Last but not least, don’t forget to choose fun elements for your custom home landscape. A small playground, set of swings, or a sandbox are great for keeping the kids occupied in the warmer months. If your family loves to eat in the open air, think about a patio or a deck. If you like growing things, consider vegetable plots with fencing to keep out critters. Finally, if you really want to create a fun yard, invest in a swimming pool for your custom build home.

Landscaping for a Home You Will Love

Whatever you end up choosing for your landscape, attention to detail will ensure you love it just as much as your custom house.

5 Elements to Consider for Your New In-Law Suite

2017 June 27

In-law Suite

It’s becoming more common for seniors to move in with their adult children rather than head to retirement communities or assisted living. It makes sense for a lot of reasons: saving money, being close to family, and generally worrying less about elderly parents.

If you’re one of the many American families making the leap and preparing an in-law suite for you or your spouse’s senior parents, there are lots of key elements to include for organization, interior design, and convenience. Here’s a handy checklist to help you figure out what’s most important.

In-Law Suite Décor: The Most Important Components to Include

Your in-law suite needs to provide privacy and comfort for your relatives while also making them feel connected to the main abode. This requires a balance of features.

1. Separation

The suite needs to have a bit of separation from the rest of the house to feel private, but it shouldn’t be so far away that it feels like Timbuktu.

Consider cordoning off one section of the house expressly for the in-laws, such as the entire basement or a second-floor wing, or, if you’re adding on to the main house, give them their own private entrance. If the suite is a separate guesthouse, make sure it’s not too far to walk between it and the main house, and provide a pathway.

2. A Private Bathroom

A suite for in-laws needs its own private bathroom complete with toilet, sink, and shower/tub. This is an essential element for privacy and will help contribute to the feeling that they have their own home-within-a-home.

3. Washer and Dryer

For convenience, your in-law suite set-up could include its own washer and dryer (stackable units work well here). Not only will this make life easier for everyone, you’ll have less laundry to worry about, too.

4. A Kitchenette

When creating an in-law suite, a kitchenette is a great addition. This gives your family members options: they’ll be able to prepare their own breakfast, store their own drinks and snacks, and even cook their own meals if they want a quiet night alone.

A kitchenette should include, at the very least, a small sink, a microwave, and a mini-fridge, plus appliances like a coffee maker.

5. Space to Relax

Make your family members feel truly at home by including a space to relax and unwind in your in-law suite décor.

This could mean a small sitting area in the bedroom with comfy chairs, a living room with a couch and TV, or even their own private patio to have coffee in the mornings or read a book in peace and quiet. Whatever you choose to include, just make sure that it’s private and secluded so they can get in some alone time.

Make the In-Law Suite a Private Retreat

Above all else, the suite should be private and make your in-laws feel at home. This is the winning formula for a living situation that works for everybody.

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

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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.