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Water’s Edge: Our New Custom Homes Community

by Kuhrich on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hey Friends, we’ve got a new community in Warwick Township that is in the full swing of development! The community is called Water’s Edge and if you travel on Woodcrest Avenue in Lititz you have probably seen our first home in progress.  We are aiming to have this one completed in the next 5 to Read More

What Is a ManaBloc Plumbing System?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, August 27, 2015

What Is a ManaBloc Plumbing System? When building a new house or even just working on the plumbing of that house, it would behoove you to take a look at ManaBloc plumbing and the benefits offered by it. This method of plumbing water lines is a fairly new and incredibly inventive method that is also Read More

Why We Recommend 30-Year Architectural Roofing Shingles

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

30-Year Architectural Roofing Shingles Just like with a good haircut, a good roof complements your house and helps its look really come out and shine while still serving its purpose and being efficient in doing so. There is certainly plenty of debate about the right kind of roof for each home, but in general, there Read More

Choosing Faux Slate for Your Home’s Roof

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Faux Slate on Your Home You have a wide variety of options for your roofing, but it is vital that you make the right choice when the time comes, lest you be stuck with roofing that is not attractive or not sufficiently durable. Doing the research and learning about what you can use to protect Read More

Your Chandelier Lift: Standard or Remote Control

by CustomHomes on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Your Chandelier Lift There are several flourishes that we typically associate with the truly luxurious home. Carpeting and tiles tends to contribute to this, as does the molding, the choice in paints and the metal and marble used for countertops, sinks, and so on. Yet some things can truly add to your home in an Read More

If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now – Pioneer Crossing

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This quaint little neighborhood is located in Lampeter-Strasburg. This town is a growing area with plenty of room to grow for you and your family. It is also more affordable than the surrounding areas like Hempfield or Lititz. In Pioneer Crossing there are four other homes in the area and soccer fields directly behind the Read More

The Butler’s Pantry: What Every House Wants Today

by Kuhrich on Thursday, July 30, 2015

What Every House Wants Today When you come home, you want a clean, organized space that you can feel some sense of order, control, and relaxation in. Unfortunately, your home is where you keep all of your stuff! That means that there are plenty of opportunities for your life to become frustrating cluttered. To avoid Read More

Water, Water Everywhere – And You Need it in Your Pot!

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Water, Water Everywhere A kitchen is often the busiest part of a home. You have the cooking happening in it at least three times a day, but you also have dishes being cleaned, groceries being stored, and often, people hanging out and enjoying a snack or a small meal or even just a quick drink. Read More

The Benefits of Phantom Screens

by Kuhrich on Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Phantom Screen Having a porch can be a wonderful thing, but it presents a problem: how are you to enjoy that porch when the weather is being uncooperative? After all, a porch isn’t just the decking under you; it is the many ways you can get enjoyment out of the space, from watching television Read More

The ManaBloc Plumbing System

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What Is a ManaBloc Plumbing System? When building a new house or even just working on the plumbing of that house, it would behoove you to take a look at ManaBloc plumbing and the benefits offered by it. This method of plumbing water lines is a fairly new and incredibly inventive method that is also Read More

The Basics of Geothermal HVAC Systems

by CustomHomes on Thursday, June 11, 2015

What would you say to a HVAC system that doesn’t take up space in your home, will keep your home comfortable all year round, uses very little electricity and has been around for over sixty years? Most people wouldn’t be able to name such a system. Even fewer would think something like this exists. Yet Read More

The Appeal of Steele Ridge

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Appeal of Steele Ridge Where you choose to settle – truly settle – is a decision that has to be made with as much information at your disposal as possible. Yes, you can rent homes and apartments and stay in one spot for one a few months or years at a time when you’re Read More

Why Mill Creek is the Perfect New Neighborhood

by Kuhrich on Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Perfect New Neighborhood Owning and living in a home is far more than a mere matter of liking the architecture and landscaping of the house itself. Those are the technical things, the physical properties of your home that lend themselves to your continued enjoyment and comfort in that space, but a home is far Read More

Your Chandelier Lift

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chandelier Lift There are several flourishes that we typically associate with the truly luxurious home. Carpeting and tiles tends to contribute to this, as does the molding, the choice in paints and the metal and marble used for countertops, sinks, and so on. Yet some things can truly add to your home in an impressive Read More

Wood and Fiberglass Window Frames: The Way of the Future

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wood and Fiberglass Window Frames Sometimes, the strength and longevity of your home is not in the big things – at least not entirely – such as your siding, your roof, and your framing. Sure, those are important – vital, even! But they are not all there is to your home. A house is a Read More

James Hardie Siding: Stronger, Brighter, Better

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stronger, Brighter, Better When you drive through the neighborhood that you want to build your home in, what do you notice? What most people see, first and foremost, is the selection of siding used on the houses in the neighborhood. Yes, we see the lawn, the people, the spectacular details that some houses sport, but Read More

The Tech Closet Solution

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Closet Solution The modern home is completely wired, to the point of, well, having very few wires indeed! What does that mean? It means that in addition to climate control and security systems, access to the Internet in every room – thanks to mobile devices and their need for connectivity on-the-go and in the Read More

Your Walk-In Closet

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 7, 2015

Walk-In Closet The advantage of a custom home is, of course, that you can design the home to have all of the features and qualities that you have always dreamt of your house having. For some this means having an in-ground pool just outside; for others, it means having a spacious house to entertain in, Read More

Building an In-Home Sauna

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

In-Home Sauna You have many options as far as customizing your home for your own comfort and leisure is concerned. There is the potential for putting a pool in, for sports like a basketball or tennis court, for a jungle gym for your children (should you have any), as well as various entertainment options, such Read More

Geothermal Systems: Can They Efficiently Cool Your Home?

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 4, 2015

How to Efficiently Cool Your Home Coming out of a harsh winter, you may be thankful that you can finally enjoy the warm weather, bright sun, and clear skies of spring and summer, but there is always a cost to any change, and that goes for the seasons as well. Oh, how quickly we can forget Read More

Your Life in Country Meadows Estates

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Country Meadows Estates There is quite a bit of space in Central Pennsylvania, and consequently, quite a few neighborhoods have been built over the past few years to take advantage of that space as well as the influx of families moving into the region. Every other day, it seems, there is a new option for Read More

Why Live at Black Rock Estates?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Black Rock Estates When you’re young and just establishing yourself, where you live is not so much a matter of choice as it is a matter of happenstance and need. However, when you have a family, a career, and the resources to make a deliberate choice about your life and where you will live it, Read More

What’s So Great About Phantom Screens?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 23, 2015

What About Phantom Screens? Spring is here, and the weather is finally warming up after a long, cold, snowy winter that just seemed to never want to give up. With the change in weather, though, you have to ask yourself: why in the world were you so excited for spring in the first place? This Read More

April 2015 Lancaster Parade Home Update!

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hello Friends!  We’re getting close to the home stretch here and the excitement is really building as we see this home coming to life.  With that in mind, here is the April Parade-Home-In-Progress For the 2015 Lancaster Parade of Homes. We’re about 2 months from the Parade of Homes and the weather is really cooperating with us:)   A Read More

Positioning Your Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Positioning Your Custom Home for Aesthetic and Commercial Appeal Your home is not just where you live, but it is also an investment; after all, haven’t we been told for years now that that best, safest, and most lucrative investment that an American can make is in American real estate? If you believe that, then Read More

The Advantages of an Insulated Garage Door

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 2, 2015

An Insulated Garage Door Is An Energy Saver Insulation is an important part of any home, as it is impossible to be entirely comfortable in a space that lacks sufficient climate control. Of course, heating and cooling systems go a long way towards ensuring that the temperature in a room is comfortable, or at least Read More

Maintaining Your Central Vacuum System

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Your Central Vacuum System A central vacuum system is an amazing way to get your house clean; it is fast, it is efficient, and it is powerful! That explains why they’re being used more and more across homes in America, and why they are being installed in existing homes from coast to coast. Yet this Read More

Preparing for Spring with a Flower Garden

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Preparing a Flower Garden You have many options when it comes to your garden – you could, for example, forego flowers and choose to play a vegetable garden instead, or even an herb garden. After all, both have their merits, both contribute to your household well after the plants have ripened and bloomed, and both Read More

Planning Out Your New Spring Vegetable Garden

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Your Spring Vegetable Garden You’re faced with several options when trying to decide what to plant for this coming spring season. First, you need to decide if you’re going to be focusing on flowers, herbs, or vegetables; having done so, you can then get down to the specifics of the task. If you chose to Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, March 20, 2015

Aaaand we’re baaaaaaaacckkk!!! Hopefully you imagined me saying this in a radio host’s voice. On today’s roundup, we’re going to tackle some new products as well as some important insurance advice. Let’s start with an interesting new product. A new startup company called Candy House is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to bring their product, Read More

Real or Synthetic Slate: Which is Best for Your Home?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 19, 2015

Slate: Real or Synthetic, and Why? Commitment to authenticity is admirable, but oftentimes, it is rather misinformed and mistaken. In a world where we must be aware of our carbon footprint and how it impacts the world around us as well as the future and wellbeing of our entire planet, authenticity is sometimes just an Read More

Recessed Lighting: Your Path to Curb Appeal

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Recessed Lighting There are many ways to attract attention to your home, from improving the landscaping to working on the color scheme to keeping your home’s appearance up with the latest and hottest trends in housing today. Yet sometimes, you can’t beat the basics, and in this case, the “basics” is a simple case of Read More

March 2015 Lancaster Parade Home Update!

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hey Friends, it’s that time again!  Time for the latest update on our Parade-Home-In-Progress For The 2015 Lancaster Parade Of Homes. We’re only 3 months away from the Parade of Homes and even though we’ve made great progress during these cold winter months, we’re looking forward to the milder temperatures as we come down the home Read More

Under Floor Heating: Necessity or Luxury?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Under Floor Heating The greatest wonder of the current age may simply be the high degree of comfort that we live in. Compared to the generations before us, we live in the lap of luxury, with water, food, climate control, safety, high-quality materials and goods, and more all available to us at incredibly affordable prices, Read More

How to Grow an Herb Garden

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 5, 2015

Your Herb Garden   So you want to grow an herb garden, and why shouldn’t you? The greens that herb plants create are great decoration for any home’s lawn or garden, while the herbs themselves are incredibly useful. Any number of dishes are vastly improved by the addition of the right herbs – and infinitely Read More

What Garden Should You be Planting This Season?

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This Season’s Garden   What kind of garden should you be planting for the coming seasons? Sure, it’s cold out now, but soon it will be planting season, and that means the moment of truth is here: will you plant an herb, vegetable, or flower garden? Each one requires different kinds of effort and activities Read More

The Rising Popularity of the Tech Closet

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Popularity of Tech Closets More and more, technology is becoming a regular part of our lives. Of course, we’ve always had some level of technology integrated into our loves to some degree, from the automobile to the electric lightbulb. But technology has become a part of not just how we move and see, but how Read More

Outdoor Recessed Lighting: Ultimate Curb Appeal?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Outdoor Recessed Lighting There are many ways to make your home more appealing to those shopping for a new home. The lawn and garden are a big way that homeowners increase their so-called “curb appeal,” as the greenery of your home jumps out immediately, and its beauty – along with the obvious care put into Read More

Does Rock Salt Damage Your Driveway & Sidewalk?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Driveway & Sidewalk Damage From Rock Salt? The winter is a dangerous time for drivers, as it provides the greatest opportunity for road hazards to cause serious harm.  Icy roads, snow banks, and more can all prove quite difficult to manage during the winter season, with a large number of accidents – some of which Read More

Your Master Bedroom: Recessed or Track Lighting?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 12, 2015

Recessed vs Track Lighting In Your Master Bedroom Throughout your home, the lighting that you choose for each room will set the mood of the room while also determining just what use the room can be put to. If a room is too dark, you can do little but sit in it and enjoy your television or Read More

Meet The Custom Home Group Staff: Jared Erb

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Name: Jared Erb Birthday: April 10th, 1982                      Hometown: Lancaster PA         Title/Position: Designer Number of years with current company: 11 years What do you do in your position?  That is a complicated question.   I primarily focus on designing homes for our clients.  The involves creative concept plans, working through plan edits and then fine tuning those Read More

Parade Home Update! Progress On Our 2015 Lancaster Parade Of Homes Entry In Manheim

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hey Friends, it’s time for an update on our Parade-Home-In-Progress For The 2015 Lancaster Parade Of Homes. As we stated last month, we will be doing monthly updates up until June on our 2015 Lancaster Parade of Homes entry in Manheim to allow you to witness and experience the progressive journey of a custom-designed-and-built home.  This Read More

Your Living Room: Track Lighting or Recessed Lighting?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Track Lighting vs Recessed Lighting Every room in your home has a variety of different factors that impact your comfort and happiness in your home. From your choice of colors to your choices of flooring, furniture, and interior decorating, you will find that every single detail changes how you and others perceive that space. To Read More

Two Ways to Make Your Home Seem Larger Than it Truly Is

by Kuhrich on Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two Ways to Make Your Home Seem Bigger Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is pretty much every other impression that we get of a person, place, or thing – it’s all relatively, and it is the skill and artifice of the true artist to manipulate those perceptions to create the impression that Read More

Modern Trim For A Modern Home

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Modern Trim for a Modern Home Your home’s rooms contain a wide variety of opportunities for customization and detail-work. Everything form the walls to the ceiling to the floors is up for debate, and in a home with the right interior designer and home construction teams, you can have a truly original, beautiful, and comfortable Read More

The Details in Your Bathroom

by Kuhrich on Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bathroom Fixtures Your bathroom is full of all kinds of details that can seem, on the surface, rather pointless to quibble over. Where will your bathtub be and how will it be positioned vis-à-vis your toilet and sink? Will it be a walk-in shower or an actual bath-tub? Will it be built into the wall or Read More

Track Lighting vs. Recessed Lighting in Your Home

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

 Track Lighting vs. Recessed Lighting One of the most important but largely overlooked features of your home is, of course, the lighting that you choose for each room. Yes, people don’t often admire your choice of lighting fixtures when they enter the room, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important; in fact, that makes it Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, January 16, 2015

Yes, I know this “re-ocurring” blog post is called Weekly Roundup. And, yes, I know it’s been a really long time since our last Roundup post. But since Bi-Annual Roundup just doesn’t have the same ring to it, I’m going to throw down some new product info like we haven’t skipped a beat. So here Read More

Butler’s Pantries—Why They Are Becoming More Popular

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Butler’s Pantries Entertaining guests at a formal dinner party may seem like a custom stuck in the past, but it has enjoyed a resurgence recently. With the rise in popularity of shows such as BBC’s Downton Abbey and a renewed interest in Victorian Era history and customs, Butler’s Pantries are coming back into style. Imagine Read More

Can Rock Salt Ruin Your Soil?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, January 8, 2015

With winter here and the weather turning more bitter by the day, it’s only a matter of time until the roads are covered in snow and ice and you’re forced to break out the big guns: rock salt. You, your neighbors, and your local government will all have the same idea – that you need Read More

Are Fluorescent Lights Unpopular?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fluorescent lights are practically a symbol of modern urban life. They’re cheap, they last a long time, and they effectively illuminate whatever space they’re put in to an extreme degree, while not producing a harsh light that is hard on the eyes. From that description alone, you’d think that fluorescent lights are the greatest development Read More

Let’s Start The Parade Toward The 2015 Lancaster PA Parade Of Homes!

by Kuhrich on Thursday, January 1, 2015

Check Out Our Parade-Home-In-Progress For The 2015 Lancaster Parade Of Homes. Happy New Year, Friends! We hope you and your families had a wonderful 2014 and enjoyed some welcome time together over the Christmas and New Year holidays:) To kick off 2015, we’re doing something we’re really excited about that we think you’re going to Read More

Protecting Your Plants in the Winter Months

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Protecting Plants From Harsh Winter Weather The winter is hard on plants; specifically, it kills plants. Look outside and you’ll see most of your lawn and yard is dead, covered in ice and snow and generally just not doing too hot. That’s why tropical areas are so lush: they never have to deal with water Read More

Insulated Curtains: Effective, Affordable, and Clean

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The idea of an insulated curtain can seem just too good to be true. We know that most insulation comes in the form of the fiberglass and foam insulation that is put inside our walls, but which costs a considerable amount of money; when it comes to windows, many windows are insulated by having expensive Read More

How to Combat Winter Drafts

by CustomHomes on Thursday, December 18, 2014

  As high as you turn your heat up this winter, you could very easily still be dealing with cold drafts running through your home and causing you to have to bundle up, big time, in your own house. Your energy bill will subsequently be quite high, but why should you have to put up Read More

Masonry Fire Pits: Why So Popular?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rustic Beauty of Masonry Fire Pits These days, we’re distracted by television, internet, telephones, video games, film, and more – anything to keep us from spending time with each other, when we would be talking with each other, learning from each other, and connecting in a meaningful and lasting way. It’s a sad state of Read More

What You Need for Severe Winter Weather

by Kuhrich on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Preparing Your Home For Severe Winter Weather Winter brings with it a number of wonderful things, like snow, the holidays, family get-togethers, shopping, and more. Yet ultimately, the first thing on that list – snow – along with the bitter cold that accompanies it can do a lot of damage and possibly even threaten your Read More

The Oft-Overlooked Basement

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When designing your home, you probably spend most of your time focusing on the exterior look of your home as well as the interior, specifically the rooms that the most time is spent in, as well as those rooms that serve the most functions. For example, the kitchen of a home is critical to the Read More

Rising Popularity of Mud Room Lockers in Your Home

by Kuhrich on Thursday, December 4, 2014

The mud room is the messy-if-practical alternative to the standard foyer, and sees quite a bit of use in suburban and rural homes. After all, it’s messy out there; in non-urban settings, foot traffic involves mud, plant matter, and more all being tracked into your home, and if your home is not prepared to receive Read More

Why Are So Many Are Choosing Natural Stone Backsplashes?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Your choice of aesthetic in each room isn’t just a matter of color; it’s a matter of taste, of theme, of the sense you want to give everyone who spends time in that room. It’s also a matter of cost, materials, and time, of course, all of which depend on what you are willing to Read More

Changing Things Up on Your Walls

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 27, 2014

Choosing the colors of your home can be rather nerve-wracking. After all, once it’s chosen, it’s going to be that way for some time to come. Sure, you can go ahead and repaint your entire home, but that sounds rather exhausting doesn’t it, especially after you’ve already moved in. Plus, it’s expensive! Not, it’s far Read More

How To Make Your Master Bathroom’s Shower Stylish and Affordable

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What we see in film are not just homes that are spacious, impressive, and beautiful, but also master bedrooms that match; after all, where you lay your head is the last thing you see before you fall asleep and the first thing you see when you wake up, so it’s something that you want to Read More

Save Money On Heating This Winter

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 20, 2014

The changing seasons provide us with a wonderful change of pace – new wardrobe, new things to do outside and in, new holidays, new weather, and so on. However, they also require us to adapt, as we have been doing for years, centuries, and millennia. In your particular case, this means looking towards how your Read More

Three Ways Geothermal Heating Will Improve Your Home and Life

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Energy is on everyone’s lips these days, from talk about the Middle East to fracking to our outdated power grid. We are definitely facing some serious issues that will affect the economy, the environment, politics, and how we live our lives in the years to come. You can help separate yourself from some of those Read More

Why a Walk-In Pantry Is Great For Your Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 13, 2014

Your home can include a number of features that you may not have seen in the past few years; indeed, we seemed to forget that a home can be more than just a kitchen, some bathrooms, a living room, and a bunch of bedrooms. That is the layout we most often see in the McMansions Read More

The Best Wood Flooring For Your Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Best Hardwood Flooring Choices For You So many parts of your home can be said to be the most important part. Some would say that your roof is the most critical element of your home; after all, the quintessential importance of your home is in its ability to provide shelter from the elements, be they Read More

Why Natural Landscaping?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 6, 2014

Work With The Land For A Healthier Property and Better Landscaping As other environmental concerns have become big parts of our lives, we’ve come to recognize a whole slew of other environmental concerns that we should also be paying attention to in our everyday lives. Once upon a time, we might never have thought that Read More

Why Iron in Your Home?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Beauty of Wrought Iron You have a nearly endless number of possibilities as far as building materials are concerned for your home. Yet those options go beyond mere building materials; the materials used for the details within your home are also practically limitless. From the wood used for your flooring and trim to the Read More

The Perfect Work/Home Combination

by Kuhrich on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Home Offices in Custom Homes The web has changed quite a bit about how we live our lives, from putting us into contact with the people in our lives on a more constant basis to providing basically the entirety of the world’s knowledge right at our fingertips. Indeed, it has revolutionized our way of life Read More

Plan for a Farmhouse-Style Sink

by CustomHomes on Thursday, October 23, 2014

As you probably know by now, your kitchen is the heart of your home, and prospective buyer are going to be looking at your kitchen in order to determine if your home is the right fit for them. So much happens in the kitchen – so much life, so many practical and necessary things – Read More

A Charging Station in Your Modern Kitchen

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Once upon a time, kitchens were strictly for cooking in. Space was limited for lower classes, and for higher classes, a dining room existed for eating in, whereas the kitchen was where the help cooked each meal; there was never a need to enter there. Today we have the middle class, however, and this has Read More

The Modern Master Bedroom’s Continuous Vanity

by Kuhrich on Thursday, October 9, 2014

When considering how you want to have your master bedroom laid out, some things are simply a given. Of course, you want plenty of space; a master bedroom is more than just a place to sleep, it can be a place that you practically live in, part office and part lounge! Of course, storage and Read More

The Convenience of Luxury Vinyl Tile: 3 Reasons to Buy

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

When you hear the word “luxury” in “luxury vinyl tile,” you think that this is something that you simply can’t afford. It’s not an unreasonable assumption; luxury is intended to mean elite, the best of the best, and something that isn’t necessary but simply very… nice. For a long time, when it came to luxury Read More

Wainscoting Your Home (and Applied Molding Wainscoting)

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The texture and look of your walls shouldn’t be bare; bare walls aren’t just unattractive, they are remarkably and notably unattractive. What this means is that when you leave your walls unattended, everyone will notice. Guests, family, friends, and the inevitable homebuyers when you decide to sell will take note of the fact that your Read More

3 Things to Consider Before Getting a Fire Pit

by Kuhrich on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Should you get a fire pit on your patio? It’s hard to say; they aren’t appropriate for every home or even every home owner; the aesthetic and look of some homes simply can’t support a fire pit on their back yard or patio, while others aren’t really designed to safely support a fire pit. Yet Read More

Dealing with Storm Water: The Dangers of No Drainage

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Not every drop of water that falls from the sky ends up seeping into the ground and re-hydrating plants and the soil. Sometimes it runs off the ground, creating a threat to water quality and the environment. You see, rain doesn’t always do well with manmade ecosystems like the suburbs and urban spaces covered in Read More

Choosing a New Floor

by Kuhrich on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flooring is one of the primary things you notice when you enter a new room or space. Whether it is vinyl, tile, or wood, you take note of the flooring, its consistency, its health, its look, its color, and how all of that matches with the design and look of the rest of the room. Read More

‘Rounding Your Porch Out

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Many homeowners understand that while the interior of the home is important, the exterior is just as important. Unless you’re living in the arctic, after all, you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time outdoors, in your lawn and meandering across your property. That’s why so many people put so much into landscaping, Read More

The Closet Buyers Want

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

These days, more and more people are demanding they have the space and luxury that they see in film and television in their homes. In some cases, this is an impossibility given the budget and constraints placed on the home’s construction or renovation. Not every bedroom in the house can be the equivalent of a Read More

Geothermal Heating: Why and How

by Kuhrich on Thursday, September 4, 2014

People are always looking for the “next big thing” as far as their heating and energy costs are concerned, but the next big thing may in fact be the real deal! We’re talking, of course, about geothermal heating. Geothermal heating is, in fact, one of the most efficient residential heating and cooling systems that you Read More

How Outdoor Lighting Can Boost Your Curb Appeal

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall is just around the corner, and that means that the things you have to do to increase the curb appeal of your home are changing. During the summer, you wanted to focus on your lawn and its summer presentation; with everything in bloom and the rains causing quite a bit of growth, it’s important Read More

Rethinking the Laundry Room

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The latest laundry rooms are really attempting to rethink how we approach the design and location of laundry rooms in the modern home. Once upon a time, such rooms were relegated to a basement, a garage, or a small hole in the wall on the first floor of your home; this kept laundry out of Read More

Staring at Your Ceiling: What You Want in a Master Bedroom

by Kuhrich on Thursday, August 21, 2014

The master bedroom of your home is where you will spend quite a bit of time, more than you would ever imagine. After all, you sleep there; that’s at least a third of your life, if not more. (Some of us like to sleep in or take naps!) You also end up reading, browsing the Read More

The Butler’s Pantry: Your Next Kitchen Addition?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The kitchen is the heart of your home, this is a well-known and time-worn fact. When it comes to selling a home, for example, your ability to put that home on the market and sell it at the price that you want to sell it at is strongly affected by that home’s kitchen. The kitchen’s Read More

Making Geothermal Heating and Cooling Part of Your Life

by Kuhrich on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today we largely use electricity and gas to heat or cool our homes, but it wasn’t always so; once upon a time we relied on the architecture of our homes to provide the cooling and heating we needed in times of extreme climate. Of course, today, we’re not as worried about extreme climate as we Read More

A Key Room in Your Home: Don’t Neglect Your Bathroom!

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Most bathrooms are purely utilitarian in nature and design. They have a few simple but essential functions to perform in your home, and beyond that, your bathroom probably sees little in the way of love or attention. Clean it, keep it tidy, and keep it aerated, and you should be fine, right? Except that your Read More

To Column or Not to Column

by Kuhrich on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Interior design is, in fact, much harder than it looks. Sure, you can select furniture, lighting, flooring and wallpaper and paint and all sorts of other accessories and easy-to-choose-and-buy-and-place objects, but the actual meat of interior design has far more to do with the remodeling approach that you take to a room – or even Read More

Choosing Recessed Lighting

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The lighting your home uses is arguably going to be the most important mood- and style-setting element of your home.  Given that fact, selecting the right lighting both in terms of the design of your home as well as the appliances, wiring, and accessories that you choose to have accompany your lighting scheme is vital Read More

Stone Veneers: Why Go Natural?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, July 24, 2014

You have the luxury of using a variety of different materials for the exterior of your home. Of course, while there are certainly many materials you could use, you would only want to use one, perhaps two, in particular; otherwise you run the risk of creating an unattractive hodgepodge of exterior materials and patterns, which Read More

Composite Wood Decking: Great Decking…or Greatest Decking?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You have options – isn’t that what being a modern homeowner in the industrialized world is all about? You can choose to use any kinds of materials you want when designing, building, and expanding your home. That’s good news, too, because when you compare traditional building materials to modern building materials, you will often find Read More

Watching Your Foundation for Faults

by Kuhrich on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Things fall apart, the center cannot hold – that is how a poem goes that you’ll probably only read in literature class, but sometimes the poets get it right, and in this case, it’s certainly true that entropy must inevitably take hold. This goes true for social systems, for your body, and yes, for your Read More

What’s In It For You: Jack and Jill Bathrooms

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Your home’s layout and design can take a number of different shapes, forms, and sizes, some of them entirely unique and others more or less common throughout that particular home’s type and design across the region and nation. However, while most choices about bedroom placement, kitchen layout, and living space are generally quite standard, sometimes Read More

The Question of the Dual Oven

by Kuhrich on Thursday, July 10, 2014

The kitchen is the heart of the home; it always has been and likely always will be, and with good reason. It’s where your meals are made, after all, and when does a family and its guests connect more than when it is sitting around the dinner table, eating and enjoying the time they are Read More

Crawlspace or Basement: Which is For You?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sure, you have a lot of choices to make when it comes to your roof, your siding, your windows, your doors, your lawn and garden, and then of course, there’s the interior of your home and all that goes with that. Indeed, building and owning a home can be just one big decision after another, Read More

Which Grass is Right For You?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Grass is grass, right? So long as it is green, lush, and healthy – i.e., making your home and lawn, and by extension you, look good – then it is doing its job and you have nothing left to worry about! The problem is, your lawn is often a little more demanding than some homeowners Read More


by Kuhrich on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

When the season changes, there are several common sense things we can do to prepare for the coming season, with all of its changes in weather, climate, and wildlife, along with our own changes in lifestyle (as per changes in daylight, temperature, and more). Yet often, we neglect to do these things – these simple Read More

Give Yourself a Break and Your Child the Gift of an Awesome Summer

by Kuhrich on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Let’s face it: we’ve become a bit too overprotective of our children in recent years. Children today spend much of their time being monitored by their parents, with every single moment of their “free time” structured, and planned out well ahead of time, all with a goal in mind, whether it is the child’s education Read More

Summer is Coming: Prepare Your Home

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This past winter was definitely a rough one. More than a few blizzards paired with blistering cold and incredibly high winds did a number on many homes, but with the weather what it was, the time to do repairs and deal with issues of maintenance on one’s home and lawn hasn’t yet come… until now. Read More

Preparing Your Home for Summer

by Kuhrich on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spring is here, bringing with it rain, sun, warmth, and renewed growth after a long and oftentimes brutal winter. Soon, summer will arrive, and gardens will be in full bloom, flowers will be opening everywhere, and your home will be asking for some serious upkeep attention. In fact, while fall, winter, and sometimes spring can Read More

Three Ways to Solve an Ant Problem

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

For most people, having a dream home means having a yard, perhaps a good stretch of property, and that often means coexisting with nature in a very real way. Forests, creeks, hills, and so on can make up the countryside along which your home is built. While this can afford you the opportunity to enjoy Read More

The Home of Your Dreams is Out There

by Kuhrich on Thursday, June 5, 2014

When you buy a home, you make a huge change in how you live with and interact with your place of residence. Back when you were younger and you merely rented a home or apartment, the design and shape of your domicile wasn’t all that important to you; you were going to move out soon Read More

Is Spray-Foam Insulation Worthwhile?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Your home – its structure and construction – serves several basic functions that are vital for your comfort and, in many cases, your survival. Sure, your home is where you keep your stuff, entertain guests, and watch television, but there are more basic, traditional, elemental purposes for your home: specifically, to stay warm or cool Read More

Mastering Efficiency and Organization

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Your garage is a vital part of your home, though sometimes we have a tendency to forget that it even exists. After all, over the course of a year, you can really fill it with quite a few useless items – useless as in you yourself no longer have a use for them, though others Read More

Protecting You and Your Family From the Elements

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

While there are many investments you can make into your home, few are as expensive or as important as your roof. After all, it is the roof that protects you and your family against the elements, and it is the roof that provides a large part of the aesthetic of your house. Together, this makes Read More

3 Ways to Improve Your Landscaping this Spring & Summer

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 22, 2014

The arrival of spring – and, soon, summer! – means a number of things. It means you can finally start living your life outside again, it means that you will have some daylight long after you’ve gotten off work, and it means that mother nature is back in full force. The grass is greener, the Read More

Mud Room Musts

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

There are a variety of different ways you can design and outfit your home, not the least of which is the mudroom. Obviously every room in your home is important, serving different functions and roles, but the initial impression that all of your guests receive when entering you home is in the mud room, an Read More

3 Reasons to Have a Neighborhood Watch

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 15, 2014

When you hear that a neighborhood has a Neighborhood Watch program, you may wonder: why?  In especially nicer neighborhoods, it can seem as though the ostensible purpose of the Neighborhood Watch – specifically, to prevent crime – is rather pointless, as nicer neighborhoods often seem to have very little crime at all.  In a neighborhood Read More

Investing in Lower Cooling Bills

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The end of winter and the start of spring means that summer is just around the counter, but unfortunately, that also means that sooner or later, it is going to be much, much, much warmer than you’ve grown accustomed to over the past few months. Consequently, you’re going to have to start cooling your home Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 12, 2014

How’s Errrbody doing? We’re back with another Roundup. Today I’m going to discuss some cool new products and a slide show that I’ve come across in the last few weeks. So read on because I think we’ve got a good one today. First on my list is for those of you that have painted areas Read More

The Perfect Porch for a Luxury Home

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 8, 2014

When considering an addition onto your home, you have a variety of options available to you. You could have a shed or secondary garage built, a patio, a gazebo, or even a whole wing added onto your home. You are, in part, limited by the geography and space available to you, while your budget presents Read More

Beauty and Style on the Parade of Homes

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

(Note:  The 2014 Parade of homes is June 14 – 22, with more info coming in late May.  Check out our Parade homes here.) As cities grow and expand and increasingly become more important to how we do business, more and more of our jobs and businesses will be located in major metropolises like Philadelphia, Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, May 2, 2014

Welp, it’s definitely been a while since our last Roundup (Definitely more than a week), but who’s counting? Today we’re back with some great product recommendations and industry news. Here goes. For starters, let’s get practical. It’s no secret that duct tape covers a multitude of sins. Now we can cover those sins with fewer Read More

Add Personality To Your Home With Textured Ceilings

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 1, 2014

Textured ceilings have gained rising popularity in the housing industry. Home improvement specialists, home designers and property builders have used the techniques of textured painting to create masterpieces. The choice of various types of textured ceilings often reflects personal or professional preferences. Custom home settings are personalized, and allow decorators to add their own personal Read More

3 Tips For Organizing Your Garage This Spring

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

It’s that time of year again, time to clean out the cobwebs, sweep the floors, and get your garage organized for spring! For those of us who know that their garage could use a little TLC, here are our top three tips for making it spring clean: 1. Know What You Have Many of us Read More

3 Ideas To Jazz Up Your Patio For Spring and Summer

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 24, 2014

Warm weather is just around the corner, and soon everyone will be outdoors, enjoying the patio and lawn. Of course, to encourage the family to take advantage of your home’s outdoor living areas, you should make your porches, decks, and patios as comfortable and attractive as possible. You can use these three tips to jazz Read More

3 Tips for Spring Garden Planting

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Now that leaves have turned green, days are longer, and the skies are blue and balmy, the thoughts and daydreams of many homeowners are focusing on the upcoming gardening season. Whether you’ve got basketfuls of freshly picked vegetables and berries on your mind or you’re more the type who wants to cultivate a thriving perennial Read More

3 Ideas To Jazz Up Your Deck For Spring And Summer

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Those freezing winter evenings are gone — blown away by the first, soft whispers of spring. Celebrate by jazzing up your backyard deck in lieu of the coming summer festivities. 1. Add Built-In Seating Nothing makes a deck more comfortable or brings simplicity to your backyard get-together like built-in deck seating. Whether your deck is Read More

3 Tips For Creating Classic Garden Style For Your Home

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 10, 2014

When you want to beautify the outside of your home with a classic garden, understanding the elements required to create this traditional look is important. Whether you have a large backyard you want to transform or you are creating styling a small space, these tips will help you get started on a classic garden design. Read More

Making The Most Of Limited Closet Space

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Closet space has become an important selling tool for custom homes. Many houses today have elaborate closet systems that make the most of almost every square inch. If you don’t happen to own one of those custom homes, you can still make better use of your closet space. The Do-It-Yourself Approach If you are a Read More

Can Weathering Affect Radon Levels In Your Home?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Radon is a very real issue for homeowners to keep in mind both when first purchasing a home and maintaining one over the years. There are a few different issues that can affect the overall radon levels in your home and weather and weathering is one. There are two distinct types of weather that can Read More

Now THAT’S Creative Home Design: The Notorious “Spaceship” House in Tennessee

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We have seen homes constructed as tree houses, built on stilts in water, and even as a giant duck.   One design we see a bit more frequently is that of a spaceship. While certainly not common, there may be more spaceship homes peppered throughout the country than you realize.   These saucer shaped houses Read More

Is Insulated Vinyl Siding Worth The Additional Cost?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 27, 2014

When it comes to siding your home there are a few different things to keep in mind, the first is of course insulation. Insulated siding is a fairly new concept and can be helpful in a few different ways while also being a hindrance. It is important to keep a few different issues in mind Read More

Fixing Those Driveway and Sidewalk Cracks After A Brutal Winter

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The winter of 2014 has been particularly harsh for a considerable part of the country. Between ‘polar vortexes‘ that have brought with them freezing temperatures, snow storms, and freezing rain, people and their homes have taken a significant beating.    One of the easiest places to see the wear and tear that the weather has Read More

3 Tips For Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring Planting

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring is just around the corner, which means there is now work to be done for all the gardeners out there. While the vast majority of the work will be done when the weather warms and the rains return with regularity, some useful prep can be done in your garden in the final throes of Read More

Quick Pros and Cons of Solar, Gas and Electric Water Heaters

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Today’s custom homes are being constructed with increasing levels of energy efficiency in mind. If you are still looking for ways to improve efficiency and reduce fuel costs in your home, you may want to look toward your water heater. Here is a quick look at the pros and cons of solar, gas and electric Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, March 17, 2014

Today, we’ve got ourselves another Roundup. I have some great new products and seasonal tips to throw your way. So sit back, relax and we’ll get into it. First off, I came across one of those products that is such a simple and innovative idea that I am somewhat surprised that it hadn’t been invented Read More

3 Tips For Creating The Perfect Panic Room In Your Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Building your custom home and contemplating creating a panic room? Here are three tips for creating the perfect one for you: 1) First, make sure you have proper construction, from the right latches to the correct hinges to the perfect framing, your panic room must be safe, in order to keep you and your family Read More

3 Quick Tips For Maximizing Space In Small Rooms

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Small spaces can seem complicated when it comes to decorating, even if the building is a custom home. Depending on the room, the type of furniture and the details may vary, but the solutions that help open up the space are similar. A few simple tricks can make a small space look open and comfortable. Read More

3 Custom Home Design Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 6, 2014

A custom home is the best way to get every feature your heart desires in a new house; however, design flaws create some huge headaches after the home is complete. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a degree in architecture or interior design to avoid the following three disastrous design mistakes. 1. Inconvenient room placement A master Read More

3 Tips For Making Your Home More “Green”

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Custom built homes offer the greatest opportunities for you to have an environmentally-friendly abode as you control every step of the construction process. Whether you’re considering an eco-friendly home remodeling project or are thinking about a custom home, consider these 3 tips for making your home more green. Green Interior and Exterior Painting The dangers Read More

3 Tips For Preparing Your Yard For Spring Planting

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring is only a short time away. Soon you will be finishing up all the indoor projects in your custom home and moving your attention to your yard as you’ll be planting beautiful flowers and vegetables. Before you start putting one flower or vegetable seed in the ground, you will want to prepare the yard Read More

3 Tips For Maximizing Space In Small Rooms

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small rooms do not need to restrict your ability to use and enjoy the areas. With the right techniques, you can make small spaces fully functional while still have an open feeling. The trend towards mini or micro homes is providing many new solutions for comfortable living in smaller spaces. Multi-purpose Furniture To get the Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, February 24, 2014

Sit on the edge of your seat no longer. This week’s Roundup is here and packed with some great product info, home advice and industry news. Here we go. First up, let’s pretend that this ice age will end at some point and Spring will come. I know it’s hard to imagine, but let’s try Read More

3 DIY Fixes To Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient Year ‘Round

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 20, 2014

There are many things homeowners can do by themselves to improve the efficiency of a home.  Many of these ideas are also budget-friendly and the cost will be paid back quickly with the energy savings. Windows Window treatments offer an exceptional efficiency option while improving the look of your home. For south-facing windows, choose drapery Read More

3 Simple Things You Can Do For A “Greener” Lifestyle

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

If you have finally moved into your new custom home and want to find ways to have a more greener lifestyle, fortunately there are several easy things you can do to get started. It is important to keep in mind that you don’t need to take large steps to help reduce your carbon footprint; a Read More

Cold Bathroom? Try Under-Tile Heated Floor Mats

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Every step in a custom home construction comes with decisions about providing comfort, even when it comes to bathroom flooring. Ceramic tiles can be beautiful but how about those during-the-night bathroom visit and those winter early morning showers? Extra thick bath mats and fuzzy furry slippers can only do so much. A cold bathroom floor Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It’s that time again. That time when you become completely distracted from that productive task you had been performing and completely focus all of your attention on this week’s Roundup. What I’ve got for you today is a mixed bag of new products, industry news and home advice. Let’s get to it. For anyone that Read More

Winter Is A Great Time For Home Improvements

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There’s something about the cold weather that zaps your energy and makes you want to sit around the house like a hairball. Instead of slouching on the couch wishing Old Man Winter would croak, use the time to make some improvements around the house. Simple home improvements such as freshening up your wall color, organizing Read More

Energy Efficient Windows: Are They Worth The Expense?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, February 6, 2014

“These windows will pay for themselves in a year.” You’ve heard the sales gimmicks, but will the expense of energy efficient windows be worth the expense in the next year, or two, or five? Reviewing a few stats about newer windows can help you make a financially-sound decision when replacing windows or making selections for Read More

Kitchen Trends For 2014

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Whether updating your current kitchen or choosing the elements for a new custom home, incorporating 2014 kitchen trends into the design can give the most used room in the house new life. Open concept Not the newest trend, but definitely a continuing trend in kitchen design for 2014, an open concept kitchen provides a better Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, January 31, 2014

While most people look forward to the weekend, I know that you actually look forward to Friday for one reason, and one reason only –  Weekly. Roundup. So let’s dig right into our list of new and interesting products. Let’s start off by talking Green. Through the years, we’ve installed countless recessed lights in our Read More

3 Tips For Home Energy Efficiency In Extreme Cold Winter Months

by Kuhrich on Thursday, January 30, 2014

When it gets cold outside, the heat goes on inside. However, this regularly leads to incredibly high energy bills over the course of the winter months. As this winter has been colder than most on record, and there will probably be other incredibly cold winters in the future, it’s important for your pocketbook to know Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, January 24, 2014

Aaaaaaaannnddd we’re back with the first Roundup of 2014. I realize how much you missed these incredibly informative weekly (or monthly) updates and how you could barely concentrate on anything else since you finished reading the last Roundup. Well, brighten up because we’re going to get right back into it… This first new product seems Read More

Dress Up Your Bathroom With Fresh Fixtures

by Kuhrich on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Between rushing to get ready for work, soaking in a hot bath and taking a long, steamy shower, you spend a great deal of time in your bathroom. There’s no reason to spend all that time in a bland, dull room. Whether you are sprucing up an outdated bathroom or designing your custom home, adding Read More

Get A Head Start On Your “Spring” Cleaning During The Cold Winter Months

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It’s snowing outside and you’re getting a mild case of cabin fever. You need something to do on long winter weekends stuck at home. Since you’re indoors anyway, now is a good time to get a head start on your spring cleaning. Where to begin? Spring cleaning is about transforming your living space and reducing Read More

Tips For Buying A Custom Home In 2014

by Kuhrich on Thursday, January 16, 2014

If you are considering building a custom home, there are many things you should consider. You want your home to be perfect for your budget and lifestyle, but you also need to make sure that it will be a competitive player in the housing market should you ever decide to sell. Here are three tips Read More

Best Alternatives To Rock Salt For Melting Snow In The Winter

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rock salt works well to allow ice and snow to melt at higher temperatures in a pinch, but it stains your shoes, rusts your vehicles, kills plants and may damage cement over time. If you track salt inside, you can damage floors, too. This affordable product isn’t always as good of a deal as it Read More

Canopy Beds: A Luxurious Addition To Your Personal Space

by CustomHomes on Thursday, January 9, 2014

Canopy beds bring to mind days of old, when kinds and queen had elaborate chambers. Layers of fabric, whether thin or thick, created an impressive ambiance when falling from the ceiling. In modern times, canopies are less common. However, a bedroom with a well-designed canopy is the ultimate sign of decadence. If you bedroom is Read More

Houzz.com: A Great Resource For Custom Home Ideas

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Building a custom home can be at once the greatest and most stressful event in anyone’s life. Understanding what it takes to create a custom home can be next to impossible for lay people that may not be experienced builders and that may have difficulty understanding the principles that make a design viable. Keeping that Read More

3 Top Features To Consider For Your Dream Bathroom

by CustomHomes on Thursday, January 2, 2014

Whether you’re building a brand-new home or finally getting around to renovating that old bathroom, now’s the time to add value and personal style to your house. Of course, so many options exist that it might be difficult to figure out where to start. Here are some ideas you’re sure to love in your new Read More

3 Great Ideas To Eliminate Wasted Space In Your Home

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Whether you have a large or small home, you can have wasted space. You may have been visiting someone and noticed that they have a lot of space to spare. You may look around and say, “this would like nice here” or “that would look nice there.” When you have areas or “blank” spaces within Read More

Interior Stone Veneer – Great to Use for Your Fireplace or Accent Wall

by CustomHomes on Thursday, December 26, 2013

Natural stone has been used in home décor for decades with beautiful results. Stone veneer – the latest in home décor trends – captures the quality and beauty of natural stone at a less expensive price. Composed of natural stone elements combined with Portland cement and other components, stone veneer offers you the look, shape, Read More

3 Nice Upgrades For Your Bathroom(s) That Won’t Break The Bank

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Whether the bathroom in your home is large or small, with a few simple tips, it can look like a bathroom from a custom home, without costing you a fortune for remodeling. In most situations, you can give the bathroom a completely new, fresh look in a weekend or less and for an average sized Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, December 16, 2013

So here we are at our last Weekly Roundup of 2013. I know, I know…. Keep it together. Let’s carry on today like we always do and discuss a new product, some seasonal decorating tips and also some housing market news. Be strong… First things first, let’s keep it light and talk about a new Read More

Pros and Cons of Hardwood Floors In Your Home

by Kuhrich on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hardwood floors are definitely very beautiful and come with a lot of advantages, but they do have their drawbacks as well. It is very important to consider both the advantages and drawbacks of hardwood floors before you install them. Here are some of the pros and cons of installing hardwood floors in your custom home. Read More

3 Simple Ways To Save Money On Your Heating Bill This Winter

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Everyone will be looking to save a bit of money on their heating bills this winter. There are a number of ways to do it, and here are three very simple ones. Turn down the heat, and add a layer of clothing One simple, and basic, way to save money on your heating bills is Read More

Potato Leek Soup: Soup For The Soul In the Cold Winter Months

by Kuhrich on Thursday, December 5, 2013

Comfort Foods — just speaking the words can bring a smile to your face, and conjure up a vision of happy childhood times. It’s an iconic human experience, the way that mention of certain foods prompts an almost physical reaction, and forms a compelling reason to recreate certain experiences. Everyone, it seems, has a favorite Read More

Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

You can search far and wide for interior decorating options without finding any that provide a more pleasing aesthetic along with better strength than granite . This rich, multifaceted stone can be utilized in both kitchens and bathrooms to great effect, but like many things in life, the benefits of granite do not come without Read More

Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 28, 2013

If you are considering Quartz Countertops in your custom home there are a few things you should know about your options. The pros heavily outweigh the cons, when it comes to quartz countertops. Yet one or two of the cons may be a deciding factor when it comes choosing your counter top material. Pros of Read More

Should You Use Thermal Curtains?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Should you use thermal curtains in your custom home? Using these curtains can help lower your energy bills by providing insulation on the most common place where you can lose energy: your windows. R-Values No matter how good your windows are, you’re likely to experience the most heat loss there even through they have a Read More

Top 5 Rated School Districts In Lancaster County, PA

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 21, 2013

There are 5 top rated school districts in Lancaster County, PA that are on my list, Agora Cyber Cs School District, Conestoga Valley School District, Manheim Township School District, La Academia-The Partnership Charter School District and Lancaster School District. Such ranking is based on school district’s Academic programs and positive influences on student’s for future Read More

Protecting Your Landscaping Investment This Winter

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

You have spent the spring and summer fine tuning the landscaping of your custom home, by planting flowers, trimming hedges and perfecting the lawn, so it is important to protect the landscaping through the winter. With the winter season comes snow, ice, wind, salt and deer, all of which can be challenging when you are Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, November 15, 2013

We’re back with another Roundup. Today, I’m going to discuss some new products and advice on how to winterize your home for the cold weather coming our way. For starters, this first product goes out to all the DIYers. Many of us want an affordable way to update our Kitchens. One great way to do Read More

How Often Should I Have My Roof Replaced?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 14, 2013

A roof is an essential part of your home and you should make sure that it is properly maintained. Having shelter is a necessity that every human needs in order to survive. For many individuals, a home is not only shelter, it is a primary investment. The best way to protect your investment in your Read More

What Exactly IS Damask?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What is Damask? Damask is a beautifully unique design style that originated in the middle ages in the Byzantine Empire. The term Damask was actually derived from the name of the ancient Syrian city of Damascus. Ancient people would weave gorgeous, original prints from the finest materials available such as silk and linen to make Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, November 11, 2013

It’s that time again. That’s right, it’s Roundup time! We’ve got some great products and and design advice to talk about, so let’s get to it. This first product seems almost too good to be true. I’ve seen some cool stuff in my day, but this is particular item is on another level. Danish company, Read More

Why You Should Have A Neighborhood Watch In Your Area

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 7, 2013

Crime can happen even in the safest neighborhoods. If your neighborhood already does not have one, you should think about starting a neighborhood watch program. A neighborhood watch program is an organized group of neighbors who are dedicated to preventing crime in the neighborhood. Here are some of the benefits of a neighborhood watch program. Read More

Asymetrical Design: Can It Be Practical?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

An asymmetrical design lacks balance and uniformity. It does not have two sides that are mirror images of each other. This type of design is more casual and dynamic than symmetrical balance. The building or home breaks the rules of design by having an imbalance often two sides or a shape that are different. It Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, November 1, 2013

It’s that time again. We’ve got another Weekly Roundup coming your way with some great product recommendations and industry news, hot off the interWeb. Here goes! First things first, let’s talk about appliances. Samsung has recently released a new refrigerator that was designed with storage capacity and versatility in mind. This fridge, which packs 32 Read More

Flexible Spaces for Modern Families: Make the Most of Your Dining Room

by Kuhrich on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Between business dinners, soccer practice, homework, school projects and long work hours, modern families are cramming their schedules full of every activity imaginable. With families living such full lives, meal times have transformed from sit-down events into dine-and-dash moments. When families do make sitting down for a meal together a priority, they typically gather around Read More

3 Tips for Nice Design Rhythm in Your Home

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Most of us associate rhythm with music. You might be surprised to discover that this term has a lot of significance in giving your home that appealing and natural look. In simple terms, rhythm means repetition. However, in terms of design, the immense results of this word lie much in the consistency and unifying flow Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, October 25, 2013

Well, here we are with another Weekly Roundup. I know you’re excited. Try and keep it together. As always we’re going to discuss some great new products and also an interesting design industry study. So let’s get to it. First, for all of you vinyl sheet flooring haters, Armstrong is on a never ending quest Read More

How Colors Affect Our Emotions: Bright Colors At Home

by CustomHomes on Thursday, October 24, 2013

It is interesting how colors affect our emotion. Bright colors at home help people manage stress by keeping them calmer. Decorating with color is an enjoyable activity for many. Color can provoke many emotions, some can bring an aggressive look towards a room, and another can make it seem soothing. Bright colors help to chase away Read More

Tips For Designing Your Dream Bathroom

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When it comes to the bathroom, functionality and aesthetics are the two factors that every homeowner strives for. Besides the kitchen and the bedroom, the bathroom is one of the most trafficked rooms in the home. While the main purpose of such a space is to aid in hygienic applications, the room is often also Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, October 18, 2013

Since I know for a fact that you’ve been on the edge of your seat anticipating this week’s Weekly Roundup, I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Today we’re going to talk about some interior design advice as well as some interesting new products. First things first, let’s look at a new kitchen appliance that Read More

3 Ways To Integrate Rain Barrels Into Your Custom Home Design

by CustomHomes on Thursday, October 17, 2013

With so much consideration being given to the environmental conservation, rain barrels are growing in popularity around the world. Rain barrels are being used by homeowners to catch the rainwater that rolls off of their roofs, and in other creative ways. If you are considering integrating rain barrels into your new custom home, you may Read More

Rain Barrels: Once An Eyesore, Now A Design Piece

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rain barrels are a necessity for any garden area.  Those homeowners who are into the recycling of materials and water realize how useful these rain barrels are to vegetable and flower gardens. Rain harvesting through rain barrels help to conserve drinking water by recycling rain water-to-water plants and flowers. Rain barrels help to lower the Read More

How Colors Affect Our Emotions: Greyed Colors At Home

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It has long been known certain colors affect the behaviors of people especially children. Homeowners who have a custom home built need to consider the paint they use in their home. Each color negatively or positively affects the occupants’ mood and behavior. Red is increases blood pressure, anger and irritablilty. Medical professionals should never wear Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, October 7, 2013

So it’s been a very long time since our last weekly roundup, but we’re going to jump right back in like we haven’t missed a beat. Today we’ve got some great design advice, industry news and a new product recommendation. Here goes! First, let’s talk about design. I know the Fall is a favorite decorating Read More

How Colors Affect Our Emotions: Earth Tones At Home

by CustomHomes on Monday, October 7, 2013

It has become common for interior designers and homeowners to use color psychology to assist in determining the color scheme in a home. Color psychology has been used for years as a form of therapy in treating patients with depression and mood instability. It has been proven that colors have a direct impact on the Read More

How Colors Affect Our Emotions: Dark Colors At Home

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Color psychology has become an influential force in determining decorative color schemes in your home decor.  Research as revealed that different colors affect our moods and emotions in distinctively different ways. When the right colors are used in decorating the home your home can be an extremely therapeutic environment. However, the wrong color scheme can Read More

Emotion and Color: Using Pastels in Your Home Decor

by CustomHomes on Monday, September 30, 2013

You may be looking for a way to spice up your interior design or to achieve a more unique quality in your custom home decor. Using pastels can help you reach that goal. To understand how pastels affect our environments and our emotions, we must first look to the brighter colors for a better understanding. Read More

4 Important Factors When Building A Custom Home, pt. 2

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

(This is part 2 of a 2 part series) Don’t Underestimate Kitchen Power Here is a news flash. Women Buy Houses! This is an understood rule in the real estate industry. If you sell the wife, she will sell the husband. There is no more of a universal environment for women than the kitchen. This Read More

4 Important Factors When Building a Custom Home, pt 1

by Kuhrich on Monday, September 23, 2013

(This is part 1 of a 2 part series) So, you are preparing to build your dream home. This is an exciting time for you and there are a million things going through your mind. This is the moment where to stop and take a deep breath. You have been moving a million miles an Read More

5 Ideas to Liven Up Your Patio

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Having a patio is supposed to be full of excitement, romance, or a haven for you to host your favorite parties. If you had a custom home built, this may have been a part of your backyard schematic. After time, patios can become stale and lifeless. The following ideas will help liven up your patio Read More

Look to Nature for Inspiration in Choosing Wall Colors

by Kuhrich on Monday, September 16, 2013

What is the best color for a guest room, whether it’s a dedicated suite or a part-time office? Well, the simple answer would be: Choose a tone that complements the rest of your custom home’s decor. Restful neutrals are always appropriate. However, that doesn’t mean white, and neutral need not be boring. Always take into Read More

5 Tips to Maximize Your Closet Space

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Unfortunately, we all don’t necessarily have a custom home built with our dream closet. Closet space seems to be the least satisfying space in the home, especially when sharing a closet. All is not lost when you need to create a perfect his and her closet. Here are 5 tips to maximize your closet space. Read More

Finding the Best Paint Color for Your Living Room

by Kuhrich on Monday, September 9, 2013

When the time comes to put the finishing touches on your custom home, choosing the right paint colors for a room can be a daunting task. It can be especailly hard to get the colors right when it’s a room that you will spend the majority of your time in, like your living room. Let’s Read More

5 Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Keeping your bathroom clean is something that you must do. There are several ways that you can keep your bathroom clean without spending countless hours on your hands and knees scrubbing and applying elbow grease. Many people choose to clean their bathroom various ways to create a custom home look. Surfaces Bathroom surfaces can cause Read More

5 Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen

by CustomHomes on Monday, September 2, 2013

Cleaning the Oven and Stove Cleaning the oven and stove is one factor about cleaning the kitchen that many people are not fond of. When you think of cleaning a stove or an oven, you may think about stuck or baked on grease and tough food stains and pieces of food that are stuck to Read More

5 Tips For Better Care of Your Driveway

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

One thing that many new homeowners rarely give any serious consideration to is the proper maintenance of their driveway. At the time of purchasing a home, a person may even mention that the driveway is nice, but no consideration is given to the steps that must be taken to take care of that driveway. This Read More

Pros and Cons of Heated (Under Tile) Floor Mats

by Kuhrich on Monday, August 26, 2013

Thinking of adding underfloor heating, such as tile floor mats to your new custom home? There are many pros and cons of this type of heated floor; read on and decide if this is the right way to go for your new home. Under floor heating is wonderful for those cold winter mornings, especially in Read More

5 Tips For a Better Screened In Porch

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One of the requested additions to a custom home is often a screened-in porch. Most customers know they want a bug-free place to sit in the summer, but they may not realize you can give them more than a box with screens on the sides. Here are five improvements you can make for a better Read More

Interior Stone Veneer: Great for Fireplaces and Accent Walls

by CustomHomes on Monday, August 19, 2013

Stone veneer is becoming increasingly popular as an interior accent or as the framing for existing fireplaces. There is no shortage of way that you can use this product to create a totally unique setting in almost any room in your house. When you are building your custom home, you have the opportunity to expand Read More

Cleaning Out the Garage: How To Use This Space Practically

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Whether you have a custom home or have moved into a older home, you may not have thought about how to use your garage space on a more practical basis. If looking for additional storage or a way to organize the mess, consider the following to help you on the way to creating a more Read More

Designing the Perfect “Man Cave”

by CustomHomes on Monday, August 12, 2013

When it comes to designing the perfect “man cave” it really doesn’t take much. Having a room with a pool table and a big screen TV (52″ or larger) will work. A wet bar won’t hurt. And a wife who doesn’t mind serving more than drinks isn’t bad either. So what does it take to Read More

Pros and Cons of Having a Home Swimming Pool

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In the height of the summer, having a home swimming pool sounds like the ideal situation. However, in the winter when you are out in the cold, cleaning the pool or continuing to pay for its’ upkeep, you might change your mind. With cost, safety, recreation and the resale value of the home to consider, Read More

5 Ideas To Liven Up Your Deck

by CustomHomes on Monday, August 5, 2013

A deck is a wonderful place to entertain your guests in your home. Take your meals outside for a change of pace. Here are five creative ideas to add some pizzazz to your deck and make a lasting impression no matter what guests or family members you are entertaining. Furniture Add furniture that suits your Read More

What Is The Best Flooring For My Custom Home?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

When building a custom home one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right flooring for your new home. What may seem like a simple and easy task will take a bit more thought that you may initially realize. One of the things that you need to realize is that your Read More

Choosing Your Custom Home Design

by Kuhrich on Monday, July 29, 2013

As a do-it-yourself builder I understand the need for individuality and creativity when choosing to build a home of your own. With so many architectural companies to select and personal architects to plan with getting right down to it may seem daunting. The first thing to do is decide on a positive plan with written details to Read More

Is Your Home Energy Efficient? Here Are Some Tips

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Money is tight. Most of us don’t have enough to waste on a house that is not efficient in how it uses energy. There are a number of ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, whether it’s a custom home or part of a tract of cookie-cutter houses. Sure, you can go Read More

Advantages of a Finished Basement

by Kuhrich on Monday, July 22, 2013

Having a basement in your home can be a very good thing. It gives you a place to store stuff that you rarely use such as Christmas decorations or that trunk full of high school memorabilia, but it also gives you a space you can have a work bench for craft projects. However, most basements Read More

3 Landscaping Tips For The Summer

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Your lawn is generally the first impression when you have people over at your home, yet at the same time, this is one of the most neglected areas of the home. With the summer heat rising, it gets harder to keep the grass green, healthy and visually appealing. In order to ensure that when your Read More

Pros and Cons of Swimming Pools For a Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Monday, July 15, 2013

If you’re thinking of building a custom house, one thing you’re probably considering is whether to add in a swimming pool. You dream of hot summer days spent lounging by the pool, swimming with friends and family and all the fun you can have with a swimming pool. But, is a swimming pool really a Read More

3 Tips For Your Garden For The Summer

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gardening can be a great summer hobby, but it can also be a lot of hard work. If you are planning on keeping a garden this summer, here are a few tips that should prove useful even if you are a gardening novice. Weed your garden once a week. Weeds grow very quickly from tiny Read More

Do I Really Need A Basement?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This can be a really tricky question to answer, especially depending on where you live. In some areas, even having a basement can be a tricky prospect. However, if you’re looking for a home, whether you’re looking to buy or to build, the time will come up whether having a basement is something you need, Read More

Paint Colors: Should I Go Neutral Or Get Creative?

by Kuhrich on Monday, July 1, 2013

When it comes to your home, especially if you’re a homeowner or are building a home, you want every aspect of it to be exactly the way you want it. You’re chasing that ultimate dream home and, as a part of that process, the paint job you put on it and in it can have Read More

Tips For Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

by Kuhrich on Monday, June 24, 2013

When building a custom home you want to get everything right. Doors should fit snug and so should windows. This home has got to be great and you want to use every tip possible for choosing energy efficient windows. Moisture No matter where you live moisture is a problem and if windows are not sealed Read More

Why Should I Consider Stainless Steel Appliances?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Benefits of Stainless Steel Appliances When you want appliances that are made of material that is durable, consider stainless steel. They are used in restaurant and commercial kitchens because they are easy to maintain and keep clean. Stainless steel does not absorb dirt easily and can be kept clean by wiping with a damp cloth. Read More

Top 5 Custom Home Building Mistakes

by Kuhrich on Monday, June 17, 2013

When people decide to become homeowners many choose to go the route of having a custom home built. Deciding on a customized home is a great decision for those who want a home built their way. An architectural design as well as interior design can be chosen in addition to numerous other things. Although building Read More

Choosing The Perfect Grass For Your Yard

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Before applying grass seed in your new yard, evaluate the climate where you live. Depending on the hardiness zone where you build your custom home, certain types of grass will work better than others. For example, in zones 8 through 11, warm- season grasses are usually the most successful. In zones 2 through 8, cool-season Read More

The Joy and Options of a Screened-In Porch

by CustomHomes on Monday, June 10, 2013

Custom homes often get built with screened-in porches. As an extension of the home, many people enjoy having a screened-in porch because it allows them to experience the positive aspects of sitting outside and relaxing without having to experience the negative aspects of it, such as high winds and scorching sun. If one lives in Read More

3 Reasons To Build A Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Saturday, June 8, 2013

Part of fulfilling that American Dream is to have your very own home. Granted, you may be making a mortgage payment to the bank but you have a piece of paper that states that yes, this is your house and you own it. For many, owning a home is one thing but having the ultimate Read More

Choosing the Right Kitchen Island Size For Your Kitchen Space

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Having a brand new kitchen is a great feeling. However, if you want to get a kitchen island, you need to have some advice to avoid selecting the wrong one. Without this information, your dreams may be dashed when you realize your kitchen island in your custom home is taking up to much space for Read More

Light Fixtures Can Be The “Jewelry” Of Your Home

by Kuhrich on Monday, June 3, 2013

Light Fixtures are only in some homes to serve the job of lighting a room but custom homes make lighting a special event. Chandeliers, wall lighting, Ceiling fans and small lamps are placed around a home to give it lighted access. Lighting makes a custom home look as inviting in the dark as it does Read More

How To Achieve The Perfect Mud Room

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

When designing your custom home or contemplating an addition, take a few minutes to consider a mud room. Mud rooms are the perfect places to keep the outdoors out and the indoors clean. Usually combined with a laundry room it is used in regions with inclement weather but don’t let that stop you from having Read More

Layout Ideas For Your Great Room

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 27, 2013

Customizing your living space to work well takes a keen awareness of how you like to live.  It also takes an eye for space, color, size, and most of all function. The time you spend defining your needs and experimenting with different layouts can be a lot of fun and very worthwhile. In the case Read More

Outdoor Deck Design

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Building your custom home is always a great feeling.  However, if you want to make sure your home looks perfect, you may want to have some type of a deck added onto your home. When you have the deck, you will want to have the proper design to know it suits your home properly. Without knowing Read More

Is A Kitchen Island Ideal For Your Home?

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 20, 2013

Kitchens have always been more than a place to cook your meals.  It’s the gathering hub for your family to spend time together as they finish up work documents and classroom assignments. It’s the socializing place as you host dinner parties for friends. Kitchens have become a favorite meeting spot for many reasons. Yet sometimes Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, May 17, 2013

It’s Roundup time! Today we’re going to wrastle some great new products and also one of the most creative DIY project ideas that I’ve come across in quite a while. One of most noticeable trends that we’ve observed during our home design process is that many of our clients are gravitating away from installing both Read More

Top Kitchen Trends In 2013

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

If you are building a custom home or remodeling your current kitchen, you will want to consider popular kitchen trends when deciding what you want your kitchen to look like. Following is an overview of some popular trends that will help to make this room of the house both aesthetically pleasing and practical. The Simple, Read More

Vessel Sinks – Great Design Feature For A Powder Room

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

When designing your custom home, you’ll probably spend a great deal of time envisioning the family room and planning the kitchen. However, one of the most overlooked rooms is also one of the most important. Every guest that stops by your home will visit the powder room. Don’t let your powder room pale in comparison Read More

How To Make A Functional Drop Zone

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 13, 2013

Where does everybody shed their coats, leave their book bag, and stash their stuff when they come into the house?  That’s your ‘drop zone’ and it usually is a source of irritation and complaint. Every home has one, but some people have figured out how to set up their drop zone so that it is Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 13, 2013

Another week brings another Weekly Roundup (Usually). Today’s Roundup will be taking a look at some interesting products, housing news and design trends. Let’s get to it. First, let’s talk products. For the DIYer that likes a little harder challenge than most, a product that has become really popular with many of our clients is Read More

Landscaping Your Yard For Beauty

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Buying a home is one of the most exciting steps in your life.  However, the excitement mounts even more when you buy a custom home. The next major hurdle you have to overcome is how to landscape your yard, but with some advice this challenge can easily be overcome. Then you can move into your Read More

Decorative Bathroom Fixtures Give Your Bathroom Beauty And Character

by Kuhrich on Monday, May 6, 2013

A home is the place a person goes to relax and escape the stress of the world. Within that home is the bathroom. This room is used day and night and so are its bathroom fixtures. In this room fixtures are important, lighting, faucets, shower heads and hand fixtures. Every detail of the bathroom brings Read More

Do I Really Want A Pool?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Having your own pool sounds like a dream come true for many people. No more driving to the community pool that must be shared with hundreds of other people. However, not everything about owning a pool is fun or easy. It is important that homeowners consider all of the pros and cons before deciding whether Read More

What A Homeowner Should Know About Tray Ceilings

by Kuhrich on Monday, April 29, 2013

Tray ceilings are good looking and help to make a room appear more spacious than it actually is. By painting the “tray” part of the ceiling a lighter color than the rest of the ceiling, a person can also brighten up a room that may not get a lot of natural lighting. These ceilings are Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, April 26, 2013

It’s Roundup time. Today we’re going take a look at some expert advice as well as an interesting new product. To start off, Spring is a great time to take care of patchy, dead or weed ridden grass. A recent article featured on ThisOldHouse.com called Blades of Glory – 9 Steps to a Lush Lawn, Read More

Quartz vs Natural Granite Countertops – Which Is The Better Option?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

If you are building a custom home or remodeling your existing home, it is important to pay close attention to the kitchen. The kitchen gets more use than almost any other room in the house and it should be not only good looking but also able to hold up to a lot of wear and Read More

Buying A Custom Home In Pennsylvania

by CustomHomes on Monday, April 22, 2013

Pennsylvania is a beautiful state with many scenic areas, urban development, and small towns. The central and northern areas of the state are great for nature and small town lovers, the western and eastern areas are home to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the south central area has Harrisburg and Lancaster, and there’s plenty in between these Read More

Faux Finishing Ideas and Tips

by Kuhrich on Friday, April 19, 2013

When you decide to have a custom home built, one of the first things you decide is the architectural style.  There are many styles to choose from—cottage, ranch, Tudor, colonial, and log-cabin are just a handful.  Whichever style you select, you will probably want to include interior finishes that create an atmosphere that represents your Read More

Why A Custom Home?

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Building a home is a major undertaking. A person can choose to build one from a set of house plans or they can hire a contractor to help design their dream home. The fact is, many homeowners are choosing to build custom homes instead of opting for already established designs. The reason for this is Read More

Custom Homes vs Existing Homes

by CustomHomes on Monday, April 15, 2013

Buying a home is a huge decision that requires careful thought and consideration before any purchase is made. There are two options to choose from when it comes to purchasing residential real estate; custom built homes or existing homes. And while there are pros and cons and headaches and smiles with both options, it is Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, April 12, 2013

Time for another Roundup. I know it’s been a couple of weeks, but believe me, it was worth the wait. Let’s get to it. A new product that Moen seems to be pretty excited about is their new MotionSense Kitchen Faucet. Basically, this faucet turns on and off based on hand motions around two well Read More

Benefits of Custom Home Construction

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Building a custom home may not be something you have thought about doing before. However, if you know about the benefits of getting a custom home built, it is easier then what you think and worth quite a bit more then what you imagined. Here are some of the benefits you can find from having Read More

Designing Your Custom Kitchen

by CustomHomes on Monday, April 8, 2013

When designing a custom kitchen, first decide what type of kitchen you want. Do you want a traditional, country, contemporary, cottage, provincial, or chef kitchen. This is important before you pick cabinets, appliances, countertops and flooring. Give some thought to the shape of your kitchen and the purpose it has. Will you be using it Read More

Designing Your Guest Bathrooms

by CustomHomes on Friday, April 5, 2013

When it comes to decorating and designing your home, guest bathrooms are of the utmost importance. They make a statement about the kind of treatment you want to provide your guests with. They look at things like how clean the restroom is, the size of it, and the general condition of the facility. These, of Read More

A Custom Home Builder Is Not A Cookie Cutter

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

When you see news stories about the housing market, many times you see dozens of homes in a development area sitting there unsold. Development companies and contractors have purchased blocks of land and use a standard set of home templates to build home after home after home in hopes of making their fortunes. Even exclusive Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Monday, April 1, 2013

Well, look what we have here – another Weekly Roundup! This week we’re taking a look at some great new products and design advice. Let’s get started. First up, let’s talk about appliances. I was recently in a local appliance store, Martin Appliance, discussing some of their products with the store manager. One product in Read More

A Custom Home Needs A Unique Yard

by CustomHomes on Monday, April 1, 2013

Having a great looking home can be a blessing for many different reasons. However, if you want to really stand out you will want to make sure you have a great looking yard to go along with the house. Without the yard, people may look at the home, but then overlook it the next time Read More

What To Include When Designing Your Home Office

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

For some, all that’s needed for a home office is one end of the kitchen table so you can pay bills. However, for many, a home office serves many uses. It isn’t only a place to work, it’s a place to have some alone time, a place to focus and concentrate and, at times, even Read More

Why Design Your Master Bathroom?

by CustomHomes on Monday, March 25, 2013

So you have decided to get your own custom home built, but you may miss out on one key aspect of your new home if you are not careful. The one aspect you should be thinking about more then most of the other rooms inside of the house is your master bathroom. This is the Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, March 22, 2013

It’s time for another Round-up. Let’s dig right in to some of the latest products, design tips and news that have caught our eye recently. First, let’s talk about a new idea for wall coverings. Indus Parquet, who most people recognize for their flooring products, has also released a new type of exotic wood wall Read More

Custom Home Designers Aren’t Just Guys With Hammers

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Let’s face it. There are websites all over the internet where you can look at floor plans and home designs until you’re drowning in concepts. There are home builders out there who build hundreds, if not thousands of homes every year based on a standard block of designs and plans. Having a custom home built Read More

Designing Your Custom Master Bedroom Can Be A Dream

by CustomHomes on Monday, March 18, 2013

Unfortunately, the master bedroom is often seen as a place to sleep and a place to store your clothes. For some, however, the bedroom, especially the master bedroom is seen as a place to relax, to enjoy spending private time with your spouse and enjoying a quiet segment of life. And yet, it is still Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, March 15, 2013

So today is Friday and I know you’ve all been counting down the days from the last Weekly Roundup. We’ve got some pretty interesting products, design tips and housing industry articles to check out, so let’s get started. I recently came across some fairly new Smart TV technology by Samsung. A new feature that they’ve Read More

What You Should Know About Landscaping Your Custom Home

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Designing a custom home can be a lot of work but in reality it can also be a lot of fun. You will be able to make your home just the way you have always wanted it. The home will be sure to suit your needs and can be a joy to live in. Besides Read More

Reasons for Building a Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Monday, March 11, 2013

The prospect of finding and buying a new house is very exciting for most families. Maybe you are newly married or engaged and are itching to find that dream home in which to start a family. Maybe you are looking to move out of that “starter home” because Baby Number 2 is on the way. Read More

3 Tips For Designing Your Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Building your dream house can easily turn into a nightmare without proper planning and preparation. While you may have visions of elaborately decorated trees during the holidays or walls covered in artwork created by your favorite artist, first you need to address the bare bones of your new home. Here are three tips to get Read More

Custom Homes in PA

by Kuhrich on Monday, March 4, 2013

Custom Home Group is the unique choice for home buyers.  Introduce yourself to built in ovens, stove top grilling and large kitchen islands.  Custom homes PA is all about building quality homes. A home is a functional place with garbage disposals and refrigerators with ice makers. These things may be in many kitchens but in Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, March 1, 2013

Welp, it’s that time again. Another Friday brings another Weekly Roundup. I’m pretty excited. Maybe not as excited as you are, but I’m almost there. I’ve got my eye on some pretty cool home products, design ideas and industry news, so let’s get started. First, let’s discuss some new technology. Often times our clients are Read More

Buying A Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Buying Custom Homes in Lancaster, PA gives a family an opportunity to live in an elegant environment, both inside and outside of the home.  These homes offer the best of everything, landscaping and natural environment, home fixtures with classic sinks and spacious closets.  The structure of Custom Homes PA is a work of art. Getting Read More

Things To Consider When Purchasing a Pennsylvania Custom Home

by Kuhrich on Monday, February 25, 2013

When it comes to buying custom homes Pennsylvania has some of the best. The key, however, to shopping for a custom home in Pennsylvania or any other state is to be prepared. Anyone can purchase a home, but doing so without at least considering a few things can lead to an unhappy homeowner somewhere down Read More

Building Your Home To Be Energy Efficient

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 22, 2013

Individuals who choose to have a home built to their specifications can include many “green” features that will save them money on utilities and other expenses, including taxes. When building custom homes PA contractors know the rules and regulations the EPA has set in place to protect the environment. Guidelines can be obtained that provide Read More

Enjoy Living the Good Life in a Custom Built Lancaster Community Home

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

For anyone contemplating buying their first home, purchasing that home is their American dream realized. The search for just the right home can sometimes be an exhausting, and annoying exercise when you’re looking at homes that other people have owned. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to imagine yourself in another person’s home. Taking a walk through Read More

Custom Homes Are Built With Your Lifestyle and Dreams in Mind

by Kuhrich on Monday, February 18, 2013

Building a home is not simply a place to live. Custom homes are about your lifestyle and making a statement. Your home is usually the largest investment you will have, so you want a home that has been designed with your dreams in mind, yet falls within a manageable budget. A spec home is typically Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 15, 2013

Welcome to the Weekly Roundup. I know we missed last week, but this week we’re back with some of the best news and highlights from the Housing Industry. I know you’re excited, so I’ll get right to it. Here goes… For starters, the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas just finished up at the Read More

Pennsylvania Custom Homes Tips and Facts

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Custom Homes are for people particular about their residence and how it measures up in the scheme of comfortable home ownership. Buyers have the opportunity to select lovely cabinetry, lighting, and kitchen design for a special home that is suited especially for them. Windows and hardware all affect the look of a property, creating the Read More

Creating The Perfect Home

by Kuhrich on Monday, February 11, 2013

When building group homes in Pennsylvania, contractors understand that a home needs to fit the needs of the people who live within its walls. Unlike purchasing an existing home, an individual who chooses to purchase a custom built home can create their own perfect dwelling. Homes are made to order with the appropriate number of Read More

Builder Alternative Designs Allows You To Have The Home You Want

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 8, 2013

Ever drive through a community and see every house looking the same? It’s like staring at mirror images in every aspect from the size of the house, the same floor plan, and even the same boring outer siding painted the exact same color on every building. While some people don’t mind seeing and living in Read More

Lancaster County Builders Create Dream Homes In A Great Location

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Your home should be everything that you desire. It should be in a location that is most beneficial to you and your family as you can easily commute to work, get the kids to school, and enjoy the fun activities in the area. Lancaster county builders such as Custom Home Builders seek to give you Read More

Find The Perfect Community To Build Your Custom Homes In Pennsylvania

by Kuhrich on Monday, February 4, 2013

Custom Homes Pennsylvania is a custom home building group that provides homes throughout the Lancaster community. Whether you are looking for a luxury home or one that fits perfectly into your budget, get the community home you are looking for designed to perfection and to your tastes. Communities Where You May Want To Live Most Read More

Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 1, 2013

Today begins the first of many Weekly Round-Ups. Every Friday (or almost every Friday) we’re going to be highlighting current housing industry news, innovative new products and construction advice that peaks out interest. It really doesn’t matter whether or not you are planning to build a new home or addition in the next year or Read More

Custom Home Buying Tips

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 1, 2013

Searching for a new custom home can be one of the most exciting and scary adventures you’ll ever have. If this is your first time through the process, you’ll want to work with experienced pros such as Custom Home Group, because you’ll be amazed at the number of details and decisions you have to make. Read More

Decide On The Perfect Custom Home That Fits Your Needs

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Custom homes in Lancaster, PA provide a homeowner with the exact dwelling they are looking for that fits perfectly into their particular tastes and decor. Custom homes are built from the foundation up, allowing the homeowner to see the actual building of the structure as it takes on shape and form. Keep in mind that Read More

Advantages of Sending Your Kids to the Solanco School District in Lancaster, PA

by Kuhrich on Monday, January 28, 2013

There are many great reasons to purchase a home in the southern Lancaster area, such as Peach Bottom and Quarryville. You get out of the congestion of the cities without leaving civilization. A big advantage for parents is that they can send their kids to the Solanco public school district. Get a home made by Lancaster Read More

Custom Home Group Produces Quality Houses

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Buying a new house can be exciting, but it can also be a trying time as well because of all the choices you have to make. This is when you should know more about the custom home group and why you should buy your homes from them, instead of anywhere else. Without this information, you Read More

Is It Time For A Builder Alternative?

by Kuhrich on Monday, January 21, 2013

You’re probably sitting there wondering exactly what a ‘builder alternative’ is and why on God’s green Earth you’d want one. If you’re to the point in your life where you’re finally looking to enjoy some of the fruits of your labors and building that dream home you’ve always wanted, you’re ready to look at alternatives Read More