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4 Tips On How To Move Fido Into Your New Home

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes | Posted: May 14, 2015

Tips for Moving with a Dog into Your New Home

Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can also be stressful for the whole family. You’re aware of the changes happening, but your dog isn’t. Leaving the comfort of familiar spaces—inside and out—and landing in a strange one can be upsetting for the canine member of your family. Plan ahead and make it a little easier when moving your dog into a new home.

Start slowly. Tame some of the pent-up energy from the trip to your new place. When you arrive, take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood, letting her sniff out the surroundings (and for him to leave his mark on the territory). Then calmly walk up to your home. Avoid using an excited tone, saying something like, “Who has a new home? You do. You do!” Your pet doesn’t understand the words, but your voice will rev up the energy you’re trying to tame.

Make it familiar. Dog behavior is guided by a strong sense of smell. Have your new home ready with some familiar favorites. Avoid the temptation to stock it with new toys, blanket, bed, crate, and dishes. Put the old things in the same places as in your previous home, like the bed in the living room and the dishes near the refrigerator.

Be patient and attentive. Your dog will probably experience some anxiety at the sudden change—which could show itself with barking, pacing, and potty accidents. He might be more clingy than usual, so be patient and soothing. Plan to spend time playing together. Try to avoid scolding your pup too harshly during the transition. These dog behaviors are the result of fear and confusion. It doesn’t mean your good dog has become a naughty one.

Find friends. Check out the local dog parks where your precious pup can meet other dogs and dog lovers. Look for a good dog sitter who can come to your home and get to know your buddy. Walk around the neighborhood and you’ll quickly meet the pet lovers, who can give you advice on a good veterinarian, groomer, and pet sitter.

There’s nothing like getting a warm welcome from your dog. When you move into a new home, it’s your turn to do it for him!

American Classic Homes Builds Multigenerational Homes

Categories: Custom Home Building, Home Design Trends, Interior Design, New Home Selections, New Homes, Real Estate News | Posted: May 6, 2015

In a previous blog, “What is a Multigenerational Home?” we discussed what a makes a home suitable for multigenerational living and what may prompt people to want to live in a multigenerational house.

The Broadway by American Classic Homes is a terrific floor plan for multi-generational living.

The Broadway by American Classic Homes is a terrific floor plan for multi-generational living.

Many of American Classic Homes’ floorplans are ideal for multigenerational living. The Broadway floor plan is a terrific example. The main level Guest Suite is adjacent to a Bath that has a fully tiled walk-in shower. The suite is also conveniently located with easy access through the garage giving it lots of privacy. This would be the perfect home for a family that had “Grandma” living with them to help take care of the children. It would also work perfectly for the family that had relatives who visit for several months at a time. Everyone has their own space and a sense of privacy.

The Meydenbauer floor plan is another great example of having convenient spaces for everyone. On the second level, there is a Jack-and-Jill Bath that is located between the second and third bedrooms. There is also a separate full Bath located beside the Bonus Room. This would give grandparents who are visiting or living with the family their own private Bath rather than having to share with the children. The upper level Bonus Room is spacious and also has a large closet, so it could also be used as a sixth Bedroom if the family needed even more space. In addition to the main floor Guest Suite, this home also has a Den, off the Entry, which has a large closet and could be used as a seventh Bedroom or a flex space with a wall-bed that can be used as a Home Office or Den most of the time but could be used as a Guest Room when there are extra family or friends visiting.

In a multi-generational home there is space for everyone and room for activities each person enjoys

In a multi-generational home there is space for everyone and room for activities each person enjoys

A popular feature of our Alki floor plan is that it offers two staircases. One grand staircase in the Foyer for greeting guests and a back staircase that makes it convenient for family members to go quickly from the Garage/Mudroom to the Bonus Room or Laundry on the second Level.

One of our newest floor plans is The Bainbridge. It will be built for the first time in Montaire, our new community in Kirkland. The Bainbridge is a three story home with many elegant spaces for entertaining. The main level has a formal dining room as well as a walk-through Butler’s Pantry. There is also a Den with closet adjacent to a Bath that could be used as a Guest Suite.

The Bainbridge floor plan is currently under construction in Kirkland. It will contain nearly 5,000 sqft of living space and six bedrooms.

The Bainbridge floor plan is currently under construction in Kirkland. It will contain nearly 5,000 sqft of living space and six bedrooms.

The lower level offers two bedrooms a full bath, a media room and a game room. There is a lot of flexibility with this space. It could be used for entertainment or could accommodate an adult child with grandchildren.

8 Tips for Organizing Your Closets

Categories: Home maintenance tips, Home Owner Tips | Posted: April 24, 2015

8 closet organization tips to use now.

What’s lurking behind that closet door? Do you open it slowly, in fear of what might come tumbling out? It’s easy to ignore your storage clutter, but why not just invest the time to take control, rather than the other way around? Here are some closet organization tips to guide you on your way.

  1. Start on empty. When you de-clutter, you need to give yourself a blank canvas to start all over. Don’t just move around what’s already in there; that’s like painting over a mistake. Take a deep breath, open the door, and remove all of the contents of your closet.
  2. Sort through everything you’ve removed from the closet and place each item in one of three piles: Keep, Donate, Move. The “Keep” items will go back in the closet once it’s reorganized. “Donate” goes to a charity. “Move” will be stored elsewhere, in a place where it might be used more often by being more accessible. For example, if you have shoved toys into your bedroom closet to get them out of the way, move them back to the kids’ rooms.
  3. Take inventory. Look at the items you want to keep in the closet. How do you want to store them? Are you going to fold the clothes or linens? Will they be in bins or boxes? Do you have oversized or heavy items that will need a larger or stronger space? Determine how many things will need to be on a hanger; you might discover that you don’t need a rod that extends across the full length of the closet, freeing up more space for shelves or open storage. If you have more short clothing items (shirts, jackets) than longer ones (dresses), maybe you’ll benefit from a double rod where you have two rows for your clothing, one above the other.
  4. Take measurements of your closet space. This will help you choose closet organization systems that fit. If you have lots of shelves, measure the height between each. You might determine that you should remove one or two shelves to store taller things. Plan to limit your stacks to no more than a foot to avoid toppling, and allow about four to six inches between the piles to reach between them.
  5. Maximize the space. Don’t forget to include the closet door and floor in your storage planning. You could hang a shoe tree or jewelry organizer on the door, or mount pegboard for easy access to things, like tape, scissors, rulers, notepads, jewelry, and other items that often get buried in a drawer. Organize the closet floor space using boxes on casters for shoes, toys, and other pieces you want to access easily. Mount hooks on the door and walls of the closet for extra hanging space, for things like scarves, neckties, handbags, and jewelry.
  6. Assemble your storage space. Now that you have an empty closet and have sorted out the things that will be going back in there, install the racks, rods, and shelves. Next, label the bins, boxes, and baskets with whatever will be stored in them. There are plenty of creative ways to tag your storage, like luggage tags, chalk-painted adhesive labels, and even photos (perfect for children’s storage).
  7. Light it up. If you don’t already have a light in your closet, add one. Save yourself the time of digging around in the dark and messing up your beautifully organized closet. If you don’t want to hard-wire a light, use a battery-operated light that sticks to the ceiling or wall.
  8. Restore your storage. Be mindful as you replace the items in your closet. Make sure the things you use the most are also the most accessible. Group clothing items together (stack t-shirts in one stack, sweaters in another). Hang up your clothing by shirts, blouses, jackets, pants, and skirts—all facing in the same direction. When you wear something and hang it back up, face the hanger in the opposite direction, so you can easily see what you’re not wearing.

Most importantly, once you’ve invested the time in re-creating your closet storage, be vigilant about keeping it organized. Follow your new system, and urge others in your household do the same.

Design Trends for 2015

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 16, 2015

The enormous slab granite kitchen island continues to be a popular feature of many homes.

The enormous slab granite kitchen island continues to be a popular feature of many homes.

We all love to look at the latest design trends. Sometimes they work for us and sometimes not so much…. Here are some of the latest trends that American Classic Homes has been watching and some that we will be including in our homes and finishes in the coming year.

 

Lighter colored cabinetry can be a refreshing change.

Lighter colored cabinetry can be a refreshing change.

Lighter colored wood cabinetry and floors.  In previous years the darker woods lead to a classic feel for homes, but the trend is now to lighten up with painted cabinetry and blond woods.  They are refreshing and make homes feel bigger and brighter especially in the gray Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

Marble!  It’s not just for countertops. More floors, furniture and accessories are being fabricated from this gorgeous natural stone. You never know where it is going to pop up and that is fine with us – we love it.

 

This reclaimed wood dining table would be gorgeous even in a contemporary decor.

This reclaimed wood dining table would be gorgeous even in a contemporary decor.

Reclaimed wood is moving from being a Do It Yourself staple to adding a rustic dimension to even the most refined homes. Once a mainstay of the cabin or beach cottage, reclaimed wood can now be found in city penthouses and suburban ramblers.

 

While some of us remember the floral patterns of the 80’s with a bit of a cringe, Chintz is making a huge comeback. We are seeing them combined with modern accents and looking positively chic.

 

Darker cabinets  are right on trend in the Alki floor plan at Heritage Estates in Renton.

Darker cabinets are right on trend in the Alki floor plan at Heritage Estates in Renton.

Drama in the kitchen. Black cabinetry, black countertops, black chairs and stools, black cookware are all bringing a sense of adventure to the kitchen.

Two Free Shredding Events This Month

Categories: American Classic News, Home Owner Tips | Posted: April 9, 2015

Two locations to shred your old documents.

Two locations to shred your old documents.

It is tax season again, and even though we are in the cyber age, there is still a lot of paper. If you have more paper than you care to shred at home come to American Classic Homes’ free shredding events later this month!

Document shredding is a process used to destroy paper documents by cutting the paper into very small pieces. There are two main reasons why document shredding is important: to prevent identity theft, one of the fasted growing crimes in the world, and to dispose of personal documents To make it even easier to shred, bring your old documents to our FREE shredding events conveniently located at Heritage Estates on Saturday, May 2nd from 2-4 pm and at Tarrington Place on Sunday, May 3rd from 2-4 pm. Coffee and treats will be served as well.

What to Shred

You should shred anything that contains a signature, account number or social security number as well as sensitive medical or legal information. This could include:

  • ATM receipts & Bank statements
  • Canceled & voided checks
  • Credit card bills, summaries & receipts
  • Credit reports & histories
  • Investment Documents
  • Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
  • Driver’s licenses or items containing a driver’s license number
  • Employment records & Employee pay stubs
  • Expired passports, Visas & Identification cards
  • Investment, stock & property transactions
  • Anything with a Social Security numbers
  • Resumes
  • Tax forms

What to Keep

  • Tax Info/Returns – 3 years on supporting documentation & actual tax returns
  • Investment Records and Statements – 3 years to support your tax returns
  • Bank Statements & Cancelled Checks – Keep any cancelled checks that support tax documentation. Bank statements – 3 years
  • Pay Stubs – Keep 3 months
  • ATM Receipts – Keep until you compare them with your bank statement
  • Credit Card Statements – Keep for one year in case a dispute were to arise.
  • Credit Card Receipts – Keep until you compare it to the statement.
  • Utility Bills –no need to keep these types of records.
  • Warranties – As long as you own the item or until the warranty expires.
  • Insurance – Insurance policies & claim forms as long as policy is in effect.
  • Deeds, Mortgages & Home Improvement – Keep for as long as you own the home plus 3 years.

Permanent Documents

  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage, Divorce or Child Care Orders
  • Trust Documents
  • Business Agreements
  • Military records

 

American Classic Homes’ Shredding Events are at Heritage Estates on Saturday, April 25th from 2-4pm and at Tarrington Place on Sunday, April 26th from 2-4pm. Coffee and treats will be served.

Why Our Alki Floor Plan Has Great Feng Shui

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 2, 2015

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy of harmonizing people and spaces.

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy of harmonizing people and spaces.

What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy of harmonizing people with their surrounding environment. . Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it. Many of American Classic Homes’ are feng shui friendly taking advantage of the many of the principles which really come down to good architectural design.

 

The front door should never align directly with the front door.

The front door should never align directly with the front door.

  • The front door and foyer area are like gateways to the Chi (universal energy) in your home. It is important that as the Chi enters your home it can maintain the proper flow. A well designed, feng shui friendly home will allow space for good energy to enter your home and then flow throughout the house. In the Alki the large elegant double doors do not directly align with another door or window. They open inward, which welcomes in the good energy, rather than pushing it away with outward opening doors.

 

  • A home with high quality feng shui energy in the master bedroom is imperative for health and well-being. Because you want an energy foundation that has a peaceful and nourishing energy the best locations are above an area with peaceful and balanced activity such as an eating nook or a quiet reading area. Also it is best to locate the master bedroom behind the center line of the home so that it is slightly “hidden” from the main energy traffic. The Alki plan follows these principles by locating the master bedroom in the back of the home above the eating nook. Further feng shui friendly design encourages the bed placement against and outside wall rather than against the bathroom or closet wall promoting a free and healthy flow of energy around the room.

 

High quality Feng Shui energy in the master bedroom is imperative for health and well-being.

High quality Feng Shui energy in the master bedroom is imperative for health and well-being.

The "Feng Shui Trinity" can be found in the kitchen of the Alki floor plan.

The “Feng Shui Trinity” can be found in the kitchen of the Alki floor plan.

  • The kitchen is an extremely important factor in creating a feng shui home. It is considered part of the “feng shui trinity” – the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – because of its importance for the family’s health and well-being. As in the Alki plan, the kitchen is located a good distance from the staircase. These two energies are opposite each other and more harmony is achieved keeping them at a distance. The “kitchen triangle” which many architects feel is a crucial design element, is also an important factor in feng shui. Again, creating easy flow of energy and harmony.

 

  • In feng shui the right balance of personal versus social areas is essential. Because the heart energy of a home is generated in the personal areas it is important to look for a home that is well balanced and where the social areas do not over take the personal ones. A family needs space to spend time together as well as private space for each family member. The Alki plan includes four bedrooms plus a den with closet that could be a bedroom, plenty of room for family members to relax and have some private space. The Alki also has lovely social spaces. The great room opens off the kitchen to include everyone in the interaction. It has large windows and sliding glass doors to the covered patio. Having a lot of natural light in social areas is very important because it is the highest form of energy. It is needed in abundance in social areas because there is more energy to purify in these areas. The Alki also includes a formal dining room and second level bonus room in its social areas. All are regular shapes which promote a lively and vibrant flow of energy.

 

The Alki Floor plan by American Classic Homes

The Alki Floor plan by American Classic Homes

  • Even people who are not familiar with feng shui sense the importance of the staircase in a home. Staircases have an unsettling quality of a constant flow of up and down energy. Two of the major feng shui no-no’s for stairs include aligning with the front door. This creates the rush of incoming energy that will make the entire home feel unstable and unsettled. Also it is important to avoid a staircase in the center of the home. This is because the center is the “heart” and it will be exhausted by the constant rush of energy up and down the stairs. The Alki plan is unique in that it features two staircases. There is one in the front of the home, which does not empty out the front door. There is also a back staircase located by the laundry and bonuses rooms. Again, these follow the best practices for feng shui.

 

American Classic Homes is passionate about great architectural design. Incorporating feng shui principles into our homes is just one way that we are designing homes for the way that our homebuyers want to live.

 

 

Spring cleaning tips for your new home

Categories: Home maintenance tips | Posted: March 26, 2015

An article on Spring Cleaning Tips for Your New HomeWinter is finally slipping away and we’re starting to feel refreshed, and ready for the change that spring brings. One of the most popular rites of spring is doing an overhaul of your home’s interior—cleaning, purging, reorganizing, and perhaps redecorating. But before you launch into a full-scale attack, here are some helpful spring cleaning tips for your home.

Make a plan. If you just dive into spring cleaning without a plan, you’ll waste time and probably miss certain areas that you’ll regret later—after your energy has been depleted. Decide where you need to purge—closets, attics, and basements are a great start. Determine how you’re going to approach each task. Set aside boxes or bags for “Keep”, “Donate”, and “Toss” in the area you’re purging so you don’t have to carry out piles.

Include the tiny places that seem to get ignored during normal housecleaning, like sliding door tracks, baseboards, door frames, behind the kitchen appliances, and cabinet doors.

Next, prioritize the spaces that need your attention. If you have a dreaded area, put it at the top of the list. Don’t procrastinate. Tackle it first. You’ll feel better about getting it out of the way.

Organize your supplies. Now that you have your spring cleaning plan all ready, gather up the supplies, like rags, paper towels, various solvents, sponges, brushes, squeegies, gloves, drawer liners, and replacement batteries and light bulbs. Sort them into categories. Make a bucket for window washing, use another container for dusting supplies, and so on. Then you can just grab the right bucket and head off to tackle the cleaning.

Make a checklist. Keep a clipboard with you and make notes of things you need to get, replace, clean, or fix as you move from room to room. Don’t stop during your cleaning frenzy to run to the home store because you’ve decided you need to change your cabinet hardware or bathroom accessories. The distraction will slow down your progress. Instead, at the end of the day, review your clipboard and make a shopping and errand list to tackle all at once.

Start at the top. In every area of your house, start your spring cleaning from the top. Sweep away cobwebs and dust the light fixtures. Then move to the windows and walls. All the dirt, dust, and debris will fall to the floor, to be cleaned away last.

Hand out the assignments. Spring cleaning should be a shared challenge for everyone in the household. Once you have your plan, share it with your “helpers” and decide who will do what and when (yes, make sure there are deadlines).

Plan to be tired. At the end of your spring cleaning day, reward your hard work by putting your feet up, letting someone else make or deliver dinner, and kicking back to enjoy your fully refreshed surroundings!

Getting to know Renton Highlands

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 19, 2015

The vibe of Renton Highlands is that of a laid back bedroom community that enjoys the close proximity of major employers as well as plentiful shopping and dining options.

Boeing is one of the many major employers that calls Renton home.

Boeing is one of the many major employers that calls Renton home.

Renton Highlands is located approximately 5 miles to the East of the City of Renton. It is home to several businesses including; Boeing, Providence Health & Services, Ikea and Paccar. Most recently it became the home of the Seattle Seahawks’ training facility. (GO HAWKS!)

The VMAC is the Seahawk's 200,000 sqft waterfront training facility.

The VMAC is the Seahawk’s 200,000 sqft waterfront training facility.

In addition to the neighborhood Starbucks and the local butcher, Shawn & Ted’s Meat Market, Renton Highlands is a quick drive to downtown Newcastle with The Golf Club at Newcastle which features 36 holes of golf as well as fine dining at the Calcutta Grill, while overlooking a breathtaking view of the City of Seattle.

The Golf Club at Newcastle includes fine dining at the Calcutta Grill as well as more casual fare in the Wooly Toad and Turnberry's

The Golf Club at Newcastle includes fine dining at the Calcutta Grill as well as more casual fare in the Wooly Toad and Turnberry’s

Views from the Newcastle Golf Club's 36 holes are spectacular

Views from the Newcastle Golf Club’s 36 holes are spectacular

Newcastle is also home to a new King County Library and a new YMCA. There is also a renowned trail system that winds through the area and into Cougar Mountain Regional Park.

To the South, Renton Landing offers all the shopping, dining, entertainment and services that you could need.  Home to more than 20 retail outlets, you can find large national chains such as; Lowes, Fry’s Electronics, and Target as well as local favorites such as c’est la Vie and Creative Mom Toys.  Renton Landing also offers almost two dozen dining options from the casual Five Guys Burger & Fries to the ethnic tastes of Gyro House and Papaya Vietnamese Café. Other favorites include Rock Pizza, Red Robin and Wild Fin American Grill.

Renton Landing is a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and entertainment.

Renton Landing is a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and entertainment.

After dinner, Regal Cinema is a perfect choice. With digital 3D showings and state-of-the art sound system it is the ideal choice for date night or a family afternoon.

If outdoor recreation is more to your liking, Renton Highlands is the ideal location. It is a quick drive to Snoqualmie Pass with hiking, snowshoeing and skiing options. There are also several nearby parks, including Maplewood Park and Cedar River Park. Maplewood Golf Course and Fairwood Golf Course are also conveniently nearby.

Snoqualmie Pass is a quick drive from Renton and offers hiking, skiing, snowshowing and sledding

Snoqualmie Pass is a quick drive from Renton and offers hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and sledding

 

This superb location is one of the major reasons that American Classic Homes chose to build in Heritage Estates. The community is also served by the highly acclaimed Issaquah School District including Briarwood Elementary, Maywood Middle and Liberty Senior High School.

American Classic Homes is building in Heritage Estates because of its fantastic location and strong school district.

American Classic Homes is building in Heritage Estates because of its fantastic location and strong school district.

The American Classic Home Advantage

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 12, 2015

Brothers,Robert, Michael Gladstein & cousin, Joel Mezistrano are the Partners at American Classic Homes.

Brothers,Robert, Michael Gladstein & cousin, Joel Mezistrano are the Partners at American Classic Homes.

Family-owned Company

  • You can work directly with one of the owners during your purchase and home-building process.
  • The partners make frequent visits to every site to ensure each home is being built with quality and care that our buyers have come to expect.

Selections and Upgrades

  • American Classic Homes have so many “extras” already included that you find it difficult to come up with any extras. But, if you do, American Classic Homes is very flexible in allowing you to personalize your home.
Courtney Loverich is the Selections Manager and holds a degree in design.

Courtney Loverich is the Selections Manager and holds a degree in design.

Our Selections Manager, Courtney, meets with all of our homebuyers to review the homes’ selections and to discuss any upgrades a buyer may be interested in. She holds an Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is experienced with space planning, design trends as well as material and color selection. Our buyers often like having a professional give their opinion on colors and surface selections.

 

Our customer service team is lead by Luis Larios-Neri.

Our customer service team is lead by Luis Larios-Neri.

First Rate Customer Service

  • American Classic Home stands behind our product. We address all homeowner concerns in a timely manner offering 24-hour customer service including a Hotline for emergencies.
  • To ensure customer satisfaction we schedule a Homeowner Orientation prior to your home closing where we demonstrate how everything your home operates.
  • We schedule a 60 day quality assurance visit to ensure that your home is performing to your expectations.
  • We schedule a one-year quality assurance visit similar to the 60 day where we can address any concerns that have come up during your first year of home ownership.
ACH now offers their Homebuyers a 2-10 warranty

ACH now offers their Homebuyers a 2-10 warranty

Ten Year Warranty Offered

  • American Classic Home services your home for the first year providing customer service on quality and workmanship.

Years 2 through 10 of your home-ownership, you are protected by the 2-10 Warranty. This insurance backed warranty plan is the most

Home Design Trends for 2015

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 4, 2015

 

American Classic Homes works hard to create beautiful communities as well as beautiful homes.

American Classic Homes works hard to create beautiful communities as well as beautiful homes.

Working hand in hand with our architects, American Classic Homes is constantly re-designing and tweaking our home plans to create the kind of home that fits our home buyers’ lifestyle. We watch the trends and talk with our customers and try to incorporate the trends that they are looking for. Here are the top home design trends for 2015. Stay tuned to see which of these trends will find their way into American Classic Homes’ newest floor plan designs.

Free-standing bathtubs are becoming one of the hot new trends in Master Bathrooms.

Free-standing bathtubs are becoming one of the hot new trends in Master Bathrooms.

Master Bedroom Suites have long been an important feature to many homebuyers. Many homebuyers are now opting for a larger, more spa-like shower rather than a space gobbling bathtub. We are also seeing this trend extend to main floor guest suites which are often used by older parents or long-term visitors.

Kitchen designs are evolving as people continue to make the kitchen the hub of the home. People are looking for a more open and connected floor plan with less walls and more open, comfortable spaces that can meet the needs of all family members. Large kitchen islands are popular gathering places as people continue to want a central gathering point. It is the ideal spot for kids to do homework as parents cook dinner, to relax with a cup of coffee and prepare for the day ahead or use as a hobby and crafts station.

Outdoor spaces are very important to home buyers, which explains why this covered patio with recessed lighting is such a huge hit.

Outdoor spaces are very important to home buyers, which explains why this covered patio with recessed lighting is such a huge hit.

Better outdoor living spaces continue to rank high with consumers. From enclosed porches to covered decks, these spaces are inspired by what people are seeing in magazines and are replacing the traditional backyard. The most popular designs offer the outdoor area convenient to the kitchen and dining area in the home. They also help the homeowner to feel connected to the outdoors even when they are inside.

Mudrooms continue to be an important transition area in homes making it easy to catch the clutter as family members enter the home. Additional amenities such as benches, some with additional storage, and coat hooks make these areas even more convenient.

Homes in Tarrington Place include the NEST thermostat.

Homes in Tarrington Place include the NEST thermostat.

Smarter homes are still a huge trend with no end in sight. In addition to smart products for your home, more of the homes actual components are being made “smarter” to enhance your lifestyle. One example is the NEST ™ thermostat that learns your habits and adjusts itself accordingly. More appliances are being developed that can be controlled by your smartphone or tablet – washing machines and dryers, smart outlets that let you plug-in coffee makers or crockpots and then control remotely.

American Classic Homes has already incorporated many of these designs into our floor plans. Many of our home plans offer mudrooms and main floor guest suites complete with tiled walk-in showers. Our kitchen islands have long been one of our most popular features and we have been using “Smart” thermostats at several of our communities including the NEST in Tarrington Place.

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