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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.

See What Our Home Buyers are Saying

Categories: American Classic News, Home Warranty, New Homes, Real Estate News, Recognition of Home Builders, Uncategorized | Posted: February 26, 2015

Happy Home Buyers – it is a mantra at American Classic Homes. We focus a lot of energy on creating the happiest homeowners possible. See what our Home Owners at Eden’s Glen in Newcastle, WA are saying about us.

March Home Maintenance

Categories: American Classic News, Home maintenance tips, Home Owner Tips, Home Warranty, New Homes, roof care | Posted: February 24, 2015

Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each season to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. The following home maintenance tasks are recommended for homes in the Pacific Northwest in March:

 

It is important to check your roof gor a build up of debris as well as missing or loose shingles

It is important to check your roof for a build up of debris as well as missing or loose shingles

Inspect roofing for leaks as well as missing, loose or damaged shingles

Check exterior drainage

Repair and replace window screens as needed

Flush hot water heater and remove sediment

Clean garbage disposal (Run citrus peels for odor and ice cubes to sharpen blades)

What Color Would You Paint Your Bedroom?

Categories: American Classic News, Home Design Trends, Home Owner Tips, Interior Design, New Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: February 17, 2015

According to a 2014 Sherwin-Williams survey, seven out of ten homeowners will undertake a home-related project in the next six months. And three in four homeowners have at least one room that needs paint — and the bedroom tops the list.

Soothing green makes this master bedroom an oasis

Soothing green makes this master bedroom an oasis

So if you are one of the homeowners who is deciding what color you want to paint your bedroom, here are some suggestions from the experts.
Gray has been trending as a bedroom color for years. Recently, people adding violet and opal undertones. Gray is popular because it is so easy to pair with natural elements like wood and wool as well as trendy metallics.
Pastels are beginning to make a comeback this spring with a more sophisticated edge. Pale or blush pink or coral gives a feminine, Audrey Hepburn elegance. A light tint of pink can extend a warm sophistication. This pairs well with gray and white accents and will help to soften the look even more. But, too much or too dark and you will feel like you live in “Barbie’s Dream House”.

Soaring vaulted ceilings and well-placed windows can make your Master Bedroom feel like a retreat.

Soaring vaulted ceilings and well-placed windows can make your Master Bedroom feel like a retreat.

Dusty Aqua is becoming a Pinterest favorite. It has a spa-like effect in a bedroom and can give a beachy-feel. It can really brighten up a room that doesn’t get a lot of sunshine. But, as with other subtle colors, bright tones can overwhelm. It is better to stick to pastels, whites and grays.
BEHR Paint’s Director of Color Erika Woelfel suggests a deep, tropical green to create a soothing sanctuary. This color works well with light wood floors and furniture. It also helps bright colored bedding to really pop.
One very surprising suggestion is using black. Black on the ceiling or as an accent wall will evoke a spacious feel of the night sky. Black can also be balanced with grays or whites. Avoid using bright colors with black as it creates an over the top effect.

Bright accent colors can make a room pop, but it needs to be paired with neutral bedding.

Bright accent colors can make a room pop, but it needs to be paired with neutral bedding.

Whatever color you decide to paint your bedrooms, you will enjoy the spacious bedrooms and master suites at American Classic Homes. Vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets and spa-like ensuite baths are just a few of the features that American Classic Homes includes in their homes.

Getting to know – Sammamish

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Real Estate News, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Uncategorized, Washington | Posted: February 12, 2015

The Sammamish Plateau, or sometimes called just – “The Plateau” is an eastside suburb of Seattle. It sits on the shores of Lake Sammamish nestled between Redmond to the Northwest and Issaquah to the South.

An aerial view of Lake Sammamish, Washington

Sammamish offers many lakes and parks providing beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities.

This community offers a lot of water recreation, not only on Lake Sammamish, but also Beaver Lake and Pine Lake. There are several city parks including: Beaver Lake Park, Pine Lake Park, Sammamish Park and Ebright Creek Park. Sammamish also has two private golf courses – Sahalee Country Club and the Plateau Club. It is located a very easy commute to Snoqualmie Pass to the East where residents can enjoy snow skiing and hiking. Other recreational facilities include the Columbia Athletic Club and the Sammamish Family YMCA.

A walking trail in a Sammamish park

Sammamish offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation with a variety of parks and lakes.

Sammamish is served by both the Lake Washington School District and Issaquah School District. These are two of the most highly acclaimed school districts in Washington State. Included in the Issaquah District is Skyline High School which boasts a superior football program with seven state titles, Many of Skyline’s alumni have gone on to pay Division 1 college football. Sammamish is also home to Eastside Catholic School, a faith-based private school for grades 6-12.

Football is a major sport at Skyline High School.

Skyline High School is renowned for its football team.

Sammamish has a great variety of shopping options from large grocery chains such as Costco, Quality Food Center, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes to small ethnic markets like Apna Bazar and the Sammamish Farmer’s Market.

Fresh produce, flowers and crafts can be found at the Sammamish Farmer's Market in Sammamish, Washington

Sammamish Farmer’s Market offers fresh produce, flowers and crafts.

American Classic Homes has built several lovely communities in Sammamish. Currently, we are in the process of building Tarrington Place – 20 multi-generational homes. Stop by and tour the fully furnished model home and see why the Sammamish Plateau and Tarrington Place would make a terrific place to call home.

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