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The Benefits of Building a New Home vs. Buying a New Inventory Home

Categories: Home Design Trends, New Home Selections, New Homes | Posted: September 21, 2018

Imagine buying a home and immediately moving in, no waiting for paint to dry or for the builders to finish up final touches. For people buying ready-to-move-in inventory homes, this is a wonderful benefit.

But some homebuyers desire the customization that comes with designing their perfect home and overseeing the construction. These folks are fine with the wait because the final product is often as close to a dream home as possible.

Neither of these options is necessarily better than the other. It truly depends on what’s important to you and your family. If you’re looking to move and aren’t sure which option is right for you, take a look at some of these benefits of each. It may help you with the decision.

Benefits of Building Your Dream Home

Complete Control

Building your own home gives you full control over every detail, big and small. Everything from the building layout to the countertops and cabinets is up to you. Design an enormous kitchen with a walk-in pantry or a master bedroom complete with a shower and hot tub. Whatever you want, you can have.

Location, Location, Location

When buying an inventory home, you don’t have much say over the location. After all, the building’s already there. You can’t just move it. When you build your own home, you can choose where to build. Find the perfect neighborhood or build on a larger plot of land. It’s up to you.

Do You Have a Handy Friend?

Okay, this benefit may not be for everyone. But handy friends can come in, well, handy when building your own home. You can save money by calling in favors from friends and family who have construction, electrician, or plumbing experience.

Ready-To-Go Inventory Home Benefits

Move-In Ready

This one may seem obvious, but you can’t overstate how great it is to find a beautiful home and move in right away. As soon as you close the sale, you can start packing up boxes and shipping them over.

Lower Cost

One significant benefit of purchasing an inventory home is the cost savings. Since you’re not paying for contractors, materials, or labor, you’re already saving money. An inventory home is already built, so you don’t have to worry about construction going over budget. That’s a big win.

Way Less Stress

When shopping for inventory homes, your biggest worry is finding the right place for your budget and style. When building a house, you’re likely worried about everything. With so many building projects going on at once, the whole thing can be incredibly stressful.

You Can Still Customize

Remember too that an inventory home isn’t necessarily going to be a generic, cookie-cutter house. Many inventory home buyers can add personalized touches, like hardware, appliances, wall color, and fixtures. The benefit of a ready-to-go inventory home is that you don’t have to worry about all the details that come with building a house.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of every benefit of both, it should give you an idea of what to expect. If you’re looking to completely customize the perfect home for you and your family, great! Opt to build that custom home. Think of how rewarding it’ll be to settle in by the fireplace at night or brew coffee in your sunny kitchen in the morning, in the home built just for you.

Maybe you’re looking to move right away and want to put your savings towards other expenses (a new furniture set or landscaping, perhaps?). Or maybe you’re not looking for the added stress of overseeing a 4-6 month construction project. Either way, go for a ready-to-move-in inventory home. You’ll be ready to move as soon as you close the sale without any of the added hassle.

Whatever you choose, there’s really no wrong answer. You’ll love your new home no matter what.

Join Us Today: Twilight Grand Opening in Wallingford from 5-7pm

Categories: American Classic News, Events, New Homes, Open House, Real Estate News, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 7, 2018

Join us tonight for the Twilight Grand Opening of our Brand New Wallingford home from 5pm-7pm.

This stunning Wallingford home offers amazing views of Lake Union and Downtown Seattle as well as it has an impressive walkability score of 85! The well-thought-out Meridian floor plan features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms spread over 4,625 square feet and 3 stories of spacious, luxurious living. This beautiful craftsman inspired home has stunning details such as rich millwork, stonework, 10′ ceilings on the main level, and more.

Feel free to grab some family or friends tonight and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style from American Classic Homes.

Where: 3632 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
When: Friday, September 7th
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Wallingford home tonight! . If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour at a more convenient time for your, please give us a call at (206) 966-6429 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

Want to learn more about this move-in ready home? Click here to view the listing for this home and to get more details.

 

 

 

Tips for Preparing Your Family for the Big Move

Categories: New Homes | Posted: September 6, 2018

We all know that moving is stressful. Between coordinating moving trucks to organizing belongings and tracking details (did you submit a change of address form?), it’s easy to get lost in the chaos. As adults, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel: soon, we’ll be settled into a new home, in a new neighborhood, full of exciting opportunities. It’s harder for kids to see the big picture.

Changing homes can be traumatic for kids. For big moves – whether across the state or the country – they’re switching schools, breaking a routine, and maybe even experiencing new weather. It’s important to talk to them well in advance and prepare them for the move. But how can you get them excited about it? Here are some tips for getting your kids revved up about the big move.

Get Them Involved in Household Decisions

Does your new kitchen need a fresh coat of paint? Are you ditching your old couch in favor of shiny new furniture? Let your kids be part of the decision-making! You may be surprised at how much fun they’ll have helping you pick out furniture, fabrics, and colors. And it gives them a sense of control over their new surroundings.

Give Kids An Important Moving Job

Kids love feeling helpful. So on the day of the move, assign them an important job or let them be your assistant. Let them pack up their toys, carry small boxes into the house, and keep things organized. Younger children may need some extra supervision, but that’s another way to get older kids involved. Create family teams and finish jobs together.

Want to go the extra mile? Print up a to-do list or organization chart for them. With each completed task, they can check it off the list and see their accomplishments pile up.

Unpack Their Bedrooms First

You’re probably familiar with the sudden dread of being in a new space surrounded by full boxes. It can be daunting to anyone, especially after an exhausting day of moving. Don’t burden your kids with this on top of everything else. Be sure to unpack their rooms first and set up their favorite things – books, toys, or favorite pictures. Get them feeling comfortable in their new room right away, and they’ll feel at home in no time.

Take Breaks for Family Time

Tensions run high on moving day. Siblings fight, parents’ patience goes out the door, and frustration runs rampant. This is the point when moving days can turn disastrous.

Be sure to take breaks between packing, moving, and organizing for some family time. Take a 5-minute group stretch break or grab an ice cream cone together. Anything that helps relieve the tension, get everyone to relax, and have fun. When you’re ready, get back to the tasks at hand.

Take a Walk Around the New Neighborhood

Once the moving trucks have pulled away, and the last boxes are hopefully in the right room, why not take some time to explore your new neighborhood? Take a family walk around your block. Be on the lookout for parks or community centers close-by, and maybe even stroll past your children’s new school if it’s within walking distance.

By taking the time to introduce your kids to their new neighborhood, they’ll be more comfortable with the change. Maybe you’ll even discover you’re close to a nature center, an arcade, or a cool museum!

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful or traumatic. Prepare your family ahead of time, keep them on task and focused during the move, and settle them in right away after. Not only will the entire process go smoother, but you’ll also have a happier family ready for what lies ahead.

American Classic Homes Opens Brand New Model Home at Wildridge in Kirkland, WA

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Events, Kirkland, Model Home, New Homes, Washington | Posted: August 7, 2018

Join us this weekend for the debut of the brand new professionally decorated Wildridge Model Home Preview Event in Kirkland, Washington. This weekend’s Model Home Preview Event will provide visitors with an opportunity to tour this beautiful home and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style from American Classic Homes.

The professionally designed 3,833 approx sq.ft Bertona home plan features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, as well as a bonus room, den, main level guest room, a covered patio, an elegant curved staircase, and a 3 car tandem garage.

Wildridge Model Home Preview Event
When: Saturday, August 11th & Sunday, August 12th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 13604 NE 133rd Place, Kirkland, WA 98034

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Wildridge Model Home Preview Event this weekend and feel free to grab some family or friends to bring along with you. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour, please give us a call at (206) 966.4688 or email Summer at Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

Want to learn more about this community?

Click here to view the Wildridge Community page and see currently available homes, neighborhood images, and more.

 

Driving Directions: Click here to go directly to Wildridge from Google Maps

  • Heading north on I-405 N
  • Take exit 20B for NE 124th St/Totem Lake Boulevard
  • Keep left, follow signs for Northeast 124th Street
  • Turn right onto NE 124th St
  • Turn left onto 132nd Ave NE/Slater Ave NE
  • Turn right onto NE 132nd St
  • Turn left onto 136th Ave NE
  • Wildridge will be on your right

Join Us at Tanglewood’s Information Center This Weekend

Categories: American Classic News, Events, New Homes, Renton, Renton Homes | Posted: May 17, 2018

American Classic Homes is thrilled to invite you to join us this weekend at the on-site Information Center at Tanglewood in Renton. The Tanglewood onsite agents will go over floor plans and lots with you, review community specs and selections, and they can place you on a waiting list for upcoming lots. We invite you to see what amazing community living is all about and find your perfect home at the Information Center Event This Weekend at Tanglewood!

When: Saturday, May 19th & Sunday, May 20th
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: 17438 SE 192nd Dr, Renton, WA 98058

We look forward to seeing you at our Information Center Tanglewood Event this weekend, feel free to grab some family or friends and take a tour of this beautiful and spacious new home community. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own private community tour before or after the weekend event, please give us a call at (206) 899.0702 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

Click Here to view the Tanglewood Community page to see currently available homes, community floor plans, and images.

Driving Directions:

• From I-405 S

• Take exit 4 for WA-900 W toward WA-169 S/Renton/Enumclaw

• Turn right onto 140th Way SE

• Turn left onto SE Petrovitsky Rd

• Turn left onto SE 192nd Dr

• Tanglewood will be on the left.

• The Information Center can be found on Homesite #41

New Model Home Preview Event This Weekend!

Categories: American Classic News, Events, New Homes, Real Estate News, Renton, Sammamish Homes, Washington | Posted: March 6, 2018

American Classic Homes is thrilled to present our brand new Model Home Preview Event this weekend for all of our current communities including: Wildridge in Kirkland, Robins Ridge in Sammamish, Herrington in Sammamish, and Tanglewood in Renton. We invite you to discover what luxurious living is all about at our Model Home Preview Event This Weekend at Sagebrook in Sammamish!

When: Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 121 222nd Place SE, Sammamish, WA 98074

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Model Home Preview Event this weekend! Feel free to grab some friends and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own private tour before or after the weekend event, please give us a call at (206) 557-6400 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

 

Driving Directions:

  • From I-90 E
  • Take exit 15 (for WA-900 W/17th Ave NW)
  • Turn Left onto WA-900 E/17th Ave NW & continue straight onto 17th Ave NW
  • Continue onto NW Sammamish Rd, which becomes SE 56th St
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
  • Keep right to continue toward SE 43rd Way, which becomes 228th Ave SE
  • Turn left onto SE 4th St (at the Metropolitan Market)
  • Turn right onto 218th AVE SE
  • Turn right onto SE 1st St
  • Sagebrook begins after 220th Ave SE
  • The model home is on lot #2 at Sagebrook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Chance to Tour Luxury Sammamish Model Home at Penny Lane Community

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Kirkland, New Homes, Real Estate News, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Washington | Posted: July 6, 2017

If you are interested in one of our currently selling or upcoming 2017 communities, such as Sagebrook, or Wildridge, then we highly recommend touring our beautiful Sammamish model home at Penny Lane while there’s still time! The Rosario model home at Penny Lane has sold, but you still have time to tour now through July 16th, 2017. You can visit the model home anytime between noon to 4pm on Sunday, July 16th or you can schedule your very own VIP private tour on a day that works best for you with our New Home Advisor, Summer. To schedule your very own tour please contact Summer via email at Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com or give her a call at (206) 557-6348.

Penny Lane Model Home
When:
  Sunday, July 16th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where:  24252 Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish, WA 98075

We look forward to seeing you at our fully furnished model home at Penny Lane! If you have any questions, please give us a call at (206) 557-6348 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

Upcoming Communities: 

Robins Ridge
2322 246th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075
• 6 New Exclusive Single Family Homes in Sammamish
• Award-Winning Issaquah School District: Discovery Elementary, Pine Lake Middle School, & Skyline High School
• View the full Robins Ridge community page by clicking here.

Sagebrook
121 222nd Place SE, Sammamish, WA 98074
• 15 New Single Family Homes in Sammamish
• Lake Washington School District: Smith Elementary, Inglewood Middle School, Eastlake High School
• View the full Sagebrook community page by clicking here.

Wildridge
13224 136th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
• 28 New Single Family Homes in Kirkland
• Lake Washington School District #414: Muir Elementary, Kamiakin Middle School, Juanita High School
• View the full Wildridge community page by clicking here.

 

Driving Directions to Penny Lane Model Home:
• Take I-90 E
• Take Exit 17 towards E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
• Take SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd and Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE to 244th Ave SE in Sammamish
• Turn left onto Front St N (signs for E Lk Sammamish Parkway SE)
• Turn right onto SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd
• Turn left onto Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE
• At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto SE 32nd Way
• Turn left onto 244th Ave SE
• Penny Lane is located at 24252 Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish, WA 98075

2017 design trends for outdoor living spaces

Categories: New Homes | Posted: April 20, 2017

For months, you’ve been looking outside, yearning for the days when you could relax, play, and entertain out there. With all this time to think about it, have you considered ways to improve or upgrade your outdoor living spaces?

New products have been introduced and we’re seeing a variety of 2017 design trends for outdoor living spaces. See if any of these decorating ideas sparks your desire to make some changes.

Outdoor kitchens are growing. The grill just isn’t enough for the person who likes to cook and entertain outdoors. The outdoor kitchen now incorporates a refrigerator, sink, warming drawer, smoker, beer tap, wine chiller, and maybe even a pizza oven or cooktop. Homeowners are installing cabinets that can withstand the weather, to complete this fun and functional space.

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pats sparked a frenzy. At the end of the day, relax in front of a crackling fire and indulge in gourmet s’mores. From simple to sophisticated, the scope of your fire feature can reflect any style. Create a hearth on your patio or build a fire pit that can be rustic, sleek, or anywhere in between.

Furnish it in style. With the passion for more stylish outdoor living spaces, you have more choices in outdoor furniture that’s durable, comfortable, and attractive. This year, expect to see natural materials—like wicker and rattan—in more vibrant colors than the traditional white. Accent pieces—like ottomans, side tables, and outdoor rugs—are showing up in every style imaginable. No matter what color palette you choose, you can find cushions and pillows to match.

Exterior lighting choices are broader and brighter. With new technology, you can add light outdoors, where you need. Solar lights can stick in the ground, hang from a tree, sit on a table, or be strung around, across, or above your spaces. Lanterns, lamps, and chandeliers allow you to create the style of indoor living outside the walls of your home. LED bulbs are also lighting the way for homeowners who want more light with less energy use.

Low maintenance is a high priority. Homeowner don’t want to spend long hours keeping their outdoor spaces looking good and staying safe. Stain-resistant concrete paving provides an easy-care surface that has become the preference over wood flooring outdoors—and the wide range of colors and patterns gives you the look you want.

Reduce lawn care by converting lawn to garden and planting perennials and sprawling ground cover. Some homeowners are also trending toward the use of synthetic grass and artificial turf, which have grown to appear far more realistic than the plastic grass you might recall.

With all the time you’ll be spending outdoors in the months ahead, isn’t it worth sprucing up your outdoor living space?

Builder Partnerships Names American Classic Homes Winners of Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award for a Third Year in a Row

Categories: American Classic News, Home Builder Awards, New Homes, Recognition of Home Builders, Seattle | Posted: March 21, 2017

Denver, Co. – American Classic Homes, a New Home builder based in Mercer Island, Washington was awarded Highest Distinction in Customer Satisfaction in the Builder Partnerships Achievement Award for Customer Satisfaction for the third year in a row.

“In these days of increasing demand for homes, builders must be focused on customer satisfaction, and the best builders are,” says Monica Wheaton, CEO of Builder Partnerships. “The Builder Partnerships Achievement Award for Customer Satisfaction recognizes those companies that have high standards, company culture, and processes in place to deliver what is most important to home buyers—quality construction and a great buying experience. American Classic Homes certainly fits that bill.”

To assure a high integrity process, Builder Partnerships put together a team of industry experts, including Chuck Shinn of Builder Partnerships, Littleton, Colorado; Charlie Scott of Woodland, O’Brien and Scott, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Carol Smith of Home Address, Colorado Springs, Colorado to be part of the Evaluation Committee for the award. To be considered for this recognition, applicants needed to have at least 88% of its home buyers say they were willing to refer the company to friends or family. Once clearing that hurdle, the company’s customer service and referral rate were further evaluated in an in-depth review of its processes and documentation. Builders scoring at least 100 points on their evaluation scores earned Highest Distinction.

American Classic Homes has built a strong culture focused on customer satisfaction that permeates the company. In addition, it has worked hard to build processes that encourage suppliers and trade contractors to support that effort, and the final beneficiary is the home buyer.

The Builder Partnerships Achievement Award differentiates itself from other recognitions in two key areas. First, it is an independent and cost-effective customer satisfaction measurement that is available to all builders, not just those in certain markets or of a certain size.

Second, the award does not rank one builder against another but recognizes all builders who achieve a benchmark of customer satisfaction, which gives home buyers a truer measure of a company’s quality.

 


About Builder Partnerships: Builder Partnerships is a member organization focused on providing management training and consulting to help builders improve their performance and profit.  Currently we represent approximately 550 builders in the United States and Canada who have projected about 75,000 homes built collectively this year.  With over 75 manufacturer and service providers associated with our group, Builder Partnerships also manages streamlined, competitive incentive programs and works to strengthen relationships between builders, manufacturers and other service providers in the industry. www.BuilderPartnerships.com

About Woodland, O’Brien & Scott: Woodland, O’Brien & Scott is one of the housing industries original customer satisfaction survey and consulting firms. The Principal Partners of Woodland, O’Brien & Scott have more than 60 years of first hand homebuilding experience and utilize this experience along with proprietary surveys, and software to identify client strengths, weaknesses, provide benchmarking services, and identify client performance improvement opportunities. Learn more about Woodland, O’Brien & Scott at www.woodlandobrien.com or by contacting Charlie Scott at CharlieS@woodlandobrien.com.

About Home Address: For more than 30 years, Carol Smith and Home Address have provided home builders with practical insights and proven techniques that cut to the heart of any service issue. Smith’s methods have helped hundreds of builders develop better service expertise, establish a stronger position in a challenging market and win genuine customer loyalty.

For more information or media inquiries about the Builder Partnerships Achievement Awards, please contact Monica Wheaton, CEO, Builder Partnerships, monica@builderpartnerships.com Phone: 800-456-7865. Web:  www.BuilderPartnerships.com

14 questions to ask your homebuilder

Categories: New Homes | Posted: March 9, 2017

The process of progressing your custom home from vision to move-in should be an exciting experience. Choosing the right homebuilder is the first step toward ensuring your satisfaction. Here are 14 questions to ask your homebuilder before making this important choice.

  1. Will you build on my lot or do I need to purchase property from you? Some homebuilders focus on their own communities, while others will build elsewhere. Certainly, if you already have land in mind, you need a homebuilder who will build on your lot.
  2. Can I provide my own plans or do I need to choose one of yours? Some homebuilders stick with their own home designs because they’re “tried and true”. Others are comfortable working with quality home plans from another source (emphasis on “quality”).
  3. How many homes like the one I’m looking for have you built in this area? When a homebuilder is familiar with the geography, regulations, and challenges of building a home of a particular size and with certain features, you have the peace of mind that he is experienced with successfully navigating each one. That means timely construction without unanticipated overruns.
  4. Are you licensed and insured? Protect yourself by choosing a builder who can provide proof of insurance and a current builder’s license for the state where your home will be built.
  5. Do you offer a financing option? Is there a preferred lender you use? It can be convenient to use a homebuilder’s preferred lender, and they might offer better options than another lender. Before you decide on your homebuilder, determine your choices and whether or not you must use a preferred lender.
  6. What is standard in your homes and what is considered an upgrade? You need to determine what’s included in your price, so you’re comparing apples to apples with all of your homebuilders. Some standard features are options for other builders. Be clear about what you’re getting, particularly for those features that are important to you.
  7. Can I make changes after the construction has begun? It will cost more to make changes, and that price often goes up the farther along your home is in the building process. Discuss how your homebuilder handles changes so you know what to expect.
  8. What type of home warranty do you include? Appliances are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. The quality of the structure (workmanship, systems, materials) should be covered by the builder’s warranty. The builder will specify the time period, so ask how long they guarantee your home and how repairs are handled during this time.
  9. What energy-efficient features do you include? Today’s appliances, construction materials (windows, doors, insulation), and HVAC systems are geared toward energy efficiency. Ask each builder to explain the extent of their energy efficient commitment.
  10. Can you provide references from your homeowners, and can I tour a few of your homes? With any major purchase, you check reviews of past customers. Don’t be shy about asking for references. A reliable homebuilder will proudly share his successes.
  11. Who will be in charge of building my home? Can I meet this person? The contractor or project manager will become your close friend during the construction of your custom home. Learn that person’s experience and then talk to him before making your decision. Is he easy to work with and accessible? Does he understand and appreciate your concerns? How is communication handled?
  12. Is landscaping included in the price? If so, what exactly do you provide? Know whether you are getting a lawn, shrubs, and/or trees, and specifically which plants are included.
  13. How often can I tour the worksite? It’s your home, and you should be able to visit during construction, but showing up unannounced or too frequently can impede the progress. Determine the best process and schedule for arranging these tours.
  14. What is the estimated time to complete the homebuilding? When can you start? One builder might be able to complete your home in three months but has a backlog and can’t start soon enough to meet your deadline. Ask for realistic start and completion dates, and any factors that will impact them.