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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.

American Classic Homes is Honored with Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award

Categories: American Classic News, Home Builder Awards, IBS, NAHB, New Homes, Real Estate News, Recognition of Home Builders | Posted: February 5, 2015

Charlie Scott of Woodland, O’Brien and Scott presents the Achievement Award to Michael Gladstein.

Charlie Scott of Woodland, O’Brien and Scott presents the Achievement Award to Robert Gladstein.

At the recent National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Robert Gladstein, Partner, was honored with a national award in recognition of their dedication to customer service. This award recognizes builders who deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Robert said, “It was a real privilege to receive this award. We have come a long ways in our dedication to taking care of our customers and we look forward to the challenge of improving on our accomplishments. We have recognized how important it is to have great process and exceptional communication with our home buyers ensuring a great experience.”

Builder Partnerships awards the Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award to recognize builders who deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Builder Partnerships awards the Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award to recognize builders who deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

The award is presented by Builder Partnerships, who measure every aspect of customer care: from the first visit to our model home through purchase and warranty service.

Thank you to our awesome team at American Classic Homes who ensure our homeowners are getting the best customer care in the industry.

New Model Now Open at Heritage Estates

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, New Homes, Real Estate News, Renton Homes | Posted: January 30, 2015

 

The Madrona Floor Plan was Selected as the Model Home for Heritage Estates

The Madrona Floor Plan was Selected as the Model Home for Heritage Estates

If you haven’t had the chance to see or new model home at Heritage Estates in Renton, this is the perfect weekend to come and visit.
Heritage Estate will include 33 brand-new Homes by American Classic Homes conveniently located in Renton Highlands. These gorgeous 4-7 bedroom Multi-Generational Homes feature high-end finishes in light and airy spaces.

The Madrona greets your guests with a spectacular open staircase in the Foyer.

The Madrona greets your guests with a spectacular open staircase in the Foyer.

Home prices start at $699,950. Open Daily from noon to 4pm (call on Super Bowl Sunday to confirm – Go Hawks!)

February Home Maintenance

Categories: American Classic News, Home Owner Tips, Home Warranty | Posted: January 28, 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 February:

Checking the caulking around your tub and shower is part of home maintenance.

Checking the caulking around your tub and shower is part of home maintenance.

Check caulking around showers and bathtubs – repair as needed
Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Test smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors
Clean garbage disposal (Run citrus peels for odor and ice cubes to sharpen blades)

Meet Courtney Loverich Selections Manager

Categories: American Classic News, Home Design Trends, New Home Selections, New Homes, Real Estate News | Posted: January 15, 2015

Courtney Loverich is the Selections Manager at American Classic Homes

Courtney Loverich is the Selections Manager at American Classic Homes

Often new home buyers worry about picking out the perfect finishes for their brand new home. There are literally hundreds of selections that must be made from the cabinet color and the hardwood flooring to the style of the kitchen pulls. With so many decisions to make, American Classic Homes’ buyers find having a professional Selections Manager at their disposal a huge relief.

Courtney Loverich joined American Classic Homes in 2014 as the Selections Manager. It is her responsibility to make all of the selections in each home, from putting together pleasing, on-trend color palettes to finding the most attractive and functional faucets.

When a new home buyer purchases a home with American Classic Homes, they have the opportunity to meet with Courtney and review all the finishes that are available for their home. She lends an experienced eye and can help educate buyers. The experience is similar to building a custom home where you are able to personalize it and make it perfect for your family.

Courtney holds an Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is experienced with space planning, design trends as well as material and color selection. She has worked for major builders in the Greater Seattle area and also been an interior designer at a local high-end furniture retailer.

Our Buyers have told us how much they appreciate working with Courtney. They enjoy her guidance in making their selection decisions and are really pleased with the outcome after their homes are complete.

About American Classic Homes:
American Classic Homes, a local family-owned new home builder, builds new homes in Washington State. We offer energy efficient, customizable multi-generational homes in the Greater Seattle area. We currently have the following new home communities: Heritage Estates in Renton, Tarrington Place in Sammamish, Madison Lane in Newcastle and Coming Soon: Montaire in Kirkland. For new homes that are being constructed in established communities, check our website for “Spot Lots in Renton, Sammamish, Queen Anne and on Mercer Island.

Lighting Trends for 2015

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 10, 2015

Household technology is undergoing a huge transformation and nothing is seeing a bigger change in our homes than lighting. Today, home lighting is all about lifestyle enhancements. We will control our home’s lighting to help create our environment. We will be able to use lighting to alter our mood, safeguard our home and also to save energy.
In the past, lights were a stand-alone fixture or considered an accessory in your home. That is now changing and lights are being incorporated into whole house systems to create an all-inclusive home environment that can be controlled from a single app.
For example, you may select an app from your phone or tablet called, “Relax”. That may include dimming the lights, queuing up some soft jazz and your gas fireplace magically lighting. An app called, “Cooking” could bring up the lights to full power in the kitchen, opening a tablet with tonight’s dinner recipe on it and turning on the radio or TV tuned to the evening news.
Lighting is also an essential part of a home security system. Teaming up with video cameras, motion sensors and alarms to keep your home safe and you informed of what is happening, whether you are at home or away.
With lighting taking such a front and center role in lifestyle, lighting fixtures are also changing. They are the new form of creativity and self-expression. Pendant lighting is a hot trend for 2015 with inspiration being drawn from the past in the form of simplicity almost to the point of starkness. Multi-light pendants are another important trend often incorporating several fixtures into the décor.
Warm metal-tones are making an appearance in the coming year. They range from warm copper pendants to mat brass sconces and coordinate with table and floor lamps.

American Classic Homes includes on-trend lighting in all of our homes.

American Classic Homes includes on-trend lighting in all of our homes.

American Classic Homes has a dedicated Selections Manager named Courtney Loverich, who follows the trends and ensures that the finishes in each of our homes reflects the taste and lifestyle of our busy homeowners. When you purchase an American Classic Home, you will meet with Courtney and she will assist you in making the selection choices for your home. Our buyers have told us that she is awesome to work with.
Visit one of our fully furnished model homes today and see the unique, high quality lighting fixtures that we have selected especially for each home.
American Classic Homes is a family-run, Mercer Island-based home builder building new home communities and custom homes throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Visit Saddlebrook and Heritage Estates in Renton, Tarrington Estates in Sammamish, and coming soon, Montaire in Kirkland and Madison Lane in Newcastle. You can also find special one-of-a-kind homes in very desirable area throughout the greater Seattle area by looking for “Spot Lots” on our website. We currently have homes under construction in Renton, Sammamish, Seattle and Mercer Island.

January Home Maintenance

Categories: American Classic News, Home Owner Tips, Home Warranty | Posted: December 31, 2014

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 January:

Change furnace filters
Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Check and clean range or cooktop fan
Vacuum refrigerator coils
Clean garbage disposal (Run citrus peels for odor and ice cubes to sharpen blades)

It is important to change your furnace filter. A clean filter will keep dust and dirt out of your home and keep your furnace running more efficiently.

It is important to change your furnace filter. A clean filter will keep dust and dirt out of your home and keep your furnace running more efficiently.

American Classic Homes is included in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 fastest growing companies in Washington.

Categories: American Classic News, Real Estate News | Posted: December 17, 2014

Each year, The Puget Sound Business Journal announces the 100 businesses that comprise the fastest growing companies in our region from the previous year. To determine the 2013 list, more than 1,000 businesses were surveyed. The list is based on revenue growth between 2010 and 2012.

Puget Sound Business Journal Announces Fastest Growing Companies 2014

Puget Sound Business Journal Announces Fastest Growing Companies 2014

To be included on the list, these companies must be privately held and headquartered in Washington State. Collectively, the selected companies has a 2012 revenue of more than $1.5 billion and a three-year revenue growth of more than 173 percent.
American Classic Homes has the resources of a large home builder offering an excellent value for home buyers. Our model homes provide a unique experience for homebuyers. Almost everything the homebuyer sees inside is standard on all homes in the community. Upgrades are available but few are typically requested with so many standard features that are upgrades with almost all other builders.

Robert, Michael & Joel are the Partners at American Classic Homes guiding the company's growth and profit.

Robert, Michael & Joel are the Partners at American Classic Homes guiding the company’s growth and profit.

American Classic Homes Partners, Michael and Robert Gladstein and Joel Mezistrano believe that their fast growth and great success also comes from giving Homebuyers personalized service. American Classic Homes’ “hands-on” approach means that they interact with each and every home buyer to ensure their complete satisfaction. The Partners are so confident in their superior customer service that they each publish their personal cell phone number on the website’s homepage.

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About American Classic Homes:
American Classic Homes, a local family-owned new home builder, building new homes in Washington State. We offer energy efficient, customizable multi-generational homes in the Seattle metropolitan area. They currently have the following Washington State new home communities: Saddlebrook and Heritage Estates in Renton, Tarrington Place in Sammamish and coming soon – Madison Lane in Newcastle and Montaire in Kirkland. For new homes that are being constructed in established communities, check our website for “Spot Lots in Renton, Sammamish and Mercer Island.
– See more at: http://www.americanclassichomes.com

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