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It’s Earth Day!

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Energy/Plus HomeEarth Day seeks to raise awareness of the constant need to protect the environment. There are many issues that need attention such as deforestation, shortages of potable water and widespread pollution. Efforts have to be taken to protect our planet’s resources and Earth Day is a great reminder of that.

At Keystone Custom Homes, we do our best to build homes with the environment in mind. We go to great lengths to create high performance homes that are energy efficient, eco-friendly, high quality and financially smart. Our goal is to save energy and buyers’ money, while helping to preserve and protect our natural resources for future generations.

We attain this goal through a variety of inventive ways. By installing insulated exterior doors, utility costs stay down and excessive cold and heat are kept out of your home. Keystone’s house wrap is an additional layer of protection that keeps the framed walls from both moisture and air infiltration. Our Low Emittance coating on windows reflects the heat while allowing natural light to pass through. This coating helps to reduce energy consumption and block harmful UV light from coming in. Your window treatments, flooring, and furniture will last longer as a result. Read the rest of this entry »

The Perfect Place to Build Your New Home

Categories: News

Keystone Custom Homes has new hSweetbriar Creekome sites available through many of our existing communities! There are new phases at Sweetbriar Creek, Carriage Park, Bishop Woods and Buckingham Preserve. Find the best home site for your new home in one of these perfect communities.

Sweetbriar Creek is found in a beautiful country setting, yet close to conveniences such as major health care facilities, great restaurants and the county’s largest shopping mall. Located in the heart of Historic Lancaster County, this community is only a short drive away from downtown Lancaster home to the Central Market and Fulton Opera House. Sweetbriar Creek offers carefree access to routes 30, 222, 283 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Carriage Park
Carriage Park provides a great location for your new home in South Londonderry Township, Palmyra. This community is close to both Lancaster and Dauphin Counties, and it is just minutes from Hershey attractions. Carriage Park also offers an easy commute without the crowds or city noise. Your children are able to attend schools in the Palmyra School District, or choose from an array of private and parochial schools nearby.
Bishop Woods
Bishop Woods is a lovely community in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. This community is convenient to major routes, and it is only a short drive to both Lancaster and Harrisburg. However, it provides both space and privacy with one acre wooded home sites. Located in the Elizabethtown Area School District, this community is close to downtown Elizabethtown, filled with fun things to do.

Buckingham Preserve is located minutes from route 422 in Douglassville, Pennsylvania. This community is only Buckingham Preserveminutes from French Creek State Park, where you can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating and swimming. This Berks County community is part of the Daniel Boone School District and is only a 30 minute drive to King of Prussia.

Any of these Keystone communities would be great for your new home! Don’t wait any longer, claim one of these new home sites today, and start building your dream home. Visit our communities page for more available home sites in a community near you.

Keystone Custom Homes Announces April Promotion

Categories: Home Sale!, News, Style and Design

Venetian Bath Now is the perfect time to buy a new Keystone Custom Home. The builder is offering three designer upgrades for free until the end of April, including a luxurious Venetian bath with ceramic tile floor, gourmet kitchen and beautiful Kennedy fireplace.

“These are just a few of our favorite upgrades,” said Jeff Rutt, president of Keystone Custom Homes. “Do not miss out on these special features for your new home!”

The luxurious Venetian bath package is a popular option for many reasons. It is complete with a walk-in shower, covered in beautiful tile and featuring a stylish glass window. Also included in this bath package is a soaking tub, ceramic tile flooring and double bowl vanity, which allows for more space. The elegance of this bath package will provide the perfect place to get ready in the morning or take a relaxing bath in the evening. Read the rest of this entry »

Check Out Our Quick Move-In Homes

Categories: Floorplans, Home Sale!, Quick Delivery Homes

Berks County homeKeystone Custom Homes has a wide selection of gorgeous quick move-in homes ranging in price, style and location. Find the perfect new home for you, without the wait!

Here’s a look at a few of our available homes:

433 Southfield Drive: Priced at $304,912, this charming Parker Heritage in the community of Middlecreek Farms features four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. The first floor features a private study, formal dining room and cozy family room with Kennedy gas fireplace. The gourmet kitchen boasts staggered cabinets, tile backsplash, a large granite island countertop and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen also hosts a bright breakfast area and pantry. Additionally, a powder room is located on the first floor. The second floor features four bedrooms, each with their own walk-in closet, including the owner’s suite with cathedral ceilings and private Venetian bath package. The second floor also features a hall bath and convenient laundry room. Buyers enjoy a savings of $105,790 with this home! Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on First Floor Owner’s Suite Plans

Categories: Floorplans, News, Style and Design

Lancaster new homeKeystone Custom Homes takes pride in building a variety of homes to suit our home buyers’ wants and needs. One popular feature is a first floor owner’s suite.

These spaces are growing in popularity because of the convenience of one floor living. This is especially necessary for home buyers who wish to stay in their Keystone home longer. The first floor suite is also great for separation from the other bedrooms located upstairs. With this in mind, Keystone has created a new lineup of first floor owner’s suite plans.

The Hartford plan offers three elevation options: Traditional, Heritage and Vintage. The home features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage. Entering through the foyer, a cozy study is found on the right, followed by the powder room. Further down the hall, the laundry room is to the left before entering into the family room. The family room boasts vaulted ceilings and is adjacent to both the owner’s suite and kitchen. The kitchen features an island and the attached dining room. The first floor owner’s suite includes a walk-in closet and owner’s bath with private toilet room. The second floor is where the additional two bedrooms are located, along with the hall bathroom and loft. This floor plan can be found in our Worthington community. Read the rest of this entry »

New Community in Berks County

Categories: Floorplans, New Community, News

Glenwood EstatesKeystone Custom Homes is excited to introduce its newest community in Berks County, Glenwood Estates! Located in Douglasville, there are currently 15 home sites available for you to build your dream home.

Glenwood Estates is just minutes from Route 422, 30 minutes from King of Prussia and minutes to French Creek state park, where you can enjoy, hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. With homes starting in the $250,000s, this is the perfect place for your new home! Here’s a peek at one of the model homes in Glenwood Estates: Read the rest of this entry »

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Categories: News, Style and Design, Tips

Outdoor LivingNow that April is here, it is time to start planning how your landscape will look for your new Keystone Custom Home. Listed below are a few of the most popular landscape trends of 2016. Any of these trends would be perfect for outside your new home!

1. Grow for a Cause– Homeowners are growing produce and giving it to neighboring food banks. They are also growing flowers to donate to organizations that will make arrangements out of them for local hospices. For more details and for names of organizations, click here.

2. Light it Up– Homeowners are adding lights to their yard in new, creative ways. Twinkling accent lighting on walkways create a romantic feel. Meanwhile, dramatic colored lights add some fun to the atmosphere.

3. Fire Features– Fire pits and fireplaces are growing in popularity. Not only are they great for crisp autumn nights, but they are a perfect addition for entertaining during spring and summer evenings. This trend is one that is not anticipated to fade. Read the rest of this entry »

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Parker

Categories: Floorplans, News

The Parker floor planKeystone Custom Homes focuses on designing homes that are inviting, efficient and functional. With more than 44 communities in Northern Maryland and Central Pennsylvania, your family is sure to find the perfect fit in our wide selection of personalized floor plans. Open spaces, optional bedrooms and other family-friendly features place our home designs at the top of the list in residential satisfaction.

The Parker, a French Country-inspired floor plan, is available in several of our gorgeous communities and it offers Traditional, Heritage and Vintage elevations. Upon arriving at a home, prospective buyers will find a side load two-car garage and a comfortable covered porch, which is perfect for a relaxing solo or with family and friends. In the Traditional elevation dormers line the home and provide an elegant touch to the open windows of this floor plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Move-In Ready Home of the Week: Alvin’s Way

Categories: Floorplans, News, Quick Delivery Homes

Alvin's WayHere at Keystone Custom Homes, we want to ensure that prospective residents can attest to our top-notch living experience. To facilitate the move-in process, we offer quick delivery homes in each of our communities. The home of the week is located in Alvin’s Way, a private and established community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where only one home site remains.

The home at 760 Alvin’s Way, Gap, PA 17527 features four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Highlights of this design include front door side lights, dormers and a side load two-car garage. With a spacious back porch and ample natural light seeping through the windows in the kitchen, bedrooms and living space, each room is a peaceful escape for residents and guests. Priced at $374,912 and designed in the Augusta Traditional plan, this quick move-in home offers buyers a savings of $88,703 at its current price and is sure to be a great fit for your family. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Easter in Your Keystone Custom Home

Categories: Home Buyer Tips, News, Style and Design, Tips

Egg Hunt 2Looking to avoid the traffic and stay at home this Easter weekend? There are plenty of fun things to do with your family without having to leave the house. Egg coloring and hunting is a must, but the family fun does not have to stop there. From baking to games, there is a variety of things to bring the family together for Easter; here are just a few ideas:

If your teens are growing out of the traditional Easter egg hunt, turn it into a scavenger hunt. Find tough spots to hide the eggs throughout your home and create clues to guide them through it. Our spacious Ethan floor plan is perfect for this with a study, dining room, pantry, family room, kitchen and breakfast area, four bedrooms with walk-in closets, a two-car garage, and three bathrooms to use for hiding. Begin with an initial clue to give your teens such as “the first egg can be found at the table we all gather around.” Once they figure out this is the dining room, they will have to find the egg hidden in that room and read the clue that accompanies it. To make it more interesting, you can make a different scavenger hunt for each kid and have them end at the same place. Then, whoever gets to the end first gets the prize hidden there. Read the rest of this entry »