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Spotlight on Keystone’s Quick Move-In Homes

Categories: News, Quick Delivery Homes

415 FarmviewBuyers looking for a new home to move into immediately need to look no further than Keystone Custom Homes. With a variety of award-winning floor plans, sizes, and styles, Keystone Custom Homes has new homes ready to be moved into in 44 communities across Central Pennsylvania and Northeast Maryland.

415 Farmview Drive. Leola, PA. The community of Anglesea, located in eastern Lancaster County, invites you to come and explore its beautiful landscaping and charming homes.  The Hamilton Vintage is a beautiful home priced at $299,912. This floor plan includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 2 car garage. Gorgeous hardwood flooring is featured throughout the first floor with plush carpet in the Family Room. The Family Room includes a Warren Gas fireplace with painted mantel, slate surround, and a black louvered front, and leads into the spacious kitchen. Also included on the first floor is a formal dining room and private study. The second floor boasts carpet with ceramic tiles in the bathrooms. All three bedrooms are located upstairs, including the Owner’s Suite with a Master Bath and walk-in closet. There is also a hall bath and a convenient laundry room on the second floor. Why not make this home yours today? Read the rest of this entry »

Get Some Bang for Your Buck with Delicious Labor Day BBQ Tips

Categories: Home Buyer Tips, Lifestyle

New homes in HarrisburgLabor Day is a great weekend to relax, enjoy the cooling weather and grill out in the backyard. Many people have events or dinners, but barbeques tend to be a popular choice. Let Keystone Custom Homes help you throw a successful weekend event with delicious barbeque recipes.

Barbeque doesn’t have to be limited to the traditional beef ribs. It can include everything from pork to beef to fish and even vegetables! Here are some ideas for entrees during your Labor Day cook out:

1. Traditional BBQ Beef Ribs are an easy and old school way to eat BBQ on the grill. The secret to cooking this thick slab of meat is indirect heat and patience. This will ensure thorough cooking and delicious flavor. Prepare a zesty and hearty BBQ sauce with onion, honey, ketchup, chili pepper, garlic and mustard, or buy a premade one at the store. Cook for about four hours and serve. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the KCH Team – Wendy Graham, Receptionist/HR Assistant

Categories: Meet the KCH Team
Wendy Graham

Wendy Graham

Say Hello to Wendy Graham, Receptionist/HR Assistant

Wendy has been working at Keystone Custom Homes for 15 years!

We asked Wendy a few questions…

Tell us something you do in this role that others may not realize you do.

I set up the Design Gallery appointments for our buyers.

What is your favorite part about working at Keystone? 

My favorite part about working at Keystone is that we can have a little fun while we work.

What do you see as a WOW feature of our homes?

I think the biggest “wow” feature is that we try to customize each home for our buyers so it is just the way they want it.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I crochet in almost every spare minute I have. It relaxes me. I do many crafty things, like make cards, etc. I have 4 kids who are all married, and have 4 grandchildren so far. I take care of my husband and my mother-in-law.

Stay tuned for more Meet the KCH Team posts!

For more information about our Chester County new homes, visit www.keystonecustomhome.com.

Keystone Custom Homes Supports Health and Wellness at New Communities

Categories: Lifestyle, News

Lancaster new homesAccording to a recent article on Realtor.com, the future of home building is wellness communities. What began with energy-efficient appliances has expanded to new home developments improving the health and well-being of their residents. Keystone Custom Homes’ walkable Castleton and Worthington communities do just that.

Priced from the $210,000s, Castleton is one of Keystone‘s traditional neighborhood communities in Marietta, Pa. These lovely homes take residents back to a time when life was simpler. Everyone knows their neighbors by name and having a glass of lemonade on the front porch is a common occurrence. Plus, the community provides a gathering place for neighbors to visit and endless walking trails. Castleton is also conveniently located close to both York and Lancaster and is just minutes from Route 30, making shopping, going to dinner, heading to the grocery store or hitting the gym even easier. To visit, call 717-368-0385. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the KCH Team – Lora Johnson, Director of HR

Categories: Meet the KCH Team, News
Lora Johnson

Lora Johnson

Keystone Custom Homes welcomes Lora Johnson, our new Director of Human Resources!

We asked Lora a few questions….

What is your favorite part about working at Keystone? 

My favorite part about working at Keystone is the people. There is obviously a very talented staff here as seen in the beautiful homes they build, not to mention the numerous awards. Everyone here is friendly and very helpful and it appears that they love what they do. I enjoyed the Life Study that I attended and was able to get to know some of the folks through that outlet.

Working in human resources, you get to interface with just about everyone, which I enjoy. HR performs many functions – it is a multi-faceted department where your days are never quite the same. My goal is to enhance the camaraderie, help build a positive, encouraging, constructive environment and ultimately make this one of PA’s “Great Places To Work!” I want everyone to be successful in what they do and I am here to assist. I read a book some years ago titled, “Jesus, Life Coach: Learn from the Best”. This is one of the quotes from the book I try to remember, “The secret to success can be found in the most successful man who ever lived, a man who  changed the world like no other.” I base my level of success on Him and not the world.

What do you see as a WOW feature of our homes?

I think the biggest “wow” feature in a Keystone Custom Home would have to be the luxury, Venetian bathrooms. I also love the gourmet kitchens.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

Most people wouldn’t know that I’m very competitive or that I play the guitar and sing. My daughter, Nicole and I led worship music at our church and she has a beautiful soloist voice which she uses to the glory of God. I have been in ministry as a pastor’s wife for over 20 years. I am also an avid horse lover and am the proud owner of an 18 year old Quarter Horse gelding named Benny. At one point in my life, I wanted to be a horse trainer and be in the barn all day working with horses. They are my passion. My other passions include being with my family, traveling and watching my son play basketball and now football. I am a very vocal mother in the audience and continually embarrass him.

My current favorite basketball team is the Golden State Warriors (Stephen Curry) and now I am a big Philadelphia Eagles fan because of Tim Tebow. If they drop him, well then I won’t be so much of a fan. It’s not that I think he’s a great quarterback, but I’m a fan because he walks the walk and talks the talk.

Stay tuned for more Meet the KCH Team posts!

For more information about our Lebanon County new homes, visit www.keystonecustomhome.com.

 

New Homes for Young Families

Categories: Home Buyer Tips, Lifestyle, New Community, News

Harford County HomeStarting a family can sometimes be stressful, especially if you are looking to buy a new home. It’s hard to find the best home that delivers everything you need for you and your family. However, buying a home for your family is a really exciting and fun process.

Realtor.com posted the article, “Got Kids? 4 Tips for a Family-Friendly House,” which discusses what to look for in a new home if you have a “new” family. There are many different custom options and design features you might want to have for your family, but some are a bit more useful over time. Let’s focus on size, practicality, safety, and location.

If you have young children, having enough room for play time is a priority. Having a spacious and open living room allows you to keep a careful eye on the kiddos while they have fun playing with their toys. Sometimes, an additional multi-purpose room is great to have as a child or parent. You can make the multi-purpose room into a play room, or you can make the room more relaxing for you and your spouse, while the kids take afternoon naps. Space is extremely important and takes a lot of consideration when buying a new home. Read the rest of this entry »

Keystone Custom Homes Announces Fab 4 Free Promotion

Categories: Home Sale!, News

Fab 4 FreeKeystone Custom Homes is excited to announce its Fab 4 Free promotion. Another first-class offering from central Pennsylvania’s largest independent builder, the Fab 4 Free promotion provides upgraded home features to those that purchase by August 31, 2015.

Buyers will receive these fab features:

1. Venetian bath with a soaking tub
2. Stainless steel appliances
3. Gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets
4. Granite countertops

With 44 communities throughout Lancaster, York, Adams, Montgomery, Cumberland, Dauphin, Berks, Chester and Lebanon Counties, as well as the Harrisburg area in Pennsylvania and Northeast Maryland, Keystone Custom Homes has plenty of opportunities for buyers to take advantage of this promotion. Read the rest of this entry »

Back to School Tips for Moms

Categories: Lifestyle, News

new homes in LancasterAs summer comes to a close, moms find themselves wondering how to make the transition easier. Back-to-school can certainly be a struggle for both parents and kids, especially if you just moved into a brand new home. Here are some tips to get your little ones back on track with supplies and yummy lunch treats to make back-to-school seem like a breeze.

Get a routine going quickly. The summer time is the perfect time to slack off and relax, but this downtime can make the transition a rough one. Start each morning with a strict routine; this will jump start your kids day in the right direction. The daily routine ensures a bright morning and a sleepy evening. Although it may be hard at first, they will be used to the routine after a few weeks and all will be in order.

Utilize tax-free shopping. One of the most important items on the back-to-school checklist is having proper school supplies. Eliminate excuses and create opportunities for your kids to succeed by supplying them with all the necessary school supplies at reasonable prices. Don’t wait too long, miss this opportunity and find yourself paying top dollar plus tax for supplies you could have bought at a bargain! Read the rest of this entry »

End of Summer Gardening with KCH

Categories: Lifestyle, News, Style and Design

You still have time to garden before the heat dies down at the end of summer. Although the heat index is usually at its highest in August, you’re still able to grow flowers, plants and vegetables before the fall season begins. Flowers and vegetables will be the highlight of your garden and provide a beautiful setting for the front of your home and your backyard.

The summer heat can destroy your garden in an instant, especially with the wrong plants in your garden. Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) has an abundance of articles relating to gardening tips for any season. In the article, “August Gardening Tips for the Northeast”, BHG recommends flowers and vegetables that can brighten your home and get you ready for the fall season. Black-eyed Susans and Threadleaf tickseed, flowers similar to daisies, are available in white, pink and yellow colors. Make sure to get rid of your old flowers so new ones can bloom in season. Read the rest of this entry »

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Ethan

Categories: Floorplans, News

The EthanKeystone Custom Homes offers state-of-the-art floor plans in over 44 communities throughout Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. One of Keystone’s most popular floor plans is the Ethan. Endless possibilities await you and your family with plenty of space to enjoy as you explore the stunning Ethan. Our Ethan model can be built in nearly every Keystone Custom Homes community, and is the perfect floor plan for you.

The Ethan features four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and two-car garage with additional storage spaces throughout the beautiful home. As you enter the foyer, a lovely formal dining room greets you on your left, perfect for holiday dinners, with a private study, great for a home office on your right. Walking past the hall leads you to the spacious family room that connects to the kitchen and bright breakfast area. Both are wonderful for keeping up with conversations and hosting guests. Also on the first floor is a convenient powder room. Down the hall from the powder room is a mudroom, leading to the garage and extra storage area. Once you have explored the entire first floor, take the stairs to the welcoming second floor. Read the rest of this entry »