Decluttering Checklist

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Ready to start decluttering your home but don’t know where to start? Try this quick list: VHS movies, CDs and other outdated technology. Nostalgic, maybe. Clutter? Definitely. Either have these items converted into digital formats, or get rid of them. Old baby gear. Most cribs and car seats, for example, have expiration dates or dates the manufacturers recommend not using the item any longer for safety reasons. Wait for Babies R’ Us’ trade in events (twice per year) and get 25% off a new item, or, simply, take these items to a recycling center.

5 Tips to Achieve Kitchen Harmony

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Kitchens are usually the hub for excitement in our homes. Positive and sometimes negative. To ensure harmony, we’ve compiled this list of five tips on how to keep the peace within the family, by starting in the kitchen. Exchange the disliked chores. If your significant other’s least favorite kitchen task is emptying the dishwasher, do it before he or she has the chance. If taking out the trash is a dreaded daily task of yours, ask your significant other to do it instead. Change up job responsibilities and relieve a little pressure and anxiety. This way, the task will still be accomplished, but the person who hates doing that task won’t have to do it! I cook, you clean. If you always feel like you’re doing the dishes, perhaps instill this house law. Decide which days of the week each person will be responsible for cooking a meal, and then the other will automatically be responsible for doing the dishes.

Reasons to Move to Rochester

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Rachacha. The ROC. The Flour City. The Flower City. The Festival City. Known by many names, Rochester is also synonymous with beauty, welcoming residents, amazing eats and affordable living. Considering a move to Rochester in the near future? Perhaps the following with help your decision along. Let’s start with food, because who doesn’t love food. If you move to Rochester, we promise you’ll never go hungry! Yeah, we have all the chains, but if you’re a fan of breaking free from the regular spots, we invite you to feast on what we’ve coined as the “Garbage Plate.” It’s possible you’ve seen this plate of yum on popular television shows like Man Vs. Food. It’s far from fine-dining, so if that’s what you’re looking for, we suggest any of the following: Dinosaur BBQ, TRATA, Black & Blue, or Next Door.

Queen's Park - Now Accepting Lot Reservations

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Faber Homes Announces New Community Lot Presale Builder to Deliver First Homes in Queen’s Park this September ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Faber Homes will release the first nine lots in Section 1 of its new West Henrietta residential community, Queen’s Park, beginning today, Friday, February 19. This new development comes on the heels of the completion of Berkshire Park, Faber Homes’ largest residential community of over 480 homes, also located in West Henrietta. “We are thrilled to begin the construction phase of this beautiful new community in West Henrietta and provide our customers with their dream homes,” said Bernie Iacovangelo, President and CEO of Faber Homes. “The successes of our neighborhoods, especially Berkshire Park, fueled our decision to further invest in the community, and provide another neighborhood for homebuyers in Rochester.”

Renting Versus Buying or Building New

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Rent or buy. It’s a question many face, especially those millennials who are a few years out of college, perhaps even married with a child, yet still paying rent. Many wonder if the investment of a home is worth it. If the costs will justify themselves. We came across this great tool from Trulia that helps potential buyers see how much of a savings owning a home can provide, compared to renting an apartment or home. For example, for someone spending $1,000 per month renting an apartment who is looking for a home that costs $140,000, the costs result in a 27% savings of owning versus renting with a 30 year mortgage. The fact remains: you can save money while simultaneously building equity.

Optimizing Mudroom Space

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It’s the room in our home that sees the most traffic, and in many cases, the most clutter. We kick our shoes off, throw our bags down, and bring some of the outdoors, in. The mudroom gets its name for a reason! At Faber Homes, many of our floor plans allow for mudroom spaces to be enhanced, so below, we’ve provided some inspiration to get you thinking about how to maximize efficiency for your family, and avoid entry way chaos. Keep kids in mind. We all know how good kids are with organization. Not very. Things seem to pile up everywhere in their rooms, on the stairs, in the kitchen, and it always seems that they’re losing something; “Mom! Where’s my…” When designing spaces that children (and teens) have access to, consider making them as user-friendly as possible. Doors and drawers, while very beautiful in most cases, are a second step that they don’t want to take. Kids are more likely to hang their things on hooks, as opposed to opening a closet door, finding a hangar, and then finding space amidst the rest of the closet’s inventory.

Rose Quartz & Serenity Bathrooms

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We had so much fun talking about the new 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year last week with kitchens, that we decided to take a look at some do’s and don’ts for incorporating Rose Quartz and Serenity into bathroom designs. Once upon a time, vintage pink and blue subway tile bathrooms were all the rage (think: pink sinks, tubs, and toilets). While we can appreciate a well-designed pink tile bathroom, it takes a lot to make it work. That said, we believe this year’s Pantone colors make for the perfect inspiration for new bathroom themes and remodels. Here’s a few ideas on how to incorporate the colors into your design.

Rose Quartz & Serenity Kitchens

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At the end of the year, Pantone releases its colors of the year for the upcoming year, which usually leads to a slew of wardrobe changes, new products, but mostly – interior design themes. In the past we’ve seen Tangerine Tango, Emerald, and even Marsala take over and dictate new trends, but in 2016, we’re pretty excited about the new Pantone picks. Yes, picks, plural! This year is the first in which Pantone has selected two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. The subtle, soft hues of light pink and baby blue are much different than the bold colors of years past, making them a bit more versatile. Versatile how, you ask? We did a bit of research to find a few kitchens that fit into the Rose Quarts/Serenity color palette and detailed our favorites below.

First Time Homebuyer Seminar - January 2016

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If you've been searching for a home in Rochester but nothing you've seen suits your needs, we invite you to attend our first, First Time Homebuyer Seminar of 2016. Learn about the home building process, meet the Faber Homes sales team, explore flooring, cabinets and more at the Claridge Decorating Centre, and get pre-qualified for a mortgage with First Niagara Bank.

January 2016 Promotion

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Happy New Year! It was an exciting year for all of us at Faber Homes, and we're ready for what 2016 will bring. To start this New Year, we've decided to run a brand new promotion just for the month of January. For this month only, you can build our beautiful Liverpool model in any of our communities for $199,900. This is an extraordinary opportunity for families looking to add a bedroom and/or square footage. This beautiful, spacious model has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,500 square feet, the Liverpool model will cost only $79.96 per square foot, considerably less than comparable older homes in Rochester.

Interest Rates Expected to Rise in 2016

The federal funds rate, which has hovered near zero for the past many years, has just seen a slight bump this month. This signifies a step in the Federal Reserve’s long term plan of increasing interest rates on loans. While the increase is only one quarter of a percentage point, analysts are projecting 2016 to be a big year for rate increases, which will greatly impact the housing market. If you’ve just started to save money, or are entertaining the idea of purchasing a home in the next couple years, here are some facts regarding your current debts effective with these new changes:

Garden Center Savings!

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Nothing leaves a lasting impression like a first impression. So, what is someone’s first impression of your home? Now that the weather is a little cooler it's the perfect time to spruce up your homes curb appeal. Thinking about planting, seeding, or any other landscaping this fall? Check out the deals at Broccolo Garden Center first. From seeds to trees and everything in between Broccolo Garden Center has all of the necessary goods and services to transform your yard into a beautiful oasis. If you are just getting started their knowledge and recommendations are second to none. Even an experienced gardener can pick up tips and get inspired by creative planting schemes.

Back to School

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Ready or not – back to school season is upon us! In addition to those early morning alarms, your house will also soon welcome the paper piles, lunch prep and gym bags. It’s hard to keep up with it all, even if you’re blessed with a helpful child or teen (luck you!), and before you know it the holidays will be here. Yikes! So how can you get the family organized? Here are some tips.

Backyard Farms

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You’ve probably started to notice the price of eggs has risen substantially. This is due to the Avian flu, and the worst outbreak of it in nearly 30 years. According to recent reports, about 50 million chickens and turkeys have died or have been humanely euthanized in 15 states as the virus has continued to spread. Because of this outbreak, many families have begun turning to local farmers markets for their egg needs. If eggs are a main source of your family’s daily diet, you might consider purchasing from local farmers, or even investing in your own chicken coop!

Decal Details

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We’re always looking for ways to bring unique interior design techniques into our homes. One of the most recent finds we’ve stumbled on via HGTV, is the use of decals. Here are a few application techniques we love. Cabinet Door Decoration Remove the cabinet doors. If the glass panes are removable, take them out and lay them flat. Arrange the decals—these come in strips—on the front of the glass in a pattern you like, taping them down with painter’s tape. Apply the decals following the instructions on the packaging, removing the tape as you go. Cut away any excess around the glass edges with a crafts knife.

You Can't Kill it: Flowers

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We discussed perennials a couple weeks ago, but this week we’re focusing on annuals – for those of us who like to mix it up year after year. Zinnia You can find Zinnias in nearly any color (except blue), and in a variety of heights. They work well in pots, planters, or in the ground, and can be planted in direct sunlight.

You Can't Kill it: Trees

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You need them for shade and even perhaps privacy. They add a certain aesthetic to your home, and a little bit of personality… but you just haven’t been able to keep one alive long enough to enjoy these benefits. We’re talking about trees of course. So which ones can you plant that won’t require a ton of TLC? Here are a few to start with. American Hornbeam This low-maintenance tree thrives in the shade of other trees, so if your yard backs up to other trees or greenery, it’s a fabulous choice to lend some shade to your yard. The American Hornbeam has thin bark with a muscled appearance and maintains a beautiful look in the winter months. In the fall, leaf colors will turn to beautiful shads of yellow, red and orange. It will grow to about 20 feet tall by 40 feet wide.

You Can't Kill it: Perennials

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We left off last week with a list of our favorite shrubs that even if you tried very hard, you’d have a difficult time killing. To compliment your favorite shrub choice, we’ve compiled a list of some beautiful perennials that you will have a hard time destroying. Ostrich Fern Named after its appearance, which highly resembles the feathery tail of an ostrich, the Ostrich Fern spreads aggressively, making it perfect for spaces in need of ground cover.

You Can't Kill it: Shrubs

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Roses from your significant other. Potted plants from your mother. It doesn’t matter. You kill everything with your not-so-green-thumb. It’s OK, you’re not alone. That’s why this month, we’re featuring a series of blogs on plants you cannot kill (or at least you’ll have a hard time killing them). Don’t be “that house” on the street. Grab your gardening gloves and toss-around shoes. This week we’re featuring our favorite shrubs that you cannot kill.