Fall Home Design Ideas

This year, the first of September felt as if it had ushered in fall, even if the season doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks. Until then, we can prepare for the coming cooler weather and changing colors by taking a look at fall design ideas for your new home. If you’re looking to imbue your new space with a touch of warmth inspired by fall trends, here are three design ideas to consider.

New Home Energy Efficiency

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When it comes to variety in weather, Rochester, New York, sees it all. From hot and humid ninety-degree days in the summer to windy subzero temps in the winter, Rochester homes need to be concerned with energy efficiency, no matter the season. Older homes tend to be drafty in the winter and leave much to be desired in keeping the house cool in the summer as well. When energy efficiency and economic savings are on your mind during the home buying process, building a new home might be a better option for you.

Rush-Henrietta Schools Rank High for Queens Park Residents

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With over half of summer having already slipped by and as little as three weeks before the start of the next school year, it’s that time of year when “school” starts to find its way back into most families’ conversation again. If the West side of the Rochester Area is the place you are looking to call home, and good schools are a big factor on your mind, Faber Builders is happy to point you to our communities near some of the best schools in the area. For instance, our Queens Park community is within the Rush-Henrietta School District, which has been ranked as the 11th Best School District in the Rochester Area, according to Niche.com. It excels in academics, dedicated teachers, and preparing students to succeed in college after graduation. Rush Henrietta ranks 13th in New York State as one of the best districts for student athletes as well.

A Roadmap to Homebuilding Success

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Deciding to build your next home is a big decision that may feel like a daunting task with lots unknowns to encounter along the way. Between looking for the right builders and deciding where you’d like to live, to choosing the best floorplan and features for your family, you may find yourself wishing homebuilding came with a roadmap. Here at Faber Builders, Inc., we pride ourselves in being able to make the homebuilding process as smooth and straight-forward as possible. With knowledgeable professionals to guide you along each step of the way, building a new home with Faber feels a little bit more like having a roadmap through the homebuying process. If you’re looking for more information detailing the whole process before you take that first step yourself, here are ten stops you can plan on taking along the way.

Moving Checklist

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Moving can feel overwhelming at first, but the good news is, you don't have to pack and sort everything the week that you move. As your new home is being constructed, you will want to start preparing for your move ahead of time - even if it is over a month away! This will help keep you more organized and less stressed as that closing date approaches and the moving date is set. To get started planning for your move, take a look at our Moving Checklist below. With a little planning ahead and pre-packing non-essentials, moving into your brand new home can be stress-free!

Building Vs. Buying - What's Right for You?

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As you begin looking at housing options it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the options. Where would you like to live? What is your budget? How many bedrooms, bathrooms, and floors does your house need to have? Another big question you will probably find yourself faced with, when looking to move, is whether you should build a new home or buy a preexisting one. The answer will affect how you make your decisions going forward, so it might be one of the very first questions you have to answer. While building a new home may sound like a daunting task, don’t be too quick to make the decision not to build. Below are five reasons building a new home might be right for you:

Why Buy New with Faber Builders?

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Buying a home is an exciting process with lots of choices to make along the way. Not only do you have to determine the location of your home, but also the type of product and the price point. Once you have nailed those answers, the next question is new versus resale. What can a new home by Faber Builders offer buyers that a resale home cannot? Below are the answers!

Pet Owner's Guide to Showing a House

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When you’ve made the decision to list your home, there are a number of things you will need to do to ensure your house is ready to be shown. For pet owners, the list is even longer, so we’ve collected a few tips to help you prepare your home for sale. Relocation or Boarding. We recommend not having your pets out and about in your home during showings, because you never know if you have a pet lover coming through your door. Imagine being fearful of dogs, and having one bombard you when you enter a home you’re considering making an offer on. You might think twice about making that offer. Also, if animals are loose in the home, there is always a risk of injury, therefore it is not a smart decision to allow pets to wander about the home when you are not present.

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.

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!

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.

Landscaping Mistakes

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It’s that time of year to get outside and landscape. You have an idea of what looks nice, but we all have that neighbor who went overboard. Don’t be that neighbor and take note of some of these landscaping mistakes. 1. Excessive lawn ornamentation. Need we say more? Stick to a theme and make sure those ornaments fit the rest of your landscaping design. If you must, sick to one statement, as opposed to ten (or more).

Low Maintenance Plants

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Even if there’s still snow on the ground, it’s still technically spring, so we are getting in the gardening mood here at Faber Homes! Whether you’re a new family with us, current resident, or thinking about building a new Faber Home, landscaping is probably on your checklist. Curb appeal is not only nice for passerbys, but everyone wants an attractive home on the (inside and) outside. You certainly don’t want to be “that house” with the overgrown, weed-infested lawn. Don’t have time for a full blown landscaping job this year? No worries. Here are some plants to start you out that are low maintenance and beautiful.

DIY: Walkways

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Faber Homes recommends waiting a couple years after moving into your brand new home before building patios or walkways in order to accommodate for settling. Once that time has passed, stones and other poured materials have a better chance of staying where you put them. So you’re ready to get started? Here is an easy how-to guide on assembling your new stone path.