The Clarion: Faber's Newest Model Home

Introducing – the Clarion, Faber Builder’s newest flagship home plan, built with the space, amenities and needs of your family in mind! This brand-new floorplan can be seen at Rose Hill Estates, where it is the Model Home for this Churchville, New York, community. Our Clarion floorplan is the perfect fit for a family, with plenty of room to grow! Coming in at 3,264 square feet, this home boasts five bedrooms and three baths. With a three-car garage, there is no shortage of room for family vehicles and outdoor toys! A fireplace in the Great Room and floor-to-ceiling windows in the Dining Room add to the grandeur of this design.

Five Interior Design Trends of Spring 2020

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Spring is in full swing here in Rochester, with daylight getting longer each day, April rains causing the grass to sprout of new and green, and windows being thrown open to air out homes across the region. All the bright newness of spring, combined with many homeowners spending more time at home than ever these last few months, has many people itching to take up new projects in their home. After a little spring cleaning is out of the way and your home is ready for a 2020 facelift, here is five new trends in interior decorating, according to some of the industry experts:

Kitchen Cabinet Trends in 2018

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If you could dream up your ideal kitchen, what would it look like? What kind of cabinets would your kitchen feature? Would they be painted a glossy white? Or would you choose a dark stained wood? The way you design your kitchen cabinets can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen. Below are some of the top kitchen cabinet trends for 2018, many of which can be implemented when you build your new home with Faber Builders!

Bring on the Bolds! How to Use 2018’s Color of the Year in Your Home

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Do you need help revamping your home’s interior? At Faber Builders, we’ve got you covered by highlighting various color trends for 2018. Each year, paint manufactures name a color of the year that they feel will best represent the upcoming year. Color sets the tone for the way a home is decorated, and in our McMillon model in Queens Park, we incorporate some extravagant colors to help influence how guests will feel when they enter each room. Here are some of our tips on using top colors for 2018.

Optimizing Mudroom Space

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

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

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.

Back to School

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.

Decal Details

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.

Upcycling Furniture

Stop! Don’t throw that old furniture away! We’re about to list off some great tips on how to rehab that old dresser and make it new and functional again – no need to go buy something new when you can recreate something totally unique and beautiful. Convert a church pew into a headboard.

Upgrades that Pay Off

Building a home is a fun process. You get to pick each and every facet of your home from window placement to cabinet height to hardware colors. You’ll likely opt to upgrade some items in your home, such as vaulted ceilings or stone facings on the exterior of your home. There’s a lot of options, and with Faber Homes, the possibilities are endless, so what will you upgrade while you build, and what will you work on years down the road? It’s important to understand this distinction when you go to your preconstruction meeting, as there are certain upgrades that are easier done prior to the home being built and other upgrades that will immediately increase the value of your home. If you plan on moving in the next five to ten years, you’ll want to take your home’s resale value into consideration, so we’ve compiled a list of upgrades that will pay off at resale.

Battling the Paper Pileup

Bills. Coupons. Notes. Cards. Flyers. Junk. It all piles up quickly, and you add to it daily. That endless pile of paper cluttering up your counter space. It’s time to do something about it! Here are some tips to keep the paper mountain to a minimum—but remember, consistency is key with any organization tactic. Pick what works for you and stick to it daily. Sign up for online bill pay and email statements. You’d be surprised how much clutter you’ll eliminate with this. You’ll be nicer to the environment, too.

Feng Shui Tips

You’ve heard about Feng Shui, but is it legitimate? We think so – and in honor of Valentine’s Day (which is today, guys) we’ve assembled this list of our favorite Feng Shui tips to attract love and money (we can all use a little more of both, right?). To ensure supportive communication, it’s best to put at least the front legs of all furniture on a rug as opposed to around the rug. Also – try to keep some furniture away from the walls.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Decorations

You don’t want to be that house on the block that never decorates for holidays (and you probably also don’t want to be the “over the top” house, either). Valentine’s Day is just days away – so here are some quick DIY decorations sure to add some dazzle to your home. Garland. Grab some doilies (the bigger the better) from the craft box, ribbon and a red Sharpie. Fold the doilies in half and use double sided tape to adhere them to a long ribbon. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, grab some red craft paper and a paper punch to cut out small hearts, or simply draw red hearts on the doilies. Bam – simple, cute and quick!

Teen Bedroom Organization

If you have a teen, or know someone who does, you’re familiar with the inevitable disaster that is a teen’s bedroom. It’s the place they sleep, work, and play, so if you’re designing a space for your teen to live in, keep in mind some of these common problem areas and solutions. Does your teen dump dirty (and clean) clothes under the bed or in the closet? Try taking the closet door off and open up the space. It will help provide incentive to clean up as opposed to tossing items on the floor and shutting a door. Make sure there are adequate quantities of hangars and shelves for storing jeans, shoes and accessories.

New Kitchen Color Schemes

Whether it’s time for a kitchen overhaul or you’re in the process of designing your new kitchen with Faber Homes, there are so many options to choose from. We’ve pulled a list of popular color schemes from the DIY Network to help get the brainstorming going. Reclaimed wood with ruby-red metal. In this design, you’re combining a farmhouse wooded look with industrial metals. Pick a mixed-tone oak wood floor and pair it with stainless steel countertops or backsplashes. The contrast can be built into other areas of the kitchen space as well – consider a large refurbished wood kitchen table with red metal chairs and red metal table accents.

Kitchen Organization

It’s easy to have your kitchen cabinets get out of control. Each week you’re probably going grocery shopping and adding more to the mix, then the husband goes looking for something (or the kids do), and your organization method has gone out the window. Fool-proof that cabinet with some of these tips. Grab and go sacks are a lot easier when you prepare them in advance. This way, you have less little hands grabbing handfuls of pretzels, fruit snacks, or crackers. Find see-through baskets with handles and organize smaller items like snacks, dinner sides, pasta and sauces. Label the containers if you’re able, so there will be no excuses (less excuses?) for lack of organization.

New Tools for 2015

Cutting through the clutter at Home Depot and Lowes can be a tough task. There are so many tools and gadgets that make the job “easier” but it’s hard to know for sure what you’re getting. 2014 was a great year for product development so we’ve pulled together a list of tools and gadgets we think will help make your life easier, at a reasonable price. Dewalt Inspection Camera. This lifesaver runs around $300 and is perfect for wiring jobs and plumbing work, as the scope gives you a visual into your wall or tubes.

Winter Design Trends

Is there a room in your house that's screaming for a makeover? This winter, there are a few surprising colors that are trending - so perhaps consider trying one of these color schemes for your next redesign. Tangerine. Yep – tangerine! Try starting with an accent wall if you’re afraid it’s a little too bold. The happy, rich shade will certainly brighten the room and pair well with dark hues like blue-greens or indigo. Toss some other orange accents around the room (vases, wall mounted frames, chairs, etc.) and you’ll find yourself gravitating to the room due to its cheerfulness!

Best Winter Houseplants

Don’t feel like tending to outdoor winter plants this season? No worries. There’s plenty of flowering plants that do well in your home. Here are some of our favorites. Lavender. A famous plant and go-to herb for aromatherapy, soaps and other yummy things, lavender is one of the best indoor plants to grow in the winter. Lavender will grow from a seed if you wish to start from scratch, or you can pick up a young plant. Clearly, the benefit of a young plant is that you get to instantly enjoy the fragrance and pretty purple-blue flowers. You’ll want to place your lavender plant in your home’s sunniest window.