4 Benefits of Townhouse Living

There are many components to consider when you are buying a house. How much can you afford? How many square feet are you looking for? What type of house is right for you? Do you want a single-family home or a townhome? Many people opt to buy single-family homes over townhomes, but there are so many benefits of townhome living. Here are four benefits of townhouse living that will make you think differently about townhomes.

1. Low Maintenance
Like many of our Judd Builders’ communities, Siena Place, our townhome community, is virtually maintenance free! Because everything is built new, you won’t have to worry about major upkeep with your new townhome. Siena Place also has a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) that takes care of some of the maintenance for you, like lawn care and snow removal, so you’ll have more time to yourself rather than doing house chores.

2. Community
When you live in a townhome, you are part of a tight-knit community environment. Townhouse communities are always welcoming and there are plenty of neighbors to make friends with as well. On top of that, Siena Place, Judd’s townhome community, is located in Packer Park, South Philadelphia, where there are always events, museums, and more to enjoy with your friends, neighbors, and family.

3. Safety
Townhome communities are shared by many people, which makes it an extremely safe and secure environment. Everyone that lives in the community wants to keep it safe. Knowing that your neighbors are looking after you will make it easy to live comfortably without any fear of intrusion.

4. Nearby a Great City
At Siena Place, not only will you live in a safe, close-knit community, but you will also live near the great city of Philadelphia. Siena Place is located in the heart of Packer Park, which is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods. Enjoy the benefits of living close to the city by indulging in the exciting fusion of style, culture, and entertainment that Philadelphia has to offer. Browse popular boutiques on South Street or dine at many of the family restaurants. You can visit the nearby stadiums to cheer on your favorite sports team! Siena Place offers sophisticated townhouse living in a convenient location with so much to do nearby, taking city living to an exciting new level!

How to Create a Man Cave

Deemed to be born of out necessity, the Man Cave is the perfect getaway for the man of the house. When it comes to dealing with stress it seems that men tend to fare better when they have a place to go and withdraw from everyday life. Having a room you can escape to is not only great for your health, but it gives you a room to hang with the guys during poker night. Either way, like the Lady Lair, this type of personal refuge is achievable. So start planning and use these four tips to help create your ultimate Man Cave.

A Cave Concept
First you’ll have to think about what you want out of your Man Cave. It can differ for every man so pick what you prefer from a Man Cave. Do you want to watch sports with the guys, get a flat screen and build a small bar. What about poker night? Easy, set up a killer poker table to sit around along with an awesome stereo system to blast music from. You can use this space however you want, so think long and hard about your cave concept. Also, it’s fairly popular for Man Caves to have themes. From the classic sports bar to the noir themed theater choose the concept/theme that you’ll continue to enjoy in the future.

Pick a Statement Piece for the Room
Many Man Caves have a statement piece that sets the standard for the room. It becomes direct inspiration for the overall look and design of the room. Usually it’s something unique, like a jukebox or a piece of art. However, don’t be afraid to pick pieces like a pool or poker table. These can be just as interesting as a unique statement piece. Feel free to experiment by visualizing what would work best in your space and with your concept/theme. You’d be surprised how well a single piece of furniture can pull together a room and create the perfect atmosphere.

Decorate Your Cave But Add Personal Touches
After finding your statement piece and deciding on your cave concept it’s now time to decorate your Man Cave. It’s important to stay within the theme of your Man Cave so that the concept is fully achieved. However, don’t forget to add those personal touches when decorating your Man Cave. This is what will set you Man Cave apart from others as well as make it special for you.

Reap the Rewards of Your Man Cave
Once the decorating is done that means you can reap the rewards of you very own Man Cave. So sit back and enjoy your personal sanctuary. Whether your hanging with the guys or just watching the game, be sure to enjoy the space!

Kitchen Organizing Tips

Kitchens are one of the busiest places in a house. No matter how hard you try to keep it organized, it somehow still gets messy. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to keep your kitchen organized. Try out these quick tips to help you organize your kitchen and maximize your space.

Use Risers in Every Cabinet
Using risers in every cabinet will give you more surface space to stack and organize your dishes. This is a savvy way to maximize your space and keep you kitchen organized. By optimizing your space, you’ll be able to store more containers and keep track of where everything is located.

Use a Shower Caddy
Shower caddies can have multiple purposes other than storing shower supplies. Instead, use the shower caddy in your kitchen to store an array of items. Find a great place to hang your caddy and get creative about what your caddy will carry. Will you use it to store fresh produce or will you store recipe cards in it? You can choose whatever you want to store in it to help you stay organized!

Use Mason Jars as Storage
This idea is great for everyone who loves fun DIY projects. This craft is fairly easy to make and is quite charming. Once the project is complete, you can store all of your utensils inside. Or you could place flowers in the jars to brighten up the kitchen instead. If you’re interested in this DIY project, click here.

Use a Tension Rod Under the Sink
Many individuals store cleaning supplies and spray bottles in the cabinet under the sink. However, there is a way to maximize the space under the sink and keep it organized. Take a tension rod or shower rod and hang it in the cabinet under the sink. Then hang all of the spray bottles on it. By doing this you’ll create additional space to store other cleaning supplies that can’t hang from the kitchen rod.

Use Drawer Inserts
Drawer inserts are one of the best organizing tools to use to keep your kitchen clean. You can find drawer inserts at Bed Bath and Beyond or The Container Store. Organize your drawers accordingly and never question where anything is ever again!

Use Over the Sink Cutting Board
Although every Judd Builders home has ample amount of counter space, you can add more by using a sink cutting board, which is not only convenient when cutting up food, but it’s stylish as well! Not only do you get extra counter space by doing this, but any juices from cutting fruit or vegetables will drain straight to the sink, saving you from having to clean your counters. The best part about this organizing tip is that you can make it a fun DIY project if you’re interested! But if you aren’t a DIY type you can easily buy them here.

Exciting April Events in the Philadelphia Area

Celebrate April and welcome spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s best events. With a great lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the spectacular Philadelphia Science Festival to the performing arts, check out these must-do events this April!

Noises Off
March 13th – April 29th
Get ready for the comedic chaos within the smash hit play, Noises Off! This play follows a cast of performers getting ready for their Opening Night performance, which is just hours away. Stumbling through the dress rehearsal, it seems like things couldn’t get worse! With love triangles unraveling and lines being forgotten, can this cast pull their act together? This smash hit comedy is a must see! It’s full of surprises and fantastic humor that the New York Post says, “[it’s] the funniest farce ever written!” Make sure to buy your tickets to this hit play, which is performed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 7th – April 15th
2018 marks the 20th anniversary for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. You can enjoy citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race, and demonstrations of traditional Japanese dance and martial arts!

Ur Mom Is Funny
April 14th
If you’re looking for a good laugh, look no further! Make sure to get your tickets to the monthly competition where local comedians team up with their moms to see who can get the most laughs. This event takes place at the Good Good Comedy Theatre on 215 N 11th St Philadelphia. If you want a fun, quirky, comedy event to keep you entertained, check out Ur Mom Is Funny.

Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950
April 18th – September 3rd
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition of works of the leading artists in the Jazz Age. Witness the way art was altered during an era where there was great technological and social change. Make sure to look for the stunning works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence and more! For more information, click here. 

Philadelphia Science Festival
April 21st – April 28th
Returning this spring to educate, inspire, and engage the Philadelphia region is the Philadelphia Science Festival! This event is organized and led by The Franklin Institute, which has collaborated with 200 of the region’s premier science establishments. This festival offers hands-on events for kids and activities for adults to demonstrate the role science plays in everyday life! For more information, click here.

Penn Relays Carnival
April 26th – April 28th
Get pumped for the Penn Relays Carnival. Your weekend will be action-packed while you watch high school, college, and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field. This is the oldest and largest collegiate meet in the nation, with an average of one race every five minutes!

Philly Tech Week
April 27th – May 5th
Bringing together the best and brightest minds in the city, Philly Tech Week brings more than 25,000 business leaders and tech geeks together to participate in over 100 events. There are a variety of programs and workshops to choose from, which highlight and celebrate emerging trends and innovations. With a vast array of activities, there is bound to be something for everyone! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this April. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders’ luxury new home communities!

6 Tips to Help You Pick the Right Paint Color

Whether you are moving into your new home or you’ve decided it’s time to redecorate, it’s always a challenge to pick a paint color for any room. Do you stick with neutrals and keep it safe or do you go for a bold and daring color? Choosing a paint color doesn’t have to be that hard. Pick a paint color with ease with these six helpful tips!

1. Start by Finding Inspiration
Before you begin the process of picking the right paint color, you’ll want to gather a lot of inspiration! Get to know your personal style and start getting inspired by photos of decorated rooms with color palettes you love! Pinterest is usually a great place to start. Create a new board and begin your search to find anything that inspires you and your home design. Once you’ve compiled your inspiration, you’ll be able to look back and begin to see what colors and styles you are drawn to!

2. Pick Your Furniture First, Then Paint Color
Believe it or not, furniture plays a huge part in picking the right paint color. Which is why you should pick your furniture before picking a paint color! When it comes to painting, most people pick the color before they choose their furniture. However, neither way is wrong! Especially if you’re only planning on repainting a furnished room, rather than painting and decorating your brand new, new construction home!

3. Stick With Neutrals
It’s known that picking a neutral paint color is the safe choice. Don’t let that stop you from avoiding color all together though! Color can enhance and room even if you do stick with a neutral color scheme. However, if you want that bold pop of color go for it! Just make sure the surrounding environment and décor is neutral. You don’t want too many things competing with one another. In this case with paint color, it’s all about balance. For bold wall color inspiration, look no further than pinterest!

4. Test Your Color Choices
Most people tend to test paint colors before they commit to them by using the testers that store provides. However, many people forget to test the paint colors against the existing furniture or fabrics in the room, as well! You can easily test out colors against fabric and furniture by using paint chips, but if you are still undecided, you can test your color on a bigger scale. All you have to do is take a poster board and paint the color in question on the board. Once it’s dry, hold it against your furniture or hang on your wall to get a better idea of what the color will look like!

5. Pick the Right Sheen
Not only are there a multitude of paint colors to choose from, but there are also different sheens of paint to choose from as well! There is Flat, Flat Enamel, Eggshell Enamel, Satin Enamel, Semi-Gloss Enamel, and Hi-Gloss Enamel. They all sound fairly similar, but they are all different finishes with different looks. If you need any help with determining what sheen of paint you want, use this helpful guideline provided by Behr!

6. Have a Color Theme Throughout Your House
It’s easier to pick a paint color when you know what will look nice with the color theme you’ve created for your house. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to paint your house one color throughout, however all the colors you pick should blend well together. Think about how rooms open into one another or if they are closed off from one another. This can be a good guide for you when you choose your paint color. If your house has an open concept you’ll want to pick a color theme that blends well as you go room to room.

Fantastic Flourtown Events to Enjoy this April

Spring into April and prepare to make plenty of plans! Amazing events that you don’t want to miss are planned all month long! From celebrating Earth Day to the extremely beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, there’s bound to be something that your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this April near Flourtown!

Noises Off
March 13th – April 29th
Get ready for the comedic chaos within the smash hit play, Noises Off! This play follows a cast of performers getting ready for their Opening Night performance, which is just hours away. Stumbling through the dress rehearsal, it seems like things couldn’t get worse! With love triangles unraveling and lines being forgotten, can this cast pull their act together? This smash hit comedy is a must see! It’s full of surprises and fantastic humor that the New York Post says, “[it’s] the funniest farce ever written!” Make sure to buy your tickets to this hit play, which is performed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival
April 1st
Get ready for the 22nd annual Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival. Lining Germantown Avenue, more than 150 home and garden vendors, artists and craftsmen with gather and the streets will come alive with festivities! From 11AM to 5PM expect to enjoy live music, delicious food, and family-friendly arts and crafts! 

The Wild Duck
April 4th – April 29th
Get ready to watch the play The Wild Duck, an adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s classic, at the Sedgwick Theater located on 7137 Germantown Avenue. Don’t wait to buy your tickets to this thought-provoking show! The Wild Duck makes you question if the truth or money sets us free rather than the simple joys of life.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
April 7th and April 14th
Enjoy the beauty of Morris Arboretum’s cherry tree collection in bloom on both Saturday, April 7th and Saturday, April 14th. Not only will you get to experience the beauty, but you can also participate in traditional Japanese cultural activities as well! For more information, click here!

Clover Market Chestnut Hill
April 8th
The Clover Market is coming to Chestnut Hill this April! You’ll be able to browse all day long from 10AM to 4PM, in rain or shine. A bunch of hand-picked and unique vendors will gather to sell their amazing products. From handmade pottery to one-of-a-kind jewelry, you are sure to fall in love what every vendor has to offer! For more information and to check out the vendors, click here.

Kids Explore: Forest
April 14th
Let your kids climb over fallen trees, balance on rocks, and run through fields at Kids Explore: Forest. From 10AM to 12PM, the Wissahickon Environmental Center, located on 300 West Northwester Avenue, will let your kids be kids and explore the forest. This is for kids age 6-12 and registration is required. So if you think you child would absolutely love to explore the forest with Wissahickon Environmental Center staff, register now!

Ambler Earth Fest 2018
April 21st
Celebrate Earth Day with the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council at the Ambler Borough Hall, located on 131 Rosemary Avenue, from 10AM to 2PM. Many organizations that focus on environmental issues will have exhibits, tables, and interactive educational displays for everyone to learn and enjoy! There will even be fun activities for children at the event! For more information, click here!

Get in on the fun this April and clear your calendars! These events are a must-see, so call your friends and make your plans! You won’t be disappointed! And if you’re looking to move to the Flourtown area check out our amazing clubhouse community, The Reserve at Creekside.

Featured Community: Meadow View Farms

Looking for a new home in an amazing 55+ lifestyle community with the best amenities? Judd Builders has many wonderful planned communities to check out! Built in up and coming and sought after areas, all of our communities offer an array of conveniences including, the best shopping, nearby attractions, and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, especially Meadow View Farms.

Meadow View Farms is an active adult community that provides an engaging and carefree lifestyle for its residents. The integration of this community and historic Oley Township is seamless. It’s nestled amidst rolling hills and the fertile land of a historic farming community that grew into a small close-knit village. That close-knit village atmosphere continues in today’s modern Oley PA, making Meadow View Farms the perfect location for retirees to settle.

Located in Berks County, PA, Meadow View Farms offers the perfect setting for active seniors looking for a community where they can enjoy virtually maintenance free living. Conveniently located in Oley, you can admire the scenic views while appreciating the easy access to the Reading Metro area. When you live in Meadow View Farms, you won’t have to worry about spending your free time dealing with time consuming outdoor maintenance. Enjoy lawn care and snow removal when you pay a small a homeowner’s associate fee, which makes your carefree lifestyle possible. On top of that, you’ll also have access to the amazing clubhouse where you can host a birthday party, meet the grandkids for lunch, browse the Internet in the business center, and stay in shape at the fitness center!

Starting from the low $200s, these single-family homes are perfect for an active adult lifestyle. Meadow View Farms is also offering $22,500 in savings for a limited time (restrictions may apply), so if you’re interested don’t miss your chance and contact the sales consultant at 610-987-0422 for details!

Each home design is beautifully planned and built with the highest quality of materials and workmanship during construction. Meadow View Farms offers three models: The Brighton, The Chatham, and The Darien. Each model home design features 2-3 bedrooms, 2-3 baths, a luxurious owner’s suite, a gourmet kitchen, and spacious 2-car garage. Some homesites even have walkout basements! However, only a few homesites with walkout basements remain; so don’t miss your chance! There are also ranch homes available for individuals who prefer single-story living. These amazing homes built in the historic Oley Township are ideal for any couple looking for an active lifestyle community.

Meadow View Farms’ peaceful, yet convenient location makes it perfect for 55+ active adult living. Don’t miss your chance to live in the wonderful community and enjoy a carefree, satisfying lifestyle. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us! We would love to answer all of your questions!

Getting Organized for the Move: How to Prepare for Before & After the Move

Moving is a huge milestone for every homebuyer. It’s an exciting time for everyone; however, the moving process itself has a lot of steps that can feel unmanageable at times. Keep your move manageable with these helpful before and after tips!

 

Packing for the Move:

1. Determine Essentials
Organizing before you pack will pay dividends when you make the move to your new home. Decluttering while packing and determining what is essential will leave you with less stuff to unpack. We all tend to hang onto items longer than we should, so go through everything and determine what is essential to you and your family. Once you’ve figured out your essentials, make a list of how many helping hands are available and decide what size moving truck you’ll need.

2. Color-coordinate and Label
Nobody realizes how much stuff they have until they move. After you’ve determined your essentials, it’s time to start putting things into boxes and packing. Labeling things will definitely make your life easier when you go to unpack in your new home. However, you should also color-coordinate, as well as label your boxes. Designate a specific color for each room and mark or label as needed. When you go to unload everything, you’ll know where each box needs to go due to the bold color and specific labeling, making the process much more efficient and manageable.

3. Call Movers
No matter how hard you try, there will be some items that you cannot move yourself. Call professional movers to help assist with large and heavy items that you can’t move yourself. However, make sure to do your research on moving companies before you make your final decision on which company to trust with your belongings.

 

Unpacking after the Move:

1. Unload Boxes and Place in Appropriate Room
Before you unpack all your belongings you or the movers will have to unload all your belongings from the truck. If you color-coordinated and labeled your boxes this step will be easy! Make sure every box is placed in the appropriate room so that when you go to unpack everything that belongs in that room will be there!

2. Go Room by Room
The easiest way to unpack is to go room by room. Start with rooms that are essential to everyday living, like the kitchen, bathroom, or family room and branch out from there. This seems rather obvious, however, when you have a lot of helping hands things can get rather busy. If you color-coordinated and labeled everything before the move, unpacking will be easier too. Most likely, the boxes and furniture for each room will have made it to their respective locations due to prior organization. So, if you have a lot of friends and family helping, you’ll be able to unpack each room fairly quickly! Just make sure to focus on unpacking the bigger, more important items first and save the smaller items like clothes, trinkets, and décor for later!

3. Organize and Store
Once things start falling into place and you have most of your stuff unpacked, you can start organizing and storing the rest of your things accordingly. Have fun unpacking all the décor that makes your new house your home and feel at ease as you settle into your new home!

How to Ensure a Timeless Design

Just like you want your dream house built to last, you also want the design to last as well. Many homeowners strive to capture their personal style however; eventually they change up their home decor. You don’t have to keep redesigning your home. Here’s how to ensure a timeless design by following these four tips!

Don’t Follow Fads
It might be difficult nowadays with a barrage of images of the latest in design, but you’ll want to stay away from the popular design trends to ensure a timeless design. Most design fads go out of style, making any home design in those trends dated. To capture a timeless design, you’ll want to stick to classic looks. Classic designs are usually simple, but sophisticated and definitely not unconventional. However, if you really want to incorporate certain design trends you can. Keep the base of the house classic and experiment with decorations to incorporate the most recent trends.

Make it Functional
Before you start designing any room you should take a step back and think about the intended use. Then, design with purpose and functionality in mind. Think logically about the placement of furniture and your design is bound to be timeless. Most of the time less is more when it comes to functionality and timeless design. Don’t choose an oversized sofa or busy patterns and spaces, you want to balance the room with furniture that fits the room perfectly. Timeless design is usually scaled, proportioned, and sensible. It should not overpower a room or seem unimportant; the design should be functional and classic.

Design with Staying Power and Traditional Design Elements
Timeless design was not created to be temporary. However, if you’re looking to achieve timeless design make sure to design with staying power. Seek out design elements that have been considered classic or traditional, which were created to last. Timeless design is actually fairly easy to achieve. Traditional design elements like style, color, and natural architectural details will help the overall design feel timeless. Some traditional design elements consist of: Neutral colors, clean lines and shapes, and natural materials like wood, cotton, and stone. With all this in mind, aim for simplicity and elegance and you’ll be sure to capture a timeless design.

Choose Quality
Quality never goes out of style. One way to ensure a timeless design is to invest in high-quality products. That even includes building materials and finishes as well, something you won’t have to worry about when you partner with Judd Builders. Here at Judd, it is our goal to build your dream home by guiding and advising you through the entire building process. With our commitment to customer satisfaction we won’t just build you a house; we’ll build you a home.

Decorating Tips For Better Sleep

Most people nowadays struggle to get the appropriate amount of sleep at night. There are a lot of elements that can cause someone to lose sleep, but there is an easy way to fall and stay asleep. The best part is that can be as easy as changing your home decor. So here are four simple decorating tips that will help you get better sleep!

Paint Soothing Colors
Color has a direct affect on people. That’s why it’s important to paint your bedroom a soothing color. It’s best not to paint your bedroom a bright color that pops because these colors tend to keep you alert and distracted, making it harder for you to fall and stay asleep. Instead, opt for cooler colors like blues, greens, or neutrals. However, don’t feel discouraged from using bright colors as accents in your decor or artwork. Subtle touches won’t overpower the room and make it difficult to sleep.

Create a Sense of Balance
A sense of balance can do wonders for your sleep patterns. Make sure to have the same amount of space on each side of you bed. The equal space creates a soothing sense of spatial balance, making it easier to sleep because you feel safe and comfortable. It’s best not to push your bed up against a wall or else an energy imbalance may disrupt your sleep. Arrange your furniture so that your bedroom has the perfect feng shui to help you sleep better.

Clear the Clutter
Don’t clutter your bedroom with extra papers, bills, and receipts. Clear the clutter and keep your bedroom clean from the chaos of everyday life. Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so you should keep it that way. Too much clutter in a room can cause anxiety and uneasiness, causing you to lose much needed sleep. Instead decorate with items that you absolutely love and find another place for that pesky paperwork, like a home office!

Adjust Bright Lights
Lighting is important, however, if your lights are too bright you should try adjusting them to make them dimmer. A room that is dark or has soft lighting is easier to fall asleep in. There are many steps you can take to make sure that bright lighting won’t affect your sleep pattern in the future. You could always opt to add a dimmer to your light switches so you can adjust the lighting to your liking. You could also add liners to your drapery to prevent outside light from disrupting your sleep. Or you could easily just change the watt of all your light bulbs as well. Just make sure to attain a soothing, ambient soft light so that you get better sleep.

Bonus: Clean Sheets/Linens
Clean sheets are a big help when it comes to sleeping. The freshness and cleanliness of linens will help you fall and stay asleep. Try to change your sheets once a week to keep them clean and you sleeping better!