F.or for more than two decades, the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s Festival of Homes tour has offered local home buyers a chance to spend a few weekends exploring new home builders’ offerings.
It is not a moment too early. In the event of interruptions in the supply chain and a restricted workforce caused by the pandemic, the earlier a decision to live, the better.
While local builders keep their models open year round, they often introduce new models and other amenities during the tour. This year local builders include Eddy Homes, Scarmazzi Homes, Wayne Homes, Infinity Custom Homes, Maronda Homes, RA Snoznik, Ryan Homes and Heartland Homes. Homes on Tour include everything from single story residential terraces to luxurious custom built homes.
Expect the models to be well staffed and enthusiastic about new building technology, design innovations and trends.
Also in this year’s lineup is Weaver Homes.
While most new home builders will tell you all the great perks of their products first, Kelly Dunn, vice president of sales and marketing at Weaver Homes, points out what sets their company apart.
“It’s our relationships,” she says. “We only use local suppliers and craftsmen. Our plumber, for example, has been with us for 38 years. ”
These long-standing relationships have kept the company’s workforce constant – and helped maintain a steady supply of products that enabled them to deliver home on schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic, she says.
“We are very lucky. We trust these relationships and can benefit from them in difficult times, ”she says.
Weaver models at three locations will be open for the Festival of Homes tours, which run October 16-17 and October 23-24.
The star of Weaver’s single-family homes will be the Ashton model in Hickory Glen. The homes are located in Butler County’s Mars Area School District and are on at least ½ an acre with building sizes ranging from 2,000 to 3,800 square feet. Prices start at $ 625,000.
“It’s a traditional home,” says Dunn. “One of the nice things is that you don’t have to pay for a lot of add-ons.”
The house price includes concrete driveway, ceramic tiles, parquet stairs to the second level, granite countertops in the kitchen and quartz in the bathrooms. For the first home builder, this makes decision-making easier, says Dunn.
The Ashton model also features a first floor study, shell ceilings, a finished basement, and a luxurious master bedroom suite.
With more people working and studying from home due to the pandemic, buyers are now looking for more flexible spaces, Dunn says.
“We even added more floor plans with two home offices, ”she says. “You can choose two on the ground floor or one on the main floor and one on the second floor.”
The community, which offers spacious apartments with master bedrooms on the first floor, also attracts a different type of buyer.
“We have a lot of retirees who are suitable for this house,” she says.
Lifestyle is also the focus at Heritage Crossings in Sarver, where the Canterbury and the Abbey models will be available for guided tours. The Canterbury model will also be on display at The Villas at Spring Valley in Zelienople.
House prices in these low maintenance communities start at $ 385,000 and $ 380,000, respectively. The designs are 1,718 to 1,816 square feet and have two to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Additional amenities include a vaulted ceiling, lever door handles, and ceiling fans. There is also a standard conservatory that is popular with both Dunn and buyers.
“I love the winter gardens. I’ve seen it in so many different ways, ”she says, adding that the space was used as a coffee bar, peloton training studio, and morning room.
Both communities offer a clubhouse with a swimming pool. Gardening and snow removal are carried out by the municipality for a monthly fee.
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