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Monday, February 26, 2018

Builders Create St. Louis Area Communities

Builders Create St Louis Communities

St. Louis can thank area homebuilders for creating the communities that we want to live in today and in the future. Advances in community planning, design and construction are contributing to the creation of many fantastic new communities being developed around the St. Louis and St. Charles County area. A few great examples are the communities currently being built by local homebuilders Payne Family Homes and Fischer & Frichtel.

Payne Family Homes at Shady Creek

Homes at Shady Creek in O'Fallon

In O’Fallon, Missouri, local homebuilder Payne Family Homes is currently constructing Shady Creek. This neighborhood will be made up of beautiful ranch, 1.5 story and 2 story homes each with desirable 3-bay garages. But it’s the amenities that really contribute to making a community special.

Shady Creek Location

Location, location, location. Shady Creek is situated in the highly ranked and acclaimed Wentzville School district. Residents will have easy access to shopping at The Meadows Mall and The Shoppes at Hawk Ridge. Want to get places quickly? Highway N is close by and only minutes from Highways 70, 40/61 and 270.

Shady Creek swimming pool

Homeowners in Shady Creek will enjoy many community benefits without ever having to leave the neighborhood.  Residents will enjoy a community pool house, a swimming pool featuring a lazy river, fountains, lap lanes, and a water sports court. Great all-season amenities include walking trails with fitness stations, and two playgrounds. Want to learn more about Shady Creek? Contact The Boehmer Team.

Fischer & Frichtel at Brightleaf

In Wildwood, Missouri homebuilder Fischer & Frichtel is creating a lifestyle-oriented community called The Villages at Brightleaf. This master-planned community features four distinct villages, each with its own style of single-family homes in a variety of floor plans and price ranges. Residents will enjoy tree-lined streets with sidewalks on both sides of the street in a community designed with common areas and abundant green space.

The location is amazing. The Villages at Brightleaf is located at the corner of Highways 100 and 109, across from Wildwood Town Center in top-rated Rockwood School District. Homeowners can walk or bike over the new pedestrian bridge or crosswalk to the restaurants, boutiques, grocery store, movie theater, and fitness center at Wildwood Town Center. Miles of walking and biking trails lead to parks and trails, including Wildwood’s new Community Park and dog park. Playgrounds, picnic areas, equestrian trails and camping are just minutes away at Babler State Park and RockwoodsReservation.

Help With New Construction Home Purchases

While these gorgeous new communities being constructed in the greater St. Louis area are captivating, the process of purchasing a newly constructed home can be intimidating. Experts in new home purchasing, like The Boehmer Team, are here to make the process of purchasing a newly constructed home easy. Contact us today to learn more about the communities above or to purchase a newly constructed home anywhere in the St. Louis area. Or visit our New & Now page to see a list of recently completed new construction homes for sale.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Enhance Your Home With Lighting

The home design industry often focuses on the latest colors and design styles, but the lighting in a home has a profound effect on the appearance of all design choices. The right lighting will highlight a home’s architectural and design features, making a home feel more open and inviting. While poor lighting can change the look of colors and spaces in a home and diminishes an otherwise well decorated room. Whether you are planning to list a St. Louis or St. Charles County area home for sale, or just want to present your home in the best light, try these lighting tips to make your home look its best.

Audit the lighting in the rooms of your home.

Consider the amount of natural light in your home and if there is enough. Check to make sure artificial lighting fully illuminates the entire room. Discover if your current lighting casts any hues that change the appearance of your paint and fabric colors. The results of your audit will help determine where to make any adjustments necessary to improve the lighting in your home.

Let in natural light from the windows.

A natural build up of dirt and debris from wind and rain can block the light coming in. Give the windows a good scrub on both sides and rinse off the screens. Pull the curtains open wide and lift any blinds. You can even expand the appearance of the size of windows by extending curtain rods eight inches on either side of the window. This trick allows room for draperies while still letting in plenty of natural light. Don’t forget to look outside the window. If there is foliage blocking the window from outside the home, manicure the landscaping to reveal the windows.

Choose the right light fixtures.

If you love your current light fixtures, give them a good cleaning. But if they are outdated and older than you are, replace them. Choosing the right fixture depends on the room size and use. Large fixtures are great for making any space cozier. Small fixtures are great for hallways and smaller spaces. A great way to create ambience is with a combination of overhead lighting and two other lighting sources like lamps.
When choosing fixture color, go with a color that matches or compliments other design features in the home. For example, match the metal color on a kitchen light fixture to the metal color of the kitchen cabinet pulls. Also, clean or replace any dirty or damaged light switch plates.

Pick the right light bulbs.

Use the highest wattage light bulb you can as directed by the lighting manufacturer.  If you don’t like bright lighting in your home, install dimmer switches. This will allow for bright lighting when needed and energy-saving mood lighting when you want it. Softer lighting is OK for accent lights and wall sconces. Don’t forget to audit the hue of the light bulbs in your home. It’s OK if you prefer bulbs that are soft white or rose-tinted. Just be sure that you use the same color of light bulbs in all of the fixtures within the same room to avoid a chaotic look.

Choose feature-enhancing exterior lighting.

A current trend for home listing photos is a picture taken at dusk to show exterior home lighting. Even if you’re not having a dusk photo shoot of your home, exterior lighting choices can greatly affect the curb appeal. Potential homebuyers may drive by at any hour to check out your home and neighborhood. A well-lit home exterior is inviting to homebuyers and discourages burglars. Good exterior lighting will make your home and neighborhood appear safer. Speaking of safety, path lighting helps prevent tripping hazards as well and creates a welcoming impression.

Contact The Boehmer Team when you’re ready to list.

If the reason you want to improve the lighting of your home is to highlight its best features for a home sale, contact The Boehmer Team. We offer home staging advice and services that are proven to help sell homes for the most value. We also use professional photography to be sure a home listed with The Boehmer Team is always shown in the best possible light.