Delaware Communities

What Real Estate Agents Really Want First-Time Homebuyers to Know

Are you considering putting down roots and investing in a place of your own? Without question, buying a home is an exciting and life-changing moment – especially for first-timer buyers. It is also a complex process that can be wrought with confusion, anxiety and costly mistakes. How do you make a sound purchase and avoid common pitfalls?

Whether you’re looking at homes for sale in Wilmington, DE or other metropolitan areas, you can set yourself up for success with a bit of insider knowledge.

Here’s what expert real estate agents want everyone to know before they invest in their first home.

Get your finances in order

Before you begin the search for your dream home, it’s important to take a long, hard look at your finances and establish exactly how much home you can afford. It may be tempting to stretch beyond your economic means for that perfect space in the perfect neighborhood, but this strategy is a slippery slope in the long-run. There are several home buying calculators online that can help you determine a price range that is safely within your budget.

Get pre-qualified for a mortgage

Now that you are clear on what your fiscal limits are, it’s time to check your credit score to ensure you are in tip-top shape for getting a mortgage pre-approval. If there are any errors on your credit record, take the time to get them sorted out to optimize your rating. Your credit score, along with your assets, income and outstanding debts will be analyzed when applying for a home mortgage. Once you have a pre-approval letter that stipulates the loan amount and terms, you’re in a much better position when it comes time to make an offer.

Explore housing options, know what you want

The residential real estate market is literally brimming with choices. Think about what type of home and neighborhood fits your lifestyle, preferences and needs? Do you want a low-maintenance lifestyle associated with townhome living, or tons of yard space to create a garden? Take advantage of open houses, home showings and evaluate the pros and cons of each property you visit. Experts suggest researching local schools in the vicinity (even if you don’t have children), as this can impact home value.

Consider location, neighborhood and long-term value

Once you narrow down your prospects, take a good look at the location and the neighborhood. According to a recent poll by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), nearly 80 percent of home buyers value neighborhood quality more than square footage of the home itself. Another 58 percent of homebuyers think a manageable commute is more important than having a large yard. According to NAR surveys, more than half of millennials prefer living in walkable communities with short commutes, while older generations tend to gravitate toward single family homes in suburban areas.

Browse new communities in Wilmington, DE

Montchanin Builders to proud to offer a wide selection of affordable, new construction homes in Delaware. If you want to live in a pedestrian-centric neighborhood close to excellent schools, public transportation and other amenities, we welcome you to tour our beautiful communities including Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall.

Walkable communities in Delaware are in high demand for good reason. Discover the myriad benefits by scheduling a Montchanin Builders home tour today and ask about our special financing options for first-time buyers.

Additional Resources:

  1. NerdWallet, Tips for First-Time Homebuyers https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/tips-for-first-time-home-buyers
  2. Business Insider, 8 best pieces of advice for first-time homebuyers https://www.businessinsider.com/realtor-and-investor-gives-best-advice-for-first-time-homebuyers-2017-12
  3. Realtor.com, Steps for the First Time Home Buyer https://www.realtor.com/advice/guides/first-time-home-buyer/
  4. InsideSources, Walkable Cities Are Where People Want to Live, and Spend https://www.insidesources.com/walkable-cities-are-where-people-want-to-live-and-spend/
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Why the End of the Year is a Great Time to Buy a Home

As fall inches toward winter and thoughts turn toward the holidays, savvy house searchers are browsing the houses for sale in Claymont, DE. There is a handful of reasons why the end of the year is a great time to buy a home. During the winter holidays, it tends to be more affordable, more convenient, and more practical to buy a home and move into it. Here’s a closer look at why you should set aside some time to hunt for your new home.

The end of the year is a buyer’s market.

It’s no secret that most people move in the summer. Starting in the spring, the competition among home buyers starts heating up, and this increase in demand drives housing prices upward. This is why financial experts generally agree that it makes more fiscal sense to purchase a house in December, when housing prices typically drop.

Less competition for attractive homes for sale in Wilmington.

Because there are more buyers hunting for homes, there’s far more competition for the most attractive homes in the summer. Bidding wars are great for sellers, but not good for buyers. If you wait until summer to buy your home, you just might find yourself ensnared in a bidding war. And even if you manage to sidestep bidding wars, it’s still frustrating to deal with the competition in the summer. Other buyers might snap up the house you want right when you’ve made the decision to make an offer.

It’s typically easier to book moving companies.

Buying a new home and going through closing is only part of the transition in this major life event. You’ll also need to pack everything up and move your household. If you buy a home at the end of the year, you’ll usually find it easy to book a reputable moving company. Since moving companies have less work during the winter, they may lower their rates to entice customers.

You can snap up bargains to furnish your home.

One of the most fun aspects of buying a house is furnishing it to reflect your personal decorating style. If you’re purchasing a home toward the end of the year, you can take advantage of all of those great sales on home furnishings, décor items, and kitchenware. Additionally, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get organized. That’s why you’ll typically see organizing systems, baskets, and bins on sale during this time of year. Take advantage of the bargains to organize your new home to fit your family’s lifestyle.

You can find year-round special financing deals in Delaware.

Even though winter is a fantastic time to buy a house, some builders can be counted on to offer great deals and special financing offers year-round. Montchanin Builders is a trusted company that designs walkable, neighborly communities with beautiful, functional homes. Schedule a tour today to check out our homes for sale in Wilmington, DE. Just one visit to Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall, and you’ll see for yourself why so many home buyers have chosen Montchanin Builders. Call us at 302.472.7212 today, and be sure to ask us about special financing!

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. The Motley Fool, When’s the Best Time to Buy a House? https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/05/31/whens-the-best-time-to-buy-a-house.aspx
  2. The Balance, The Best Time to Buy a House, https://www.thebalance.com/when-is-the-best-time-to-buy-a-home-1798329

5 Incredible Health Benefits of Walking Every Day

walking for healthWalking is an excellent form of exercise, one that can help you reach your fitness goals. This low-impact movement is the preferred cardiovascular activity for people with ankle, knee and back problems, and can be done for longer periods of time without placing added stress on the body.

Taking a brisk daily stroll is one of the easiest things you can do for your mental and physical health, say medical experts, who cite amazing health benefits such as lowering risk of chronic diseases. In fact, one purposeful 30-minute walk a day is sufficient to reduce the risk of early death by up to 15%, according to scientific studies.

If this isn’t motivation enough to get up and get moving, consider these 5 health benefits of walking every day.

Lowers blood pressure and risk of stroke

Incorporating a brisk jaunt into your daily routine helps to regulate blood pressure and can treat hypertension. According to joint study at the University of Boulder Colorado and the University of Tennessee, blood pressure in patients was lowered by up to 11 points with regular walking, thereby lowering risk of stroke as much as 40%.

Reduces breast cancer risk

Research by the American Cancer Society demonstrated that women who walked an hour each day ( at least 7 hours per week) had a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who walked less than 3 hours a week.

Boosts the immune system

Protect yourself during flu season with a daily walk, which helps boost the immune system keeping sickness at bay. In one study involving 1,000 participants, those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, five times a week had almost 45% fewer sick days than those who did not.

Revs up metabolism, helping you shed weight

Trying to reach a weight-loss goal but don’t have time to hit the gym? Regular walking – such as to and from work or your neighborhood park can boost the body’s metabolism and insulin response, which will help you burn fat and lose weight.

Reduces stress and boost creativity

It’s no secret that physical activity gets the creative juices flowing, and walking is no exception. Taking in fresh air with a quick walk provides an opportunity to clear the mind of common stressors. Research on how exercise relieves anxiety has shown that a 10-minute walk can be just as effective at lifting your mood as a 45-minute workout.

Walkable communities in Delaware

There’s no need to haul yourself to the gym when you live in a pedestrian-friendly area — a neighborhood that is conducive to and encourages walking. Prior research has shown that walkable mixed-use cities and neighborhoods are strongly tied to reduced rates of chronic disease and obesity. Imagine living in a community where you’re not car dependent and can walk to your local café, grocery store and favorite restaurant when the urge strikes.

Walkable Delaware communities like Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall encourage residents to get outside, spend more time together and develop social bonds. Living in a walkable community fosters interaction across multiple generations, while strengthening a sense of community pride.

Residents in master-planned neighborhoods created by the innovators at Montchanin Builders have a greater sense of camaraderie while enjoying the numerous health benefits of being able to walk to and from retail establishments, their local playground and other points of interest.

Wondering where to live in Delaware?

Ample studies have established the positive impacts that walkable neighborhoods have on everything from physical and mental health to lower crime rates and housing values. Boasting lush green spaces and beautiful ranch homes close to shopping, dining and entertainment, Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall are some of the best walkable communities in Delaware.

Call Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212 to arrange a private home tour today!

Additional Resources on Health Benefits of Walking: 

  1. Curejoy.com, 13 Amazing Health Benefits Of Walking Every Day https://www.curejoy.com/content/benefits-of-walking/
  2. Mayo Clinic, Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261
  3. Harvard Health. 5 surprising benefits of walking https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-surprising-benefits-of-walking
  4. Prevention, Benefits of Walking https://www.prevention.com/fitness/a20485587/benefits-from-walking-every-day/

New Year. New Community. New Home. New Designs!

Montchanin Builders in Delaware is ringing in the New Year by introducing new homes and a new community! We’re excited by all of the upcoming projects slated for 2018, including the opening of our brand-new community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Homesites are going quickly, so take advantage of this incredible opportunity while it lasts!

The Overlook at Rockford Falls

The Overlook at Rockford Falls community is built by Montchanin Builders, and there’s already plenty of buzz about its beautiful, nature-inspired elements and luxurious townhomes. It’s an exclusive neighborhood, with just 32 homes. When you move here, you’ll fall in love with the nature trails, and easy access to state park land. Plus, it’s within walking distance to many popular attractions around Rockford Park—including the Delaware Art Museum. Choose a homesite that overlooks Brandywine Creek, and the perfect picnic spot will be practically in your backyard.

The first two homes are currently under construction, and a decorated model is coming soon!

The Albin: A one-of-a-kind dream home could be yours

One of the homes you can choose from in Middletown is The Albin at 2004 Apex Close. It’s an impressive and charming bungalow design that features over 2,486 square feet of living space all on one convenient level. The finished lower level adds more than 1,000 square feet of additional living space, where you can walk out directly to your beautifully landscaped, wooded lot.

With soaring 10-foot ceilings, four bedrooms, and four full baths, this home is a must see. Relax on a full front porch and back porch from which to enjoy the beautiful Delaware seasons.

New home designs!

Darley Green Manor Homes

 

2018 is definitely shaping up to be a busy year for us. In addition to opening our new community near Rockford Park, Montchanin Builders is pleased to introduce new home designs! We’re hard at work finalizing the floor plans, features, and pricing. New townhome designs for our highly sought-after Darley Green community will feature three stories, with living spaces ranging from 2,200 square ft. to 2,500 square ft.

Join our VIP list and be the first to learn about the new details as they’re finalized!

These beautiful new homes will offer three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, plus a spacious two-car garage. You can expect the same premium features that Montchanin Builders is known for—including gourmet kitchens, designer flooring, upgrades appliances, elegant fixtures, and plenty of well-designed storage space.

We make it easy to join a Montchanin Builders community

Our new homes sell quickly, so call Montchanin Builders today at 302.472.7212 or fill out the quick contact form on our website. We invite you to take your time touring our communities in Delaware: Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Once you’ve fallen in love with our luxuriously appointed homes, modern floor plans, and friendly, walkable neighborhoods, ask us about our preferred financing partner, Supreme Lending.

Why Today’s Home Buyers Are Attracted to Planned Communities

Today’s home buyers want more than the American dream of a tidy house with a white picket fence. To accommodate their busy lifestyles—and help them get the most out of their rest and relaxation time—modern home buyers demand convenience, amenities, uniform infrastructure, and wide open spaces. It seems impossible to accommodate all of these must-haves in one location, but that’s exactly what builders of master planned communities in Delaware have accomplished.

The true spirit of community

People who purchase homes in planned communities tend to share the same basic values in life, including the firm commitment to true neighborliness. The days of borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor might be long past, but master planned communities are still close-knit places where neighbors look after each other.

The proximity to major traffic routes

A planned community is like its own little town. Residents have the tranquil experience of neighborhood living, but with easy access to major attractions nearby. Planned communities are typically located within minutes of commuter trains and major roadways, allowing residents to easily commute to work. Families can also take advantage of the attractions in the nearby major cities, like concerts, theaters, and museums.

The convenience of city living, with the perks of the suburbs

Today’s planned neighborhoods are true communities in every sense of the word, with neighborhood shops and other amenities within walking distance. Modern home buyers love the peace and relaxation of being away from the city, but they still want the amenities that city life brings. Planned communities are the perfect marriage of these two ideals.

Within their own neighborhoods, families can walk their kids to the primary care physician, enjoy a cup of coffee at the corner deli, and head out for an evening stroll along the nature trails. All of these perks—and more—can be found in the most highly coveted planned neighborhoods.

Stable home value

Another compelling reason behind the planned community trend is the effect it has on home values. No matter how carefully a homeowner maintains the property, that house’s value is affected by the neighbors’ homes. If a neighbor decides to subdivide a lot and put a mobile home on it, the value of the nearby houses will decline. This is a common problem that planned communities eliminate. Since the lots are developed according to a master plan, and the use of the lots is regulated, homeowners never have to worry about the value of their property decreasing because of a neighbor’s choices.

Why modern home buyers choose Montchanin Builders

Montchanin Builders is proud to have been the innovator behind some of the most highly coveted addresses in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Our masterfully planned communities include Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Aside from our beautiful, move-in ready homes, home buyers choose Montchanin Builders because of the incredible amenities of our communities. From nature trails and water features to shopping and entertainment, our neighborhoods are walkable masterpieces. Homes in our communities in Delaware sell fast, so call us today at (302) 472-7212.

Read further about the benefits of planned communities:

  1. Houston Chronicle, Master-planned communities hold allure for many, http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Master-planned-communities-hold-allure-for-many-5444076.php
  2. American Planning Association, Characteristics and Guidelines of Great Neighborhoods, https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/characteristics.htm

Montchanin Builders Receive Prestigious Awards

Montchanin Builders is committed to enriching the lives of Delaware residents by creating beautiful places to live, work and play. Boasting more than six decades of combined experience, we are proud to lend our names to Delaware’s most innovative residential communities that feature the best in craftsmanship, design and lifestyle amenities. From the master-planned development of Darley Green to the more recent Town of Whitehall, our team is dedicated to creating homes and neighborhoods where life’s most cherished memories are made.

We take great pride in building amazing, affordable family home communities that feature space-creative interiors, inviting floorplans and the flexibility to customize according to  taste. And every now and again, our hard work and quality workmanship is recognized by more than just our homeowners.

This year, Montchanin Builders received two Regal Awards presented by the Home Builders Association of Delaware — a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In addition, Montchanin was also the recipient of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Maryland Award of Excellence for Outstanding Merchandising and a recipient of the Great American Living Awards (GALA) Award of Merit in Interior Design and Merchandising.
   

Salisbury Wins for Best Luxury Community Home

The Town of Whitehall, one of Montchanin Builders newest communities, has already garnered lots of positive press for its wonderful “hometown” ambience, lavish estate homes and walkability. Montchanin’s 3,800-plus square foot Salisbury (our flagship model) won the Regal Award in Celebration of Excellence for Best Luxury Community Home. The Salisbury features spacious interiors that were made for raising a family and entertaining with style. This exquisite 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home has a gourmet kitchen, two-car garage and a sweeping master bedroom suite with walk-in closet. Like other homes in this forward-thinking development, the Salisbury is in walking distance to shopping, restaurants, parks and other points of interest.

In regard to their efforts on the Salisbury model, Montchanin also received the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Maryland Award of Excellence for Outstanding Merchandising.

Carlyle Wins for Best Multi-Family Home

The Carlyle – a three-story townhome in Darley Green— was presented with the Home Builders Association of Delaware 2017 Regal Award for Best Multi-Family Home. This stylish residence has three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and up to 2,100 square feet of finished living space. The family-centric model features an open floor plan with space expanding features like a recreation room and an optional loft.

Darley Green is Montchanin’s prized master-planned community, ideally situated just 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington in the highly desirable Brandywine School District. Darley Green’s new construction homes are within close proximity to varied dining and recreation options, and feature retail establishments, trails and a state-of-the-art library on site.

If you’d like a firsthand look at Montchanin’s Regal Award winners or want to learn more about our exciting Delaware communities, we invite you to contact our sales team today and arrange a private home tour!

Amenities Offered at Montchanin Builders’ Communities

As veteran homebuilders in Delaware, Montchanin Builders understand the value of stand-out amenities in their new home communities in Delaware. Whether it’s a state-of-the-art library, pedestrian-friendly paths to local shops and cafes, or access to award-winning schools, these types of inviting features are what make each development unique.

If you are house hunting in Delaware, here are a few compelling reasons to check out the master-planned communities of Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall. Both were designed with one thing in mind: to create a more enjoyable, more convenient and more family-centric place to live, work and play.

Located in excellent school districts

Most growing families prefer to reside in an area where their children will have a competitive advantage in education. Located in the heart of Claymont’s Renaissance District, just 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington, Darley Green offers access to some of the region’s best educational offerings, including the prestigious Archmere Academy, a private co-ed college prep school for grades 9-12. Renowned for its rigorous academics and thriving music program, Archmere is just across the street from the beautiful townhomes of Darley Green. There are other excellent schools in the local vicinity, including Wilmington Montessori, Claymont Elementary, Talley Middle School and Brandywine High School, giving parents numerous options for ensuring their children have a first-rate education. When science fair season rolls around, kids and their parents can avail themselves of the well-equipped Claymont Library, just steps from their door.

If being in a great school district plays a key role in your home purchase, consider The Town of Whitehall, located in the esteemed Appoquinimink School District. The district is home to Appoquinimink High and Middletown High, which recently garnered accolades as the best schools in Delaware, according to U.S. News & World Report. Also worth mentioning is that homes in good school districts historically hold their value, even in sluggish economies. Moreover, this highly walkable community will soon be home to its very own elementary school, which is slated to be completed in the upcoming year.

Nearby recreational amenities

The communities of Montchanin Builders also feature walking paths, nature trails and easy access to the kinds of amenities that transform a collection of homes into a tightly-knit neighborhood – a place where a stroll down the street will take you to school, to the library or to the playground. Mixed use buildings are incorporated throughout these new home developments, meaning residents can ride their bikes or walk to their neighborhood cafe or favorite shop.  Although you won’t find a communal swimming pool or fancy clubhouse in Darley Green or The Town of Whitehall, you also won’t be paying extra fees for their ongoing maintenance.

Instead, you will find nearby amenities that encourage a healthy, more active lifestyle. For instance, Darley Green is a short stroll from the beautiful Woodshaven Kruse Park, as well as several swim clubs and baseball fields. Kids will be raring to go outside and play!

For an amazing family outing, The Town of Whitehall boasts miles of gorgeous bike trails, with scenic loops along the C&D canal, and a longer path to Lums Pond State Park. Modeled after some of our nation’s most treasured “old fashioned” neighborhoods, Whitehall boasts communal gathering areas for seasonal events, and has on-site retail establishments and shops, making this an incredibly pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

New home communities in Delaware

To learn more about the exciting amenities offered at Montchanin Builders’ new home communities in Delaware, or to schedule a home tour at Darley Green or The Town of Whitehall, please call our sales office today. We are looking forward to turning your homeownership dreams into reality!

Mapleton Village: Reinventing the Concept of Community

kitchenToday’s modern family demands something better and no neighborhood breaks the mold quite like Mapleton Village in The Town of Whitehall. Located in peaceful Middletown, Delaware, The Town of Whitehall flawlessly combines modern convenience and amenities with old-fashioned neighborhood pride and fellowship.

Coming home to Mapleton

Mapleton Village is a planned neighborhood offering many amenities all within walking distance. When you come home to The Town of Whitehall, you’ll enter your private cul-de-sac and wave a friendly hello to your neighbors. Perhaps you’ll go around back to take in the breathtaking views of wide open, green spaces or the community pond. On lazy weekends, you could take your family to Mapleton Square—the gathering space for the neighborhood—where you can enjoy informal and planned community gatherings, including concerts and picnics.

Stroll through this walkable community with your family to spend some time on the playgrounds, nature trails, or parks. Do a little window shopping the community’s shops and order some delectable dishes at the restaurants in Mapleton Village. All of this and more is at your fingertips when you come home to The Town of Whitehall.

Although Mapleton Village is ensconced within a cozy, tight-knit community that embodies an old-time ambience, it’s just a quick drive away from top destinations in Wilmington and Dover, DE. When the weather turns sunny and clear, take a short, 60-minute drive to fabulous beaches. In the fall of 2018, you can look forward to enrolling your kids in the newly built Whitehall Elementary School, which is conveniently located within The Town of Whitehall. It’s part of the award-winning Appoquinimink School District. Fairview Campus Middle and High School are slated for grand openings in 2020.

You’re invited to join The Founder’s Circle

The homes in Mapleton Village will be sold quickly due to high demand by eager buyers, but this isn’t the only reason to get your foot in the door NOW. Contact Montchanin Builders now to get pre-construction pricing and join The Founder’s Circle. This unique designation for founding homeowners lets your family establish roots in the community for the benefit of future generations.

Uncompromising craftsmanship

There are so many reasons to join Mapleton Village in The Town of Whitehall, but here’s one more: The homes themselves. Montchanin Builders maintains an enduring commitment to unparalleled craftsmanship and superior building materials. Our distinctive homes embody both luxury and character, and are designed in a flexible way to meet the functional needs of every family—from empty nesters to multi-generational families. With 10′ high ceilings, well-appointed gourmet kitchens, first floor owner’s suites, and so much more, you’ll fall in love with your new home as soon as you cross the threshold.

Houses in Mapleton Village and throughout The Town of Whitehall are being snatched up quickly by eager buyers. If you’d like to raise your family in a close-knit community with all the wide open spaces you could want, you’ll need to act quickly. Connect with us through our website or by calling today.

Additional “Mapleton Village” resources

  1. Delaware Today, Experience Luxury Living in a New, Groundbreaking Community, http://www.delawaretoday.com/Sponsored-Content/Experience-Luxury-Living-in-a-New-Groundbreaking-Community/
  2. Dover Post, Town of Whitehall gears up for home sales, unveiling of new square, http://www.doverpost.com/article/20150925/news/150929840

What Sets Montchanin Builders Apart

buying a new home in delaware

If you’re ready to achieve the American Dream of homeownership, then you should know about must-see homes for sale in Delaware communities. The Town of Whitehall in Middletown, Delaware is the perfect marriage of modern convenience and charm. Nestled on the south banks of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Whitehall is a walkable, family-friendly community with single family and custom-built homes —all within the award-winning Appoquinimink School District. Another popular and affordable choice is Darley Green in North Wilmington, Delaware, which redefines the concept of a neighborly community. Here, you’ll find masterfully integrated gathering places, wide open spaces, impeccable landscaping, and of course, towns, twins and condominiums for sale in Delaware.

Working with Montchanin Builders

The Town of Whitehall and Darley Green are both inspirations by Montchanin Builders—a home builder unlike any other. Here at Montchanin Builders, we have an enduring commitment to quality craftsmanship in all that we do. Families who buy our homes for sale in Delaware do so because of our open concept floor plans, and unique features that add character to every home we build. Spacious owner’s suites, upstairs activity rooms, sweeping covered porches, flex rooms, gourmet kitchens, are just a few of our exclusive features. When you choose Montchanin Builders, we’ll walk you through your personal design choices to ensure your new home is exactly the way you want it. Our design experts are dedicated to bringing you the best in functionality and  design.

But as innovative and inspiring as our home designs are, they’re only part of why so many homeowners are proud to call our communities their home. We don’t just build homes; we develop close-knit, friendly neighborhoods. Our walkable neighborhoods feature nature trails, parks, and playgrounds. Take a stroll down to a neighborhood eatery or enjoy a little people-watching at the neighborhood coffee shop.

Get your move-in ready home

If you think all this sounds too good to be true, we’re just getting started. For a limited time, you can get $15,000 toward your new Darley Green home*. Montchanin Builders has also partnered with one of the most respected mortgage originators in the country—Supreme Lending. Our partner has an unparalleled reputation for customer satisfaction, not to mention the very affordable interest rates and mortgage programs available.

At Montchanin Builders, it’s important to us that you have all the information you need to make a smart decision for your family. We cordially invite you to tour our beautiful communities of Darley Green, and The Town of Whitehall. Pore over our premier floor plans, explore our custom options, and have a chat with our financing expert from Supreme Lending. Call today and experience the Montchanin Builders difference for yourself.

Additional “homes for sale in Delaware” resources

  1. Appoquinimink School District, http://apposchooldistrict.com/
  2. Darley Green, http://www.darleygreen.com/
  3. The Town of Whitehall, http://whitehallde.com/

Why Buyers and Builders Have Fallen In Love With Open Floor Plans

living room kitchen designOpen floorplans have steadily risen in popularity since the 1990s to become the predominant trend in building. This type of layout features interconnected kitchens, living, and dining rooms that flow without obstruction from dividing walls or doorframes.

On the popular home renovation and interior design site Houzz, there are more than 600,000 photos of open-plan spaces and it’s the preferred choice of 60 percent of their readers.

There are many reasons to love the open floor plans featured in our Darley Green and Town of Whitehall new home communities in Delaware.

Enjoy a social lifestyle

  • Entertain guests. Have you ever noticed that many house parties tend to gravitate toward the kitchen? Guests like to spend time interacting with the host, who is busy preparing meals, while enjoying easy access to the refrigerator. Open floor plans enable hosts to remain part of the action, while giving guests freedom to roam.
  • Spend family time. Parents or grandparents of young children like that an open layout allows them to keep an eye on the little ones, no matter what they’re doing. You can cook or clean in the kitchen, while older children play, watch TV, or finish their homework in the family rooms. The close proximity of family members encourages open dialogue and a more communal way of living that suits the modern family.

Harmonize your space with nature

  • Maximize natural light. The greatest architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn understand the transformative role that natural light can play in a home. In fact, Kahn once stated: “A room is not a room without natural light.” Without so many walls, sunlight can filter in and permeate the space to improve your mood.
  • Promote indoor-outdoor living. Some homes have main spaces that open up to outdoor kitchens or patios. The open concept plan gives you views of a landscaped backyard and connects the indoor/outdoor spaces.

 Make the most of your space

  • Rooms look larger. The vaulted, high ceilings common to open layouts gives you the feeling of a much larger space. Walls, doorways and halls can make a person feel claustrophobic, while robbing the family of valuable living space.
  • Expand your design choices. Have you ever been to a furniture store and fallen for a particular couch only to find you don’t have the wall space to cram it into your living room? An open layout gives you endless possibilities for structuring furnishings to meet your aesthetic preferences and needs. It’s easy to create a harmonious flow using common color themes from room to room when everything is connected.

Contact us for a tour of the open floor plans in Darley Green or the Town of Whitehall to see if it’s a fit for your family.

Additional open floorplan resources

  1. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/59192598/list/is-open-plan-living-a-fad-or-here-to-stay
  2. http://www.schroederdesignbuild.com/10-benefits-of-an-open-concept-floor-plans/
  3. http://www.casedesign.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-open-floor-plans/
  4. http://newhomes.move.com/newhome101/articles/why-everyone-loves-an-open-floor-plan