Living in Delaware

Group of diverse people are gathering for christmas holiday

5 Ways to Make Extra Space for Holiday Houseguests

Heading home for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, but what if yours is the home that everyone is headed to? It can be tricky to fit everyone together under one roof, and booking hotel rooms just isn’t a good way to stay close during the holidays. Instead, try these easy strategies presented by Montchanin Builders.

Upgrade your sofa to a sofa bed

Add one more stop to your holiday shopping to-do list. At the furniture store, look for a sofa bed that will blend in with the existing décor in your family room or living room. This is a good option for homes that lack a dedicated guest bedroom. During the day, the sofa will provide needed seating options. But it can be easily folded out to become a comfortable bed for your houseguests at night.

Consider purchasing an air mattress

Invest in an air mattress to provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for guests in a pinch. Air mattresses are constructed far better these days than they used to be. And there’s no need to manually pump in air. Just attach the electric air pump to inflate the bed. Some electric air pumps will also deflate the bed for added convenience. Once your guests leave, all that’s needed is to roll up the deflated bed, secure it within its case or bag, and store it away from heat sources.

Give your guests some privacy

While you’re shopping, look for a pretty room divider or folding screen. You don’t have to leave the room divider set up during the day—just bring it out in the evening to give your houseguests a little more privacy.

Pick up the clutter

Everyone plans to clean before houseguests arrive, but go a step further and clear away enough clutter to give your guests some storage space. Make a little room in the closet or set up a garment rack so your guests can put away their items during their stay.

Plan a family sleepover

If you’d rather not purchase a new sofa bed, there’s another option: Plan a family sleepover. If you have kids, you could have them temporarily share a room. Whichever kid is temporarily moving to another room should pick up his or her bedroom and relocate all personal belongings that he or she might need for the duration of the guests’ stay. Your houseguests will feel more comfortable if the child doesn’t need to constantly enter the room to grab personal belongings.

If you only have one child, you could ask him or her to temporarily relocate to the master bedroom. Make the family sleepover fun and exciting for your child, such as by planning a family movie night or game night.

Is it time for a larger home for your growing family?

If picking up the clutter doesn’t do enough to free up space in your home, it may be time to consider a more permanent solution, like a new, move-in ready home built by Montchanin Builders. Our expert craftsmen build new construction homes in Wilmington, DE within our masterfully designed, walkable communities. You can find the perfect townhouse or single-family home to accommodate your growing family. If you’re ready to move, give us a call at 302.472.7212 and we’ll explain the special financing deals that can help you move into a custom home large enough for your growing family. Tour our communities of Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall today!

Additional resources for organizing the home

  1. Southern Living, 10 Things You Need to Do Before Houseguests Arrive, https://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/prepare-for-houseguest
  2. Martha Stewart, 9 Tips for Hosting a Houseguest Without a Guest Room, https://www.marthastewart.com/1508801/tips-hosting-houseguest-without-guest-room
making paper snowflakes for decoration windows. Mother and child creating decorations.

Cozy Home Decorating Ideas for Winter

The Delaware countryside is breathtaking in the winter, especially right after new snow has fallen on the trees. In the Wilmington area, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities for families to enjoy during the winter. Whether you prefer hitting the slopes, heading to the ice rink, or just enjoying a mug of hot cocoa in one of Wilmington’s coffee shops, you’ll want to come home to a beautifully decorated winter wonderland. This year, ditch the plastic lawn reindeer and instead try these chic and cozy home decorating ideas.

Evergreen garlands

Check your local gardening store for fresh evergreen garlands. Cedar, boxwood, and holly are all good choices. Drape the beautiful greenery across the mantel of your fireplace, along the top of tall furniture, and over the entryway door frame. Add an evergreen wreath to the outside of your door. You could even use an evergreen centerpiece for your dining room table.

A touch of plaid

Plaid embodies the essence of coziness during the wintertime. Drape a plaid throw blanket over the back or arm of the sofa. Add plaid bowties to the tree. One eye-catching approach is to take three to four small plaid throws and use them as a layered tablecloth. Lay the largest throw across the table, as you would an actual tablecloth. Drape the others in an asymmetrical fashion, so that one corner of a throw reaches down toward the floor and the other stretches toward the center of the table. In the bedrooms, top the mattresses with plaid blankets.

Pine cones

Some kids love to collect bits of nature and bring them home. If you have kids with a pine cone collection, you can put it to work in your wintertime decorations. Try to find pine cones of varying sizes—from large and sturdy to diminutive. Rinse them in running water and let them air dry completely. Then, you can leave them au naturel or spray paint them with a clear coat. Doing this will seal in the sticky sap and prevent it from getting on your furniture or upholstery. Consider spray painting a few pine cones in seasonal colors, like bright silver or gold. Use the pine cones to create centerpieces for the coffee table or to scatter among your garlands.

Scents

Professional decorators try to engage multiple senses by incorporating textures, colors, and scents into the overall design scheme. If you do use fresh garlands, they will introduce a pleasant pine scent to your home. But you can also add some potpourri bowls to your home. Choose potpourri with scents like cinnamon or pine needles.

Homes for sale in North Wilmington, DE

For North Wilmington Delaware homes for sale, schedule a viewing of the architecturally exquisite, move-in ready homes by Montchanin Builders—a local builder renowned for fine craftsmanship and neighborly communities. Montchanin Builders invites you to tour our close-knit communities of Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall. When you do, be sure to ask us about how you can qualify for $15,000 toward your purchase of a custom, move-in ready home. Call 302-472-7212 today!

Additional resources for homeowners

  1. House Beautiful, 10 Cozy Decorating Ideas That Make Winter Suck A Little Less, https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/g23082766/winter-decorations-ideas/
  2. Country Living, 25 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas to Brighten Up the Dreariest Winter Days, https://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g2921/winter-decorating-ideas/
riverfront foliage

3 Romantic Autumn Escapes in the Brandywine Valley

The Brandywine Valley is a pastoral paradise, filled with dazzling country estates, artisanal vineyards and flowering gardens. Considering the spectacular fall foliage and cooler temperatures, autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy a romantic escape in Brandywine Valley, Delaware.

Here are three special Brandywine valley attractions to take your loved one to this fall!

Brandywine Wine Trail

Experience all that makes the Brandywine Valley such a romantic wine-tasting destination. Explore five enchanting estate vineyards and sample small batches of premium varietals on a tour of the Brandywine Wine Trail. There are cozy tasting rooms and barrel-aging cellars filled with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Syrah. Set midst some of the area’s prettiest scenery, these family-owned establishments are uniformly lovely and produce some exceptional wines. As an added bonus, a romantic vineyard escape is within minutes of nationally-acclaimed attractions like the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast

Brandywine Valley’s picturesque countryside was made famous by the works of Andrew Wyeth, and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in this natural beauty than Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast. This 50-acre historic estate, with its breathtaking grounds, is the perfect destination for a heavenly autumn escape. The Inn’s Quaker farmhouse dates back to 1734, and later additions have provided 14 elegantly-appointed guest rooms spread among the Manor house and surrounding cottages. There is a wonderfully cozy den with roaring fire, a billiard room and hiking trails that wind through pastures and fields. The Grace Winery is the latest addition to the property, and a relaxing spot to sample wines, cheeses and chocolates while mingling with other guests. Rooms are spacious, private and kept deliciously warm thanks to gas fireplaces.

Longwood Gardens

Experience the glory of autumn foliage at Longwood Gardens, which changes with the seasons. Voted one of the best public gardens in America, Longwood is one of the most romantic places to view fall’s vibrant colors. You’ll find this landmark attraction on 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square. Take a leisurely stroll through Meadow Gardens, or visit the Conservatory where Asian-inspired lanterns are sure to set your heart aglow.  October evenings feature illuminated fountain performances, live music and other themed events. Autumn’s colors are on view at Longwood Gardens until November 18 – book your tickets in advance!

Homes for sale near Brandywine DE

Romantic escapes are just one great reason to move to Delaware, particularly to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. The region is brimming with stately manor homes, family-friendly townhouses and luxurious condos close to stunning attractions. If you’re considering Brandywine Valley DE real estate, or move-in ready homes in Wilmington, contact Montchanin Builders for more information about our fantastic residential communities like Darley Green. In terms of central location, quality construction and amenities, you won’t get better than Montchanin Builders’ new construction condos and townhouses.

We offer attractive financing options, low mortgage rates and welcome you to schedule a home tour today!

Additional Resources on Brandywine Valley Fall Escapes:

  1. Travel Channel, Brandywine Valley Weekend Guide https://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/pa/articles/brandywine-valley-weekend-guide
  2. NorthernVA magazine, Take a weekend getaway to Brandywine Valley https://www.northernvirginiamag.com/things-to-do/travel/2017/09/05/take-a-weekend-getaway-to-brandywine-valley/
  3. Visit Wilmington, Autumn Weekend Escapes for Couples & Girlfriends in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/plan-your-trip/blog/post/stunning-autumn-weekend-escapes-for-couples-girlfriends-in-wilmington-the-brandywine-valley/
Sweet dog so cute mixed breed with Shih-Tzu, Pomeranian and Poodle looking something in a coffee shop cafe

Pet-Friendly Activities in Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington is a great place to own a pet — from pet-friendly restaurants and attractions to dog-friendly beaches, pooches and their owners feel at home here. Montchanin Builders gives you some top recommendations for things to do with your pets in Wilmington.

Brew Haha!

Multiple locations: 5329 Limestone Rd – 1420 N du Pont St – 3636 Concord Pike

Well-behaved pets are welcome to join their people at the outdoor seating at these pet-friendly restaurants.

Cafe Mezzanotte

1007 N Orange St

Your faithful companions are welcome to join their people at the outdoor seating at this pet-friendly restaurant.

Dog Dayz

3000 West 2nd Street

The business offers full-service doggie day care and in-home pet sitting services. Bathing and nail trims available for daycare clients. They specialize in rescue dogs!

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

620 Justison St

Bring your pet and enjoy the scenic outdoor seating at this pet-friendly restaurant. Please contact the restaurant in advance to make sure will be adequate seating for you and your companion.

Quadsquads Tiny Paws

200 North Maryland Avenue

This is a small breed dog grooming salon, servicing dogs 35 pounds and under.

Rockford Park Off-Leash Area

Tower Drive

Need a place for your pet to stretch his legs? The Rockford Park Off-Leash Area lets Fido/Fifi roam free, socialize and play to their heart’s content. Please follow park rules carefully.

Riverfront Pets

 311 Justison St

Take Fido on a shopping spree at this boutique store featuring natural foods, high-quality dog toys and supplies, grooming and more!

Lums Pond State Park

610 Shipley Rd

Sometimes a pooch just needs to roam. The Lums Pond Off-Leash Area is a tether-free doggie paradise, with a pond just right for swimming, grounds for playing, and a picnic table to sit and hope for crumbs under..mmm!

Luxury Homes for Sale in Wilmington DE

Montchanin Builders creates communities of luxurious homes in Delaware, including the highly in-demand Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls in Wilmington, DE. Our homes have been praised in the national media for their stand-out design and comprehensive craftsmanship. We have fostered a reputation for being exhaustively detail-oriented and providing exceptional customer service.

Interested in new homes for sale in Delaware? Contact us today to schedule a tour at one of our exceptional communities – 302.472.7212. And bring your pet to sniff us out – after all, it will be their home, too!

Additional Resources:

  1. Bring Fido, “Dog-Friendly Actifvities in Wilmington, DE,” https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/city/wilmington_de_us/
  2. Dog Friendly, “Off-Lease Dog Parks and Dog-Friendly Parks,” http://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/uscities/guides/us/dogparks/dogparksDEWilmington.shtml
  3. TripsWithPets.com, https://www.tripswithpets.com/pet-friendly-activity/restaurants/united-states/de/wilmington/cafe-mezzanotte
Portrait Of Family Cycling Through Fall Woodland

Why Is Relocating to Delaware So Popular? Here’s 5 Reasons

Delaware is one of the true hidden gems in the U.S. If one phrase could sum up life in Delaware, it would be: “Small town vibe and friendliness with big city amenities.” There are so many reasons why people decide to relocate to Delaware. The fresh air, scenic views, and recreational opportunities attract the outdoor lovers. The fine dining and dynamic craft brewery scene attract the foodies. And the outstanding tax benefits and affordability of the state attract all those who are fiscally prudent. What’s not to love?

The beautiful scenery is just one reason why relocating to Delaware makes sense

Waterfront? Check. Fantastic beaches? Check. Nature trails, dog parks, and mountain biking trails? Check, check, and check! You name it, Delaware’s got it. There’s never a shortage of things to do when the best recreational opportunities are just a stone’s throw from home. Many people decide that moving to Delaware makes sense because they want to raise their children in a region that clearly values the outdoors.

Your inner foodie will love the fantastic dining options

Wilmington alone has an incredible diversity of dining choices. From fine dining in a romantic atmosphere to casual family eateries, Wilmington has it all. Another little known secret about Delaware is that you can find better Philly cheesesteaks here than in Philly itself. But if this sounds like sacrilege to you, you can just hop on the freeway and get to the City of Brotherly Love in about 40 minutes.

You can buy a lot of house for a lot less money

It’s no secret that real estate is far more affordable in Delaware than in much of the rest of the country. Not only is the property itself more affordable, but annual costs are far lower. In fact, Delaware has one of the lowest property taxes in the country. And once you buy a house in Delaware, you may be entitled to a federal income tax credit.

Major benefit of living in Delaware: Few taxes… period

Delaware is one of the best places to move to if you don’t enjoy forking over your hard-earned cash to Uncle Sam. Not only is the property tax one of the lowest, but so is the income tax. And if you decide to go on a shopping spree with all the money you don’t pay in taxes, you’re treated to another major perk: No sales tax!

Living in Delaware: Reviews of the great art scene

Delaware is brimming with great artistic talent. The art galleries in this state combine a love of American tradition with a healthy respect for new artistic exploration and emerging talents. From the Somerville Manning Gallery to the Schoonover Studios, the art gallery scene in this area is a feast for the eyes.

Moving to Delaware? Find your family’s perfect home!

If you’re thinking about moving to Delaware, choosing the right region to move to is only part of the equation. You’ll also need to choose the right neighborhood and the perfect home. Let Montchanin Builders make your home search easier. Visit one of our masterfully planned communities in Delaware, like the much sought-after Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall. Tour our beautiful and functionally arranged homes, and learn about our competitive financing options. Call us today – 302.472.7212!

Additional resources for living in Delaware

  1. Movoto, 30 Things To Know About Delaware Before Moving There, https://www.movoto.com/guide/de/moving-to-delaware/
  2. Investopedia, Delaware Property Tax Guide, https://www.investopedia.com/walkthrough/guide-buying-house-us/property-tax-assessment-state/southern-region-property-taxes/delaware-property-tax-guide/
Woman in mask on face in spa beauty salon.

4 Wonderful Ways to Treat Yourself in Wilmington, DE

If a rich history, thriving cultural scene and picturesque settings aren’t enough reasons to consider buying a house in Wilmington, Delaware, here’s one more: the city is also chock-full of opportunities to take time out to treat yourself and truly unwind.

Here is a quick reference list of four great ways you can combine your house-hunting trip with a relaxing getaway opportunity to de-stress from daily life.

1. Open Studio Time at the Kaleidoscope Art Studio

Thursdays, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Kaleidoscope Art Studio
310 Kiamensi Road, Wilmington
(302) 995-7661 for registration (one day notice required, ages 12-adult)
$5 Minimum donation to cover materials

At Art Therapy Express, art therapists and guest artists introduce a variety of 2D and 3D media. Experience clay, sculpture, watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing, photography, oil pastels, mixed media, music, creative movement and drama. Choose one time only, or opt to work on projects on a long-term basis.

2. Deep Muscle Therapy & Massage

5700 Kirkwood Highway, Suite 206, Wilmington
(302) 397-8131
Prices vary

DMTC offers therapeutic deep tissue massage with a focus on muscle/joint stabilization, increased range of motion and myofascial release. They will also work with your personal trainer, chiropractor and other health and allied health-related entities in helping you achieve optimum physical and emotional well-being.

3. Fabrizio Salon & Spa

1604 W. 16th Street, Wilmington
(302)656-8660
Prices vary

This intimate and unique urban spa retreat is found on the second floor of a fully-renovated, two-story 1890s townhome. All skin care rooms feature walls with noise reduction properties and state-of-the-art tools and equipment. The day spa also enjoys the use of its own private bathroom with shower and an attached outside deck for your enjoyment. They serve complimentary teas and coffee and offer a full line of aromatherapy oils, skin care, nail care and body care products.

4. Dogtopia

2101-A Concord Pike, Wilmington
(302) 622-8388

You know how enjoyable a day at the spa can be, so why not bring Fido along and give him the same treatment? Dogtopia offers spa services that will leave your pooch feeling like a pampered pup.

Whether your best friend just needs their nails clipped or a full wash and dry, the fully-trained spa attendants will take care of all of your pet’s needs. Dogtopia offers the choice of professional spa services or you can take advantage of self-service bathing stations if you want to bathe your dog but don’t want to cause a mess in your bathroom (less stress for you!).

Moving to Wilmington, Delaware?

Living in Wilmington, DE offers endless opportunities to treat yourself. If you are thinking about moving to Wilmington DE, we at Montchanin Builders invite you to schedule a viewing of our beautiful communities and make it an extra-special event by getting to know the local area and its many offerings. We guarantee your tour – and your pampering sessions — will be stress- and hassle-free experiences that will make you want to come back … permanently.

More Pampering Ideas:

  1. Trip Advisor, “The 10 Best Spas & Wellness Centers in Wilmington,” https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34059-Activities-c40-Wilmington_Delaware.html
  2. Groupon, “Spa Deals in Wilmington,” https://www.groupon.com/local/wilmington-de/spa
crowd at live music concert

Best Places to Hear Live Music in Wilmington, Delaware

People who buy a house in Wilmington, DE, come from all backgrounds, ranging from retirees to young and career-driven millennials starting a family, and the music scene in our thriving city reflects this variety. Music lovers of all ages and tastes will surely appreciate the numerous music concerts and festivals that take place year-round. Let’s take a look at some of Wilmington’s popular concert halls and venues.

1. Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is owned and operated by The Grand, a non-profit arts organization that serves the community. Aside from music concerts, the venue also frequently hosts Broadway theater shows from local performers. Occasionally, the venue will also host a bigger name performer. Past performers of name recognition include Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan. See the official site for The Grand for schedules of upcoming performances.

2. The Queen Wilmington

The Queen Wilmington is one of the town’s hottest night-life attractions. The venue hosts live performances on a near weekly basis. Performers include indie bands, comedy sketch groups, notable names, and more. Upcoming shows include a David Bowie tribute, comedian Jim Breuer, and musician and singer Meshell Ndegeocello. Go to the Queen Wilmington website for event details of upcoming shows.

3. Gable Music Ventures

This venue offers a full line of services for weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, and more. With such events often come musical entertainment. The owners can also connect event planners with artists from various genres of entertainment. Since its inception in 2011, Gable Music Ventures has hosted all-day concerts. Some of its more prominent events include the Ladybug Festival, the Wilmo Rock Circus, and the Rockabilly Rumble. Some events are by invites only, while others are open to the Wilmington public. Visit Gable Music Ventures to see its live music calendar or join its mailing list.

4. Delaware All-State Theater

As suggested in its name, this venue features more live theatrical plays than musical concerts, though there are certainly musicals every now and then. This is another non-profit and community-run organization that hosts theatrical shows, many of which are led by students from Wilmington or the next towns over. Admission prices keep the venue running. Consider a family outing or dinner date at the Delaware All-Star Theater; you’ll be entertained while also contributing to a good local cause. See the Delaware All-Star Theater homepage for show listings.

Delaware Living Entails Constant Entertainment

As long as you’re living in Wilmington, Delaware, you’ll always have something fun to do on a weekend evening. If you’re ready for relocation, then check out some of the new homes in Wilmington brought to you by Montchanin Builders. Our new construction Wilmington homes feature contemporary architectural designs that borrow from elements of the city’s old-style charm.

Additional Resources:

  1. Visit Wilmington, Music and Entertainment in Wilmington Delaware, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/things-to-do/arts-entertainment/music-entertainment/
  2. In Wilmington, Event Finder, https://inwilmingtonde.com/events

Hot New Restaurants to Try in Wilmington, DE This Year

Homemade Corn and Chicken Tamales Ready to EatInterested in spectacular fine dining experiences? Or perhaps a casual bite to eat is more your style. Forget New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Wilmington, Delaware is the place to be! With a close-knit, neighborly ambience, incredible attractions, and dining experiences from casual to fine dining, it’s easy to see why so many people have chosen to make Wilmington their new home. And here at Montchanin Builders, we’re offering a variety of communities and floorplans that appeal to families of all sizes.

In the meantime, get your taste buds fired up by reading about these exciting new restaurants.

De La Coeur Café et Patisserie

Francophiles have been flocking to this new establishment at Lovering Ave. in Wilmington. It offers a cozy dining experience with unbeatable food and a full coffee menu. Though the café is casual, the food is anything but. The two Delaware natives who run De La Coeur use locally sourced ingredients to craft their pastries, sandwiches, soup du jour, and sweet and savory crepes. The must-try item on the menu is your choice of double espresso or espresso macchiato served in an edible cup made of baked shortbread and lined with callebaut Belgian dark chocolate.

Cocino Lola

Chef Bryan Sikora opened this restaurant in 2016, but it’s worth a mention on this list, given its unique take on classic Mexican and Latin dishes. Sikora also owns the nearby Merchant Bar and La Fia—both worth checking out. Cocina Lolo embraces diners with a festive, cheerful ambience. Plan to dress casually—even the servers wear jeans—and choose from six kinds of margaritas at the bar.

Wilmington residents adore the tamales here, with multiple fillings to choose from. One of them features smoked short rib, Oaxaca cheese, and pickled island peppers. Or, choose a house special, like the grilled snapper or family-style paella. Cocino Lola doesn’t skimp on desserts, either, with to-die-for grilled pineapple with orange curd, mango puree, sponge cake, and pineapple sorbet.

As you might expect from a predominantly Mexican restaurant, sangria is on the menu. If you’re abstaining, you won’t be left out. Order the non-alcoholic hibiscus agua fresca.

Join the dynamic Wilmington, DE community

Wilmington is a top destination for couples, singles, and families looking for a better place to live. In addition to the great restaurants, cafes, and nightlife in the area, Wilmington offers plenty of fun recreational opportunities, world-class education for the kids, and easy access to major cities for commuters.

Montchanin Builders has been on the forefront of neighborhood planning in the Wilmington area. We’re proud to offer luxury, move-in ready homes  in our masterfully designed neighborhoods of Shipley’s Circle, Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. We look forward to meeting you and discussing what you’re looking for in your new home. Call 302.472.7212 or fill out the simple form on our website and we’ll be in touch soon!

More on new restaurants in Wilmington DE:

  1. De La Coeur Café et Patisserie, Menu, http://www.delacoeurcafe.com/menu/
  2. Delaware Today, Cocina Lolo Offers Diverse Flavor and Fun, http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/January-2016/Diverse-flavor-and-fun-at-Cocina-Lolo/

5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

If your Tupperware containers are falling out whenever you open the cabinet, or your pickle jars have found a home next to the cereal boxes, it’s time to declutter your kitchen. Messy, disorganized kitchens are a nuisance to cook in, but if you have a weekend to spare, you can have a decluttered, organized kitchen.

Use drawer and cabinet organizers

If you haven’t been to a home goods store lately, you’d be amazed at the selection of innovative organizers for every square inch of your home. There are specialty drawer organizers that you can mix and match to keep small items in their places. Cabinet organizers are particularly exciting. Look for pull-outs, two-tier sliding systems, specialty lid holders, and dividers that are used for holding cutting boards and baking sheets upright.

Eliminate superfluous drinkware

Most families have more stemware and oversized coffee mugs than they actually use. Sort through your collection and put everything into three piles: Used within the past month, used within the past year, and never used. Keep everything in the first pile and get rid of everything in the third pile. The second pile you can keep only if there’s room—if not, say goodbye to it.

Make your items multitask

In a small, cluttered kitchen, there isn’t much room for specialty kitchenware like garlic presses (pulverize a clove with the flat side of a knife) or electric quesadilla makers (just use a baking sheet and the oven). Instead, make basic items serve multiple purposes. Instead of getting a fancy spaghetti pot with its own strainer, break dry pasta in half and use a smaller sauce pot.

Use the tops of your cabinets

Every family has a few useless, small kitchen appliances they never use. Maybe your distant cousin sent you a fondue pot as a wedding gift or you’ve somehow acquired a countertop rotisserie that’s more trouble than it’s worth. If you can’t bring yourself to give away or sell these items, perch them on top of your kitchen cabinets instead. Many kitchens have plenty of space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Putting infrequently used items up there will free up valuable real estate elsewhere in your kitchen.

Turn your walls into storage solutions

If you have a couple of square feet of wall space, you can make it serve double duty. Hang a sturdy rod from the wall. Hang strong hooks from the rod and use the hooks to house items like lightweight skillets or a pasta strainer. You can also hang smaller items there, like spatulas, whisks, and serving spoons.

Decluttering in Delaware

Keeping your kitchen tidy and well-organized is easier when it’s within a thoughtfully designed home. Montchanin Builders understands the busy lifestyles of modern families, and we design our homes to meet those needs. Families in the Wilmington, Delaware area are invited to tour our new construction homes in the master-planned communities of Darley Green, the Town of Whitehall, and our newest community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Each of our homes is built by master craftsmen with an eye to aesthetic details. You’ll feel right at home in your new chef’s kitchen, which may feature gorgeous birch or maple cabinets in your choice of stain, top-of-the-line appliances, beautiful granite countertops, and of course, plenty of storage possibilities. Call Montchanin Builders today!

More kitchen decluttering ideas:

  1. SheKnows, 5 Ways to declutter your kitchen, http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/841739/five-ways-to-declutter-your-kitchen
  2. HGTV, Small Kitchen Storage Ideas, http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/small-kitchen-storage-ideas

Family Summer Day Trips Near Wilmington

family riding bikesThe official start of summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning a weekend getaway for the whole family. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the Wilmington area, there are tons of enticing options that make for an easy day trip or weekend escape. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply love the great outdoors, here are five weekend getaway options that are sure to please.

Brandywine State Park

Nearly 15 miles of scenic trails wend through Brandywine State Park, a local treasure in the Wilmington area. This 933-acre nature preserve provides amazing chances to see songbirds, deer, and other local wildlife. The park is open daily from 8AM and to 4PM and is a popular place for families to enjoy a picnic among fields of wildflowers, hike through picturesque landscapes or try their luck fishing for small mouth bass and crappie in Brandywine Creek. Amenities include an onsite nature and visitor center, potable water, picnic areas, bike trails and a disc golf course.

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach is a short two-hour drive from Wilmington and boasts an exciting array of restaurants, charming cottages and B&B’s, as well as family-friendly activities. The oceanfront boardwalk often hosts free concerts, and the warm waters are brimming with folks sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. If water sports aren’t your thing, there are tons of other things to do in Rehoboth Beach, like tax-free shopping, dining on fine foods, and letting loose at Funland amusement park, where kiddie rides and games will keep the little ones entertained. Don’t miss a visit to Jungle Jim’s, where bumper boats and water slides await!

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Renowned for its fantastic birdwatching, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is well worth the drive to Smyrna. This refuge encompasses 16,000 acres and includes pristine marshlands and cordgrass meadows that are home to great blue herons, egrets, geese, songbirds and raptors. Bring your bike to explore a 12-mile wildlife loop, or take the auto tour for chances to spot migrating birds, mammals and reptiles in their natural environment. A visitor’s center offers interpretive programs, or you can plan a day of leisurely hiking at your own pace.

Explore historic Milton

Home to DogFish Head Brewery, the historic town of Milton offers much more than amazing craft beer! When you’re not sampling some of the tastiest IPAs this side of the Mississippi, or learning about the process of making artisanal beer, the quaint downtown area promises great shopping and dining and a nice selection of day spas for some much-needed pampering! Milton is also close to the Broadkill River, where families can enjoy an afternoon of water recreation.

New home communities in Delaware

Access to family-friendly attractions and points of interest are just one of the many benefits of living in one of Montchanin Builders’ beautiful new home communities, including The Town of Whitehall, Darley Green and the upcoming The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Now is the time to consider a new home in Delaware. Contact us today to learn more about our attractive financing options for first-time buyers.