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How to Select a Home Builder?

Buying or building, a home is a big investment. You want a home that is aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and of course, cost effective. The builder you select has a tremendous influence on the final result. Here are a few tips for selecting a builder.

Prepare a Short List of Builders

The first decisions you need to make are where you want live and the type and style of home you want. Once you have decided where, drive through the areas you have chosen, looking for homes that fit your style. If they are under construction, jot down the name and number of the builder (you may want to take a picture of the home for future reference). If the home is complete and relatively new, you can ask the homeowner who had the house built whether he or she would recommend the builder. While you are driving through the neighborhoods, also look at For Sale signs, and write down the name of the real estate agent representing the seller’s home. Since these agents are familiar with the area, they are an excellent resource for identifying quality, reputable builders in that area. You can also go online to access the real estate pages of local newspapers or local real estate publications—the key here is local. Also ask friends, relatives, and neighbors for recommendations or for the names of people they know who have worked with a builder in the past. Another good idea is to contact your local home builder trade organization, which will gladly provide a list of builders that fit your needs. You can find your local Home Builders Association at www.nahb.org/findanhba.

Once you have developed your initial list, you should narrow it down by contacting references from the builder. Preferably, the references will include someone you know and trust. Be thorough when discussing their experiences with the builder. If you are not satisfied with the homeowner’s responses, cross that builder off your list. Also, get the addresses of homes the builder has built, and if possible, drive by the house to form your own opinion of the quality and style of the builder’s work. If you drive by on the weekend, there’s a chance the homeowner will be outside so you can talk with him or her. You may even have an opportunity to visit an open house or model.

Also, be sure to check reviews of the builder online by searching for the builder’s name (include the word reviews) online. If you find reviews that are alarming, you probably do not want to include that builder in your final list.

Make Your First and Second Choice

couple reviewing construction plansWhen making your decision, it is helpful to prepare detailed evaluation criteria from which to evaluate each builder on your short list. This list will allow you to thoroughly and fairly evaluate each builder or remodeler. A computer program such as Excel or a similar spreadsheet program is helpful so you can compare each criterion side by side.

Your evaluation should include the following:

  • Find out how long the builder has been in business.
  • Make sure the builder is financially stable.
  • Find out if the references had any problems with the builder. If so, document what the problem was and if it was resolved to the owner’s satisfaction.
  • Find out if the builder completed the projects on time.
  • Find out if the builder is using state-of-the-art energy features, both in equipment and insulation.
  • Ask to see a copy of the builder’s warranty, and read it to understand what protection you would have if you chose that builder. Do not wait until after you move in and a problem arises to read it. If you have any questions about the coverage, ask the builder.
  • Find out from each builder what kind of service you can expect after the home is complete. Again, ask to see these policies in writing, and make sure they are included in the final contract you sign.

The Final Decision

Before making your final decision, meet with the builder to discuss your needs, and get an estimate in writing. Additionally, obtain a sample contract to make sure there are no surprises once you have decided on a builder. The estimates and contract should include (but certainly not limited to) the following:

  • A detailed job specification, which includes a description (brand names, colors, grades, styles, and model numbers) of materials, a list of all costs spelled out clearly, and any architect’s or engineer’s drawings, which are required
  • A list of the homeowner’s responsibilities (for example, what selections you need to make and when)
  • A list of required building permits
  • A guarantee that the builder/contractor carries liability insurance and has Workers Compensation coverage in case of accidents on the job
  • A warranty statement
  • Detailed payment terms
  • The right to cancel

It Will Be Worth the Effort

If you take the time to properly select a builder, you will be happy while your home is under construction and for as long as you own the home. In addition, your investment will pay off with comfort, efficiency, and overall livability.

Choose Montchanin Builders!

Montchanin Builders is a full service residential construction and construction management company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. With more than 70 years of combined experience in land acquisition, development and construction, we bring the value of in-depth knowledge to every phase of the building process.

Whether you are building a new home, renovating an existing one, or in need of project management, you can rely on Montchanin Builders to ensure your projects success…from inception all the way to completion.

Check out some move-in ready homes available at our Delaware communities.

*This Newsletter has been brought to you in collaboration with TopBuilder Solutions, http://www.topbuildersolutions.com/

Delaware Residents: Get the Most From the Last Days of Summer

family riding bikes

The dog days of summer are just about over, but the fun never ends in Wilmington, DE. For residents of this family-friendly town, there’s always something to do. Stretch the summer spirit into September by taking your family to enjoy the Brandywine Festival of Arts and the Mushroom Festival and Parade.

Brandywine Festival of Arts

There’s no need for the summer fun in Wilmington to end when the kids head back to school. Take the family to the Brandywine Festival of Arts on Saturday, September 9th, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, September 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is just $5 for adults. Kids under 12 enter free of charge.

This acclaimed annual festival features hundreds of artists showcasing all sorts of styles and mediums. This one-of-a-kind event consistently ranks among the top 100 festivals in the country, and it’s taken place here for over 50 years. Take the kids to the children’s tent to get their faces painted and enjoy craft activities. Then, get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping by browsing the incredible diversity of artwork.

Mushroom Festival & Parade

If you’re a lover of all things fungi, head over to Kennett Square in Pennsylvania, which is just a 30-minute drive from Wilmington. The Mushroom Festival and Parade is held on September 8th, starting at 6 pm, and the festivities continue on the 9th, starting at 10 am.

On Friday, you can check out the Old Fashioned Carnival (closes at 10 pm), which is on 600 S. Broad St. The Community Parade starts on State and Willow St. On Saturday, be sure to check out the Street Fair, Growers’ Exhibit, and the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction. The Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off gets started at 10:30 am, with judging to follow at 11:30. There’s plenty of other activities throughout the day, including burger samplings, a fried mushroom eating contest, and lots of children’s activities.

Raise your family in a Montchanin Builders community

Montchanin Builders has been redefining the concept of the planned community. In Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, The Town at Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, families stroll along streets and nature trails. In Darley Green, there’s easy access to nearby restaurants, shops, the public library, and exceptional schools. The beautiful, artfully designed homes feature all the amenities modern, busy families have come to expect—and there are so many festivals and other events not far from home. Call Montchanin Builders today at 302.655.2600 to request a tour of a move-in ready home in Darley Green.

More info on end-of-summer events in Delaware:

  1. Visit Wilmington, Brandywine Festival of the Arts, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/listings/brandywine-festival-of-the-arts/1389/
  2. Visit Wilmington, Mushroom Festival, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/listings/mushroom-festival/844/

4 Different Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly

new year 2017

Just HOW big is New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia? The city is ringing in 2017 not once, but twice!

The SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront will take place at 6 p.m., and again at midnight. Inside, there is a grand celebration with live music from Burnt Sienna and an open bar. You can reach the casino by taking a cab or the SEPTA Blue Line to Old City and walking five minutes to Penn’s Landing. By car, you can park in one of the lots down Columbus Boulevard.

Aside from the main attraction, there are many other ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly.

 Party hopper pass

Having trouble deciding on just one place to party? The adventurous can purchase a NYE All Access Pass for $109 from Finn McCool’s at 118 S. 12th Street, which gets you into open bars at 1925 Lounge, Brü Craft & Wurst, Finn McCool’s, Mad River Bar & Grille, and Recess Lounge. DJs will be spinning Top 40, Hip Hop, Dance/House music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Enjoy the great outdoors

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a popular spot for music, food, drinks and ice skating. The fire pits and cozy warming huts offer a nice respite from the cold — not to mention, one of the best views of the fireworks celebration. There will be a Kids Lodge set up with arcade games, food and drink from Garces and Chickie’s and Pete’s. Don’t forget to grab dessert at the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin. All ice skating passes sell out early, but you can still come by the beautiful wintry scene as a “spectator” for $30, which includes live entertainment, a spot for the fireworks, and a party favor.

A family-friendly affair

North Bowl Lounge N Lanes is hosting New Year’s Eve festivities for the whole family from 5-8 pm, which will include bowling, a “ball drop”, food, games, DJ tunes, face-painting, balloon art, and caricaturist drawings. Tickets are $18 per person. You’ll have your choice of 17 bowling lanes, two full bars, pool tables, and arcade games.

Choose your own adventure aboard Moshulu

New Year’s Eve on the Moshulu offers a celebration aboard the oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel still afloat. The deck provides top-notch fireworks viewing, a dessert buffet, a cash bar and live music. You can also opt for the four-course prix fixe dinner that includes beef tenderloin, lobster tail, tuna steak, braised lamb shank, crab-crusted grouper, or beef short rib. Music options include a DJ spinning mid-deck, a pianist, in the dining room, and a jazz trio in the Orchid room. The cost ranges from $35 for children, to $125 from 3:30 – 6:45 p.m., or $195 from 7 – 10:30 p.m. Beverages are extra. If you are not dining, you can still join the party for $50, which includes dessert, access to a cash bar, and music.

Close to Philadelphia New Year’s Eve festivities

These are just a few of the many, many places to party on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia. Philly, and all it has to offer, is only a short drive from Montchanin communities like Darley Green, Shipley Road and Town of Whitehall.

Contact our office for an exciting start to 2017 with a tour of available homes in Delaware.

Philly Oktoberfest Celebrations

oktoberfestFall is the perfect marriage of summer and winter; the scorching hot temperatures have subsided, but there’s no need for a coat just yet. During this beautiful time of year, many of the residents of Darley Green and other communities in the Wilmington area enjoy taking weekend trips to Philadelphia to see the sights.

There’s never a shortage of autumnal activities in Philly — from the many Oktoberfest celebrations to boutique beer gardens that are truly hidden gems.

Oktoberfest celebrations

Philly has a rich tradition of embracing the Bavarian style of merrymaking. You’ll find numerous Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the city. Some of them have already come and gone, such as the beloved Cannstatter Volksfest, which is the country’s oldest Oktoberfest (held since 1873), and the biggest Oktoberfest celebration, Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest. But there’s more to come!

Stop by the Elmwood Park Zoo for a unique Oktoberfest experience held alongside zoo animals. If partying like an animal appeals to you, set aside September 24 on your calendar. For a more traditional German Oktoberfest experience, stop by the Alla Spina OktoberFest on September 23, 24, and 25. Friday features the Stein Hoist Competition.

Shacktoberfest at Shake Shack lets you pair your favorite brew with a selection of tasty Bavarian treats. This fest, which extends from September 23 through October 2, takes place at all area Shake Shacks. Try specials like the brat burger, Bavarian-style soft pretzels, and Apfelstrudel shakes.

Revolutionary Germantown Festival & Grumblefest

If you’re in Philly on October 1, you can’t miss the Revolutionary Germantown Festival. It’s a day-long celebration of American history, the highlight of which is a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown. Live music, food, and drink are all available on Germantown Ave., but the festival spills over to other historic sites like The Germantown White House, Concord School & Upper Burying Ground, and Grumblethorpe.

After the reenactment, follow the crowd to Grumblethorpe for Grumblefest, which is another Oktoberfest-style celebration featuring beer, food, and live music. Grumblethorpe is the historic house of John Wister. North America’s oldest gingko biloba tree still stands in its garden.

Must-try beer gardens

The end of summer doesn’t have to signal the end of al fresco beers. Philly is chockfull of old favorites and new pop-ups to try. Traditionalists should head over to Frankford Hall for a generous helping of draft beer served in an authentic stein. Those who are thirsty for local brews can check out Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River. If you’ve ever wanted to sip a frosty brew while reclining on a hammock over the river, Spruce Street is the beer garden for you. Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Just head over to Fairmount Park. “Parks on Tap” beer gardens will be popping up there through October 2.

Find your dream home in Delaware

For residents of the Wilmington, DE area, Philly is just a hop, skip, and jump away. Whether you commute to Philly for work or enjoy bringing the family there on weekends, you’ll have an easy drive when you start from a Montchanin Builders community. Darley Green, Shipley Circle, and the Town of Whitehall feature thoughtfully designed and richly appointed homes nestled within beautiful, neighborly communities.

And there’s no need to travel to Philly to access incredible amenities. In Wilmington, residents enjoy fine dining, family friendly attractions, tax-free shopping, and great schools. Tour the move-in ready homes from Montchanin Builders to find the perfect place to raise your family. You can reach our office at 302.655.2600.

Create Your Outdoor Space for Barbecue Season

gorgeus deckSpring is already underway in Delaware and Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. With summer fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about sprucing up your home’s exterior.

Outdoor living is one reason why Darley Green, Shipley Road, and The Cedars have become such popular communities in the Wilmington, DE area. These move-in ready homes already offer premier features, but for the discerning homeowner looking for a little something extra, Montchanin Builders is pleased to offer our deck design and creation services.

Exceptional construction for superior durability

When planning an outdoor living space, durability is just as important as aesthetics. Why spend time and money building your dream deck if it’ll start looking weathered within a few years? When you choose Montchanin Builders for your new deck, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best quality for exceptional longevity. Our focus is on building structures that are stronger than industry standards and typical practice. The end result is a superior structure to please generations.

Modern touches for luxurious outdoor living

With a little help from our designers, you’re free to think outside of the box. Why limit yourself to a simple square deck with a single level? We’ll bring your vision to life with our informed suggestions, while conforming to the budget you provide. You might prefer a multi-leveled deck that ties into surrounding features such as your pool, garden or landscaping. Choose from synthetic materials or gorgeous hardwoods, light or dark stains to complement the beauty of your home.

Another aspect to consider when planning your new deck is its functionality. Decks should be beautiful, but they should also be positioned appropriately for the convenience of the homeowner and guests. For instance, you might consider adding an outdoor kitchen to your deck. If so, you’ll want an access point convenient to your indoor kitchen for the ease of transporting your ingredients.

Your new outdoor cooking space could be as simple or as elegant as you wish: From a rustic fire pit to a modern space that features outdoor refrigeration, countertops, grills, and a bar.

Home renovation in Delaware

Your home is among your largest investments and it deserves the very best; but it isn’t always easy for homeowners to find remodeling contractors they can trust. Montchanin Builders has handpicked its team of seasoned deck builders for this very reason. It’s our mission to help homeowners enjoy the best in life, from our thoughtfully planned communities to our top-quality home improvement services.

When you choose Montchanin Builders for home renovations, you’ll interact with professional, courteous staff members who will walk you through every step of the process – from brainstorming design ideas to selecting premier materials.

Call our offices today at 302-472-7213 or email wwright@montchaninbuilders.net and discover for yourself why we’ve earned our stellar reputation among Delaware homeowners.

Philadelphia Named Top Destination by Lonely Planet

liberty bell

For the second year in a row, Philadelphia has been named the “Best in the U.S.” by the largest travel book publisher, Lonely Planet.

The coveted spot is on a top 10 list of the “unexpectedly exciting places to see.” The news comes as no surprise to residents of Philly, Wilmington, DE, and other nearby areas. The City of Brotherly Love is on the fast track toward ditching its status of being the East Coast’s “Best Kept Secret” and instead becoming the widely acclaimed “It” destination for millennials.

Kudos abound for Philly

Lonely Planet’s list certainly isn’t the only claim to fame Philly has. The city has been declared to be in the top five of the most walkable cities in the U.S. The New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go In 2015 puts Philly at number three, beating out countless other contenders, both domestic and international. Philly has also been declared the first and only World Heritage City in the U.S. With this designation, Philly has been elevated to the stature of the likes of Paris, Cairo, and Jerusalem.

And the kudos don’t stop there. Those who already live in the area know all too well the necessity of regular exercise. Without it, the scores of gourmet restaurants with delicious cheesesteaks “wit” or “wit out” are bound to expand one’s waistline a tad bit. (Though Philly’s incredible vegetarian bistros could give the cheesesteaks a run for their money.) Philly’s foodies also love the city’s famed Tastycakes, “water ice,” and square pizza with upside-down toppings. In fact, in 2015, Philly made the Washington Post’s “10 Best Food Cities in America.”

Philly has also been dubbed among the “9 Best Cities for Biking to Work” by Time magazine. However, it should be noted that Philly has a superb public transportation system, which makes it easy for residents of Wilmington and beyond to navigate the city during a day trip. (Speaking of day trips, did you know that Philly does not impose sales tax on clothes or shoes? Or food, for that matter.)

And the accolades don’t stop there. A financial services company, JLL, ranked Philadelphia among the top destinations of choice for millennials. As the folks at Lonely Planet put it, “Philly’s on a roll. NYC’s more neighborly neighbor is experiencing a transformation to its urban core.” Lonely Planet went on to note Philly’s distinction as being a stopping point for Pope Francis and serving as the host of the Democratic National Convention in July.

Darley Green: Your gateway to living life well

Homeowners in Darley Green are already enjoying the good life, with all the benefits of a close-knit, friendly community just a quick ride away from the sights and sounds of Philly and downtown Wilmington, DE.

Montchanin Builders offers move-in ready condos and townhomes in the premier Darley Green community for those looking for luxury at an affordable price. If the spacious floor plans, masterpiece kitchens, and prime location just 20 minutes away from happening Philadelphia aren’t enough to entice you, call our office at 302-655-2600 and ask us about the $10,000 move-in incentive.

3 Home Renovations to Consider this Winter

living room kitchen designThe winter season can bring on a bad case of cabin fever for some Delaware residents.

Turn the season around with home renovations that are particularly beneficial during those long, cold winter months. Montchanin Builders recommends numerous home renovations during the winter months, when contractors are more readily available and you have time to oversee indoor projects.

Consider these three popular home renovations this season if you are looking for a way to update your home, add space or simply enjoy fresh surroundings in 2016.

Kitchen remodeling

The kitchen is often the place where the family spends a significant portion of time, so kitchen remodeling can have a positive impact on everyone in the home. Kitchen remodels also provide the greatest resale value as a general rule, which means you will enjoy the greatest return on your renovation investment. Winter is also the perfect time to tackle this large project, from replacing countertops and refinishing cabinets to completely restructuring the flow of your space and creating a whole new look for the “heart of your home.”

Kitchen remodeling is a relatively major undertaking that can seem overwhelming to some Delaware homeowners. The experienced renovation experts at Montchanin Builders provide expert advice and guidance through every step of the process. With many modern, energy-efficient options to choose from, your new kitchen can be as practical as it is beautiful.

Bathroom remodel

The bathroom is another good room to give your attention to during the winter months. Bathroom remodels can turn your basic bath into a mini-sanctuary where you can relax and unwind after a busy day. With beautiful fixtures and luxurious touches, your bathroom can be transformed into your own private spa with all the trimmings.

Bathroom renovations offer an excellent return on your initial investment. If you begin your project now, you will have a beautiful new space for guests you are expecting this spring and summer. While this project is significantly smaller than a kitchen remodel, the far-reaching benefits of a beautiful new bathroom will continue to delight you throughout the year.

Basement finish

Your basement may be a wealth of expandable space that can add a game room, home theater or additional bedrooms to your home. Basement finishing is a cost-effective way to increase your home’s value while providing you with extra space to accommodate your changing needs or growing family.

The key to a successful basement remodel is choosing a layout and design for the space that will give you the greatest amount of function. At the same time, you want your basement to feel like a cozy haven where you can enjoy your indoor time throughout the winter months and all year long. Trust the expertise and experience of the professionals at Montchanin Builders to help you design a space that you will enjoy and use for many years to come.

Delaware home renovation services

Home renovations can be an excellent way to while away the chilly months of our Delaware winter. The staff at Montchanin Builders is ready to help you transform any room in your home into a modern, efficient and beautiful space your entire family is sure to enjoy.

To learn more about our home renovation services in Delaware, contact us today at 302-655-2600.

Holiday Events in Philly

Christmas tree in downtown PhiladelphiaThough the weather outside may be “frightful,” it doesn’t stop local residents from getting out to enjoy all the delightful festivities of the holiday season.

Whether your idea of fun consists of hot cocoa and ice skating or shopping at Macy’s and high-tech light shows, the best of Philadelphia at Christmastime is less than 30 minutes from the Delaware townhomes of Darley Green.

Christmas Village at Love Park

Philadelphia’s annual transformation of Love Park into “Christmas Village” has been called “the Best Outdoor Event” by Philly Happening Magazine. Open from Thanksgiving through the last Sunday of December, the outdoor holiday market is modeled after traditional Christmas markets in Germany with vendors at more than 60 wooden booths, traditional European sweets, international gifts, arts and crafts, thousands of lights and a festive holiday tree.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing

The centerpiece of Winterfest is the Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River lined with holiday trees. You’ll also find a ski-chalet style lodge, a winter garden, heated tents, fire pits, food vendors, themed parties, and holiday flea market.

Macy’s Holiday Light Show & Dickens Village

Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and running through the end of December, Macy’s shoppers will be treated to over 34,500 LED lights on a towering pine, with another 65,000 lights decorating the scene. The voice of Julie Andrews and a Wanamaker Organ accompany your journey through classic holiday tales like The Nutcracker and Frosty The Snowman. The third floor of Macy’s flagship Philadelphia store is transformed into a 6,000-square-foot 1840s village with more than 100 animated characters telling the story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Light Show

No matter how many times you’ve been to Franklin Square, you don’t want to miss the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show that runs every 30 minutes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. from November 12 through December 31. More than 50,000 lights flash in accordance with holiday music played by the Philly Pops – but that’s not all! Revelers can also ride a holiday train and carousel, nosh at Ben’s Bites & Brews food truck, play a round of mini-golf while staying cozy with warming stations, shop for unique gifts at the holiday market, visit with Santa, or participate in one of the many fun themed events like Star Wars Night, Frozen Night or Nutcracker Night.

Not sure what you’d like to see?

Hop aboard the Philadelphia PHLASH, which departs from the Independence Visitor Center every 15 minutes and makes 22 stops in Center City Philadelphia. For just $2, you can take the Holiday Evening Loop from 6-10 p.m. to experience Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival, Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Christmas Village at LOVE Park and more.

All the best is just a half hour drive from the master-planned community of Darley Green. To learn more about Montchanin Builders’ walkable, family-friendly community located in Delaware’s Claymont Renaissance District, please call 302-655-2600. 

5 Home Renovation Ideas For Fall

living room kitchen designSummer is an extremely busy time for Delaware home renovation contractors, but there is still much to be done in the cooler autumn months. These five fall home remodeling projects can save you money throughout the winter, protect your home from snow and ice damage, and give you a more pleasant interior space where you’ll be spending more time as you hunker down for the winter.

1. Windows and doors

Some people wait until the winter drafts are seeping in to call a home renovation contractor. However, the work then involves building a temporary wall and exterior frame with poles and polyethylene to keep the interior protected during the remodel. Sometimes projects need to be rescheduled when the weather is particularly inclement and the job cannot be done right. To avoid all this trouble, we recommend updating windows and doors in the fall to better insulate your home for the holidays and save money on your heating bills.

2. Painting

We advise that painting be done in the swing seasons to avoid issues. Summer isn’t the best time for painting, as the humidity interferes with paint drying and can cause walls to look splotchy. Winter is another bad time for painting due to the lack of ventilation, which causes paint fumes to remain in the home longer and lengthens the drying process. But why wait until spring to freshen up your interior and create a cheerier space for yourselves? New paint – particularly in the living, kitchen and dining rooms — will create a more enjoyable place to gather for the holidays.

3. Bathroom or kitchen tile

Many types of tile adhesives require temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees to bond properly, which can easily be controlled via an indoor thermostat. Colder winter air can cause issues with the adhesives — not to mention uncomfortable cold air and wet coming into the home with all the tiles. A kitchen bathroom remodel including updated tile is something you will enjoy showing off to holiday dinner guests, too!

4. Fireplace or HVAC update

Winter tends to be a very busy time for Delaware HVAC contractors who field frantic calls from homeowners who are bundled up in blankets and multiple layers, anxiously awaiting emergency help. You don’t want to wait until it’s freezing outside, your hot water switches off, or there is a snowstorm to find your HVAC system doesn’t work. Maintenance inspections cost a lot less than unexpected emergency repairs! Montchanin Builders can design and install a new fireplace in the autumn months to take the chill out of the home, create a cozier ambiance and lower heating costs through the winter.

5. Roofing and gutters

Roof repair in the fall helps your family avoid extreme winter cold and summer heat. Cleaning out the gutters will avoid issues like ice dams and sudden roof or foundation leaks as well. Nothing is worse than water seeping into the home in the middle of winter! The summer months are often hindered by extremely hot weather, as materials are impacted by the scorching sun. Replacing roofing materials in the winter can be unconducive, so truly fall or spring are the best times for a roofing project.

Delaware home renovation

Montchanin Builders can help with any Delaware home remodeling or renovation project. As established local builders, we have an impressive track record of professional, top-quality work. Contact us at 302-655-2600 to discuss your needs.

 

Fabulous Summer Events in Philadelphia

family riding bikesThere are certain American cities that seem to come alive in the summer but possibly none more so than Philadelphia with its rich riverfront setting, multicultural residents, and spectacular historic traditions. The city seems to explode from Memorial Day to Labor Day with a calendar full of art, food, and music festivals, blockbuster attractions, sporting events, and family-friendly happenings.

Let’s take a brief look at where you can go to experience some real Philadelphia fun this summer:

One spectacular sight that never fails to catch everyone’s breath is the vision of a fleet of two to three hundred foot long three masted ships gliding under full sail into port. That’s what you’ll experience from June 25 to June 28 at the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 as you’ll be able to climb aboard one of these beauties and go for a sail on the Delaware.

A convenient home base for enjoying Philly attractions

If you’re appreciating Philly for the first time or looking at Philadelphia condos as an option to make this gorgeous city your own, be sure to take a break from the many summer events to visit Darley Green, the master planned community of beautiful condos and townhouses just a quick twenty minutes away from downtown Philadelphia in Wilmington, DE.

You’ll find a wide selection of affordable condos and townhouses, great design, top amenities, and a wonderful small town feel. At Darley Green, you’ll get the best of both worlds—a dynamic and vibrant city full of culture and opportunity in Philadelphia and a delightful maintenance-free home base at Darley Green.

One of the best urban beaches in the world is in Philadelphia?

Yes, that’s exactly what the Huffington Post proclaimed Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. It called SSHP “a summer-festival-meets-urban-beach-mash-up that brings together pop-up restaurants, a sand pit strung with hammocks and a small beach with loungers and cozy fire pits. The highlight is a traditional wooden boardwalk lined with street food stalls and arcade games in old shipping containers.” Philadelphians wait all winter for this eclectic riverfront scene with its bocce court, beer garden, and a floating restaurant that Travel + Leisure Magazine calls one of “the coolest floating restaurants in the world.” And what’s also cool is that it’s FREE!

Follow Philadelphia folks in the know to another great pop up experience, the Oval, the City of Brotherly Love’s eight acre “Park on the Parkway” located next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval. Open all summer, the Oval is where you go for the latest art installations, live music, the best food trucks in town, not to mention craft beer and movie nights. It’s all summer and it’s also free!

Didn’t get enough ice skating this winter at RiverRink’s Winterfest downtown on the Delaware River? Revisit your “inner kid” this summer and roller skate at Philadelphia’s brand new Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It’s got a great lodge, a play area for the kids, and will stay open until the end of September.

Darley Green just minutes from Philly events

The condos and townhomes at Darley Green in Wilmington, DE are a fantastic and affordable option for the smart buyer who wants all the big city amenities that Philadelphia has to offer but wants the luxury of a gorgeous maintenance free home just minutes away by car or train.

No matter where you live, what’s summer without one of America’s greatest 4th of July celebrations. Come to WaWa Welcome America in Philadelphia, a blockbuster Independence Day extravaganza of concerts, fireworks, and fun activities celebrating America’s independence.

Finally, we all hate for summer to end but what a great bookend for all the non-stop summer activities in Philadelphia is the two-day Made in America Music Festival over Labor Day weekend. Dozens of top music acts on multiple stages set up on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and all curated by Jay Z provide a perfect cap to the summer.

Experience the best of both worlds at Darley Green

There are way too many summer fairs, festivals, and events in and around Philadelphia to list here. If you’re thinking Philadelphia condos are your only option, you’ll find there may be no more affordable and luxurious ways to experience Philadelphia than owning a move-in ready home at Darley Green, situated just five minutes from downtown Wilmington and 20 minutes from Philly.

Call 302-472-7213 to learn more about the many benefits of this master-planned community or to schedule a home tour of Darley Green.