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What Is the Difference Between an Apartment and a Condo?

If you’re tired of apartment living and thinking about buying your own place, you might be wondering why you’d look at condominiums. After all, isn’t “condo” just a fancy word for “apartment?” Actually, no. Apartments and condos have little in common. Here’s a quick primer on the differences between apartments and condos.

Who owns the property

The most significant difference between apartments and condos is who owns the property. If you live in an apartment, you pay rent to a landlord—you hold no ownership interest in the property. While it’s also possible to rent condos, most of them are owned by their residents. It’s just like owning a house, except that the condo is in a larger building.

How payments are managed

Since condos are typically owned, not leased, the payments are managed differently from apartments. A rental apartment typically requires a security deposit and the first and last month’s rent upon moving in. The renter then sends out monthly rent checks.

A condo can be purchased with a mortgage, just like a house. You’ll make your monthly payments to the mortgage lender. Each time you make a monthly payment, your equity in your home grows.

Who maintains the property

There are a lot of disadvantages to renting an apartment. One of the few advantages is that maintenance is included in the rent. Of course, some landlords choose to inadequately maintain their properties, causing headaches for the tenants.

If you buy a condo, you will be responsible for the maintenance of everything inside your home. However, in many cases, condos are included in a homeowners’ association (HOA). You’ll pay the HOA fees and the HOA is responsible for the maintenance of all common areas.

How you can personalize your space

Another main difference between apartments and condos is the personalization options. Tenants who rent their apartments have little to say about how their homes look. It’s typical of a landlord to prohibit tenants from putting up shelves, creating built-ins, or even changing the color of the wall paint without prior authorization. Some landlords won’t even allow tenants to use thumbtacks in the walls. In short, tenants have little control over what their home looks like.

In contrast, people who live in condos own their own property. If they wish, they can install new built-in bookshelves, upgrade the kitchen cabinets, retile the kitchen floor, and paint the walls to their heart’s content. There is a great deal more freedom involved with owning a condo versus renting an apartment.

Shopping for a new condo in northern Delaware?

Montchanin Builders is pleased to offer luxury condominiums for sale in our highly sought-after community of Darley Green. If you’re looking at new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware, you need to check out our beautiful townhomes and condos. They’re nestled within a neighborly, walkable community close to schools, shops, restaurants, and other convenient amenities. Our new homes in northern Delaware offer everything home buyers need!

You can schedule a viewing or inquire about our special financing offers by contacting our knowledgeable associates today. Be sure to ask us about our special $15,000 incentive program for new home buyers!

Additional resources for home buyers:

New Townhome Floor Plans – Now Under Construction at Darley Green!

They’re finally here! Montchanin Builders is pleased to announce the construction of our new Manor Townhomes in the much sought-after community of Darley Green near Wilmington, Delaware. It’s not too early (or too late!) to personalize your beautiful new Manor Townhome with your choice of luxury design center features. Of course, you’ll also get an unbelievable array of elegant amenities and features that come included with our townhomes!

Up to 2,500 square feet of finished living space!

Yes, you read that right. Our new Manor Townhome floor plans include up to 2,500 square feet of finished living space—all the space to enjoy, kick back and relax in comfort. With three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, and a two-car garage, our Manor Townhome more than meet the needs of those looking for a new home!

New Floorplans! New Features!

In the beautiful, walkable community of Darley Green, home buyers can choose from three Manor Townhome floor plans:

  • The Monroe: An end of group home that boasts over 2,247 square feet of living space! It includes a private covered entry, spacious foyer, and a finished open rec room! The master bedroom includes an oversized walk-in closet and designer bath featuring double bowl vanity, with two additional bedrooms and laundry on the bedroom level.
  • The Montgomery: Our largest townhome, offers over 2,500 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage, plus an enclosed front porch. The open floor plan includes an optional library off the living room and great sized open rec room on the entry level!
  • The Maxwell: Enjoy 2,342 square feet of living space boasting three bedrooms, two and half baths, two-car garage plus a spacious enclosed front porch with full brick façade! You’ll love the open concept floor plan, with a smooth flow from the kitchen and breakfast nook through the dining room to the living room and included composite deck!

Highly coveted luxury features

These new construction homes for sale near you in Delaware are chock-full of luxury amenities, like a gourmet kitchen with island, 9-foot ceilings throughout and a composite deck! In the kitchen, you’ll love the open floorplan with center island, Whirlpool appliances and gas cooking!

One of our most popular features brings convenience to modern living. Homebuyers love our bedroom-level laundry room— just think no more lugging heavy laundry baskets up and down the stairs! Other luxury features include:

  • Cultured marble vanity with double bowl sinks in the Master Bath
  • Home sprinkler fire protection system
  • Whirlpool appliances and Delta faucets
  • Mannington Floor Coverings and Mohawk Carpet

New construction, move-in ready homes for sale near you

For years, Montchanin Builders has prioritized architectural beauty and quality craftsmanship, while keeping our homes at affordable price points for all. Whether you’re searching for move-in ready homes or new construction homes near you in Delaware, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the Montchanin Builders Darley Green community!

Don’t Wait!

Schedule a personal tour of our new Manor Townhomes floorplans in Darley Green today! Just give us a call at 302.655.2600. Be sure to ask us how you can get up to $15,000 toward your purchase on select home sites at Darley Green!

How Neighborhood “Walkability” Can Boost Your Health

Everyone knows that location is one of the most important factors in choosing a new home. Ideally, your new home should be close to great schools, top-rated hospitals, dining options, and other community amenities. But the type of neighborhood you choose is also crucial. Public health officials tend to agree that walkable neighborhoods lend themselves to better health for the residents. This is true regardless of whether the residents are singles, couples, families, or retirees. Supporting a higher quality of life is one reason why Montchanin Builders designs move-in ready homes in Delaware within masterfully planned, walkable communities.

Walkable neighborhoods encourage an active lifestyle

Physical fitness is all about opportunity. It’s much easier to enjoy an active lifestyle when you live in a neighborhood that supports it. Whether you’re taking the dog out for a game of Frisbee or enjoying a quiet stroll around the block after dinner, you’ll get some amazing health benefits from your active lifestyle. Physical exercise is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and certain cancers.

Being in nature is linked to mental health benefits

Beyond the benefits of regular exercise, walkable neighborhoods encourage better health in another crucial way. Studies have suggested that regularly being in nature supports better mental and emotional health. In one study, conducted by researchers from Stanford, it was determined that people who walk for 90 minutes in nature are less likely to suffer from depression compared to those who walk for the same amount of time in an urban area.

When you visit Darley Green, a Montchanin Builders neighborhood, you’ll love how the architecture blends into nature. Stroll along the tree-lined streets and wide green open spaces. Individuals love the convenient sidewalks and walking paths, as well as the safety-minded driving habits of the residents.

You’ll find similar features in The Overlook at Rockford Falls, another Montchanin Builders community that was designed with walkability as a priority. These charming townhomes are nestled close to state park land. Plus, residents have easy access to walking trails and the waterfront in Wilmington, DE. The lovely green spaces are made even more accessible by the optional elevators located in the townhomes.

Walkable communities are more socially connected

Humans are social creatures at heart, and social connectivity is so crucial at every stage of life. When you move to a walkable neighborhood, you’ll notice that your neighbors are more likely to be friendlier, happier, and more socially outgoing. Even if you’re going for a solo walk around the block, you’re likely to bump into at least a few smiling faces to brighten your day.

Move-in ready homes near me in Delaware

When you’re ready to start searching for move-in ready homes in a walkable neighborhood near you, you can begin your search at Montchanin Builders. Everyone will love our carefully designed, walkable communities in Delaware. Get in touch today to schedule a viewing of a move-in ready home in Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls!  You can reach us at 302.472.7212. Remember to ask us about our special financing deals!

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Stanford University, Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature, https://news.stanford.edu/2015/06/30/hiking-mental-health-063015/
  2. Futurity, Neighborhood ‘Walkability’ Can Boost Your Health, https://www.futurity.org/walkability-neighborhoods-well-being-1377602-2/
Mature Friends Enjoying Outdoor Summer Barbeque In Garden

4 Easy Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

One of the exciting aspects of buying a new home in northern Delaware is the beautiful scenery. Your new home is the perfect backdrop for hosting an outdoor get-together for friends and family. Whether you’re planning a formal gathering or a casual get-together, use the following suggestions to get started with the planning process.

Select a theme

It isn’t strictly necessary to choose a theme for a party, but it can be a helpful way to pull the event together and get everyone on the same page. If you do choose a theme, it’s best to send out invitations for the event that explains the theme and offers general recommendations for attire. Look beyond the time-tested Hawaiian-themed parties.

For example, you could throw a Prohibition-era party that borrows from elements of speakeasies. Encourage guests to choose clothing reminiscent of the 1920s. Hold the party in the evening under outdoor lighting. Play jazz or blues, serve cocktails, and play music in the background. You could even use invitations that look like speakeasy membership cards.

Host a potluck

If you’d rather plan an informal outdoor party, consider hosting a potluck. Potlucks are much beloved by hosts everywhere because having the guests do some of the work means the hosts can socialize freely during the party. To ensure that your buffet table isn’t overly burdened with desserts and appetizers, you could circulate a “To Bring” signup list via email.

Plan activities to keep the kids busy

Unless you’re planning an adults-only party, you’ll need a way to keep the kids busy and out of trouble. It’s best to select child-friendly activities that don’t require much adult assistance. Set up crafts stations that are simple enough that the kids don’t need directions, such as a bubble blowing station. If you’re expecting a few toddlers, purchase a set of ball-pit balls and dump them into a dry kiddie pool. And don’t forget to serve some child-friendly food!

Have a backup plan

Even the most carefully planned outdoor party can be derailed by an unfavorable weather forecast. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. If you’re inviting too many people to comfortably fit into your living room or dining room, you’ll need to temporarily add on to your living space. Purchase or rent an outdoor canopy to give your deck or porch a roof. Throw open the door so your guests can freely mingle in or out of the house.

Looking for new houses for sale in Wilmington, DE?

You’re in luck! Montchanin Builders still has new homes for sale in our beautifully designed communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls! These home sites are perfect for folks who love to entertain. Both communities feature plenty of open spaces and lots of greenery. The Overlook at Rockford Falls offers views of Alapocas State Park and is near the Brandwine Creek —an ideal setting for backyard parties. If you’re looking for new homes in northern Delaware, schedule a viewing today!

Additional resources for outdoor living:

  1. Real Simple, 24 Tips for Easy Outdoor Entertaining, https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/entertaining/seasonal-events/easy-outdoor-entertaining
  2. Better Homes & Gardens, Easy Outdoor Entertaining Tips and Ideas, https://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/themes/easy-outdoor-entertaining-tips/

The Role of Natural Light in Choosing a New Home

There are so many factors home buyers look for when they’re shopping around. A house is the biggest investment most families make, and so it makes sense to take your time and compare the details. If you’re a first-time home buyer in Wilmington, Delaware, one of the factors you might want to consider is the amount of natural sunlight a house receives. Sunshine is so important for your overall health—plus, it improves the energy efficiency of the home!

Benefits of natural sunlight

There is plenty of scientific evidence to suggest that natural sunlight is beneficial for human health. Perhaps the most well-known benefit of sunlight is the vitamin D it produces in human bodies. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that can be synthesized through a photosynthetic reaction. It’s essential for strong bones, cancer prevention, and heart health.

Even if you were already familiar with the benefits of the “sunshine vitamin,” you might not have known that natural sunlight can make you more productive in the office. This is because sunlight is a key regulator of melatonin, a hormone. As sunlight enters the optic nerve, it triggers the cessation of melatonin production. When sunlight ceases entering the optic nerve, melatonin production begins again. This regulates the sleep-wake cycle. In other words, if you don’t get enough natural sunlight during the day, you’re more likely to suffer from daytime sleepiness and subsequently, poor work productivity.

Sunlight exposure triggers the production of another hormone, called serotonin. If serotonin levels are too low, people are at an increased risk of depressive disorders. In other words, living in a home with plenty of natural sunshine can help boost your mood.

Finding a home that optimizes natural sunlight

Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of natural sunlight for your family’s well-being, it’s time to take a look at shopping for a home that maximizes light exposure. Perhaps the most important factor is the positioning of the house. Since the U.S. is in the northern hemisphere, all walls facing south will receive the most amount of sunlight throughout the day. Look for a home that places the longest wall facing south. Ideally, this wall would have few to no offsets.

The interior layout of the house can also play a role in optimizing natural light. It’s a smart idea to put the rooms that receive the most daytime activity on the south-facing wall. And of course, that wall should ideally have lots of large windows. This is why architects often place bedrooms along the north-facing wall.

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Montchanin Builders embraces new concepts in home design and building, including the optimization of natural sunlight and the incorporation of energy-efficient features. Tour our walkable communities in Delaware today! Enjoy the tree-lined streets and wide open spaces of Darley Green. Tour The Overlook at Rockford Falls, which has a prime location near the Brandywine River, and easy access to state park land and walking trails. If you’re looking for homes for sale in Wilmington, DE  and beyond, schedule a personal tour of our new homes for sale in Delaware by calling 302.472.7212.

Additional resources for home buyers

  1. National Institutes of Health, Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/
  2. Utah State University Extension, Designing Your Home for Maximum Natural Lighting, https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2497&context=extension_curall
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4 Creative Housewarming Gift Ideas

There are so many exciting aspects of buying a new home in Delaware: From meeting new neighbors to figuring out which is your new favorite coffee shop. Throwing a housewarming party is just one more fun way to celebrate new homeownership. If you’re attending a housewarming party as a guest, you won’t have to worry about decorating the house or arranging the catering. But you should bring a housewarming gift to show your appreciation. Here are a few creative ideas to inspire you.

Practical gifts

Many homeowners prefer practical gifts over knickknacks. If your friend is a first-time homeowner, consider gifting a basic tool set. It’ll make it easier for your friend to assemble new bookshelves and get crafty on the weekends. Along those lines, consider gifting a picture hanging tool so your friend can hang perfectly straight pictures in the new house.

Another practical choice, which many homeowners don’t own but should, is a fire extinguisher. Every building needs one. Residential fire extinguishers are small and easy to tuck out of the way. These days, you can even find fire extinguishers with different colors and patterns on the case.

Small stuff

Small gifts can be just as thoughtful as big ticket items. Consider assembling a gift basket of useful and unique items for your friends. You could have address labels made for the new residence. Chalk labels are always helpful for organizing items in the kitchen or craft room. Toss in a home maintenance guidebook, some fancy candles, and a personalized cheese board to complete the gift basket.

Edible housewarming gifts

Nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood!” quite as well as edible gifts. You can purchase pre-assembled coffee, hot chocolate, and tea gift baskets, or make your own. Breakfast baskets are also popular. Look for fancy pancake mixes, real maple syrup, jams and jellies, and boxed mixes for scones and biscuits.

Bring your edible gift basket to the next level by mixing in related, but inedible items. If your friends love wine, add some cute wine charms and an electric corkscrew. Look for coasters that are personalized to the geographic area of the new home. In a breakfast basket, you could add a couple of specialized pancake plates.

Living housewarming gifts

Every home needs at least one plant. Help your friends get a head start by bringing a small plant in a beautiful planter. If your friends don’t have green thumbs, look for plants that are hard to kill, like succulents. Another fun idea is to gift several small potted herbs. Your friends will love them arranged on the windowsill in the kitchen.

Check out new homes for sale in Wilmington, DE

Are you ready to achieve the American dream of homeownership? Contact Montchanin Builders to tour our beautiful homes for sale in Wilmington, DE. From gourmet kitchens to inviting wraparound porches, our homes will exceed your expectations. Call us today at 302.472.7212 and ask about getting $15,000 toward your purchase, available on select homesites at the Darley Green. You can also set a personal appointment to tour move-in ready homes available at  The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green!

Additional resources for housewarming parties

  1. Buzzfeed, 40 Housewarming Gifts People Actually Want, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mackenziekruvant/housewarming-gifts-people-actually-want
  2. Good Housekeeping, 30 Thoughtful (and Affordable) Housewarming Gifts, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home-products/g1025/starter-housewarming-gifts/

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 Delaware townhome communities with short commutes, while older generations tend to gravitate toward single family homes in suburban areas.

Browse new communities in Wilmington, DE

Montchanin home builders in Delaware are 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 and affordable family home communities including Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall.

New home 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/

Townhome Living: 3 Advantages of a Low-Maintenance Lifestyle

When you picture yourself in your own home, what do you see? Kids playing in the yard? Waving to the neighbors as you pull in the driveway? Hosting fabulous dinner parties for friends and family? Chances are, you aren’t picturing the less glamorous side of homeownership: Maintenance and upkeep. As rewarding as it is to own your own home, it’s also a lot of hard work. There’s snow to shovel in the winter, grass to cut in the summer, and leaves to rake in the fall. The never-ending maintenance tasks associated with homeownership is just one of the many reasons why so many people are choosing to purchase new homes in Delaware townhome communities. Here’s a look at some of the benefits you can look forward to with townhome living.

Save your back from shoveling snow and raking leaves

There’s nothing wrong with a little manual labor once in a while. In fact, if you have an office job that requires you to stare at a computer all day, you might catch yourself fantasizing about spending a day gardening or refurbishing a deck. But when you get down to the business of raking leaves and shoveling snow, you’ll quickly realize that there’s a good reason why a maintenance-free lifestyle is appealing. So, banish those callouses and backaches, because townhome living includes exterior maintenance! At Montchanin Builders’ planned community, Darley Green, you’ll never have to worry about shoveling snow or raking leaves.

There’s no need to look for reliable maintenance help

If you’ve ever had to hire a landscaper or a similar contractor, then you know how nerve-wracking the process can be. Should you do a background check? How exactly does one go about doing a background check? What if the contractor doesn’t finish the job? And what options do you have if the landscaper mows over your prized begonias or the plow operator scratches your car?

With low maintenance townhome living in a community like Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls, there’s no need to worry about finding reliable maintenance help—it’s all taken care of for you.

A world of opportunities… right at your fingertips

Delaware townhome communities are your chance to experience the good life. You’ll have incredible neighborhood amenities within walking distance. Enjoy the wide-open spaces, walking trails, and neighborhood gathering areas. Walk over to a local shop or restaurant. Get in better shape with help from the beautiful jogging paths. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

Explore the best of townhome living in Delaware

Are you ready to take advantage of low-maintenance Delaware townhomes? Montchanin home builders in Delaware invites you to explore our beautiful, new homes in our Delaware townhome communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls—one of our newest, highly sought-after neighborhoods. You’ll get the benefits of low maintenance living in our new, move-in ready homes, plus easy access to neighborhood amenities. And if you ever feel the need to experience the bright lights of the big city, Philadelphia is a quick drive away! Call us today at 302.472.7212 or fill out our online contact form to get the ball rolling!

Additional resources for new home buyers:

  1. HGTV, How to Buy in New Construction, https://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/how-to-buy-in-new-construction
  2. Realtor.com, How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time, https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/buying-a-house-while-selling-a-house/

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 townhome 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 Montchanin Builders, innovative home builders in Delaware, 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 in affordable family home communities 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 offer some of the best affordable family home communities with walkable communities.

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/

How to Add Color to Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the symbolic soul of your home. It’s where guests gather to chat, and where family members reconnect after a long day at work or school. You can brighten up any gathering by designing your new townhome’s kitchen with bold splashes of color. It all starts with customizing your kitchen with aesthetically pleasing additions, like the backsplash, countertops, and cabinets. Then, bring in your own personal style with less permanent additions.

Personalize your granite or quartz countertops

If you’ve just purchased your new townhome in Wilmington, DE from Montchanin Builders, you have the option to personalize your kitchen countertops. Choose from a variety of colors of granite or Corian Quartz. Usually, interior designers recommend choosing countertops before other features, as it can be easier to match cabinets and backsplashes to the countertop.

If your style is modern, consider selecting white granite or quartz countertops. Although white itself isn’t a bold color, it does give you plenty of leeway. Use it as a background to add bold colors elsewhere. Black countertops are also popular, or you could break the mold by going with a mossy, earthy green.

Choose a bold, vibrant backsplash

Montchanin Builders also has a variety of decorative backsplashes to choose from for your new townhome. When matching your backsplash to your countertops, pick out the highlights of color that are similar to your countertops. For instance, your granite countertops might have veins of blue-gray or specks of warm gold. Look for a backsplash that also features these colors.

Personalize your cabinets

Cabinets can be tricky. If you’re going for a traditional look, you might want to stick with a darker, rich wood color. But if you have a modern style, consider choosing a painted cabinet. The two-toned cabinet trend is quite popular these days, and you can use it to showcase a bold color without overwhelming the kitchen. For example, you could have the perimeter cabinets painted a white and the upper cabinets painted a dark gray.

Add living decorations to your kitchen

No kitchen is truly complete without living greenery. Consider installing a vertical herb garden on the pantry door. You can purchase the structural elements pre-made or take a DIY approach—just check Pinterest and YouTube for ideas. Install some small hanging planters in the window over the kitchen sink, or add a few small succulents to the window ledge.

Add seasonal decorations

Seasonal decorations give you plenty of flexibility, since by nature, they’re intended to be swapped out and replaced periodically. In the summer, place a bowl of bright citrus fruits on the countertop. Winter is the perfect time of year to use fresh red cranberries as a decorative piece.

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Additional resources for townhome owners

  1. Houzz, How to Choose a Backsplash for Your Granite Counters, https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/53449216/list/how-to-choose-a-backsplash-for-your-granite-counters
  2. The Spruce, How to Choose the Best Colors for Granite Countertops, https://www.thespruce.com/choose-best-colors-for-granite-countertops-4100988