townhomes delaware

5 Great Design Ideas to Make Your Luxury Townhome Your Own

Your new luxury townhome will be your family’s sanctuary for years to come. Make the most of your space by bringing your unique personality into the design scheme. When you’re done designing your space, you’ll truly feel at home, and you’ll love showing off your work to your guests.

Install a residential elevator

A residential elevator can be the perfect feature for your new home. And if you choose a luxury townhome in Wilmington, DE located in The Overlook at Rockford Falls, you can request that the builder install it before you move in. Elevators are an increasingly popular home feature. Even if you prefer to take the stairs most of the time, an elevator will prove indispensable when you need to move heavy items between floors, or simply for aging in place and increasing the home’s resale value.

Add a touch of old Hollywood glamour

Looking for a warm and welcoming, yet sophisticated and chic vibe for your luxury townhome? Consider adding a touch of old Hollywood glamour. This style is all about sharp contrasts, particularly black and white. For instance, you could put up very dark, textured wallpaper on one accent wall, leaving the other walls white. Look for black sofas with bold, white accents. Choose dramatic, glitzy lighting fixtures, and add elements of glass and crystal. Choose a few select pieces to add some surprising color to your home, such as shades of coral, wine, green, or amber.

Bring the outdoors inside

Wood floors are a good start to enhancing the natural feel of your luxury townhome in Delaware, but consider doing something a bit more over-the-top. The stacked townhomes available in Montchanin Builders’ Darley Green community, for instance, feature beautiful, vaulted ceilings. Enhance that vertical space by adding one or two dwarf trees to your décor. Consider a dwarf Meyer lemon tree, which is easily grown indoors year-round. You’ll also get a pop of natural color when it bears fruit.

Add texture

Enhancing your home with plant life is one way to add texture. There are lots of other strategies you can use too, like diversifying your artwork collection with a tapestry or two. Ethnic area rugs are another option for adding some eye-catching texture. If you’re a bibliophile, consider showcasing your collection in a floor-to-ceiling display. Books are texture too, though they aren’t often considered a décor element.

Add an authentic international flair

Your home should tell the story of your life. Whenever you travel, you can look for interesting, one-of-a-kind souvenirs to use in your home décor scheme. From classical sculptures and paintings to unexpectedly whimsical pieces, your authentic additions will make your home your own. Not much of a traveler? No problem! That’s what Google is for. Look for unique and aesthetically pleasing items from the cultures you’re most passionate about.

Montchanin Builders welcomes you home

Montchanin Builders invites you to explore the incredible amenities available in our new luxury townhomes in Wilmington, DE. On our website, you can view the latest floor plans available in the masterfully planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. In our Design Center, we’ve included everything you need to help you realize your design vision for your home. Call us today at (302) 472-7212.

Additional resources for new homeowners

  1. Elle Décor, Youthful Glamour in New York City, https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/house-interiors/a4028/youthful-glamour-in-new-york-city-a-67591/
  2. Apartment Therapy, Designer Secrets: Transform Your Space with Texture, https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/designers-secrets-5-ways-to-add-texture-to-a-room-192202

Preview Tours for The Overlook at Rockford Falls

Pauletta Caldwell The Overlook at Rockford FallsMontchanin Builders is pleased to announce the opening of The Overlook at Rockford Falls, our new, exclusive, one-of-a-kind community nestled on the peaceful, picturesque banks of Brandywine Creek. You are invited to schedule an appointment to view the floor plans and features of our spacious, amenity-filled homes. The first two homesites in The Overlook at Rockford Falls are now under construction, so call today for a site tour!

In related news, we are overjoyed to welcome Pauletta Caldwell as our Community Sales Manager for The Overlook at Rockford Falls. To schedule a tour or for more information about our luxurious, exclusive community of 32 townhomes in Rockford Park, on the historic Bancroft Mills site, please contact Pauletta at pcaldwell@montchaninbuilders.net or 610-454-8009.

The Highlights of Our Community

The masterfully-designed townhomes at The Overlook at Rockford Falls feature beautiful stone exteriors with a 2-car garage. The interior is a spacious with up to 4,000-square-feet of living space with three bedrooms, two and one half-bathrooms. Owners have the choice of features, such as an elevator, a finished recreation room, fourth bedroom and bath as well as outdoor entertaining areas. Perfect for growing families, retirees, and first-time homeowners, this community is situated on preserved state park land, amidst lush woodland with walking and hiking trails, and access to the historic Rockford Tower landmark.

Rockford Falls is nestled within Bancroft Mills, a mill complex in Wilmington and a focal point in Delaware history. Its origins go back to 1831, when the site was converted into a cotton finishing mill by English immigrant John Bancroft. The mill became the biggest of its kind in the United States. A century later in 1930, the mill stood as the largest in the world.

Delaware Townhome Amenities

It’s not just the house that makes up your home. The surrounding community is just as much a selling point for home buyers.

Much of the site’s historic appeal still remains, giving residents and visitors a glimpse of the past that remains frozen in time. Enjoy access to numerous recreational activities, including walking trails and serene waterfront views. Walking distance to the Delaware Art Museum and Delaware State Parkland, located just 1.5 miles from downtown Wilmington.

Residents also enjoy access to Rockford Park, erected in 1889 and standing as one of the oldest parks in the city. This provides a tranquil backdrop for picnics and walks with the family dog. Within Rockford Park lies Rockford Tower, an iconic century-old landmark. Make it to the top, and you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent bird’s eye view of the entire area.

Make an Appointment at Our New Design Center

Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule an appointment to visit our new Design Center, and see for yourself why The Overlook at Rockford Falls is a reflection of its rich history. Be sure to sign up to be on our VIP list to be one of the first to learn about prices, plans, and invites to our upcoming preview events.

Additional Rockford Park Resources:

  1. Only in Your State, The Remnants of This Abandoned Mill in Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful, http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/abandoned-mill-de/
  2. Bancroft Mills, History, http://www.bancroftmills.com/

5 Signs That You’ve Outgrown Your Apartment

couple moving into new homeIf you are early in your career, or have a younger family, the temporary nature of apartment living offers the opportunity to change your living situation to meet the demands of your life. But as circumstances and tastes change, apartment-dwellers begin to wonder whether it is time to move on to home ownership.

How to know you have outgrown your apartment

Consider these signs that moving into your own home or condo may make the most sense for your lifestyle.

  1. Your space seems to be shrinking. There are so many ways this can happen – maybe your family is growing or your collection of tchotchkes is expanding. Maybe you are planning to work from a home office, or need more room for entertaining. A town home or condominium can offer several times more space than an apartment.
  2. You are ready to invest your payments into a home you own. You may decide that you owe it to yourself to make your monthly payments toward something you will have pride in owning long-term, rather than to a landlord for a fleeting month’s rent.
  3. You crave a more personal neighborhood. Since apartments offer flexibility, neighbors are more likely to come and go. For those looking to build long-term relationships, consider a planned community with amenities that foster neighborly friendships.
  4. Your current place is just not quite yours. While there are many inventive ways to add personal decorative flair to an apartment, it is difficult to entirely shake the cookie cutter feel. The ownership benefits of town homes and condos allow residents to add much more extensive custom touches, from painting the walls to remodeling.
  5. You prefer more refined options. When it comes to high-end details, your money will go farther when you own. Owners can also make more permanent choices, such as upgrading fixtures and finishes, which are almost always out of the question in a rental.

Consider a move-in ready home at Darley Green

If you find you relate to one or more of these situations, it might be time to upgrade from an apartment to owning your own home. Montchanin Builders offers exquisite design and thoughtful planning in its premier communities. The classically-styled Delaware townhomes and condos at Darley Green are located near Claymont and Wilmington, DE, in the desirable Brandywine School District.

Darley Green offers easy access to commute routes, as well as an array of local shops and businesses within walking distance. There is no shortage of activity, and neighbors love the extended family feel that Darley Green fosters.

Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour of the move-in ready town homes and condos available at Darley Green, or one of our other thoughtfully designed Delaware communities.

More signs that it’s time to buy a home:

  1. Trulia, 16 Signs It’s Time To Move To A New House, https://www.trulia.com/blog/16-signs-its-time-to-start-a-house-search/
  2. Forbes, How To Know When It’s Time To Buy A Home, https://www.forbes.com/sites/ajsmith/2017/10/17/how-to-know-when-its-time-to-buy-a-home/#2eec00b9191f

4 Reasons Why a Townhome is a Great Investment

Building trends come and go. Tiny houses and homes built out of re-purposed shipping containers are the perfect examples. But some homes have staying power, up and coming generations are falling in love with them all over again. Townhouses have been a staple in Delaware and throughout the U.S. since the 19th century.

During the 1960’s, they became popular again, and now these beautiful buildings are experiencing another resurgence of popularity.

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider purchasing a townhome in Delaware, and here are a few of them.

A perfect balance of privacy and in-town convenience

Individuals, couples, and families often crave the convenience of living in town, but the privacy of living in a standalone home. Townhouses are the perfect compromise. As a blend of condominiums and single-family homes, townhomes provide the space-saving benefits that allow them to be located in desirable areas.

And while a townhouse is on either side by other townhomes, families can retreat inside for a level of privacy that is comparable to a single-family residence.

Easy access to community amenities

Despite the privacy of townhomes, they’re often located in neighborhoods that are chock-full of modern amenities. Depending on the specific neighborhood you choose, you might have a public library, jogging paths, nature trails, and parks—all within easy walking distance from your doorstep.

Less exterior maintenance = more free time

No time to shovel snow or rake leaves on the weekends or before rushing to work? No worries! Most planned communities include all facets of exterior maintenance and landscaping which gives townhouse owners more valuable time to spend with family and friends. Low maintenance is one of the greatest appeals of townhome living.

Townhomes are affordable

One major driving force behind the popularity of townhomes is their affordability. The initial purchase price on a townhome is generally more affordable than a single-family house in the same region. Plus, the property value increases over time, giving townhome owners a great return on their investment.

Townhouses are also less costly to maintain than standalone houses. Since both sides of the house are merged with the adjacent townhouse, heat loss is minimized in the winter, and heat transfer to the home is minimized in the summer. As an added perk, townhome owners can enjoy the feeling of knowing their home is eco-friendly.

Find your dream home with Montchanin Builders

Montchanin Builders is a leading residential development and construction management company in  Delaware that focuses on growing true communities, with beautifully landscaped common areas, incredible amenities, and architecturally inspiring homes. If you’re looking for a townhome in Delaware, we invite you to come visit Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls. These are two of our popular planned communities, each with a unique set of amenities.

Call us today at 302.472.7212, and let us know what you’re looking for in your next home.

Additional Resources on Townhome Advantages and Benefits:

  1. HowStuffWorks, 5 Advantages of a Townhouse, https://home.howstuffworks.com/community-living/condos-townhomes/5-advantages-townhouse.htm
  2. The Nest, What Are the Benefits of Townhomes? https://budgeting.thenest.com/benefits-townhomes-22456.html

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

home value, house value, property valuesAs soon as you become a proud homeowner, you’ll likely start to think about your home’s value. Home value is a major issue, and not just for homeowners who are getting ready to put the property up for sale. By increasing your home’s value, you’re also increasing the equity you own in your home.

It’s not difficult to improve your home’s value, and you can always hire a home contractor in Delaware to do the heavy lifting for you.

1. Add an elevator

Residential elevators aren’t just for billionaires and city slickers living in high-rise apartment buildings. There’s been a rising trend lately in home buyers looking for townhomes with elevators, and homeowners planning renovations to add them. Elevators allow seniors to age in place, even if they have a multi-story home. They assist families with young children (ever try to carry a heavy laundry basket down the stairs with a small child getting underfoot?), and they’re an ideal option for people who once considered single story living.

2. Replace the hardware

One minor home improvement task that will boost value is replacing aging, loose, or worn-out hardware. Go on a shopping trip and look for new doorknobs and hardware for your kitchen cabinets. Don’t forget handles and knobs for your bathroom vanity cabinets!

3. Spruce up your landscaping and hardscaping

Curb appeal is a major factor in a home’s value. Trim overgrown hedges and bushes, add some fresh mulch to the flowerbeds, and plant some attractive chrysanthemums, peonies, and colorful, ornamental grasses. If your home lacks hardscaping, consider adding a retaining wall. Other options for boosting your home’s value include installing a water feature, building a stone walkway, and putting in a patio.

4. Improve energy efficiency

Energy-efficient homes are a trend that will never go out of style. Some homeowners are concerned about the depletion of the earth’s natural resources, and feel that it’s their civic responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint. Other homeowners are tired of spending their paychecks on utility bills, and would like to stop throwing cash out a drafty window. Regardless of the reason, an energy-efficient home is a more valuable home. Consider replacing old windows, installing a high-efficiency furnace, and upgrading to Energy Star-rated appliances in your kitchen and laundry room.

5. Finish the basement

A finished basement can make a world of difference for a family. And if you’ve decided to install a residential elevator, it will be more accessible than ever. Finished basements add a great deal of livable square footage to a home. They also provide extra storage spaces, without the mold and mustiness that is characteristic of an unfinished basement.

Elevator townhomes in Delaware

Looking for a new home in Delaware? Montchanin Builders can help you find the perfect home for your family. In our beautifully planned communities, you’ll enjoy amazing amenities, walkable streets, and friendly neighbors. Our custom, move-in ready townhomes offer luxury at an affordable price. If you choose to make The Overlook at Rockford Falls your new community, you could even purchase a townhome with an elevator in Delaware! Call Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212.

More tips on how to increase your home’s value:

  1. The Family Handyman, 15 Reasons Why You Should Renovate Your House for Property Value, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/15-reasons-why-you-should-renovate-your-house-for-property-value/view-all/
  2. Realtor Mag, A Rising Trend: Home Elevators, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/15-reasons-why-you-should-renovate-your-house-for-property-value/view-all/

1255 Parish Avenue: Purchase This Gorgeous Home in Darley Green Before It’s Too Late

Moving to Delaware? The brand new, move-in ready stacked townhome at 1255 Parish Avenue in Darley Green is a must-see for any home buyer who values contemporary aesthetics, flawless craftsmanship, and neighborly communities. Darley Green is a much-coveted planned community near Wilmington, Delaware, and 1255 Parish Avenue is currently on the market—but not for long.

Flexible, functional floor plan

Like all of the townhouses and single-family homes built by Montchanin Builders, 1255 Parish Avenue is a flawless blend of  optimum function and desirable aesthetics. The Emerson floor plan, which is a stacked townhome with two bedrooms, two baths, and a one car garage. New homeowners love the open design, with an impressive great room overlooked by a loft.

The gourmet kitchen is nestled back off of the great room. It’s joined by the breakfast nook, with a large pantry. Walk up the stairs to find a convenient, open loft overlooking the Great Room as well as a bedroom level laundry room. The bedrooms are located convient to the the laundry room and the hall bathroom. The master bedroom features a spacious walk-in closet and a carefully designed master bathroom, which includes dual sinks with double bowl raised vanity and oversized soaking tub with designer ceramic tile.

Exquisite design details

Montchanin Builders pride themselves on meticulous design, right down to the last detail. You’ll fall in love with your new, gorgeous kitchen. It features spacious 42-inch birch cabinets, modern stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.

Enjoy the look of oak hardwood flooring on the main level, with soaring 17′ ceilings and an abundance of windows!

Raise your family in a walkable community

Darley Green lives up to its name—with plenty of open, green space. Get to know your new neighbors as you stroll along the tree-lined streets in this walkable community. Darley Green boasts pleasant gathering areas for the neighborhood, and the nearby Claymont Public Library is nestled within park areas, jogging trails, and walking paths.

Another great aspect of moving to 1255 Parish Avenue in Darley Green is the proximity to modern amenities. Commuters will love the quick access to major highways, as well as the nearby Claymont commuter train and the Wilmington Amtrak Station. Don’t want to travel? No problem! Darley Green features plenty of restaurants, shops, and other various businesses—all within walking distance.

Purchase 1255 Parish Avenue before somebody else does!

Get in touch today, or you might miss your chance to make this gorgeous townhouse your home. Select home sites at Darley Green are eligible for $15,000 off your purchase price, making this gem at 1255 Parish Avenue even more affordable than its original, competitive price of $244,865. Call 302-655-2600 or email rchase@montchaninbuilders.net, and be sure to ask about our special partnership with Supreme Lending.

Townhouse vs. Single Family Home: Pros and Cons

Homebuyers in Delaware have lots of choices when it comes to putting down roots. Today’s real estate market is brimming with attractive townhouses and spacious single-family homes. When it comes time to purchase, many buyers are faced with a tough decision, as there are advantages and potential drawbacks to each. Are you searching for a place with an ample backyard or do you prefer a home that doesn’t entail outside maintenance?

In addition to thinking about your current lifestyle and housing budget, you should also consider how those preferences and needs will change as the years pass. Both townhouses and single-family homes can be a fantastic option, but before signing any papers, it’s a good idea to look at the pros and cons of both.

Townhouses: Pros and Cons

Townhomes come in a wide range of options, but as a general rule, these dwellings will share walls, a roof or floors with neighbors. If you value having space apart from neighbors, a detached home might be a better fit for you than a townhouse. However, if you enjoy having a quiet and spacious home to relax in, combined with the sense of security and close-knit community that comes with having neighbors close by, a townhome may be your best move.

Many townhomes are built in developments, where residents are walking distance to restaurants and shopping. This is perfect if you’re looking for a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that places a high value on convenience.

The majority of townhomes are part of a Homeowner’s Association that assumes responsibility for the landscaping and maintenance, including leaf removal, snow shoveling, grass cutting and exterior repairs. If you are not a fan of gardening, or travel a lot for work, attached dwellings are lower maintenance compared to single-family homes.

If you’re the type of family that doesn’t need a lot of storage space or a huge backyard, a townhouse may be a wise investment, offering great ease of living with minimal upkeep and a nice sense of community.

Single-family homes: Pros and Cons

Single-family homes are on their own lot and do not share walls with other houses. While you may have neighbors next door or down the road, single-family homes afford privacy and seclusion. Compared to a townhouse, they tend to offer more interior and exterior square footage. If you’re planning on having more children or anticipate caring for an aging parent in the future, single-family homes offer plenty of room to grow. Most feature a spacious backyard and a bigger lawn area, which is ideal if you envision summer barbecues and entertaining outdoors.

Although single-family houses may have general neighborhood guidelines depending on the location, homeowners are not bound to many HOA rules that typically govern condos and townhomes. Detached houses require more upkeep – from mowing the lawn to painting the garage — but for many people, it’s all part of living the American dream.

Delaware communities by Montchanin

Before making such a large investment, it’s important to consider the advantages of both townhouses and single-family homes to see which is the best match for your needs, lifestyle, preferences and budget.

Montchanin Builders is proud to offer homebuyers quality new construction single-family homes and townhomes in Delaware, with multiple floorplans and amenities to choose from. We invite you to take a tour of Darley Green and The Town of Whitehall to make a more informed decision. You can reach the Montchanin Builders by calling 302-472-7212.

Additional Resources:

  1. BankRate, Buy house, condo or town house as 1st home? http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/buy-house-condo-or-townhouse-1.aspx#slide=1
  2. SF Gate, Advantages & Disadvantages of Townhouses vs. Single Family Homes http://homeguides.sfgate.com/advantages-disadvantages-townhouses-vs-single-family-homes-43346.html