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Escape to Poolesville, MD: Larger lots and better living

Categories: Around Poolesville, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News, Homeowner Tips, News Highlights, Uncategorized | Posted: July 8, 2020

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing large lotsThe COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. It’s always changing the way we WANT to live! When stay-at-home orders were issued, were you living in a space without a yard? The feeling of confinement was very real and has driven people to move away from the close quarters of urban life. They’re now heading toward the more desirable suburbs. We’re seeing this trend as city-dwellers escape to Poolesville, MD, where we can give them larger lots and better living!

Kettler Forlines Homes designed our Poolesville community, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, with large lots—long before the current trend toward big yards. Our homes are situated on lots of a half-acre and more. You get an average of 27,000 square feet to accommodate your new home. 

Bear in mind, even in the suburbs, you’re not guaranteed a home with open spaces. There’s another Montgomery County neighborhood  of new homes where, for about the same price as our homes, you only acquire a homesite of about 6,000 square feet. Depending on the size of the home you build—and this community calls itself “luxury”—you would have very little room separating you from your neighbors. What’s the point of leaving the city when you still don’t have “breathing room”? Of course, it would make it easy to borrow something from your neighbor. You can just reach out your window and pass things back and forth across the narrow pass that’s equivalent to the minimum social distance.

Where is the luxury in this?

At The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, we’ve created a neighborhood with winding roads that add more interest than an uninspired grid of interconnecting streets. You’ll see the difference in the scenic beauty of tree-lined spaces, particularly in yards that back up to the protected conservation area. You can choose from the many walk-out lots to a spacious backyard, perfect for entertaining or just escaping outdoors to enjoy some private space with fresh air!

If you’re looking for cul-de-sac lots and the safety they offer, you’ll find them at The Reserve 

at Brightwell Crossing, also with the spacious yard.

Our homes at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing are designed with your large yard in mind. The large windows provide excellent views of your outdoor living space. You’ll also benefit from the ample natural light that streams through these “eyes to the outside”. Add a deck, porch, or patio to enjoy your beautiful yard. Then reap the distinct rewards of a home that is both ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certified. Your home will be an average of 50% MORE energy efficient than typical homes being built today, and a whopping 75% more energy efficient than used homes! The Indoor airPLUS certification improves the indoor air quality, protecting you and your family from so many harmful pollutants.

At Kettler Forlines Homes, when we say “luxury”, we mean it.

Whether you’re leaving the city or simply in search of the right place to come home to, steer your future toward Poolesville, MD. Make plans to visit The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, situated in Poolesville’s exceptional school district! And let’s see how we can give you the life—and home—you’ve been dreaming about.


Build your dream home on your lot: What you should know

Categories: Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Homeowner Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: July 1, 2020

Kettler Forlines Homes build on your lot

You probably have been thinking about your next home for a while. Recent experiences have taught you even more about what’s important for your family and your home. Do you have a location and design in mind for your new and improved life? Kettler Forlines Homes welcomes the chance to build your dream home on your lot. We thought we’d share some of the frequently asked questions to give you some thoughts on what you should know before you start.

Do I need to purchase the land myself or do you help with that?

We can assist you with searching for available land. When you find the land you want, Kettler Forlines Homes can help you obtain the financing. We recommend that, if you haven’t yet purchased the land, you let us take a look first. We provide a free site consultation to determine any potential obstacles—from permitting to siting the home you’re envisioning—to developing this land. We’ll walk the property and give you a rundown of its potential.

What financing do I need to obtain?

You will need to work with a lender to get a construction-to-permanent loan, also known as a single-close loan. Unlike an ordinary construction loan, this program doesn’t require two separate closings (one for construction, the other for the mortgage). Instead, it converts from a construction loan to a mortgage when your home is completed. Kettler Forlines Homes can connect you with a preferred lender who is experienced with these types of loans, which ensures that the process moves along smoothly.

Should I find my own plans or do you provide them?

We offer an array of over 15 home designs and more than 100 elevations, ranging from 2,493 to more than 7,500 square feet. Our floor plans are very flexible, so we can accommodate many of the specific features you’re hoping for, including an extra suite, a kitchen with an oversized walk-in pantry and a home office (or two) where you can enjoy the privacy you need. The benefit of choosing a Kettler Forlines Homes home design is that each one is tried and true. There’s no guesswork. Mistakes on plans do happen and when it does, you’re responsible for the cost to fix those errors when you provide the plans. In addition, by choosing one of our beautiful floor plans, you pay no extra fee for an architect.

I have chosen the land and the floor plan. Now what?

We’re going to do a close analysis of the property to determine site development costs. We’ll be looking at the slope, steepness, tree removal, and any areas that might need additional excavation, like large boulders. Then, we provide you with a schedule of development costs and permit fees that will be required. We want everything to be spelled out in advance so you’re fully informed on the costs moving forward.

You’ll then proceed with loan approval and provide a deposit on the construction of your new home. We’ll get to work on obtaining the necessary permits. Kettler Forlines Homes handles all the paperwork at no charge. You’ll pay the permit fees directly to the county in which you’re building your home.

How long will it take to build my home?

From the start of construction to completion, estimate six to eight months. Weather can impact the process, but our experience will help to keep your new home on schedule as much as possible.

How far away will you build?

When we say we go the extra mile for our customers, we don’t just mean the extent of our personal service. We have built in northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and both Jefferson and Berkeley County in West Virginia.

Need more answers? Reach out to us for details or to schedule an appointment to dig into how we can build your home on the lot of your choice! Also be sure to check out The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, our community of new homes for sale in Poolesville, MD. 


Multigenerational homes: The empty nest, re-feathered

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 4, 2020

Kettler Forlines Homes Multigen HomesFor the past 20 years or so, we’ve been seeing a growing trend in homebuying. More people are living in homes with two or more generations of adults. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of multigenerational households rose almost 51%, representing about 20% of all households. Whether grandparents are moving in or grown kids are moving back—or both!— multigenerational homes present a new look for the American lifestyle, like the empty nest, refeathered!

Aging in (a happier) place

Baby Boomers might remember an advertising campaign for the now-defunct Oldsmobile. Back in the late 1980s, when automobile manufacturers were trying to capture the Boomer buyer, this campaign aimed to excite them with “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” The idea was to differentiate a brand that was associated with older buyers to attract the massive population of Boomers.

And it worked.

Today, the same Boomers are continuing to shop and live differently than their parents did. Now that a majority have reached retirement years, they’re looking at experiencing the 55+ years as active adults. No retirement homes for this generation (born between 1946 and 1964, and currently numbering about 71.6 million Americans). They’ve worked hard and are ready to reap the rewards. Their parents might have chosen a quiet life of leisure that included down-sizing their home, possibly moving to assisted living, but Baby Boomers are out for fun with their freedom. They’re not slowing down, but shifting gears.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic, however, presented some harsh realities. The coronavirus posed the greatest threat to people aged 65 and older. The number of COVID-19 cases is frighteningly high in these types of elderly living situations. Some of these aging Americans chose assisted living to give them a comfortable place to live and the convenience of provided services. Others might have required nursing homes with more care, but it has become a risky living situation that families just can’t bear. 

The solution? Bring Mom and Dad into your home. American families are following the tradition that is common in many other cultures, where multiple generations live under one roof. This expanded family gives grandparents more time with their children and grandchildren, and provides the homeowners with the peace of mind that their parents are well cared for, along with the added perk of live-in babysitters.

This choice also makes financial sense. Assisted living can cost upward of $5,000 per month. In one year, a resident pays $60,000 for a modest space. If those funds were instead invested in expanding a home by adding an extra suite, these aging adults could live far more comfortably. In addition, the home’s resale value rises.

A second owner’s suite on the first floor gives the older generation a comfortable place of their own. Kettler Forlines Homes came up with what we call a “family guest home”. This suite is an extension of the home, not a separate residence, although it feels like one! We include a bedroom, full bath, living/dining area, kitchenette, and a laundry closet. This second suite in our multigenerational homes also has a private entrance, a popular feature for anyone who wants more independence.

“Mom, I’m home!”

The other side of this multigenerational living situation is the Millennial factor. These people, born roughly between 1980 and 2000, are adults. Unlike previous generations over the past 130 years, this group is far more likely to live with their parents beyond the age of 21. In fact, 33% of Millennials between 25 and 29 live with their parents. 

Some of them reason that they are trying to pay off school loans. Others are saving up money to buy their own home. As the pandemic’s shutdown caused job losses, we expect to see more Millennials move back with their parents as they rebuild their employment and financial situations. 

While you can certainly welcome your kids home to their childhood bedroom, they would certainly appreciate living space that’s more suitable to adults. You can opt for the family guest house or choose a second-floor suite. Floor plans like The Dickerson and The Somerset easily accommodate a second owners suite upstairs.

How is your home living up to your family needs? If you see the value of a multigenerational home, Kettler Forlines Homes has ideas to spark your imagination. Our growing community in Poolesville, MD, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, is ideal for families of all ages. The Poolesville school system is outstanding. Then add in the convenient proximity to quality healthcare, shopping, dining, and all the other services you need and want. 

Look ahead and plan now for the multigenerational family life and all the benefits it heaps on you. Get in touch with George Neill at Kettler Forlines Homes to get started.

Does “home sweet home” still apply?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 15, 2020

Kettler Forlines Montgomery home officeNow that you’ve had weeks of “quality time” with your home, how are you and your house getting along? Does “home sweet home” still apply? Or have you discovered flaws that you just don’t want to live with anymore?

Sheltering at home has enlightened quite a few homeowners and their families. There are certain features lacking in homes that are prompting them to rethink their current abode. On Google, the search phrase “Should I buy a house?” has reached its highest rate since 2004. Some buyers have continued their search during the pandemic’s shutdown, using virtual tours and appointments to narrow down their choices. Then they schedule a private appointment, respecting social distance while walking through the home that interests them. Other buyers follow the path to homeownership all the way to (or through) closing entirely online.

From what we’ve seen at Kettler Forlines Homes over the past month, homebuyers have expanded—or perhaps re-prioritized—their new home wish list of the features that matter most.

What do you want in your next home?

First and foremost, flexible design is a critical element in new homes. Flex rooms and bonus spaces have grown in value as people shifted to working from home, but without a suitable home office. Using the dining room table as a home office and home school just isn’t cutting it with families. While one flex room might have been enough to satisfy homebuyers a few months ago, that acceptance has changed. The den or study now becomes a home office, a place where all non-work people and items are excluded. Some of our floor plans include two flex rooms, allowing for two offices or one office and a homework station.

With the high risk that the coronavirus posed, particularly to the elderly,
we’re seeing homeowners look for
two owner’s suites in their next home. The first-floor owner’s suite is given to the grandparents, while the
homeowners utilize a suite on the second floor. 

An option we’ve added is a first-floor multi-gen suite that’s added to the floor plan’s main level. This multi-gen family suite features a private entrance, a bedroom, living room, kitchenette, full bath, and laundry closet. 

Where do the kids do their homework? And with all this closeness, where do you find privacy from the daily noise? A finished basement makes sense, because it can become a homework zone, rec room, fitness studio, or a man cave/she space. 

That finished basement could also be converted to a suite. If you have college students —who would rather be back on campus—and/or teenagers who want to feel more independent, this basement suite presents a great solution.

Kettler Forlines Homes Montgomery kitchen flexible designThe next item on the new home wish list is a better kitchen—whether that means larger or better equipped is up to you. A walk-in pantry is a must now. Those massive packages of toilet paper and paper towels just aren’t sized to fit in an average pantry. Then you add in all the non-perishables you’ve stocked up on and you need more storage space!Kettler Forlines walkin pantry flexible design

A kitchen island has become a must. The extra workspace for food preparation, combined with the ability to enjoy casual meals and snacks there, have elevated the importance of the center island.

Speaking of storage, homebuyers are also adding priority to having a second refrigerator or freezer, either in the garage or perhaps an expanded utility room. A floor plan that offers this flexibility shows buyers that the home was thoughtfully designed.

The next item on the new home checklist is smart home automation. There are so many conveniences available—like a smart thermostat, video doorbell, security system, garage door opener, lights, and appliances. Wouldn’t it be great to move into a home that makes it easy to hook up your smart home technology? Kettler Forlines Homes includes Smart Home Plus with our new homes. Two Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, a Wi-Fi-enabled garage door opener, Wi-Fi-enabled front door lock, and a video doorbell give you a head start on boosting your home’s “IQ”.

Having, using, and adding smart technology, however, sparks another need for homeowners. Living with several people who are using multiple devices puts an enormous strain on your home’s bandwidth. With streaming, gaming, and all the daily messaging, surfing, and communication that happens online, you’re probably seeing your network speed slow to a crawl. If you’ve also added smart home automation, you’re expecting far too much from your outdated network infrastructure.

We’ve added structured wiring to our new Kettler Forlines homes. These residences are pre-wired to accommodate more technology and the added bandwidth that comes with it. The package includes hard-wired ports, which enable a faster, more consistent signal. Working with our New Home Technology Specialist, homebuyers have every room of their home configured to their needs—with outlets where they need them.

If all of this time at home has you climbing the walls and ready to change, please look at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville, MD, a sought-after location. Choose one of the remaining homesites and the floor plan that fits your lifestyle—sized from 2,493 to more than 7,000 square feet. Use the interactive floor plan feature with each home design on our website so you can start envisioning your new home. Then talk to George Neill, our Community Sales Manager, to take the next step toward a home you’ll love for a long time.


Partner Feature: Meet CB Flooring, LLC

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 24, 2019

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we believe that your beautiful, brand new home should be the most comfortable place in the world — which is why we use only the best building materials and designs, as well as team up with the most exceptional people to create your home sweet home.

We’re excited to introduce you to one of our most trusted partners, a company whose flooring services bring endless quality and beauty to your Kettler Forlines home: CB Flooring, LLC. A private, locally owned flooring contractor dedicated to outstanding quality and unmatched service, CB Flooring, LLC specializes in the installation of carpet, hardwood, and resilient and ceramic tiles.

With over 40 years of experience serving homeowners all over the northeast, CB Flooring, LLC knows what it takes to ensure perfect flooring from top to bottom. Best of all, as a family-led team of experts who cares about your home is as if it were their own, you can always expect top-of-the-line service and care.

After you’ve trusted us to bring your dream home to life in Maryland and West Virginia, you can rest assured that the rest of your ride will be virtually bump-free, especially with hardworking, passionate companies like CB Flooring, LLC by your side. For more information about the magic that CB Flooring, LLC will bring to your home, please visit their website. All of us at Kettler Forlines Homes can’t wait to welcome you home!

Richard Kettler
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Why Choose a Single Level Floor Plan?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 27, 2018

Single Level Living Room

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we design and build a variety of homes – including single-story homes. Though they primarily feature a single-level living space (plus a lower level), they offer 3 to 5 bedrooms, up to 4,400+ square feet, and a level of comfort and style you won’t believe. Single-level home designs are attractive options for many reasons…

1.) Easy to navigate. The biggest attraction of one-story homes is the fact that everything (or almost everything) you need is on one floor — no stairs required. If you or an older family member has limited mobility, arthritis or achy knees/hips, this is a definite advantage. (And it’s not a bad thing if you’re chasing after rambunctious kids, either!)

2.) Safety. Falling down the steps is a big concern, for young and old. Single-level living means no worries about you, your parents, your kids or your pets tumbling down steps. And no need to haul laundry, shopping, storage boxes, suitcases, or anything else up and down stairs.

3.) Luxurious living space. Our single-level homes include lots of open living space. Rooms have high ceilings, lots of windows, and flow easily into one another – without a staircase cutting into the space. Plus, they can be customized with many of our luxury options, such as sunrooms, screened porches, and finished lower levels with tons of possibilities.


4.) Easy to clean. Vacuums are heavy – especially if you’re lugging them up the stairs. If you live on a single floor, it’s so much easier to go from one end of the house to the other with a vacuum or other cleaning supplies. (Takes less time, too!)

5.) Everyday life. No stairs mean that you can move easily from the laundry room to the kitchen or living areas or bedrooms. (There are two steps down to the garage, by the way. But only two!) And if you want/need more space, our lower levels provide flex space for a recreation room, home office, fitness center or den. Our outdoor living areas may include a screened porch, rear patio or deck for even more living space.

If you’d like to learn more about our single-level homes, visit our website or call  301-208-2588.

Come to the Mountain… Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 10, 2018

One of the best parts of living in a Kettler Forlines home is the location. We are surrounded with natural beauty and tons of recreational opportunities. A particular favorite is Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland. This geologic wonder is breathtaking and stunning – and so closeby!  

  1. Indulge your inner naturalist. Sugarloaf is a paradise of indigenous flora and fauna. You can walk for miles along the trails, logging different species of animals (owls, hawks, wild turkeys,snakes, deer, foxes, rabbits and more!), trees (oaks, poplars, birches, hemlocks), and wildflowers!
  2. Bring your picnic basket. The scenic overlooks are a prime spot for picnics. Since the mountain stands over 800 feet above the farmland below it, the views are outstanding.
  3. Go exploring. Whether on bike, horseback or foot, the trails that meander through Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland will take you on quite an adventure. There are a variety of trails, so you can explore different parts of the mountain every time!
  4. Take a peek at the Strong Mansion. Once the home of the Strong Family, this historic mansion has been refurbished and is one of the most popular event venues in the area. The grounds and gardens are simply stunning.  
  5. Be respectful. Sugarloaf Mountain is a Registered Natural Landmark in Maryland that is preserved and maintained by a non-profit founded by the Strong Family in 1946. Though it is privately owned, visitors are welcomed but requested to observe the rules. Sugarloaf Mountain is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

hiking maryland
In a Kettler Forlines home in Maryland, you always have the opportunity to head outside and discover something new. For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

Frightening Fall Fun at Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 5, 2018

Are you ready for the fright of your life? Open now, Markoff’s Haunted Forest delivers the kind of Halloween horror that you’ve been waiting for all year! Two mind-blowing trails and one western-inspired “town” make your spooky visit from your Kettler Forlines home to Dickerson one to never forget.

Just 10 minutes from family-friendly Poolesville, this one-of-a-kind attraction makes for a bloody incredible weekend. (You can even visit on Halloween night… if you dare!) Keep the kids at home with a babysitter, grab your horror-loving friends, and start practicing your best scream face before you arrive.

The first trail is Markoff’s original, and features large, elaborate sets that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Within the haunted woods, you’ll head both above and below ground for a surprising mix of terror. If you’re ready to come face to face with scenes from your nightmares, this fright is for you…

“Trail Who, Trail Two” is truly a terrifying spectacle, complete with big screens and images that leave you absolutely horrified (in the most fun way possible, of course.) Unbelievable scenes and sets are what make this trail unforgettable, and ensure that your Halloween adventure is as authentic as can be.

Finally, Markoff’s very own haunted town awaits… You’ll be dropped off to the other end of the farm by a shuttle, where you’ll meet the most horrific creatures you could ever think of. This western-inspired town is true to its name, filled with churches, saloons, jails, and so much more. Get ready for a wild ride!

Poolesville has always been dedicated to providing its residents with family-friendly opportunities, cultural excursions, and fun. And we certainly don’t slack when it comes to Halloween… If you love this horrifying holiday, you’ll have a blast celebrating here! We can’t wait to get spooky this season.

For more information on our beautiful homes in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

Fall Fun at Homestead Farm

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 21, 2018

As the leaves become bright and bold, and sweet autumn scents fill the air, venture outside with your children and take part in festive fall fun. One of our favorite Kettler family traditions is visiting Homestead Farm, located right up from road from the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, and we hope you enjoy it, too!

This lush, wide open farm is the perfect place to visit on a sunny fall day, when the landscape is colorful and the air is fresh. You and your children can pick your own delicious apples, from Jonagold, to Daybreak Fuji, to Crimson Crisp, and take them home for daytime snacking or a sweet dessert. When you’re finished finding the ripest treats, pick your favorite pumpkins and mums for the prettiest seasonal home decor.


Take in the expansive green fields on a hayride as your children marvel at the vibrant produce and farm animals roaming around. No matter how old they are, everyone is sure to love spending time together as the season brings about an exciting change in weather and scenery.

In a Kettler Forlines home in Maryland or West Virginia, you always have the opportunity to head outside and discover something fresh and new with your family. This fall, take a trip to Homestead Farm — while you enjoy autumn apples in the comfort of your home, you’ll always think of this fall oasis!

For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

What would you do with a guest house in your home?

Categories: Brightwell Crossing Community News, Homeowner Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: February 7, 2017

Kettler Forlines Homes is now offering the option of adding an attached family guest house to some of our new home designs, like the Kensington, Kenwood, and Potomac. This unique living space provides an expansive suite, complete with a living room and dining room area, full bath, laundry closet, and a private entrance. The Potomac’s guest house also includes a kitchenette, laundry, and a separate HVAC system. The suite is situated so the residents can access the main house through the kitchen.

Many of our homebuyers have been opting for the family guest house in their custom homes. We’re seeing some interesting uses, so we thought we’d share 6 uses for a guest house.

1. Multigenerational living. The lifestyle trend is shifting toward extended families living together. With a family guest house, you offer more than a spare bedroom to an aging parent or an adult child who has returned to live at home. This more complete living space provides ample room for someone to feel at home, where they can get away to enjoy solitude when desired. With the private entrance, this plan offers a sense of independence that is important to the people living in the attached-but-separate home.

2. Office. When you’re looking for more than a “home office”, use the guest house as an office suite. Create multiple offices, a conference room, and even a showroom (e.g., for an interior decorator or caterer).

3. Studio or workshop. Do you have a passion for your art, craft, or hobby? Imagine having a large space where you can set up your tools—from easels to music recording equipment. Your personal studio or workshop enables you to have a ready workspace, not just squeezing into a nook of the house.

4. Home school. Maybe the “guests” in your guest house are your children or students. For a home school or private preschool, the Kettler Forlines’ design allows for multiple classrooms. You’ll have plenty of space for setting up teaching tools, like a science lab, computer lab, smart boards, art studio, and library.

5. Man cave extraordinaire. Be the envy of your friends with a multi-room man cave. Incorporate a home theater, game room, pub, and fitness center. Maybe save the bedroom for when you’re in the dog house for spending too much time in the man cave!

6. Live-in caregiver residence. Do you want to have an au pair or caregiver live with you? Finding a truly qualified professional who meets your needs can be a tough task. When you include an exceptional living arrangement, you’ll have a distinct benefit to offer.

As you’re planning your new home, think about the ways in which you can better use the living space—not just now, but in the years ahead. Talk to us at Kettler Forlines Homes if you’re contemplating a move in the Washington, DC metro area. Explore our communities or we can build on your lot.

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