Monthly Archives: March 2013

Sable Homes Adds Value to New Construction Projects with Superior Walls Foundations

NEW HOLLAND, PA. – “Who wants a wet, damp, cold, stinky basement when you can have a Superior basement?” That’s the question that people at Sable Homes ask their home buyer customers on a regular basis.
“We’ve constructed more than 200 homes with precast concrete foundation systems from Superior Walls® and our home buyers love them,” says John Bitely, president of Sable Homes. “These dry, energy-efficient and comfortable basements are an asset for any homeowner.
“Eighty percent of the homes we build in western Michigan each year have Superior Walls foundations. They give our buyers more living space, a stronger value for their home investment and better energy efficiency ratings.”
The team at Sable Homes have tapped into a popular trend for their marketplace. According to the National Association of Home Builders™ (NAHB™) “What Home Buyers Really Want” 2012 survey of new and potential home buyers, 87 percent of respondents in the East North Central area of the United States (including Michigan) would prefer to have a basement in their homes.
“Basements are extremely popular in our area,” says Bitely. “So far in 2013 we’ve included more than 30 Superior Walls basements in our new home construction projects. And, we encourage all of our home prospects to make sure that whomever they buy a home from — even if it’s not us — that they make sure it has a Superior Walls basement. No one should settle for less.”
For Sable Homes, there are four distinct features that keep their company using Superior Walls products year-after-year. “First, we don’t get call backs on these foundation systems,” says Bitely. “Second, we achieve customer comfort by providing a warm, dry and ready-to-finish basement for our customers. Third, these foundations help the entire home achieve better energy efficiency ratings. And fourth, the Superior Walls products provide better value for our customers, which truly help us sell more homes.”
The original R-5® Superior Walls foundations that Sable Homes uses for their homes are constructed with one-inch of continuous DOW® insulation for year-round comfort and energy efficiency. The special high-strength, low-water concrete mix used to create the walls ensures that the basement remains dry. The wall panels are reinforced with steel rebar and polypropylene fibers for added strength.
Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall systems have earned the Green Approved Product designation by the NAHB Research Center. For homeowners, the benefits of Superior Walls foundations systems are substantial. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting.
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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Buying a New Home

Prospective home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new.
Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice.
But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren’t so obvious. Below are a few more benefits of a brand-new home that you may not see in the sales brochure.
Building a Community Together
A brand-new community is one of the built-in benefits of many new homes. When families move in to a subdivision at the same time, often lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness are formed right away. Nobody is the “new kid on the block,” and many home builders host community block parties in new developments to help owners meet and connect.
Popular amenities like pools, walking trails and courts for tennis and basketball offer additional opportunities for interaction among neighbors of all ages. Often new communities are comprised of home owners in the same stage of life, such as young families or active retirees, so neighbors can get to know each other through carpools, PTA meetings, tennis matches or golf games.
Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests in one large space. Builders are responding to today’s home buyer preferences with layouts featuring more open spaces and rooms that flow into each other more easily, like the popular great room. While you are in the kitchen preparing dinner, you can still interact with guests enjoying conversation in the family room without feeling closed off. The feeling of spaciousness in today’s new-home layouts often is enhanced the higher ceilings and additional windows that bringing in more light than you would find in an older home.
A Clean Slate
For some buyers, parking the car in a sparkling-clean garage or being the first to cook a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your own sense of style. You can create your own home décor from the get-go!
The advantages of being the first owner of a home extend to the outdoors. Instead of inheriting inconveniently or precariously placed trees, or having to tear up overgrown shrubs, you can design and plant the lawn and garden you want.
Outlets, Outlets Everywhere
Homes built in the 1960’s and earlier were wired much differently than houses today. Builders had no way of anticipating the invention of high-definition televisions, DVRs and computers that we enjoy today — and the very different electrical requirements they would introduce. New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s needs.
Anyone who has ever lived in an older home can also attest to the fact that there are never enough outlets, inside or out! New-home builders plan for the increased number and type of electronics and appliances used by today’s families, so you can safely operate a wine cooler, Christmas lights or your computer.

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Thanks Patti!

Patti Henner
Greenridge Realty:

“Being a Realtor for 10 years, I can happily tell all my buyers that Sable Homes are a pleasure to work with. First off, the phone is usually answered by a real live person, ready to quickly give you a code on a weekend. Then if it’s not answered you actually get a call back within the hour. Sable has many floor plans, locations and stylish homes that my buyer likes. In the past, Sable has also been very flexible in meeting my buyer’s needs and working through financing problems that have come up. I don’t hesitate to suggest Sable Homes.”

Scott Myhre – Leading Edge Realty

“Sable Homes did a great job throughout the transaction with my buyer client. Questions were quickly answered, issues were quickly resolved, and ultimately we had a smooth transaction and closing. The buyer, a builder himself, was very satisfied with the quality of build and all finished areas met or exceeded his expectations. I will not hesitate to show a Sable Home in the future!”

We are so glad to have been able to help you in the process of finding your new home Dan! Thanks for the great testimonial as well.

My wife and I are thrilled with the home we just purchased. We began the process of looking for a home back in December 2012. My wife had come across the home on Anvil Lane and fell in love. The layout, location, pricing structure, and quality of the home is what eventually led us to purchasing the home in March. The home buying process can be tense at times when negotiating a deal between two parties. Ron Austin and his team put forth a great effort to aid us in coming to a purchase agreement. Throughout several addendum’s, and other negotiations, Ron was extremely professional and made the process proceed very smoothly. All people involved were quick to respond to questions and concerns. Everyone at Sable homes including the building superintendents were very professional and kind when we asked to meet with them and discuss various structure questions and other items about the house.

Thank you again Ron and everyone involved with the purchase of our Sable Home.