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Amelia Laster Puts the Finishing Touches on Homerama

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Amelia Laster Puts the Finishing Touches on Homerama: Our Design and Merchandising Manager Gives Tips & Details on The Jefferson’s Interior Design

Amelia Laster, our Design and Merchandising manager completes the finishing touches on Jagoe Homes’ Homerama entry. The luxurious Jefferson Craftsman home is masterfully designed for family living and ultimate entertaining. You can tour this home at Catalpa Farms, a Conservation Community in Fisherville, Kentucky, located just east of Louisville, Kentucky. The Builder Industry Association of Louisville hosts this annual event to showcase custom built new homes at a single site. Each home is fully-furnished, landscaped and features the latest in building trends, technology and interior design.

While about 30,000 people attend the event each year, some of the most common questions are, “where did you get that table,” or, “how much was that sofa,” or, “where can I find that countertop?” Jagoe Homes’ 2018 Homerama home features a multitude of innovations such as an abundance of oversized windows, a floor to ceiling linear tile Plazmafire fireplace and cathedral ceiling with wood beam detail, just to name a few.

Much of the awe this home radiates comes from its construction, but it’s beautifully capped off by Amelia Laster’s interior design. “With every Jagoe Model Home, I sit down with our VP of Product, Lindsey Hughes, and we discuss the demographic of our buyer in that area,” Amelia states. “I do research on current trends and then play a matching game and select which trend I think will grab the attention of the buyer we are targeting. Not long ago I did a Facebook poll with three different trends and paid attention to the age group and life stage that selected each trend. That helped tremendously because THEY told me what they wanted to see.”

During the process, Amelia says that once she has the design scheme in mind, she finalizes the floor plan with the VP of Product and the VP of Architecture, Paul DiGiorgio, to finish the floor plan, features and color selections based on the design scheme. “For example,” Amelia details, “for our Homerama home we wanted to be on trend with an open, modern and airy floor plan featuring an amazing kitchen, entertaining space and an Owner’s Suite that would WOW. Navy has been a strong color for the last few years, and it has stayed on top because of its ability to work in any design. By pairing it with black and white and adding touches of chrome, wood and leather, we were able to make the home feel modern and fresh. The use of tufting and nail head details in the upholstered furniture added traditional touches that bring the design to the transitional side of modern, broadening the appeal.

Amelia on her favorite places to shop: “I’m a Trade Partner with several companies and can purchase at wholesale, so I buy from all over. I do 90% of my shopping online because it aids me in planning out the home. I also use Pinterest to create design boards. I always try to Pin a clickable link that homeowners can purchase through if they see something in one of our homes they would like to have for themselves. If I need some retail therapy, you’ll find me at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Target, and Marshalls. With each home, I like to add touches that represent the community, so I’ll seek out local artisans and boutiques to purchase those items.”

 

Exterior Home Features:

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Elevation & Floorplan
Presidential series, Custom Home Elevation featuring brick, stone and LP siding highlighted with architectural accents

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Exterior Features
Brampton Brick (Brownstone) with (Rustic Brown) mortar; Centurion Stone (Ledgestone Bucks County); LP Smartside Board and Batten (Bark)

Roof
30 Year GAF Dimensional Roof Shingles (Barkwood) and 3-Tab Shingle Ridge Gap

Concrete
Extended driveway, front porch and sidewalk in exposed aggregate finish

Front Door Entry
Belleville Mahogany Textured Stained (Llano) with 4 Lite Clear Glass and two Kwikset Tavaris Handlesets (Chrome)

Garage Doors
(1) 16′ X 7′ & (1) 9′ X 8′ Clopay Gallery Collection Insulated Single Bay Garage Door (Ultragrain Oak Walnut Finish) each with Garage Door Opener and 2 Transmitters

Windows
Sun Windows Low E Double Hung Windows with full screens and 1″ simulated divide grille

Landscaping
Fully-Sodded Yard with Deluxe Landscape package and irrigation system

 

Entire Home Features:

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Ceiling Height
9′ Ceiling Height throughout the first floor, Cathedral Ceiling with beam detail in the Dining Area, and Coffer Detail in the Owner’s Suite

Paint
Sherwin Williams Duration Matte Interior Paint primary walls and ceilings (Extra White); Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3 and Bedroom 4 (Repose Gray); Study and Theatre Room (Gauntlet Gray); Drop Zone and Basement Bar (Charcoal Blue); Kitchen Island and Range Hood (Dovetail)

Interior Doors
Masonite Single Panel Recessed Lincoln Park (Extra White) with Baldwin Crystal Knob (Chrome) on the main level; Kwikset Halifax Lever Interior Door Hardware (Chrome) upstairs and in the basement

Trim
Craftsman Style Trim package with Flat Ultralite Door & Window Casing, 7 ¼” Base and 5 ¼” Crown; Additional trim details include Open Stairs, Kitchen Island, Owner’s Suite Ceiling, Dining Area Cathedral Ceiling with Beams, Wainscoting on Study Walls, Fireplace Built-In, Owner’s Bath Commode Closet Built-In, Custom Owner’s Closet, Custom Cabinetry in Owner’s Bath, Custom Trim Detail in Theater Room, and Built-In Drop Zone at Family Entry

Faucets & Fixtures
DXV Faucets and Fixtures throughout most of the home

Lighting
Kichler Lighting Fixtures throughout the entire home and additional accent lighting

Flooring
Bella Cera – Villa Bocelli (Hickory Carrono)Hardwood Flooring throughout the main floor; Mohawk Woodlands Luxury Vinyl Tile (Whiskey Barrel) throughout the main living areas in the basement and Metro Station Carpet (Penthouse) throughout second floor, Bedroom 4 and Theater Room with 8# Moisture Barrier Carpet Pad

Cabinets
Phil’s Custom Cabinets Custom Built Wood Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware

USB Outlets
Laundry Room, Kitchen and Owner’s Suite

 

Kitchen Features:

Cabinets
Phil’s Custom Cabinets Shaker Door (Super White), Wall Cabinets to ceiling with illuminated glass doors

Hood
Phil’s Custom Cabinets Painted Wood Hood (Sherwin Williams, Dovetail)

Island
Phil’s Custom Cabinets Large Island with Decorative Trim Detail

Backsplash
Emser Subway Tile Backsplash (White) with Polished Chrome Jolly Trim and Pewter Grout

Countertops
Phil’s Custom Cabinets 3-Centimeter Quartz (Tranquility)

Sink
DXV Apron Front Sink

Appliances
GE Black Slate Appliance Package (Gas Cooktop, Built-In Microwave, Wall Oven, Beverage Center, Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, Refrigerator with Built-In Keurig)

 

Living Room Features:

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Fireplace
Linear Tile floor to ceiling Napoleon Plazmafire Fireplace with Black Surround

A/V Niche
Phil’s Custom Cabinets A/V Niche in Custom Built-In Cabinetry

Fireplace Surround
Daltile Ceramic 12″ X 24″ Tile (Florentine) with (Warm Gray) grout

Furniture

 

Owner’s Bath Features:

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Floor Tile
Daltile Ceramic 12″ X 24″ Tile (Florentine) with (Warm Gray) grout

Countertops
Phil’s Custom Cabinets 3-Centimeter Quartz (Tranquility)

Sinks
DXV Undermount Rectangular Bowls

Shower
Daltile Ceramic Shower with AG Glass Frameless Hinged Black door, Recessed Niche and Bench Seat; DXV Rain Head and Hand Held Spray

Tub
DXV Oakhill Free Standing Tub with Tile Surround

Mirrors
Renwil Reynolds Mirrors with Black Frame

 

Basement Features:

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Cabinets
Phil’s Custom Cabinets Custom Basement Bar (Sherwin Williams, Charcoal Blue) with TV and A/V incorporated in the wood cabinetry with glass front doors

Countertops
Phil’s Custom Cabinets 3-Centimeter Quartz (Tranquility)

Backsplash
AG Glass Mirrored Backsplash

Appliances
GE Stainless Steel Appliance Package (Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator)

Bar Stools

 

Laundry Room Features:

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Washer & Dryer
GE Washer and Dryer (diamond Gray) located in separate laundry room

Countertops
Formica (Carrara Bianco Etchings)

Sink
Swanstone Laundry Sink (Black)

Flooring
Daltile Beehive (Black, Gray and White) with (Pewter) grout

 

Powder Room Features:

Sink
DXV Oak Hill Lavatory Console

Mirrors
Renwil Reynolds Mirrors with Black Frame

Wallpaper

 

All Jagoe Homes are Built Energy Smart:amelia laster

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Tankless Water Heater
A.O. Smith tankless water heater

Air Conditioning
Carrier 14 Seer Air Conditioning and 92% Plus High Efficiency Gas Home Furnace with Programmable Thermostat

Ventilation
Honeywell Fresh Air Ventilation System

Stay on Trend with Amelia & Jagoe Homes on Pinterest, Facebook, Houzz and Instagram • Visit us during Homerama in Louisville July 14th – 29th.

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The Truth About New Homes

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There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to buying a new home. Here is the truth.

A new home is as good as money in the bank. No other investment gives you the financial leverage you gain when you own a new home. Some myths drive home buyers away, so we wanted to clear the air on what is correct, and what is widely incorrect. Here are six myths that we busted to tell you the truth about new homes:

Myth #1: New Homes Are More Expensive than Used Homes

Pretty much any new home can be built to accommodate any budget, so to say a new home is “more expensive” simply is not true. Buyers of new homes have the option to select a wide variety of features within the home. Jagoe Homes provides an array of floor plans that tailor to your specific needs. All of our homes are also built Energy Smart, and include features that are not available in a used home. With being able to have energy-efficient features in a new home, you will be saving in the long run with monthly utility expenses around 30 percent less than a standard new home, and 60 percent less than a used home.

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Join Us for the Owensboro Parade of Homes!

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The Owensboro Parade of Homes gives you and your family the opportunity to tour selected Jagoe Homes in this FREE event!

Tour our new neighborhoods, as well as some of our established communities with new sections, and speak with a Jagoe Homes New Home Sales Consultant to begin your journey to home ownership! The Parade of Homes is a great way for you to experience the exceptional quality, innovative interior design, and advancements in building sciences that help to save you thousands on energy costs.

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15 Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

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Our recent heat spell has got many of our homeowners wondering what else they can do to keep their homes cool in these scorching summer months, without skyrocketing their energy bills.

A cool home is properly maintained from the ground up by being an Energy Smart Jagoe Home. An energy efficient home just happens to be good for the homeowner’s bank account AND for the environment. Drafty doors and windows, along with poor insulation and inefficient heating and cooling systems, ultimately lead to energy loss. An energy efficient home provides year-round comfort as well as peace of mind, knowing you have contributed directly to reducing carbon and greenhouse emissions now – and for future generations. Just as importantly, homeowners save money weekly, monthly, annually, and throughout the years of owning a Jagoe Home.

However, we wanted to share a few quick fixes to keep our home owners cool & comfortable on a tight budget.

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Dust, Allergens, and Other Things That Make You Feel Miserable – Keep Them Out!

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Clean Your Home to Control Allergens

Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, and even cockroach droppings can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in millions of allergy sufferers.  Carried in through the air, allergens can be found on furniture, floors, and other surfaces around your home. While no home can be completely allergen-free, thorough cleaning on a regular basis can help reduce the number of allergens to which you’re exposed. Try these 10 tips for minimizing indoor allergens, and breathe easier.

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Is Your Lawn Ready for Spring?

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YES…….it really is time to get your lawn ready for spring!  Luckily, Old Man Winter wasn’t too hard on us this year, but your lawn is probably still in need of a little tender, loving care.  First things first, take a look at your lawn and see what kind of attention it needs.  Does it have a few bare spots and problem weeds?  Do you need to overseed or start an entirely new lawn?  Is your lawn level, or do you need to take care of a few low or high spots?

RealTourCast _ Jagoe Homes _ 2270 Deer Valley (16 of 34)If your lawn is in fairly good shape, spot seeding or overseeding can repair it in just a few weeks.  You can spot seed to mend a bare spot or two.  Overseeding spreads seed over an existing lawn to make it fuller.  Early spring is the best time for overseeding.


Next, prepare your lawn for seeding with these simple steps.  Whether you’ll be spot seeding and overseeding, or starting over with a new lawn, take the time to get your landscape ready
before you start spreading seed.

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Three Often Overlooked Real Estate Tax Breaks

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Minimize what you’ll owe and maximize what you’ll get back at tax time by reviewing these often overlooked real estate tax breaks.

Like clockwork, at the beginning of each new year, it seems that folks start making plans to either buy a home, move up or downsize, or simply spruce up and upgrade their current home as part of a New Year’s resolution.  And then, of course, there’s tax season. Prep work begins as soon as those big envelopes start arriving in the mail, containing an assortment of tax forms — documenting everything from what we earned last year to what we paid out for mortgage interest.

The first step is to make sure you’re not actually missing any tax deductions and breaks. The tax code is 4 million words and more than 70,000 pages long. But here’s a dirty little secret: most Americans tap into fewer than 15 pages of it.

To ensure you’re not missing out on anything you’re due, consider these three real estate–related tax breaks that are often missed, overlooked, and underused.

taxState and Local Tax Breaks for Green Home Improvements

As the recession recovery made its way into full swing back in 2013, many renters and current homeowners began embarking down a path of buying homes that are energy efficient for a variety of reasons, including cash savings on utility bills.  Many of those improvements are eligible for state, county, and/or city tax credits — or tax breaks. If you’ve installed low-E windows, insulation, low-flow plumbing appliances, tankless water heaters, or solar panels last year, dig up your receipts. Trust us, it’s worth the time.

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Six Brilliant Reasons to Purchase a Home during the Holidays

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holidayWhile others are tipping back the eggnog and celebrating the holidays, you should be buying a home. 

Purchasing a new home around the holidays is not typical.  However, with low buyer competition, motivated sellers, and year-end tax benefits, you may want to consider canceling those holiday plans and high-tailing it to some open houses in your area.

If you’re in the market, and wondering about when to buy a home, take note of these seven benefits and then get in touch with your Jagoe Homes New Home Sales Consultant in your area.  The holidays just might be the most wonderful time of year… to be house hunting!

Outrageous Year End Sale

The month of December is known for frantic shopping and attending countless holiday parties, but not for purchasing a home — and this can work in your favor.  With fewer buyers in the marketplace, the available homes for sale are priced to sell.  Plus, with fewer fish in the sea, there’s less likelihood of multiple offers and escalator clauses.

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Help Prepare Your Home for Winter

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It’s that time of the year to prepare your home for winter!  Give your home a one-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs.  Getting the exterior of the home ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice is critical for keeping Old Man Winter out and keeping it warm and toasty inside.  By being proactive, you’ll lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer.

Windows and Doors

  • Check all of the weatherstripping around windows and door frames for leaks to prevent heat loss.  Replace weatherstripping, if necessary.
  • Replace all screen doors with storm doors.
  • Replace all window screens with storm windows.
  • Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay.  Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors.  Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
  • Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed.

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Quick Tips: Getting Your Home Ready for Fall

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Quick Tips: Getting Your Home Ready for Fall

It’s that time of the year again where we need to start thinking about how to prepare our homes for the cooler months ahead.  Soon, the leaves will begin to fall and we will, once again, be doing more with our lawns than simply trimming the grass and tending to the flowers.  As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs.  This a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly.  The weather can change quickly, especially since we live in a colder climate.  You don’t want to be caught off-guard!  A bit of attention now will save you from costly repairs and aggravation later.

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