Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Pennsylvania Homeowners

In Western Pennsylvania, there are things we do every fall to keep our homes operating at peak efficiency during the long winter months. Weaver Homes has years of experience building superior-quality homes, and as the cold weather approaches, we have recommendations for some of the key tasks you’ll want to tackle before the snow flies.  

Prepare a Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

As summer fades, you’re just a few weekends away from getting your home and yard into shape for the winter. What’s the big deal about fall maintenance? Winter in Pennsylvania means cold temperatures, ice and snow, and damaging wind gusts. In short, the ideal conditions for leaking roofs, frozen pipes and treacherous sidewalks. 

Doing just a few maintenance chores can save you money while keeping your home in good repair. The best way to make sure everything is covered is to make a fall home maintenance checklist, figuring out what needs to be done before the leaves start to fall. Do you have a sturdy leaf rake? Or are you team leaf blower? Are you going to clean your gutters or hire someone? Once you compile your checklist, you’ll be able to create a game plan. Let’s go! 

fall maintenance checklist

What are Some Fall Home Maintenance Tips?

One of the most important fall home maintenance tips is to plan ahead! Nothing is worse than turning on the heat on the first chilly morning, only to realize the furnace needs a check-up. And don’t even think about starting a fire if the chimney hasn’t been examined and cleaned. These chores are ideal tasks for the summer months when you aren’t using the heat or fireplace. 

 

Okay, so let’s take a look at how to prepare your home for fall: 

OUTDOORS

sketch of man raking leaves for fall maintenance

  • Collect and clean summer tools. Make sure to use up all of the gas in the lawn mower. Store everything. Then prep fall & winter tools: Rakes and leaf blowers, snow shovels, snow blower, ice scrapers and salt. 
  • Clean the gutters. (Or have them cleaned by a professional.) This task is especially crucial because of freezing and thawing. Have the roof checked for cracked or loose shingles, too. 
  • Check for gaps around windows, ripped screens or damaged siding. Seal gaps and cracks around with weather-stripping and caulk. 
  • Turn off all outside water and sprinklers. Close any shut-off valves, then open the outside faucet to drain the line. Empty all hoses, too.
  • Check deck and porch boards. Loose or warped boards are hazardous. Check stairs and railings for stability. Damaged walkways, drives or steps can be dangerous when the weather turns icy. Fixing problems now can prevent expensive headaches later
  • Power wash your home’s exterior, driveway, walkway, patio, porch or deck. 
  • Clean and put away or cover patio furniture, grills, and kids’ toys. Make sure every part of the grill is cleaned thoroughly of burned food and grease before it is covered and put away. 
  • Cut dead or damaged trees and shrubs away from your home, especially if snowfall will cause them to bend and rub against the house. 
  • Remove fallen leaves from the lawn so they don’t damage the grass. If you don’t want or need them, bag the leaves. If you can use them, chop them up with your lawn mower to create mulch.
  • Scatter grass seed and plant bulbs. This is the perfect opportunity to plan for next spring! 

 

INDOORS

sketch of indoor fireplace

  • Have the furnace inspected by a professional. Replace all filters. Do this BEFORE it gets cold! 
  • Get the chimney cleaned. Make sure all fireplaces or wood stoves are thoroughly inspected. Order and stack firewood. 
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors. The caulking and weather stripping in newer homes should be examined, too.  
  • Make sure the dryer vents are clean. Static electricity builds up in the cold, dry months, and can cause dryer linkt to catch fire. 
  • Test all smoke/CO detectors. Change the batteries if necessary. 
  • Get an emergency kit ready. Include basic items you may need: water, flashlights and batteries, a first aid kit, whistles to signal for help, jumper cables, basic tools, a manual can opener, a small supply of food, radio, candles, lighter, blankets and rope.

Preparing for the cold months ahead

We all know what winter can be like here in Pittsburgh. Performing these important fall maintenance tasks can prevent costly repairs and help your Weaver home and belongings survive our tough Pennsylvania winters. 

For more information about Weaver Homes, contact our team of experts. (We live here, too, so we’ll probably be raking leaves right along with you!) 

Which Is Right: Building New or Renovating?

If you are a homeowner and you’re finding that your existing living space just doesn’t work anymore, you may be asking yourself: Should I do a gut renovation of my current home to suit my changing needs, or start fresh and build new

Of course, at Weaver Homes, we believe that building new is almost always the right answer, but we also know that there are situations where a renovation is a family’s best option. In this article, we’ll weigh the pros and cons of each. In the end, if you decide that building new in 2022 is right for you, then connect with us; we’d be honored to be your home builder!

Building New

A new home looks great, works perfectly, and even smells good, but it has even more going for it than meets the eye. 

PROS

  • More Control — You’ll have more control over your project, from the design and layout to how it flows and functions. 
  • All-New Everything — We’re talking about what’s in the walls — insulation, wiring, plumbing, and systems. 
  • Up to Code — Everything in your home will meet or exceed existing building codes — no retrofitting involved.
  • Streamlined Process — Once your design plans are set, sit back and let the process unfold.
  • Fixed Cost — Once selections are made, there’s no danger of going over budget. 
  • Built-in Resale Value — New homes are built to appeal to a wide audience, so it’s easier to sell years from now if necessary; the value is already built in.

CONS

  • More Expensive — A new build may be perceived as more expensive than a gut renovation; but this is actually a misconception! When you build new, you get to decide up front exactly what your costs are and that doesn’t always mean more money. 
  • Longer Timeframe — This is another misconception. Most of the time, the renovation takes longer than anticipated.

Renovating

If you’re in a neighborhood that you love or absolutely must stay in (for the school district or to be close to family, for example), doing a gut renovation of your existing home may be the best choice. Our best advice is to plan ahead, prepare for the unexpected, and over-budget, since renovation projects are notoriously unpredictable. But there are a few pros, too.

PROS

    • Add Value to Your Home — If done properly, a gut renovation can add to your existing home value. But you have to be very careful not to spend more than your home’s max value.
    • Perceived Shorter Timeframe — Small renovations can be done in a short time frame, but gutting and rebuilding takes much longer than anyone anticipates. Just ask anyone who has ever done it!
  • No Moving — Stay in the neighborhood without having to relocate.

 

CONS

    • Less Control — There are more design restrictions because you’re bound by the size and structure of your existing house.
    • Unpredictable — You can never be sure what you’ll run into once you start tearing down  walls and ripping up flooring.
    • Costlier Than Expected — The older the building, the more costly it is to renovate, because you’ll need to bring everything up to code. There may even be mitigation work required if there is lead paint or asbestos involved. 
    • Inconvenient — You may need to move out of the home or lose access to an important room for a time, such as the kitchen or a bathroom.
    • Overwhelming — If the homeowner assumes the role of Project Manager and is managing the process and contractors, it can get overwhelming very quickly.
    • May Not Add Value — The renovation may not always translate to increased home value, especially if the design is too personal or the use too niche.
  • Easy to go over budget — According to the 2020 U.S. Houzz & Home Study: Renovation Trends, one-third of renovations go over budget. 

 

At the end of the day, you’ll make the decision that’s best for you and your family. And if that decision is to build a new home in Greater Pittsburgh that’s personalized to your unique lifestyle, Weaver Homes is ready to offer you a home designed to your heart’s content! Contact us to learn more about our building process and customizable features. 

What To Do On Your Summer Staycation in Butler County

Forget far away summer vacations — let’s talk about staying home! In your new Weaver home in one of our carefree Lifestyle Communities or spacious Single-Family Communities, you don’t have to endure hours of travel or break your wallet to experience the fun and freedom of a vacation. 

 

Take a look at a few of our favorite ways to enjoy a summer staycation (and entertain family and friends when they visit) in Butler County.

 

OUTDOOR FUN 

Moraine State Park | Portersville

Moraine offers just about every outdoor activity: biking, boating, disc golf, fishing, geocaching, hiking, picnicking, swimming, windsurfing and more. 

Jennings Environmental Education Center | Slippery Rock

Jennings is the only protected prairie in the state and is home to the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake. Enjoy year-round hikes on the 5-mile trail system.

 

CAMPING

Lake Arthur Family Campground | Slippery Rock

However you like to camp, there’s a site for you: Full hook-up; water & electric only; a simple spot in the woods for your tent. Or ditch the tent and go for the rustic cabin! Check out the playground, game area & campground store, too. 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest Campground | Harrisville

From basic tents to RVs, rental cabins to yurts… this campground has it all. 170 shaded sites with electric service, a swimming pool, a bike track, a store, a playground, fire rings, a full schedule of activities and games. 

 

MUSEUMS

The Maridon Museum | Butler 

The only museum in Western PA with a specific focus on Chinese and Japanese art and culture.

Harmony Museum | Harmony, PA 

Discover the big history of a little town. Explore the 1809 main building, the Harmony Society cemetery, and the Mennonite meetinghouse and cemetery.

The Old Stone House | Slippery Rock

A historic inn and museum of rural life. The Stone House has served as a local post office, and was a muster point during the Civil War. 

The Evans City Area Historical Society | Evans City 

Artifacts and memorabilia relating to the area’s oil boom and railroads. 

 

Glasses of rose wine seen during a friendly party of a celebration.

WINERIES | BREWERIES | DISTILLERIES 

Winfield Winery | Cabot 

An award-winning winery in beautiful, rural Cabot, near Saxonburg. Sampling and tastings encouraged! 

Long Run Winery | Slippery Rock 

A small boutique winery offering a relaxing setting to sample a variety of red, white, and specialty wines.

Missing Links Brewery | Renfrew

Enjoy a variety of craft beers brewed on site, plus a brewpub with a full menu of made to order dishes. 

Stick City Brewing Company | Mars

A simple, family-friendly atmosphere to appreciate high quality and fresh modern beer styles. They support local social and environmental movements, too. 

Big Spring Spirits | Seven Fields

A community-centric craft distillery, producing locally-sourced whiskey, gin and vodka. Visit the Tasting Room and try one of their signature craft cocktails. 

DR Distillery | Slippery Rock 

Handcrafted & distilled whiskies & vodka, made with techniques handed down through generations.

Proudly bringing the craft of small batch whiskey production back to Western PA. 

Live Near Your Grandkids in the Greater Pittsburgh Area!

If you’re a grandparent, you know there’s no happier sight than the smiles of your grandkids after a long time apart. But who says that you have to wait months (or even years) in between these special visits? Today, more baby boomers than ever are relocating to cities like Pittsburgh to be closer to their families — because you shouldn’t have to miss another moment of watching your little ones grow up!

At Weaver Homes, we believe that a great place to live improves your happiness, which is why we’ve built beautiful communities in none other than the vibrant, lively Pittsburgh area. We have lifestyle and single-family communities built for every stage of life. Five low-maintenance communities (and one on the way), Millcreek Farms in Valencia, The Villas at Spring Valley in Zelienople, Heritage Crossings in Sarver, The Villas at Forest Oaks in Butler, and Hidden Falls in Fox Chapel are waiting with open arms to welcome you home! 

 

In these fabulous areas of Pittsburgh, you’ll find that life has never been so exciting… and so relaxing. In one day, you can make a short trip to explore a botanical garden, see a show, browse a museum, sight-see on a trolley tour, and indulge in a gourmet meal, and come home to a community that loves you right back — with resort-style amenities and all of the peace and privacy you know and love. 

And of course, with your family close by, you always have the option to do the things you love with your grandchildren! In your family-friendly home, you can enjoy brunch in your cozy kitchen or private back patio before taking the little ones to the community pool to splash around in or the clubhouse for fun games. After that, a whole world of family-friendly fun is waiting right in town! You don’t have to go too far to take them to see a baseball or a hockey game either! 

Staying close to your grandkids offers a whole other benefit besides taking them around the city for its many amenities. You can enjoy the simple pleasures of watching them grow up. Be there to support your grandkids at their upcoming sports games, school plays, and any other monumental events throughout their childhood. 

 

As we all know, kids can say and do the darnedest things. Being able to live near your grandkids will keep your mind sharp and your body active. And though you’re happy to have your own, private space at home, it’s nice to share and expand your happiness with those you love most, your family – especially your grandkids!

 

If you’re thinking about right-sizing your life and making your most exciting move yet, imagine how incredible it would be to have your grandkids just a short car ride away, as opposed to a plane. When you’re so close in proximity, you’ll never have to miss another birthday, recital, game, or special moment again… 

 

Are you ready to live your best life yet — with your family right by your side? All of us can’t wait to meet you and get started! We know you’ll love a personalized and cozy home as much as your neighbors here do. For more information on our low-maintenance homes and communities in the Greater Pittsburgh area, please connect with us today.

Top 3 Points of Interest Near Hidden Falls in Pennsylvania

Every year, thousands of people of all ages move to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. A diverse county with a combination of urban, suburban and rural characteristics, it’s no wonder it’s so popular. Fox Chapel, a borough just 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, is a booming area of the county, and the ideal location for Weaver Homes’ newest Lifestyle Community, Hidden Falls

When it comes to choosing where to build Lifestyle Communities, we always think about what our active adult residents want the most: convenience, active living, easy access to everything. Hidden Falls ticks all the boxes; there are parks and trails, tennis clubs and golf clubs, healthcare and medical facilities, and highways such as Route 8, Route 28, and the PA Turnpike. 

There are plenty of great attractions nearby. From major cities to quaint historical sites, there’s something for everyone. We’ve put together our top 3 points of interest to help you get to know Hidden Falls in Fox Chapel, PA. 

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

Beechwood Farms lies just a short walk from Hidden Falls. With its luscious woodlands and carefully managed habitats, it’s an ideal destination for nature lovers. It also has educational facilities, a library and DiscoverGround Nature Play Area. This reserve is managed by the Audubon Society and provides a home for plenty of local plants and animals. 

 

Oakmont Bakery

If exploring all that nature has helped you build up an appetite, it’s time to grab a bite to eat. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head on down to Oakmont Bakery, one of the finest eateries in the state.

For many years, the folks here have been producing a wide variety of treats sure to get your taste buds tingling. They sell all kinds of cakes and other confections, and you can choose to take your food away or sit and eat among the light, airy surroundings of the bakery’s café. Oakmont Bakery is located in Oakmont, just a 10-minute drive from Hidden Falls. 

Breads, buns, croissants. Bakery ingredients on wooden background. Breakfast food concept. Top view

 

City of Pittsburgh

This booming metropolis has something for everyone. There are great museums, like the Andy Warhol Museum, and fascinating historic sites, like the Fort Pitt Block House. There are also some excellent things to eat, including the burgers and sandwiches Pittsburgh is known for.  If you’ve never spent much time in the Steel City, it might be time to change that. There’s something new around every corner, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

 

Enjoy Easy Access to Everything With a Great Home at Hidden Falls

If you want to enjoy all of the food and fun, nature and history offered in Fox Chapel and its surrounds, Hidden Falls by Weaver Homes is the answer. We offer a variety of single-level patio homes designed for easier living, with wider hallways, comfort height countertops, lever door handles and other safety and comfort features. 

From peaceful moments on private outdoor patios to daily walks along the trails, Hidden Falls residents will enjoy the benefits of a healthy, low maintenance lifestyle, complimented by the warm feeling of living in a close knit community, not to mention being near everything they need in Allegheny County. Connect with us to learn more about living at Hidden Falls in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania.

Featured Floor Plan: Portico Plus

At Weaver Homes, we understand that your home isn’t just where you retreat for privacy and shelter; it’s also where you relax, entertain, and spend precious moments alone, with family, or with a significant other. That’s why we take great pride in designing homes built for whatever lifestyle and stage of life you’re in. 

Each home is built with special attention to how it will be used. Open floor concepts, spacious living and kitchen spaces, and a private den are some of the features you can expect to find in many of our floor plans. No matter which floor plan you choose, there’s a space perfect for everything you need – and all of the things you want!

While each floor plan has its own unique features, we want to shine a spotlight on one of these specially designed floor plans, Portico Plus. Read on for a few highlights of choosing this floor plan.

Enlarged Kitchen, Living Room, and Garage

The Portico Plus shows that bigger can be better, especially when it comes to your living space. The kitchen, living room, and dining area are typically the main hangout spaces of the home, so why not go a little bigger?

With a larger kitchen island, you can enjoy cooking a variety of delicious meals while still being able to converse with guests and family. Additional cabinets and drawers within the island help provide plenty of extra storage space for cooking appliances and utensils. Maybe even use a drawer to easily access a catalog of family-favorite recipes.

Nothing says storage like a large 2-car garage. One of the amazing features of the Portico Plus versus the original Portico plan is the larger garage space. Whether you decide to actually use it for cars or not, there’s a ton of leftover storage. Fill it with car cleaning supplies, workout equipment, or even transform it into the ultimate man cave.

There are multiple top-quality windows throughout this floor plan, but the larger ones included in the living room and dining areas allow incredibly abundant natural light to shine through. It makes the home feel even more open and inviting. This spacious living room area can become the anchor for many delightful parties or a relaxing movie night on the couch. And the dining room can be used for more than eating. Clear the table and get ready for a fun game night with the whole family.

 

Private Space For Everyone

One of the greatest aspects of this unique plan is that it provides more than enough private space for everyone in your family while fostering connection at the same time. With the owner’s suite on the first floor, you can enjoy all the benefits of easy, one-level living. The private den provides a nice, spacious area for quiet working, reading, meditation, or whatever calming activity you enjoy. 

The second floor option has a bonus suite that is the ultimate spot for hosting vacationing family members and overnight guests. With its own living area, bathroom, study, and walk-in closet, you may have guests wanting to stay longer than expected.

 

Outdoor Living Space

There are endless spaces in this floor plan to retreat to, but if that’s not enough, the outdoor living spaces offer even more options for spending some alone as well as with close friends and family. 

Spend warm, glorious mornings out on the wide, open back patio. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing moment outdoors in the fresh air. Add a charcoal firepit to heat up in the cooler months, or a bistro table set to host a quaint brunch. It can be easily accessed from the owner’s suite or dining room areas.

If you prefer, you can opt for an extended covered front porch to keep out of the heat while still enjoying a warm, sunny day. Grab a refreshing lemonade and a small snack. With room for a small bench and ottoman, you won’t need much to enjoy the outdoor spaces of this floor plan.

When you’re ready to build or move to a home with floor plans that keep buyers’ needs and wants in mind, come to Weaver Homes in the Greater Pittsburgh area. We treat our buyers like family, so you know you’re getting a truly customized home. If the Portico Plus floor plan seems like the right fit for you and your family, it will be available in our upcoming communities, Hidden Falls and Lakeside Village. Connect with us today to learn more about this and other unique floor plans!

Featured Community: Hickory Glen

Ready to make a move that’s out of this world? You should think about moving to Mars, PA. If you do, look no further than the new home community of Hickory Glen! There are only a few opportunities remaining… but so many reasons to move here! From acres of stunning views to a small, close-knit community. Ready to learn more? Read on!

 

Get the Benefits of a Private Community

This private community boasts open space while emphasizing privacy for your home. You are surrounded by over 60 acres of spacious land so that you are close to nature every time you step out of your front door. But you are also surrounded by neighbors when you go outside. You’ll always feel like you are right at home in this community.

 

Town of Mars 

Mars, PA, is a great location; there are so many great things to do around the area! You have a variety of restaurants in town as well as cute shops, plus parks, pools and country clubs. If you are feeling like you want to explore a bit more, you are only 30 minutes away from Pittsburgh! You have easy access to the big city whenever you want and then you can go home to your quiet community. The Mars area also offers many outdoor recreation options for you to choose from. From hikes to lakes, you’ll be busy spending time outside during the summer months!

 

Choose Your Floorplan 

When you choose the community of Hickory Glen, you can also choose the floorplan you love that fits your needs the most. Do you need a 3-car garage? Add that option to your home! Do you enjoy a cup of coffee before you get your day started? Add a sunny morning room. Whatever you need, you can create the floor plan that works the best for you.

 

A Focus on Outdoor Living

Hickory Glen also has a focus on outdoor living. Since the community is situated on many acres of land, each home has a spacious yard. Whether you live on a 1/2-acre, 3/4-acre, or 1+ acre homesite, you will enjoy plenty of space when you entertain, eat outside with your family or play with your furry friends.

 

Moving to Hickory Glen

If you’re ready to make the move to Hickory Glen, Weaver Homes is the best option for you! From flex options, outdoor space, and the proximity to Pittsburgh and other fun areas in Western PA, you can’t go wrong! Contact us today to get started on joining our community – you’ll want to act fast! There are limited opportunities left.

The Good Neighbor Program

Part of what makes working in the homebuilding industry so special is the chance to positively impact people’s lives. Aside from building high-quality, comfortable living spaces for families to thrive in, we value any chance to help improve our community.

 

In fact, making a difference in the community is a big part of who we are at Weaver Homes, especially when it comes to families and children. Over the years, the Weaver team has supported many charities and philanthropic causes in our community. 

 

Now, we are giving our homeowners the opportunity to help, too! We’re spotlighting four of the charities we love and support. Every homeowner will be able to select one of these charities, and then at closing, we’ll donate $100 in their names to the charity they’ve chosen. 

 

Learn a little more about our chosen charities: 

 

Hosanna Industries 

Hosanna Industries is a faith-rooted, non-profit mission whose work involves a variety of charitable initiatives. Mission workers at Hosanna Industries build and repair homes for needy households; mobilize relief workers to areas of disaster; teach and lead workshops in art and spirituality; train young people in construction skills; and lead volunteers of all ages. 

 

Inspired Hearts and Hands 

Inspired Hearts and Hands (IH2) started in 2012 as a group of inspired and compassionate friends and family who teamed up to provide what they call the “Necessary Extras”. From food drives and meal baskets to grocery cards and back-to-school basics, together they serve Allegheny and Butler families who are designated as financially and circumstantially disadvantaged.

 

The Lighthouse Foundation 

The Lighthouse Foundation is a Christian outreach organization addressing the needs of the impoverished in northern Allegheny and Butler Counties. The foundation operates the largest food pantry in Butler County and provides transitional and interim housing for young adults, single parents, and families in the area. They promote self-sufficiency through job training, financial literacy, cooking classes, and connections to reliable vehicles.  

 

Mars Area Public Library 

The mission of the Mars Area Public Library is to inform, educate, entertain, and culturally enrich by providing books,​ library materials, facilities, and professional services for everyone in our area. With generous support, the library is able to provide new and relevant materials, technology, computer access, and free events for all ages and interests in a growing community, with ever-changing needs. 

Weaver Homes is always proud of the work that we do for our homeowners, as well as the chance to impact the community at large. For more information on our homes and communities, or to become a part of our Weaver Homes family, please visit our website, or give us a call at 724-248-1729.

The Villas at Forest Oaks: Luxury Golf Course Living

Avid golfers dream of living right on the course. If you’re considering golf course homes, and low maintenance living, The Villas at Forest Oaks offers the best of both worlds. Here are some of the benefits of living in this beautiful Lifestyle Community and what Weaver Homes has to offer. 

Explore The Villas at Forest Oaks

Now selling, The Villas at Forest Oaks is located in Butler, Pennsylvania, nestled on Aubrey’s Dubbs Dred Golf Course. The 18-hole championship course is one of the most competitive and well-conditioned in the Butler County area, and is home to six-time Tri-State PGA player John Aubrey.  

 

Those in the market for golf course homes will enjoy the breathtaking views, rolling hills, and manicured greens right in their backyard. Although the golf course is the obvious attraction, the Villas at Forest Oaks also offers amenities such as a heated pool, clubhouse, and a gym.

 

The Villas at Forest Oaks is only minutes away from downtown Butler which has plenty of shops, restaurants, health care centers, and recreational activities, and only 25 miles from the city of Pittsburgh. 

 

Golf Course Homes for Sale

Weaver Homes currently has two different floor plans available at The Villas at Forest Oaks: the Abbey II and the Canterbury II. Both homes offer over 1,700 square feet of home space, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage in a one-story home. The Canterbury II offers an option for two or three bedrooms while the Abbey II has two-bedrooms. These new construction homes for sale are easily customizable, so that they match your needs. 

 

Recent reviews from prospective buyers included that they “really liked the larger patio on the Canterbury.” (Also known as the courtyard). Visitors also mentioned that they loved the unique selections Weaver Homes’ in-house designer, Megan, chose for the models.  

 

Community Details

Our new homes at the Villas at Forest Oaks also include great community benefits:  

  • Clubhouse with a furnished community room & pool table 
  • Patio with grill and lounge area
  • Outdoor pool with deck & lounging areas
  • Accessible sidewalks throughout the community
  • Golf course access

If you live at the Villas, you also won’t have to worry about grass cutting, lawn treatment, mulching, and snow or trash removal. This easy living lifestyle will leave you with plenty of time to hit the links as often as you want. Quiet evenings, privacy, and access to amenities are just the tip of the iceberg when you start investing in these carefree homes for sale. 

 

Find Your Forever Home

Finding the perfect low-maintenance homes for sale is possible at The Villas at Forest Oaks and other Weaver communities. Weaver Homes has over three decades of design and building experience in the Greater Pittsburg area. Working with the best professionals means you’ll find new construction homes for sale with the quality and attention to detail you expect. 

Come see these beautiful home models yourself, and let Weaver Homes find build your forever home.

How To Create Curb Appeal in Your New Home

When we drive through a new neighborhood, we expect each home to have a distinctive look that tells us a little something about the family who lives there. It’s called “curb appeal,” and to us here at Weaver Homes, it adds a little something extra to our charming new home communities in Greater Pittsburgh

You know great curb appeal when you see it. The house looks balanced, interesting, and well-kept. The exterior and landscaping are neat and clean, reflecting positively on the owners, indicating that they take pride in their property. And there are some personal touches that add personality and style. 

Plus, homes with great curb appeal sell for about 7% more than similar houses with drab exteriors, if you ever need to move. Overall, high curb appeal makes a community a beautiful place to live, and who doesn’t want that? 

There are a few secrets to great curb appeal, though. Here are just a few ways you can add a personal touch and curb appeal to your new Weaver Home.

 

Thoughtful Landscaping

Your landscape is an extension of your unique personality and style, which is why we offer a variety of bedlines, shrub packs, plant sizes and types to add a special touch to your new home. Your front yard is beautiful from the start, and over time it will mature to add even more curb appeal to your home. 

 

Colorful Accessories

Bringing beauty to your doorstep is a cinch. A container garden is a quick and affordable way to brighten things up. Not a fan of flowers? Try foliage plants. Just plant something low-maintenance so that they thrive even if you forget to water them. (Dead plants definitely hurt curb appeal!) Choose pots and plants that complement the colors and style of your home.

 

A Comfy Seating Area

If you have the space, a classic rocking chair, a bench or a cafe set can be a welcoming addition to your front entry. Create a quiet spot for people watching or a place that beckons visitors to pull up a chair and stay awhile. Even a small chair or a little table on your porch can serve as a resting station between inside and out. 

 

If you’re searching for a new home in Pittsburgh with built-in curb appeal, we’d love for you to come visit any of our communities. Please contact us to schedule a personal tour! 

Tips to Choose the Right New Home Floorplan

One of the most exciting times in your life can be choosing to build a new home. Here at Weaver Homes, we know that choosing the right floorplan depends on how you use your home and how it fits with your lifestyle. From the size and shape, to where the rooms are located in relation to each other, every part of the home can affect your experience, so knowing what you really want is crucial. Here are five tips for choosing the right home for your lifestyle.

 

1) Figure out what size of home will best suit your needs. 

Choosing a floor plan should start with how large a home you need to fit your lifestyle. How many bedrooms and bathrooms are enough for you and visiting guests? How many garage bays do you need? Are you downsizing or expecting to expand your family? Think about the space you wish you had (or don’t need) now and prioritize your most important needs.

 

2) Choose a floor plan based on your lifestyle.  

Lifestyles and family needs differ depending on what stage of life you are in. Before choosing a floor plan, ask yourself: 

 

  • Is your family situation changing, either growing or shrinking?
  • Will you need guest rooms for overnight visitors, or additional living space for visiting parents or grandchildren? 
  • Are you approaching retirement? Should you choose a plan that’s great for aging in place?
  • How do you entertain guests? Do you want formal spaces or relaxed get-togethers? 
  • Do the kids need an additional play space?

3) Trust your instincts on what “feels” right when choosing a floor plan.

All of us know when a space feels comfortable. Take these instincts into consideration when looking at different floor plans. Someone with children may want the primary bedroom up with the other bedrooms. Others might prefer for the primary bedroom to be downstairs, separated from the other bedrooms. 

 

4) Don’t forget workspace considerations.

Are you working from home more these days, or even full-time? Do you have any hobbies or special interests that might require special rooms to enjoy them? Do you need lots of attic or storage space to store your treasures? 

Answering these questions honestly will ensure that you choose the right floor plan for your lifestyle now and into the future. If you need any guidance or suggestions, our new home specialists are here to help! Please give us a call at 724-248-1729 or schedule a personal tour of our models today.

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space This Spring

The weather is warming up in Pittsburgh, and there’s something so special about this time of year. Maybe it’s the promise of the gloriously long summer ahead, or the excitement of evenings still tinged with a cool breeze. Whatever you love most about spring, there’s no better way to enjoy it than by relaxing outside in your own beautiful outdoor space. 

 

Let’s look at five ways to enjoy the outdoor spaces of your Weaver Home and make the most of this beautiful spring weather.

 

1) Turn your patio into an outdoor living room

Turn up the comfort factor on your deck or patio with a few plush couches or settees, a soft outdoor rug, pillows for lounging, and lots of cozy blankets for after-dinner drinks and conversation. This time of year, we promise your outdoor living room will get just as much use as your indoor one!

 

2) Make s’mores with the kids or grandkids

If you’re enjoying one of our spacious single family homes at Hickory Glen or Camp Trees, your back yard is the perfect spot for a fire pit. You can find them in an array of sizes and materials to match your style. The little ones will LOVE making their own desserts, and you’ll love making sweet memories, around the fire in the comfort and safety of your own yard. 

 

3) Take in a movie

Believe it or not, your courtyard is the perfect place for movie night! Purchase a screen and projector (or get creative with a white sheet) and set up blankets, pillows, low chairs, and of course, a fully-loaded snack bar to enjoy your favorite films under the stars.

4) Let the light shine

Creative lighting can completely transform your single family home’s outdoor space. Use string lights, fairy curtain lights, or paper lanterns to instantly create ambiance and make our covered patios or decks even cozier and more welcoming. When you add a pair of comfortable, cushioned chairs and your favorite beverage, you’ll never want to leave. 

 

5) Dine outdoors in elegance

Take advantage of spring’s milder weather by having special occasion meals at home. Create an unforgettable dining experience with formal dinnerware, candles, and a gorgeous tablescape. For ultimate luxury, have a catering company take care of all the cooking and cleaning up.

However you choose to use your outdoor space, it’s sure to be a highlight of your new Weaver home. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the great outdoors than right in your own backyard!

5 Reasons to Live in Sarver, PA

If you’re looking to live in a convenient location that’s close to shopping and dining yet outside the reach of city traffic, somewhere that offers outdoor recreation in beautiful surroundings, and has neighborhood hang-outs where happy hour is shared with friends, then you’ll love living in Sarver, PA! Our new luxury lifestyle community, Heritage Crossings, is located in Sarver right off Rte. 356, and residents agree that this is the best move they could have made.

 

5 Reasons to Live in Sarver, PA

 

1) Proximity to Pittsburgh

If you have family or friends in Pittsburgh, Sarver is a quick 40-minute drive away. It’s so easy to head into town on the weekends for social visits, art and cultural events, or great dining. You’ll love being close to a major city yet far enough away that you don’t have to deal with daily traffic. When you live at Heritage Crossings, you’re just minutes from Rte. 28 and can get everywhere you need to go quickly.

 

2) Dining

In Sarver, you’ll never have to go far for great dining options. Within walking distance of Heritage Crossings is South Pike Square Plaza, where you’ll find casual eateries like Tony’s Pizza and Rock-a-fellas Sports Bar. Just up Rte. 365 in neighboring Saxonburg you’ll find the always-popular Kelley’s Family Restaurant, and for fine dining, Hotel Saxonburg. Here are more of the Top Restaurants in Butler County PA.

 

3) Golfing

We know the importance of golfing, which is why we made sure there was an 18-hole golf course within driving distance of Heritage Crossings! Buffalo Golf Course is 5 minutes away by car, or if you’re feeling energetic, just a 1.5-mile walk away. Enjoy the natural beauty and excellent course of this popular golf destination, followed by a delicious meal in the clubhouse.

 

4) Wine and Beer 

Whether you prefer wine or beer at happy hour, you’re covered when you live in Sarver! La Vigneta is a family-operated winery on a 17-acre farm that makes over 35,000 bottles a year and over 20 varieties. There is a tasting room coming soon but in the meanwhile you can pick up a bottle of local wine for every occasion. When you’re in the mood for brews, head over to Cellar Works Brewing Co. where you’ll find small batch, handcrafted beers made from locally sourced ingredients. 

 

5) Blackberry Meadows Farm

A beautiful place to purchase locally grown, organic produce AND to learn how to grow your own, Blackberry Meadows Farm in close-by Natrona Heights focuses on providing nutritious, quality food and sustainable growing methods to the entire community.

 

If you’re looking for the best Pittsburgh suburb to enjoy your next exciting phase of life, take a look at the premier lifestyle community in Sarver, Heritage Crossings. With villa-style homes and amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness center, and heated outdoor pool, it’ll be the best move you’ve made yet! 

Why People Love Living in Heritage Crossings in Sarver, PA

Heritage Crossings is a premier active-adult community in Sarver, PA that features villa-style homes and a low-maintenance lifestyle! There’s so much to love here, from the convenient location adjacent to South Pike Square Plaza, to the amazing amenities that include a clubhouse, fitness center, and outdoor heated pool.

The community association recently hosted a Valentine’s Day party for residents, and we had the pleasure of speaking with a few people about why they bought a new home in Heritage Crossings. Here’s what they had to say!

 

“I moved in six months ago, and everything’s been great. They’ve been very attentive to any questions or problems I’ve had. They respond immediately. Beth’s been wonderful! I’ve been very impressed with the snow removal and all the people that I’ve met so far.”

– Joan L., Heritage Crossings Homeowner

 

“I love the way Beth handled everyone. She let them do what they felt comfortable with. She wasn’t pushy, but she was firm. She knew her stuff. I just felt very comfortable with her.” 

– Janet Czekalski, REALTOR® and Heritage Crossings Homeowner

 

“I’m a real estate appraiser and I’ve appraised these units all over the area, and I know they’re good quality. The people that I’ve met in the process of doing the appraisals were always happy.” 

– Wallace C., Real Estate Appraiser and Heritage Crossings Homeowner

 

“Beth was wonderful to work with. The reason I moved here is because this place has no steps. I have arthritis and I’m an accident waiting to happen!”

– Audrey M., Heritage Crossings Homeowner

 

Watch the full testimonials here:

 

There are just a few homesites remaining to purchase in this wonderful community at the current prices. Contact us to schedule an appointment or request more information about Heritage Crossings today. Your new neighbors can’t wait to meet you!

6 Spring Cleaning Hacks for a Fresh Home this Season

Step outside and take a breath of fresh, clean air — spring has arrived in Greater Pittsburgh! If you’ve bought a new Weaver home recently, what better way to celebrate the season of new beginnings than by freshening it up? From your window sills to your pillows, small changes can make a big difference in the overall feel of your living space.

This season, take a few moments to refresh your beautiful home to welcome the best time of year.

 

Spring Cleaning Hacks for 2022

 

  1. Welcome Home: You’ve wiped your shoes clean of dirt and mud for an entire year on your outdoor welcome mat. Give it a major spruce-up by hosing it down and letting it air-dry, taking care to hose off or scrub the area underneath it. Another effective way of stopping dirt in its tracks (no pun intended) is to use a mat on the inside of your door as well. If you already have one, vacuum both sides of it to really get the dirt out for a new season of visitors.

 

  1. Dust It Off: Even the most simple of tasks can make a big impact. Dusting off the often-forgotten surfaces of your home — like window sills, blinds, fan blades, and the top of the fridge — can give your entire home a clean aura and feel. With a cloth, store-bought duster, or dusting gloves (our favorite!) get around hard-to-reach places like coffee maker nooks, picture frames, and vases.

 

  1. Scrub it Out: Believe it not, your trash can needs some cleaning love, too! Although this might not sound like the most fun chore, it’s amazing how much fresher your kitchen can look and smell once the trash can is scrubbed clean. Take your empty can outside, give it a squirt of liquid dish soap and water, scrub it with a long-handled brush, and voila! The smells are long gone and it’ll look good as new. 

 

  1. Bedding Beauty: The place you go to for ultimate relaxation, your bed is one of the most special parts of your home. Refresh this space by switching out thicker, winter sheets and pillow cases for spring ones. Not to mention, a new look — like a light-colored duvet or spring-themed pillows — creates an entirely fresh vibe. Take care to wash duvet covers, give your mattress a quick spray of disinfectant, and rotate your mattress so that the springs remain even and comfortable all year long.

 

  1. Flower Power: The most prominent sign of spring, fresh flowers make this season so lovable. Whether in your primary bedroom, guest bathroom, living room, or kitchen, sweet-smelling flowers like lilacs, tulips, and daffodils make your home feel fresh, light, and beautiful. If fresh flowers make your nose itch, replace them with scented candles, potpourri in dishes, or scented oil diffusers to enjoy the fresh scents of spring.

 

  1. Gut Your Garage: It’s easy to let the things in your garage pile up, but it’s difficult to clean it all up… With the start of spring officially here, make it a point to tackle the garage! After sorting items into piles (keep, donate, sell, recycle), do a little dusting, sweeping, and hosing down, and it’ll be as good as new in no time. 

 

There’s nothing as sweet as springtime scents and a little bit of sunshine! This season, make sure your Weaver home feels just as fresh as the day you bought it. We can’t wait to see how you spruce up your home. From all of us at Weaver Homes, have a happy and refreshing spring!