Summer Parties: Bringing the Outdoors In

photo 1Are you entertaining friends, family and/or colleagues this summer? Why not enjoy the warmer weather to the fullest, and draw the outdoors in? This can be done a variety of ways, from including fresh wildflowers in your table vases to using seashells as a centerpiece. Here are some great ideas on ensuring your next dinner party is a mini-vacation in itself!

Oceanside serenity

One of the more easier (and fun!) themes for a dinner party is the ocean. You can instil the soft shush of the sea by using a cooler palette, such as mint green, turquoise or light blue. For example, your tablecloth could be a light green color, with coral and sea glass as decorative pieces. If you happen to collect different types of sand, you can use that sand at the bottom of a glass for a candleholder; also, small glass rocks in water-like colors make an excellent base for floating candles. Although you could include any sort of items for your menu, to continue along with the theme you could go with tempera prawns as a starter, and perhaps a light salmon pasta for your main.

Picnic party

Everyone loves a picnic … and who says they have to be outdoors? You can easily bring that relaxed but fun-loving mode indoors using a red and white striped or checkered tablecloth, and wicker baskets for the centerpiece, which could include everything from shiny red apples to bottles of wine. Small tea lights in glass holders can create a simple, yet elegant way of lighting your table. A sample menu would include your favorite pasta or potato salad as a starter, and some home-made fried chicken as the main. These offerings are comfortable and delicious, and will be sure to please.

No matter what you choose for your dinner party this summer, enjoy the weather and be sure to take some time to relax!

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Right-Sizing Your Home – Smaller Can Be Better

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When it comes to homes, bigger isn’t always better. In some cases, the perfect size of home should fit like a comfortable pair of jeans – the right size, with everything in the right place, exactly the way you like it. Bentley Homes’ right-sized homes at Radnor Walk are becoming ever popular, which is why we are introducing right-sized homes at Ashwood Hall!

What is a right-sized home?

A right-sized home is one with a smaller footprint and more cozy floor plans. Some excellent examples are Bentley Homes’ Denbigh and Etage models at Radnor Walk, which are between 3,600 to 4,200 square feet. These homes include everything you could ever want in a home, without overdoing it. A right-sized home is what you need – no more, no less.

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Benefits of a right-sized home

There are many benefits to purchasing a home that is exactly suited for your needs; which includes of course, the price — one-acre lots at Ashwood Hall will start at $1.28-million. The most endearing factor to a right-sized home is the pure comfort it instills. Anyone who walks into a Bentley Homes’ project will notice the pure attention to detail throughout the entire home – a right-sized home will showcase those aspects even more, as the eye is drawn toward the finer things. Comfort is all about the feeling of stepping into your home, and the automatic sigh of relief as your feet sink into the plush carpet, and you take in all the comforts of home.

Relax and unwind in your new right-sized home, built professionally by Bentley Homes – one of the best builders in Chester County. Your perfect home can impress with its elegance, sophistication and comfort. In the case of your home sweet home, smaller can be just what you need.  

Contact Bentley Homes today for more information on your new right-sized home.

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40 Years of Professional Quality on the Main Line

At the age of 11, Bentley Homes’ Tom Bentley began his journey to becoming an expert craftsman in building homes, with an extravagant tree house at his childhood home. Forty years ago, he began his own construction company, Bentley Homes. Times have changed since then, but Tom is still dedicated to creating elegant, sophisticated homes in Delaware County, Pa.

If you are looking for a new Main Line home in Chester or Delaware county, Bentley Homes is definitely your best choice. Tom literally filled out his first building permit when he was 12 – that same tree house caused a neighbor to complain, and Tom had to cut his treehouse in half and build it out again to fit within the 25-foot perimeter.

Tom carries a unique passion for building grand, beautiful homes. There was no question what Tom wanted to be when he grew up – a builder. When he was young, he asked his mother to drive him to construction sites, just so he could watch the builders. This thirst for the very best is obvious through the homes that Tom helps build. Still involved in many of the designs for Bentley Homes, Tom loves the day when a new show home is introduced – “it’s like an art show,” he explains.

Cookie cutter homes and templates are not in Tom’s vocabulary. Each Bentley Home, priced from $300,000 to $3-million, can be custom made to each client. Although specializing in luxury, single-family homes, Bentley Homes has also created townhouse communities. He estimates that the houses he has built over the past 40 years have a total market value of $1-billion. 

Market share of 30 per cent in the Main Line aside, Bentley Homes’ quality of homes and design and dedication to perfection is only one of the many reasons why Bentley is the best choice. Their homes are not only beautiful, but created to be homes that you can live in as well.

The video and article below details more about how Tom Bentley began his journey. 

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2014/05/05/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc5367a1a8542ee885286224.txt

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Things are abloom at Bentley Homes!

Spring has finally sprung here in Chester and Delaware county, Pennsylvania; as the weather warms up, it seems so is the real estate market!

Bentley Homes believes the improving economy has resulted in more demand for new homes, as we are seeing buyers out this spring in better force than any time in the past several years. An improving economy is good news to all around; we hope it continues!

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We are currently 70 per cent sold out at Radnor Walk, with recent sales being focused on first floor master bedroom plans, and those with elevators. Radnor Walk is conveniently located in Radnor township, Delaware county. All homes are within walking distance to Villanova University, and are close to other businesses, shopping and restaurants.

On March 6, 2014, Bentley Homes celebrated our 40th anniversary and grand opening at Randor Walk – we debuted our Denbigh model, which has brought lovely country-style elegance to the community. We thank all 250 VIPs and broker/agent partners for attending, helping us mark this event. The Denbigh model has four bedrooms and 3.5 bedrooms, with at least 3,600 square feet of space to enjoy.

This spring, we are also offering a sales event for Realtors with a grand prize of a trip to Cape May! Between May 15 and Aug. 13, you can earn 30,000 Bentley rewards points which can be used toward a luxury Cape May get-a-way! (For more information, please contact Susan Palovitch at 484-459-5447 or visit Bentley Homes’ website at www.Bentleyhomes.com.) Cape May, N.J., is a delightful little town with much to offer, including beaches, brewery tastings, ghost tours, whale and dolphin watching and much more!

We here at Bentley Homes hope you have an excellent spring/summer! A Bentley Home is the perfect place to come home to; whether for play, work or relaxing, our homes will suit your needs, personality and dreams to a tee! Contact us for more information on your new home.

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Celebrate Spring with Natural Colors in Your Home

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Spring has officially arrived! This is the perfect time of the year to begin thinking about new decorating choices for your home in Delaware County, Pa. Wildflowers will soon begin to bloom, and the annuals in your garden will be a riot of color. This year’s most popular colors can be taken directly from nature itself. When choosing your color palette for your new decorating scheme, take the following suggestions into mind.

Dazzling blue 

Just like the bold color of the cornflower or bachelor’s button, this shade of blue makes its presence known! If you decide to paint a large piece of wall in this color, you should choose a darker shade to complement it, such as a black or even a steel grey. This beautiful blue is a color all the rage in homes in Chester County!

Sand

If you are searching for a neutral tone that goes with anything, sand is your best bet. This color works well with most any shade – try using turquoise to add a beach flavor to your home. Sand is again a natural color; Chester County Builders often uses neutral tones in homes, as it allows small focal pieces to stand out on their own.

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As seen in one of Bentley’s living rooms, another option for this color would be to pair it with rich reds and browns to give your living room, bedroom or study that casual yet comfortable look.

Radiant orchid

This royal purple color is essential for any accent piece. It brings in a bit of spring into your home, and can be instilled with just a few accent pieces. Bentley Homes recommends having a few colored pieces in your home to add character; as well, a decent-sized piece like a rug or a large lamp can be quite the talking point.

Cayenne

Everyone loves a little spice in their life! This subtle yet eye-catching red is the same shade as grapefruit; and just like grapefruit, this color is sweet without being overwhelming. You can choose to paint accent walls in your new home in Delaware county with this luscious color, or use it in a few accent pieces.

No matter which color you choose for your decorating this year, enjoy the warmer weather and happy Spring from Bentley Homes!

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Winter’s Almost Over … Think GREEN!

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The air might still be a little chilly and the odd snowflake might fall, but spring is definitely just around the corner. This is the perfect opportunity to start thinking GREEN! Green homes have been shown to garner a higher price on the open market, as the savings from electricity and heat are very tempting, and more than make up the difference in price over the long run. Here at Bentley, we are serious about being green. The following are just a few items that make our homes not only some of the most beautiful around, but the most green as well

1.     Rain, rain go away …

When the rain falls (as it does quite often on the mainline) the water will automatically drain from your roof, patio and sidewalk into the ground water recharge or seepage beds, which will in turn discharge into the aquifer. Not only will this ensure the water will not pool around your house, it will go back into the ground and feed streams, plants and wildlife.

2.     Hot water – instantly!

How many times have you turned on the faucet for a hot shower, or to wash a load of dishes? Thousands of gallons of water are wasted every year while people wait for their water to heat up. This is why Bentley installs Insta-Hot Water Systems in every home – the name says it all. No more waiting for hot water, and you are all the greener for using it!

3.     Let there be light – or not!

More and more we hear about the importance of ensuring lights are turned off when you leave a room. This task is so much easier to remember with a Bentley home – because you don’t have to remember! We install room sensored/timed light switches, which can sense if you have left a room, or be on a timer so that electricity isn’t wasted when it’s not needed.

These are just a few of the features that every Bentley home includes to make our world is a greener place. For more information on our Bentley Green customizations, check out our website or give us a call!

http://www.bentleyhomes.com
610.436.5500

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40 Years of Expertise Working for You

 
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Bentley Homes is celebrating its 40th year in business. Over the years, we have completed numerous homes, in many different subdivisions. We believe our longevity is part of what makes us stand apart from others – we are dependable, reliable and our experience is unparalleled. The benefits of working with a company that has been in business as long as we have are numerous!

Experience

Experience in the industry is a skill unto itself; by contracting an experienced company, you will be assured that everything is done correctly the first time. We know what works, and we know what works well.  Experience also allows us to make recommendations on the use of different materials, and what to change to make your home turn out even better than you thought it would.

Reliability

Reliability is something that comes in time and with reliability comes trust – you can trust that we will get the job done on time, and within your budget. We have a great track record over our 40 years of business, and you can definitely rely on us.

Knowledge

Knowledge is priceless. We know what can be done for what price; we know timelines and budgets like the backs of our hand. Knowledge allows us to be right on the money time and time again, which creates a track record for our trustworthiness.

Bentley Homes is one of the premier construction companies in Delaware County; our four decades of experience speaks for itself.

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Join us for our Ruby Anniversary Party!

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Prepping Your Mainline Home for the Winter

So far, Winter has been off and on this season in our area; so just to make sure you are prepared, these steps will ensure your new home in Delaware County withstands the harsh bite of winter as much as possible.

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Clean Your Chimney – Whether you use your wood-burning fireplace often or not at all, having a clean chimney is essential. Hiring a chimney sweep to clean your chimney from top to bottom will allow you to use your fireplace on those cold winter days without worrying about potential chimney fires. You should also ask the sweep to check for bird or animal nests in the chimney, and make sure the damper is working properly and capped with screening to keep out animals.

Ceiling Fan in Reverse – Hot air rises; but in the winter, we want that hot air to stay close to the ground, so that it keeps your Mainline home nice and cozy. Many ceiling fans have a reverse direction, which will drive that warm air down to the floor.

Clean the Gutters – Once all the leaves have fallen around your home in Chester County, it is always a good idea to clean the gutters before the winter rains or snow starts. Clear all of the debris and leaves from the gutters, and give them a good rinse with the hose. You can also take this chance to inspect the gutters to make sure they are in good condition

Inspect the Furnace – Losing your heat in the dead of winter is something you definitely do not want happening at your Mainline home, so inspecting your furnace before the cold arrives is a superb idea. Call in your local HVAC inspector, who will tell you if you’re furnace is running optimally or if it needs to be replaced.

Turn off outside water – Turning off your outside taps and taking off any attached hoses is essential during the winter, as temperatures as high as 32 F can freeze your faucets. You should also coil up your hoses and put them away; if they have any water in them at all during the winter, they can freeze and break.

From all of us here at Bentley Homes, we wish you a very happy and healthy new year! 

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Decorating your Main Line home for the Holiday Season

December has arrived; how do you decorate your new Delaware County home without spending a fortune; or looking like the tackiest home on the block? Here are some great and simple tips to ringing in the festive season this Holiday in your new Main Line home!

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1. Simple = sophisticated. When choosing your decorations, have a specific palette in mind. Go with the classic red and green, or white and blue; you can even combine three colors, like gold, black and green. Purchasing decorations in colors that complement each other will give your home a more pulled together, sophisticated look.

2. Start a tradition. Traditions don’t need to be expensive! You can create your own decorations like popcorn strings, or paper mache balls using old wrapping paper. Other ideas are: making a homemade wreath – all you have to do is purchase a plain, green wreath, and decorate it with pine cones, paper snowflakes, whatever suits your fancy.

3. Make it bright. White lights are the essential choice for any holiday, as they match any décor. And they don’t just belong on the tree – you can put lights on your railing, and if you’re feeling adventurous, a small strand on your dining table adds to the perfect centerpiece.

4. Holiday collecting is classy! Add on to a family’s collection of different decorations, or start a new one.

5. Winter by candlelight. Nothing makes a room seem warmer and cozier than some strategically placed candles. Even if your room does not include a fireplace, the warmth of candlelight around the room can provide that same warm feeling. Don’t forget, scent is an excellent way to bring in the Holiday spirit; you can add cinnamon, pine or even sugar cookie candles; it’s all up to you!

Bentley Homes wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

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