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How Tall Should Your Bathroom Vanity Be?

Save Your Back Some Stress with an Extra Tall Vanity! Did you know that 30” is the typical height of a vanity? To help you visualize, this standard 30″ size is about as tall as the average kitchen table – simply too short for most people to use comfortably.

Always Get More Detail #34: Extra Tall Baseboards

Don’t Compromise on Character: Get Two Times Larger Baseboards in a Charter Home Let’s face it: sometimes great design isn’t all about functionality – it’s about what looks fabulous in your home. One of the best comments we ever heard from a potential Charter homeowner came during a Parade of Homes open house.

Always Get More Detail #15: Brushed Nickel Fixtures

Watch out, other finishes: Brushed Nickel has taken over as the must-have hardware and lighting finish for new homes. What used to be a pay-for upgrade is now standard in every Charter home. Benefits of Brushed Nickel Fixtures There are many benefits of buying new, and certainly one of them is buying what’s in style right now.

Always Get More Detail #3: Extra Tall Ceilings

Does an extra foot really make a difference? Our Design team thinks so! Walk into any Charter home and you will feel the difference that our “super tall” ceilings make. Benefits of 9 Foot Ceilings in Your New Home: Your home feels airy and big.

Always Get More Detail #28: Kitchen Islands

Kitchen Islands or Peninsulas Included in Every Home We Build! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: a spacious, usable kitchen island is a must have in a new home. If you love the extra counter space and gathering potential created by a kitchen island, say it with us: “Why pay extra for a must have?”

Sight Lines in Your New Home: A Living Design Primer

At Charter Homes, we create each new home design based on four guiding principles that we call Living Design. These principles include Natural Light, Great Spaces, Timelessness and Sight Lines – because we believe great design ensures you’ll Live Well in your home. Now, we’re taking off our “jargon hats” and sharing our design principles with our readers.

Introducing Falcon Ridge – Charter Homes’ Newest Neighborhood!

Charter Homes is proud to announce the opening of Falcon Ridge, our newest neighborhood! About Falcon Ridge Falcon Ridge is located in Harrisburg’s Lower Paxton Township (close to our Spring Hill neighborhood) and offers single family homes with large estate homesites. Charter Homes’ newest neighborhood near Harrisburg has the best of everything.

Bring Nature Inside Your Home

2012 Design Ideas – Bringing the Outdoors In One of our favorite compliments ever: a homeowner at our Preserve neighborhood loves how her home brings the outdoors in throughout the year. She loves her floor to ceiling windows in the winter, because she and her daughter can sit on the floor and still see outside – making it feel like they’re playing outdoors even when it’s too cold!

Foyer Style Ideas from the Veranda Parade Home

2012 Design Ideas – Making ‘Room’ in the Foyer Regardless of your decorating style, your foyer or entryway can make a dramatic “opening statement” about your home when you and your guests enter.

Fourth of July Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Patriotic Outdoor Decorating Ideas for the Fourth of July Fun Ideas for Decorating Outdoors this Independence Day As Independence Day weekend approaches, check out these fun ideas to make your home’s outdoor space patriotic! For Memorial Day, we shared how to use red, white and blue flowers, American flags and bunting, and even a patriotic bird house to decorate your front porch.

Conservatory at the Veranda Parade Home – Two Rooms in One!

2012 Design Ideas – Repurposing a Space to Create Multiple Rooms One of the favorite rooms of visitors to our Veranda Parade Home was the Conservatory. Many of our gentleman visitors enjoyed the innovative Brewmaster Fan, while the ladies often loved the abundance of natural light.

Veranda Parade Home: Interior Design Inspiration – and Paint Colors!

Design Inspiration from our Veranda Parade Home The 2011 Veranda Parade Home won best in show at the Lancaster Parade of Homes. To celebrate, we’re taking you on a special tour of the home – complete with design inspiration, paint colors and insider tips! As we designed the interior of this home, we were inspired by the subtle power of neutral colors.

Home of the Week: 40 Summer Lane, Walden

Walden “Manning” Home Ready Now Update: SOLD! Visit our Walden neighborhood or call us at 800-325-3030 to find out about more available homes at Walden. Today we’ll be taking you on a private tour of a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in the hottest neighborhood on Harrisburg’s West Shore: Walden. Welcome to 40 Summer Lane!

2011 Lancaster Parade of Homes – Final Weekend!

Don’t miss out – come see our Veranda Parade Home this weekend! The Central PA Parade of Homes is entering its final weekend! Stop by and see our Best in Show Veranda Parade Home tonight and this weekend. Join the 1,300 people who visited our Veranda Parade Home last weekend – see what all the buzz is about!

The Second Annual Summer Living Photo Contest!

The Summer Living Photo Contest is Back! Our first annual Summer Living Photo Contest received more than 100 entries – and showed us what a creative and talented bunch of homeowners we have here at Charter Homes! Now, we’re bringing the contest back for a second year – and giving away THREE Starbucks gift cards (a favorite of our Facebook fans!) to three talented Charter homeowners/photographers.

Featured Home Design: Sterling at Deer Run Commons

Charter Homes is proud to introduce its newest home design at our Deer Run Commons neighborhood in Hershey: the Sterling townhome. This townhome design features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, and starts at 1,717 square feet. The Sterling features an upgraded kitchen with island and custom cabinetry, a spacious breakfast area, and a sunroom available on some townhomes.

Home of the Week: 991 Powder Horn Drive, Southpoint Meadows

Southpoint Meadows “Davis” Home Ready Now Update: SOLD! Call 800-325-3030 to find out about other homes available at Southpoint Meadows. Today we’ll be taking you on a private tour of a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in Hershey’s Southpoint Meadows neighborhood. Welcome to 991 Powder Horn Drive! 991 Powder Horn Drive features the Davis Home Design and offers 2,604 square feet.

Award Winning Design: Not Just in Our Parade Home!

Veranda Parade Home Wins Best in Show – Your New Home Can Too! Last Friday, the Veranda Parade Home carried away every award in its category at the Parade of Homes Awards Ceremony – and took home the prestigious Best in Show award. Want to own your own award-winning home?

Veranda Sweeps Parade of Homes Awards

Veranda Parade Home Sweeps Lancaster Parade of Homes Awards! You have GOT to see this home! We’re very proud to share that our beautiful 2011 Veranda Parade Home carried away every award in its category Friday’s Parade of Homes Awards Ceremony – and took home the prestigious Best in Show award!

Bathroom Vanity Furniture at the Veranda Parade Home

2012 Design Ideas – Bathroom Vanity Furniture Come See the Spectacular Master Bathroom Starting Saturday at our Veranda Parade Home! Bathrooms are an often-overlooked space for expressing your unique sense of style. One of our favorite 2012 design trends is bathroom vanity furniture, like this gorgeous vanity sink furniture in our Veranda Parade Home‘s master bathroom.