August 2012

Ball Homes Offers Move-in Ready Homes

Just because you may have to move quickly doesn't mean you shouldn't receive the same quality and luxury a new built-to-suit home can offer. Ball Homes offers an assortment of Quick Move Homes that would be available for occupancy in 60 days or less. These homes are ideal for those homeowners that want the advantages of a new home, without the wait!

Our Quick Move homes have a variety of our top selling floor plans with neutral design palettes. One such home in Louisville's Flat Rock Ridge neighborhood is located at 1816 Belay Way. This beautiful Buckhead II floor plan has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 2 car garage. Listed at $210,954, this large home is ideal for homeowners who want their square footage dedicated to the most lived in area of their home.

Most of the first floor is devoted to the open living room, the kitchen with a corner pantry and island with raised breakfast bar, and large eat-in breakfast area. This living room has a fireplace and 9 foot ceilings.

The upstairs of the home has a large Master bedroom with beautiful tray ceilings. The Master bathroom has a separate shower and large garden tub.

Pictures provided byPrudential Parks and Weisberg.

To see a list of our Quick Move homes in Lexington, Louisville, or Knoxville, go to our website or speak with a Ball Homes specialist today!

The Newest Floor Plan in Ball Homes Collection: The Brooklyn

Here at Ball Homes, we always strive to bring today's homeowners the best and most up-to-date floor plans that meet their wants and needs. The latest floor plan in the Ball Homes collection is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage home that has an open floor plan and a family-friendly layout.

 The Brooklyn has an impressive large two story foyer entry with a large plant shelf, powder room, and coat closet. The kitchen and breakfast area are open to the living room, which boasts 4 large windows facing the rear yard and an optional fireplace. The kitchen boasts an accommodating island sink, a breakfast bar, and a pantry.

Upstairs in the Master bedroom, homeowners can enjoy the luxury of a double sink vanity and a variety of tub and shower options. Also included in the Master suite is a large walk-in closet. A second and third bedroom, hall bath, linen closet, and large utility room are also on the second level. The third bedroom offers an unusually large walk-in closet for a secondary bedroom—perfect for added storage!

Ball Homes is currently building four of this newest floor plan, located in our Chilesburg and Glasford subdivisions in Lexington, and our Cedar Meadows and Flatrock subdivisions in Louisville.

If you have any questions on this, or any of our other floor plans, please contact us!


Gold Key Club Breakfast

We were pleased to hold our annual Gold Key Club breakfast on Thursday, August 23rd. This event is held for all the Realtors in the area who have sold a Ball Home in the past year.

The breakfast was held at Donamire Farm in Lexington. Over 150 Realtors were in attendance. Mr. Ball was even able to join us!

We were able to have a prize wheel at the breakfast. Each person in attendance was able to spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes or have their name in the drawing for a TV, an iPad, or hand-drawn notecards. There were also drawings for cash prizes!

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012

The breakfast was catered by Chef Mark Jensen. The food was delicious!

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012

Winners were announced at the end of the breakfast. Lynn Lindsey was the winner of the hand painted notecards.

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012 

Vicki Weesner was the winner of the iPad.

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012

Gary Wrenn was our TV winner.

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012

Our Cash Grand Prize winner was Stephanie Keleman.

Gold Key Club Breakfast 2012

Thank you to everyone who came out to the breakfast! It was a lot of fun and we look forward to next year's event!

The Way of the Future: Energy Smart

Ball Homes is proud to be among a handful of Lexington builders to participate in a brand new Energy Smart rating system by RESNET, a leading national network of independent energy raters that promotes energy efficiency. As a participant in this program, each and every Ball home will be inspected and tested to ensure that it meets the criteria of having the title of an Energy Smart home.

After each home has been tested, RESNET will give it an individual rating certificate that shows the home's HERS rating index. This index is the industry's standard by which a home's energy efficiency is rated and its energy performance is calculated. Each home's HERS score will help buyers project energy costs and compare with other homes in the area. It also estimates the annual energy savings compared to the average existing home. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home.

The current industry standard for home efficiency on the HERS index is a score of 100. Ball Homes is committed to going above and beyond that standard. Our new homes have consistently averaged a score between 75-85 for each home. That is a 15%-24% difference! Compared to the average existing home with a HERS index of 130, the same Energy Smart home will save 45% to 54% in energy costs, which amounts to hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year!

Better scores are achieved by thorough sealing and insulating to reduce holes and cracks in the home's "envelope," improved blocking to restrict the flow of unheated or uncooled air, and better insulation practices. Since the energy rater is involved throughout the construction process, the home can be tested and checked as it is being built, and best practices are assured.

Each Energy Smart home is individually inspected and tested by a certified home energy rater using a thermal bypass inspection checklist for such features as tightness of construction and ducts, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and effective insulation and blocking. Homes also undergo a final blower door test to evaluate and improve air leakage into the home, and a duct blaster test to locate and seal any leakage in the HVAC system.

Energy Smart homes mean lower utility bills, more comfortable homes with more consistent temperatures between and across rooms, and improved indoor air quality. More efficient energy use also means environmental benefits for everyone, including reduced air pollution generated by the production of energy at power plants.

Ball Homes’ commitment to this program not only shows our stance on energy efficiency and conservation, but also our focus on building quality homes!

Ball Homes: A History of Quality

Ball Homes has been proudly building homes for Kentucky families since 1959. Founded by Don and Mira Ball and now operated by the second generation of the Ball family, we are proud to be recognized as a consistent leader among builders in our area. Ball Homes has been honored to have been voted Lexington's Favorite Builder by Lexington Herald-Leader's Reader's Choice Awards every year since 2008. BUILDER'S magazine has ranked Ball Homes as one of the nation's top 100 builders annually since 1998 and among the top 50 in 2007.

As a family owned and operated business, we are proud to offer quality homes at an attainable price. We understand that building a home is a major step in people’s lives. We want to make that transition as easy and stress-free as possible. We stand by our quality workmanship, great customer care, and a solid reputation. We offer many different styles of floor plans to meet the needs and lifestyles of today's homebuyers.

From starter homes to townhomes, Ball Homes provides personalized options and superior quality to a diverse group of people. With over 30 subdivisions across Central and Western Kentucky and Knoxville, homebuyers can have the confidence and security of knowing that when they build with Ball Homes, they will be getting superior service and a quality home.

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