October 2012

Design Studio Open House

If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to build a new home, but had no idea where to start, we encourage you to stop by our Design Studio Open Houses! Every other Tuesday from 5-7 pm, you'll have the unique opportunity to see and touch many of the options that we have available for your new Ball home. You will be able to start looking through the plethora of options for paint, flooring, countertops, cabinets, decorative windows, roofing, brick, doors, stone, hardware, fireplaces and much more. You’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to see and pick out all your colors and options in one place!

Also at the open house, you’ll have the chance to speak with Design Consultants and a member of our Ball Homes Sales team. Having helped clients just like you select the perfect colors and options for their home over the years, they are experts at what they do! Many buyers come to our Design Studio feeling anxious about all the decisions they’ll have to make regarding their new home. After meeting with one of our consultants, they leave feeling confident and excited. Our team will work side-by-side with you to help you choose what blends together well and what satisfies your personal style. As you consider the options, they can be a great guide or sounding board for the decisions that will personalize your home from top to bottom!

Please note these open houses are absolutely free with no obligations. We encourage you to attend so that you can see the options and designs you’ll be able to enjoy in your new Ball home!

Carve the Perfect Pumpkin

With Halloween just a few days away, decorate a perfect looking pumpkin with the help of these step-by-step instructions!

1. Pick out a pumpkin.

Examine the rind. It should be firm, uniform in color, and free of cuts, bruises, and blemishes.  Make sure that the stem doesn’t look brown and dry. And don’t use the stem as a handle, since even a healthy one can break off. Pick up a pumpkin by its base instead. Give the pumpkin a knock. A thumping sound means the pumpkin is solid, with no internal defects, rot, or soft spots. You should try to have an idea of what you want to do with your pumpkin before you pick it out. If you want to carve an intricate design in your pumpkin, it may be easier to carve on a flatter surfaced pumpkin. 

2. Carve your pumpkin.

Make sure you don’t carve your pumpkin too early! Once a pumpkin is cut, they usually last 4-5 days before they start to rot. With a serrated knife, carefully cut an opening around the stem of the pumpkin, leaving a small notch on the back. It will be easier to put the top back on the pumpkin when you’re finished. 

3. Scoop out the goop.

Use a large spoon to remove the pulp and scrape the sides clean of stringy pieces. Separate the seeds from the pulp for a tasty treat later. Make sure you don’t put anything down your garbage disposal. It will clog up the drain and be a big hassle!

4. Start drawing.

Use a marker to start drawing a face on your pumpkin. If you aren’t an artist, you can use a free pumpkin stencil like the ones shown here or here.



Fireplace Safety Tips

Nothing says Fall and Winter like snuggling up next to a warm, cozy fire in your Ball home. While it may be tempting to grab some firewood and make a fire the minute cooler weather sets in, it’s important to make sure your fireplace is fire-ready. 

According to the United States Fire Administration,
heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys. Instead of making your home a part of these statistics, follow these steps to make sure your fireplace is ready for action.

Keep Your Fireplace Clean

Before you start up that first fire of the season, make sure your fireplace and chimney are cleaned by a licensed professional. Keep the area clear of any debris, decorations, or flammable materials.

Know How to Burn

If you have glass doors on your fireplace, keep them open when burning a fire. Leaving the doors open allows for enough air to reach the fire, and will also burn off any creosote buildup. Use the mesh screen to keep embers and debris from escaping out of the hearth.

Fuel the Fire

Use only seasoned hardwood for your fire starter. Do not use flammable liquids to start your fire.  Do not burn cardboard boxes, trash, or debris. Do not leave your fire unattended. Extinguish your fire before going to bed or leaving the house. Allow the ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place the ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home.

Following these few simple fireplace safety tips will help you prepare your fireplace and safely operate a fire in your Ball home this season.


Quick Move Home: The McCormick

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!

One such home is located in Lexington in our Villas at Masterson. The home, located at 2364 Merluna Drive, is a McCormick floor plan. The layout of this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home focuses on making the most lifestyle friendly use of space by adding living space in lieu of unfinished areas above the garage and unused space in two-story ceilings. 

This home features a formal dining room, a large family room, and a private den in addition to the kitchen, breakfast area, and powder room. Lifestyle details include a walk in pantry adjacent to the kitchen, a storage closet in the garage, an upstairs laundry with a folding area, a serving bar between the kitchen and family room, and a room-sized master closet.

There is a private den off the kitchen area that is perfect for an office or kids play room. Upstairs, the hall bath is designed for the possibility of shared use, as is bedroom #3 with its dual closets. Bedroom #4 features a nook with window that makes a perfect study area, play area, or other hideaway.

The master bath includes dual vanities, a linen closet, and a commode enclosure, and is upgraded to include a 4' shower stall and garden tub.

Pictures by Milestone Realty Consultants.

For more information on this home or any of our other Quick Move homes, visit our website to speak to a builder representative!

Jackson II Floor Plan Update

We’ve upgraded the Jackson II floor plan to include many new standard features.


Starting at $181,950, the Jackson II is a spacious four bedroom home with a downstairs office or study. The two story foyer has a railed overlook above, and encompasses a stairway with a feature window over the landing. The family room and breakfast overlook the rear yard, and the centrally located kitchen is open to all main living areas of the home, for good traffic flow and entertaining. A large pass-through utility room/mudroom is located on the first floor, and accesses a back hallway convenient to the powder room and kitchen. The office or study is located off this hallway, creating a nice combination of privacy and accessibility. 

The upstairs master suite includes a very spacious bedroom with a trey ceiling, and a luxury bath with his-and-hers vanities, linen closet, enclosed commode, garden tub, and a 4' shower, adjacent to a roomy closet. Additional luxury bath options are also offered on this plan. Three additional bedrooms, one with a large walk-in closet, share a hall bath. Exterior plan details include a metal-roofed front porch, shake siding accents, and true radius head windows.

This home is currently available in the Lexington area. For more information on this home, please visit our website.