January 2014

Ball Homes Expands in Knoxville

Ball Homes are now available in Hampson Place, our newest Knoxville location. Hampson Place offers sixteen floor plans priced starting in the low 200's, with sizes ranging from 1,939sf to 4,067sf in the Bearden area of west Knoxville. Homeowners enjoy close proximity to downtown Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, Interstate 40, Interstate 75, and the Pellissippi Parkway, the West Town Mall and other shopping, and restaurants.

An Albany model is under construction on lot 3, showcasing one of our newer large two story plans. At 3074 square feet, the Albany offers up to five bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a covered patio and second story covered deck. Designed with large families in mind, this design features open gathering spaces in the family areas of the home, and a private retreat in the master suite with sitting room and covered deck access.

More information is available by calling 865.329.6919 or from any Ball Homes Specialist.

To reach Hampson Place, take I-40 to exit 378A to N. Cedar Bluff Road. Turn left onto N. Peters Road. Continue onto Ebenezer Road. Turn left onto Nubbin Ridge Road. Continue on Nubbins Ridge Rd for approximately 2 miles, neighborhood will be on the right.

New Floor Plan: The Hawthorne

Our team of designers strive to constantly bring you the most updated designs in floor plans and new home layouts. We are excited to announce 4 new floor plans, the Hawthorne, the Inglewood, the Rutherford, and the Glenstone. We will be highlighting each of the plans here on our blog over the next few weeks. Today, we're taking a look at one of the new Traditions floor plan, the Hawthorne.

The Hawthorne is a two story home with four bedrooms, four baths and 4,067 square feet, with prices starting in the 200's. It features many plan designs that homeowners are looking for today, including a flex area/office space, an open kitchen and living space, and luxurious Master suite options.

The main floor opens into a flex space/office area that can be converted into a play area for kids, a study, or living room. The dining area connects to the kitchen through a butler's pantry, with easy access to the walk-in pantry. The kitchen includes a separate breakfast area the overlooks the rear yard, and a spacious kitchen island, which opens into the living room. A guest suite is also included on the first floor, with a full bathroom and walk-in closet.

Upstairs, there is plenty of room to grow, with a spacious Master suite, three additional bedrooms and a large loft area. The Master suite comes standard with dual vanities, garden tub and separate shower, a linen closet, a commode closet, and a oversized walk-in closet. The utility room is off the Master suite and features a direct door from the Master closet for convenience and a large folding counter.
The Hawthorne floor plan is being offered in Central Kentucky, Louisville, and Knoxville. For more information on this, or any other floor plan in the Ball Homes collection, visit our website, or contact a Ball Homes Specialist.

The Best Floor Plan for Your Family

With over 70 different floor plans to choose from, you can be assured that you and your family will find the best plan that meets your wants and wishes in a new construction home. Our team of designers are always looking at the latest design trends that meet the desires of our homeowners. Here are a few of our top selling floor plans in our Cottages, Villas, and Traditions collections.

Cottages: Morgan, 1,505 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

The Morgan floor plan incorporates many features that today's homebuyers want when searching for a new construction home. The main living areas feature 9' ceilings, with the kitchen, dining, and living areas flowing into each other, creating a large open-concept design. The Master suite features a spacious walk-in closet and a private bath with a window.

Villas: Brooklyn, 1,939 sq ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

The Brooklyn is a two-story plan with three bedrooms and a two car garage. The family room is large and open and connects to the kitchen, which overlooks the rear yard via six large windows, giving plenty of natural light. The upstairs Master suite offers a variety of bathroom layouts to suit your family's needs.

Traditions: Monroe, 2,476 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

The Monroe is a spacious ranch floor plan that is designed for larger homesites and incorporates many features that today's homebuyers are looking for. The kitchen and living room feature an open concept design and flows into a large dining area. The Master suite is connected to the utility room via a pass-through linen closet, making household chores like laundry and cleaning a breeze.

These are just a small sampling of the award-winning floor plans Ball Homes has to offer. For more information on these or any other available floor plan, visit our website or speak with a Ball Homes Sales Team member today.

Final Homesites Released in Chilesburg

Ball Homes has released the final remaining homesites in Chilesburg Landing and Chilesburg Trace. More than 70 lots have been released for sale within the two communities and they offer 49 different floor plans, including selected Villa and Traditions plans. Lots typically range from forty-five feet to sixty feet, with homes ranging from 1500sf to over 3500sf. Homes include two car garages or larger, three to five bedrooms, with many flex room and loft options available. Prices start at $169,950 in Chilesburg Trace and $209,900 in Chilesburg Landing, at time of release.

For more than a decade, the Chilesburg subdivision in Lexington has been a flagship community, boasting the first Ball Homes model village, as well as one of the first communities built with newer design trends, including boulevards, open spaces, pocket parks, and walking trails. With the subdivision amenities and the award winning floor plans, many homeowners have wanted the opportunity to live in such a desirable neighborhood. "The demand for the Chilesburg subdivision remained strong, even during the softening of the market," said Realtor Mike Wheatley, the Sales Team Manager for Central Kentucky. "Home values in Chilesburg remained steady, and in some cases even appreciated, even as other markets remained stagnant or depreciated."

To learn more about Chilesburg Landing or Chilesburg Trace, visit an open house or contact a Ball Homes Specialist.

Organize Your Family Drop Zone

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution list yet? Like many people, you may have added “Get Organized” to your list of things you’d like to accomplish this year. One place that many people have trouble getting organized is the family drop-zone; a central place in the home where family members (sometimes literally) drop their keys, bags, mail or other important documents.
Many of our homes have built-in drop zone areas , like the Glenstone or Livingston floor plans. However, if that area isn't organized, the accumulation of everyone’s stuff can get overwhelming! By getting (and keeping) your family drop zone organized, you can make sure everyone gets out the door in the morning quickly, while still keeping your home clutter-free at the end of the day.
When you're preparing to tackle your family drop zone, ask yourself these two questions.

Do I use this item on a daily basis?

If the answer is no, find another place for it. Only keep must-have items in your drop zone so that you keep it from becoming a dump-zone!
How can I better utilize this space?
After you’ve cleared out all the unnecessary items out of your drop zone, look at the space itself. Is there something you can add to make the space more efficient?

   • Place a decorative bowl on the counter to hold your keys, or mount hooks on the wall to hang bags or purses.

   • Get a basket for each member of the family to hold shoes, gloves, or scarves.
   • Put drawer organizers to good use by holding pens, pencils, stray paper clips or stamps.
The final step in keeping your drop zone organized is to commit to keeping it maintained. When you come home from work, don’t just drop all the mail in a giant heap. Pledge to sort everything into its proper place. Involve your kids in your efforts too. When they walk in the front door, make sure they know that their shoes and bags need to be put in their bins or hung on the wall instead of dropped on the floor or the counter.
Do you have a family drop zone that you plan on organizing this year? Let us know on our Facebook page!