Modern cottage-style home makes debut Sunday, Oct. 16, during free family event featuring car show, bazaar and open house
The Alden Homes team prides itself on personalizing homes for every customer, even if that means making major alterations to an established floor plan.
That philosophy is a hallmark of Alden Place, the builder’s 55-plus active adult community nestled in the woods in Cornwall, just north of the Lancaster County border.
And it’s one of the reasons Bill Martin, Alden’s architectural designer and new homes consultant, is excited for the opportunity to listen to a client’s dreams, create a unique design and work with the Alden Homes team to turn it into a reality.
Sometimes bringing a client’s dreams to life means showing them new possibilities. And that’s exactly what Alden Homes will do Sunday, Oct. 16, when it opens the doors for the first time on The Elizabeth, its newest home design in Alden Place.
The Elizabeth makes its debut as part of a fall open house event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday that also will include a classic car show and bazaar.
The family event, free and open to the public, will feature a hayride on a continuous loop through the scenic fall landscape, with stops at the single-family Elizabeth and two attached villas.
But the star of the show will be The Elizabeth.
From the moment visitors pull up to the modern cottage-style home with its large front porch and welcoming orange door, they will know something unique awaits inside.
From both an architectural and interior design standpoint, the home offers something different for Alden Place.
Interior designer and director of sales Liz Borg chose a monochromatic theme for the home that gives it a mid-century modern, industrial feel – from its white kitchen with sleek white cabinetry, chrome door handles and white backsplash to the wall-mounted gas fireplace in the family room with gray ceramic tile surround.
Along with the modern feel is the incorporation of thoughtful design elements notable for their practicality and efficient use of space.
In the kitchen, wide upper cabinets feature a single door with center hinge that allows them to fold open with the pull of a handle. The kitchen also includes floating shelves and deep drawers with pegs for dishes and glasses, offering numerous storage options.
Floating vanities in the bathrooms feature deep drawers that offer far more storage space than traditional bathroom cabinetry.
The main-floor master suite has been designed with functionality in mind. The bedroom leads to a private bathroom with walk-in tile shower and separate toilet area. The bath opens to a spacious walk-in closet with copious built-in floor-to-ceiling storage shelves and two levels of hanging rods. And the closet has a pocket door leading to the laundry room.
“Why carry dirty wash through your kitchen?” Martin asks.
The main floor also has a second bedroom/study with access to an additional full bath.
Many homes in Alden Place forgo full basements for copious second-floor storage. However, some home sites require full basements, so The Elizabeth offers a basement to envy.
Continuing the home’s design theme, the open stairway has an industrial feel, with a metal-and-cable railing and open treads.
The basement is designed for entertaining, with industrial-style track lighting and a wet bar featuring a sleek waterfall laminate countertop in white, black and gray. There’s plenty of cabinetry for storage, as well as a wine fridge and a wall-peg wine rack.
The basement also includes a full bedroom and full bath, as well as a floating desk under the stairs. There’s also plenty of basement storage space, including a unique “shed” area large enough to accommodate a riding mower driven in and out of double doors leading to the backyard.
The Elizabeth design is all about living smarter in a smaller space.
“It’s 1,500 square feet, but it’s going to live much bigger,” Martin says. “Square footage is a feeling, not a number.”
Indeed, the open-concept floor plan creates a spacious living area that seamlessly blends the kitchen, dining area and family room. And the home has been designed to offer “intrigue from every angle,” Martin says, whether it’s the recessed wall niches in the family room or the wall of windows in the dining area offering a view of the fall foliage that lies just beyond the backyard.
The Elizabeth is also the first home in Alden Place to include smart technology in the form of a wireless Lutron Electronics package that will allow the homeowner to control a variety of functions at the touch of a button, including opening and closing the window shades on the main floor.
Sunday’s open house and bazaar featuring local craftsmen runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car show will be held from noon to 3 p.m.
There will be plenty of food, too, all provided by Alden Homes and its residents. Cost is by donation, with all proceeds going to Lebanon County Christian Ministries.
Directions from Lancaster: Follow Route 72 North toward Lebanon. In Quentin, turn right at Route 419 and follow for a half mile. Community is on right.