Annual open house takes place Saturday, April 27
When Alden Homes revamped its Grant floor plan for the upcoming Spring Fling at Alden Place in Cornwall, it added some welcome and obvious features, like a walk-in pantry, a mudroom with built-in storage and a large custom kitchen island.
But for architectural designer Bill Martin and interior designer Liz Borg, the less-obvious things are just as important — like how you’ll live in a room and what will capture your gaze when you’re sitting down.
“We talk a lot about the feel of a home,” Martin says. “Most times it’s the subtle little things you did that will make it come alive.”
Those subtle little things — and not-so-subtle things — aren’t just for the model homes at Alden Place, a 55-plus community just north of the Lancaster County border. They’re part of the conversation Borg and Martin have with every new owner when they’re designing a home.
And they’re what visitors will see when they come to the community’s seventh Spring Fling from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The annual tour will feature more than 20 homes, most of them owned by residents.
“Not one home is alike,” Borg says. “There is going to be something new to see in each home.”
Among the features visitors can expect:
- A live-edge wood kitchen countertop and custom live-edge fireplace mantel.
- A doggie bath system.
- Custom built-ins. “Nothing is cookie cutter,” Borg says. In one home, they designed wall niches with lighting to showcase a pair of figurines.
- Elaborate outdoor living. One couple’s treasured stone water feature became a focal point for an outdoor living area. And to ensure they could enjoy it year-round, Borg and Martin added a large picture window.
- Tile showers. Tour stops will include a Roman shower and a spa shower with zero clearance.
- Train rooms. Believe it or not, there’s more than one.
- Porches. Covered porches, screened-in porches, three-season rooms and sunrooms will be on display.
- Fireplaces with a variety of surrounds, and even a fireplace wall.
- The non-villa villa. “We don’t have many villa lots remaining,” Borg says, “so we took a villa plan and made it as a single-family house. It’s adorable.”
- The well-lit villa. Strategic windows and skylights bust the myth that interior villas are dark and gloomy. If you don’t believe it, you can test drive the community — and an interior villa — with a weekend in the Stay and Play model home, which also happens to be a stop on the Spring Fling.
- The Grant. Additional design features to note in the new model home include a step stool that’s built into the kitchen cabinetry and folds down in two different directions; an eye-catching bi-fold glass kitchen cabinet door; and all-natural hickory cabinetry with stained interiors.
Visitors to the Spring Fling will receive a gift bag, a map of the tour homes and a card to be punched at each stop. They can visit as many homes as they like at their own pace.
Following the tour, enjoy dinner at the community clubhouse, the Alden Club, at 5:30 p.m., followed by music by The Flamin’ Caucasians at 7 p.m. The evening dinner and entertainment is free to anyone 21 and older who visits at least 10 homes on the tour.
The event will include a basket raffle and 50-50 ticket sale, proceeds of which will go to Lebanon County Christian Ministries.
Advance registration is requested for those who plan to attend the dinner.
For more information or to make reservations, call 717-376-1199 or visit www.aldenplaceevents.com.
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.