We have been proudly building in Niagara for over 40 years and sometimes (all the time), we like to reflect on some of our past communities that we really enjoyed constructing.
From it's industrial and industrious beginnings, the town of Merritton enjoys a proud, rich history spanning almost 200 years. It is also here that the Phelps family - whose future generations would found Phelps Homes - would secure their place in local history; playing a significant role in the development and construction of not only the first and second Welland Canals, but in the growth of a number of important canal-related industries as well.
New year, new design trends!
Some things are classic and never go out of style, whereas others .. well, sometimes you change your mind. And fast.
Luckily, these home trends predicted for this year are timeless design choices we can get behind!
Whenever New Years rolls around, we all work hard to think of resolutions to keep for the next year; but it's important to make sure the resolutions are not only manageable, but don't demand you to drastically change your lifestyle. Who wants to go into a new year, let alone a new decade, with homework? (Not us.)
Christmastime means two things:
1. It's the perfect time of year to make some hot cocoa, wrap yourself in a blanket, and watch a Christmas movie.
2. Niagara looks beautiful under a blanket of snow.
When you hear Smithville, you think:
village, quaint, quiet.
On December 3rd, 2019, the Niagara Home Builders Association hosted their annual Country Christmas Celebration and not only was our Phelps Homes team in attendance, but our very own President - David Samis - received the prestigious Niagara Home Builders Association's 2019 Member of the Year Award!
Applying for a mortgage can be very stressful, but we want to help make the process a little easier for you.
Did you know that having plants in your home can improve air quality, help reduce stress, and keep you focused?
We've identified 10 of the best types of low-maintenance house plants PLUS how to care for them!
Let's build together! Our Phelps trained Sales Advisors are here to help find the right home for you. Alleviating the stress of house hunting and providing real answers is key to our approach.
Each season comes with it's signature scents. Whether you prefer candles, diffusers, wall plugs, or room sprays- use these perfect scents to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of each season.
Feng Shui - the ancient Chinese practice of arranging physical objects to attract positive energy.
When you hear the word Renaissance, what comes to mind first?
The Mona Lisa? The invention of the printing press? Perhaps the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I?
The Kingsway at Jordan Village features 21 executive towns with 11 floor plan options, making each home unique; all nestled amongst amazing farm-to-table restaurants, the Bruce Trail, and the award-winning wineries of Niagara Wine Country.
We all know how stressful it is to move; and with busy daily schedules, it can sometimes take a while to really get to know your neighbours.
We've listed below 10 great ways to welcome new people to your neighbourhood so you can quickly go from yelling 'hello!' in the driveway to borrowing a cup of sugar, morning coffees, and game nights.
Have you ever driven past a street and wondered where its name came from? Why it was decided on?
Are you thinking of buying your first home but feel overwhelmed trying to understand all of the new terms you're learning?
Whether you`re a fan of the cooler weather or not, Autumn is upon us. It will soon officially be the season of pumpkins, rich colours, and cozy sweaters. Why not embrace it and bring those elements to life on your front porch? (The cozy sweaters are for you, of course.)
Looking to buy your first home? The First Time Home Buyer Incentive Program (FTHBI) wants to make it a little easier for you to do so. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) will contribute part of the down payment in exchange for sharing in the appreciation or loss when you eventually sell your home- known as shared equity or co-ownership.
Why Legacy? Grimsby's Last Bungalow Community
Legacy is Grimsby's exclusive community of bungalow towns, with price points starting in the mid-$500s.
The ongoing maintenance required for a large home and property is the one of the many reasons homeowners think about downsizing. The desire to live comfortably with added services for your property is why buyers look for condos.
The Town of Grimsby was named Second in Maclean Magazine's annual Best Community rankings.
"Grimsby, a town on Lake Ontario between Hamilton and St. Catharines... boasts great weather, an engaged community and a fast-growing population. Residents of Grimsby enjoy access to the region’s strong economy and quick driving times to the border as well as the benefits of life in a smaller town on the waterfront."
Grimsby, second only to Burlington, has unique distinctions that make it a truly amazing place to live. The charming town of Grimsby has every amenity including; walking trails, parks, beaches, community centres, restaurants and shops, and healthcare services. Grimsby is also close to the Bruce Trail, Wine Country, Niagara Falls, outlet shopping, and so much more.
The Niagara Independent notes "The top three features for Grimsby were wealth and economy, culture and community and weather. https://niagaraindependent.ca/grimsby-second-best-community-in-canada/
Live Your Legacy in Grimsby
Legacy is Grimsby’s exclusive collection of bungalow towns. One of Phelps Homes’ premier communities, this is the perfect location for buyers looking to downsize.
Centrally located in a beautiful and established neighbourhood just 20 minutes from Burlington. Buyers don’t have to compromise their lifestyle! These upscale craftsman-style bungalows and bungalofts, boast generous space for living, with lot sizes approximately 2,600 sq ft.
Perfect for snow birds or travellers, this community offers homeowners care-free living at its best. With lawn maintenance, snow removal and even driveway clearing, you can lock and go as you please!
Your maintenance-free lifestyle starts here at Legacy. Rich in elevated features like 9ft ceilings, granite counters, hardwood floors and quality finishes - you’ll love your home for years to come.
You'll enjoy all of what Grimsby and Niagara have to offer!
REGISTER TODAY FOR THE FINAL PHASE RELEASE
Whichever type you choose to purchase, it's important to read the condo rules and declaration (if applicable) which should be provided to you once your offer on the home is accepted. Look for rules regarding pets, parking, barbecues and any other restrictions that could potentially impact your lifestyle.
There are two main types of Condos; Freehold and Leasehold.
Freehold: Freehold Condos fall into three categories and offer a lot of benefits. The ownership of the property is collective and so the homeowner contributes fees for the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the property and common elements.
Leasehold Condominium: With a Leasehold condo, you purchase the home you will occupy, but you and the builder are just leasing the land, which is usually owned by a government municipality. The homeowner owns their unit and also shares any common elements owned by the condo corporation for that development.
As the land is only leased by the builder or developer, they're paying rent towards it and therefore your condo fees will contribute towards the rent being paid to the landowner.
Condominium Apartment (Strata): A condo apartment is a self-contained housing unit within in a building that includes other similar units. They range is size from studios (bachelor apartments) to multi-bedroom suites. Each unit has its own kitchen, bathroom, heating and cooling system. These buildings usually feature a number of amenities for the homeowners to share like a pool, gym and community room.
Townhome: A townhome is the same as a Row house or Townhouse. These are more than two, similar single-family homes, attached side-by-side. Exterior units refer to the homes at the ends of blocks where only one side is attached, while Interior units are those in the middle, attached on both sides.
Stacked Townhome: These are townhomes stacked one on top of the other and are attached side-by-side, but are also stacked vertically with 3 or 4 units on top of each other. While each unit has a front and back, the lower units tend to have a patio or balcony and the upper units may have rooftop access.
Single-family Detached: One home or unit that stands alone on its own lot. These are normally freehold.
Single-family Semi-detached: A home that is attached on one side to another home, unlike townhomes, these are only in groups of two. These are normally freehold.
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The builder may also be offering purchaser incentives (extra things you get). If you love the incentives too, you've found the right one.
2. The timing is right
The right home for you, also has a closing date that works for you. You may be renting, staying with family/friends or need time to sell your current home and you'll want to plan for when you're new home will be ready to move into.
If your schedule matches up with the projected closing date and you'd still be comfortable in the rare occurrence a delay impacts your move in day, you know you can proceed with the home purchase.
3. The floorplan is right
The layout of the rooms and overall flow of the spaces makes sense. You'll know the home is right for you, if the planned layout works for your real life.
Look at the floorplans for storage spaces like linen closets and cabinets, so you know that you'll have room for everything.
- Can you visualize where you'd place furniture?
- Do you know where you'd put your TV?
- If something doesn't work for you, can you change it for the build?
If "yes" to all of these questions, then you've found your ideal home.
4. The location is right
Location is everything! Since the location of the home is something you can't change, make sure you'd be happy there.
Sometimes with new builds, you'll be part of a growing community where your investment will pay off in the long run. You may need to be close to highway access for your commute or good schools for your children; be sure the area offers all of the amenities you'll need.
If you can picture yourself living in the neighborhood, you've found the right home.
5. You are excited to move in!
You've had that moment when you are ready to stop house hunting. You should feel excited, after all it's a brand new home, built just for you, with all of your personal selections.
If the home checks off all of the other boxes and you can't wait to move in, you've found the right home!
At Phelps we know that we’re not just building homes… we’re opening doors and building dreams.
There's more to winter home maintenance than keeping the driveway shoveled. Before you start cozying up with some hot cocoa, read our checklist to see if your home is good to go through the rest of the winter.
Hosting on the holidays should be easier, and Phelps Homes is here to help.
No worries. Whether you're decking the halls with cheer or having a Festivus for the rest of us and ordering Chinese food, here are some quick tips to make the holidays easier.
You've probably heard of a quick-close home before, but they also go by the name of "Spec Homes" and are known for being an option for the buyer who wants a brand new home they can put the finishing touches on, but without having to wait for the build to be finished.
When we set out to build an upscale community of one and two storey homes in 2017, right in our hometown of Grimsby, we wanted it to be something special. With so many good reasons to move to Grimsby with all its amenities and local charm, we're pleased to share with you the details about Phase 3 in our Legacy community.
Just when you thought that you'd seen all there was to see in Smithville, the West Niagara Fall Fair is poised to put on a tour de force of small town heart in a big way.
Don't be surprised to hear that Grimsby is one of the Niagara region's best kept secrets.