Wednesday, July 23, 2014

McKee Ranked #1 in escrow and title process versus national competition

Today we celebrated, with a surprise pizza party, being ranked #1 in escrow and title services as voted by our happy homeowners via the Eliant Company Survey.  Out of 96 builders across the nation our homeowners ranked us as the best.  This would not have been possible without our Settlement Coordinator Chrissy Sica. Chrissy’s job is to help reduce the stress and make sense of the copious amounts of paperwork and other tasks involved in purchasing a new home

When asked what her secret to success is Chrissy spoke like a true #1 professional and pointed out the other behind the scenes workers who make it possible for her to provide the smoothest settlement process possible.  In an ever changing regulatory environment she continues to juggle all the variables on behalf of our buyers who clearly appreciate her hardwork and commitment to their needs.

Thank You Chrissy for your hardwork, dedication to our buyers and an excellent excuse for pizza and cake for all! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Welcome Summer!

Hello Sunshine! You have no idea how excited we are to see you after this winter!

I want to start this blog entry with a big congrats to my sister Jennifer on the birth of her beautiful baby boy.  My name is Frank McKee Jr. and I will be taking over Jenni's blog while she is out on maternity leave.  

Let's kick things off with some insider info on the lifestyle opportunities that a McKee community offers. When you live in a McKee home, there is no shortage of activities available to keep you lively and entertained during these summer months. Don’t forget to check out the many recreational activities offered in our neighborhoods and in the surrounding areas.

Residents of The Courtyards at Brandywine can find themselves enjoying a great workout at the local YMCA, go for a stroll through the tranquil Brandywine Creek State Park, or tee up for a game of golf at the Brandywine Country Club. Don’t forget to take advantage of the many shopping and dining destinations in the surrounding area as well!

Spring Arbor residents can find themselves taking advantage of many activities offered at the community. They can enjoy the exercise classes at the fitness center, pool parties in the heated pool, partake in a game of bocce, or go for a stroll on one of the walking trails! Residents who wish to socialize with wonderful, active people can partake in book club, Ladies Lunch and Movie, billiards, day trips, and so much more!

Residents at Champions’ Club can take full advantage of the heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, walking trails, bocce courts, and Johnathan’s Landing Golf Course! Champions’ Club residents can also venture out into the local area and enjoy shopping, fine dining, First Heritage State Park, Dover’s Historic District and much more!

Cecil Wood’s Residents can utilize the exercise center and games at the clubhouse, fishing, crabbing, boating, and other aquatic activities on the Chesapeake Bay. Residents can also enjoy the local historic district and three golf courses located within 10 miles of Cecil Woods. Enthusiasts of the arts can find themselves enjoying the Millburn Stone Theater and the Cecil College Cultural Center.

Our newest community, The Preserve at Lamplighter, is patiently awaiting the completion of their clubhouse.  However, that doesn’t mean there is boredom to be found there!  Residents have already started the social committee and are planning great trips to ball games, local museums in Bucks County and even down to Nemours in Delaware.  Lamplighter also offers 4 golf courses and pretty much every store you would want to shop at within a 10 minute drive.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lighting, Part 2

Champion's Club and the Ranch Homes at Spring Arbor feature Progress Lighting. These fixtures are energy efficient, beautiful and classic.

For those interested in adding more personalization, Progress offers some beautiful options in every style imaginable. Here are a few of my favorites (I picked only those that were reasonably priced):

I think that these all have a very updated, transitional look, without being trendy. They would complement any style of decor and furnishings and look like they came right out of a high-end retail store. Ask us for more information!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


I know to some it may be boring but I think that lighting fixtures are a major part of a home's decor. For many of our buyers, they have not decided on lighting for a whole house in many, many years (if ever). For that reason, I thought that I would show off our standard fixtures from each of our lines - and additionally point out some of the options that we offer that I particularly like.

First up is lighting from the Kichler which is available at The Courtyards at Brandywine and The Preserve at Lamplighter.

Many of our buyers find that the clean lines of our included options is exactly what they are looking for in their new home. And they come in three finishes to fully make it your own.

We also love the Lacey collection. It is a full line so you could do a whole home, or just pick and choose. We will actually be putting this entire line in the Shannon model at Brandywine to show it off. Here are a couple of pieces.


Some others that I like:
Circolo, Pottery Barn-look

Hayman Bay, an antique white finish in just a room or two would be beautiful

Maybe not that practical, but pretty fabulous!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Hello Again!

One of my most favorite new websites is Houzz. Houzz is "a collaborative platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together
in a uniquely visual community." I use the site in so many ways that it really has become a help and an inspiration both professionally and personally.

Here are some examples of how I use the site.

1) Picking a paint color

My husband and I remodeled a bathroom and a laundry room this summer. He requested a yellow for the laundry room and I wanted a light blue for the bathroom.

So I start off by googling things like "best bathroom paint colors" and "best yellow paint colors." Oftentimes, Houzz will have the perfect article like, How To Pick the Right Yellow. Once I find a color or two that I really like I use the search function in Houzz (Pinterest is good for this as well) to search for room samples. For example, I chose Sea Salt for the bathroom and Houzz gave me an excellent idea of what it would look like (except that most of these bathrooms are HUGE and mine is not). It was incredibly useful and saved me from a lot of wasted time and money from indecision.

2) Furniture Choices

My four year old is ready for a "big girl" room. I searched for kids rooms, mint green (her color of choice) and white furniture and got some great direction on where to go for furniture shopping and paint colors.

3) Remodeling

Houzz was essential when I remodeled by bathrooms. I set up an Idea Book and then shared it with the tile company. When I went for my first meeting, my consultant knew my style and had already pulled some samples of what she thought I might like to see! It made a very stressful situation much much easier. Times two bathrooms by the hundreds of decisions that our homeowners make when they build a McKee home and you can understand why it sometimes takes several visits and lots of snack breaks when they meet with our design consultants. Houzz can help you get organized, find your style and settle some awkward interactions with significant others BEFORE you get too STRESSED.

I also will use Houzz sometimes just because I am bored and want to look at nice things! -Jenni

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Triumphant Return

Hello Everyone!

I am sorry that I have not posted in so very long. We have had a lot going on at McKee and I will do my best to fill you in on everything from babies and puppies to new model homes and new developments. But, for now, I would like to share with you some inspiration to get you through this terrible weather.

Think about doing some restyling now while you are stuck inside and could use a fresh perspective anyway (plus, wouldn't it be better for us to have something to do other than complain about the weather?).

I have this strange urge to paint everything in my house white. All of the furniture that is. I am so tired of things being brown and black (like my mood lately) and I think that it would both open the space up but also create some cohesion. I can still use fabrics and wall color and accessories for color but I am feeling the need for a clean slate.

I have seen some really great tips online for furniture makeovers. This is where I go for inspiration.

Better After -  Lindsay posts submissions of makeovers of furniture, rooms, whole houses, etc. They range from simple easy projects to renovation. Here is a great example (notice the theme here):

Apartment Therapy - This is a huge website with everything from design trends to personal submissions to product reviews. But, my favorite section is the Before and After section. Here is a sampling:

Or, if the snow means that you cannot stand the though of painting something white - try your favorite color (mine is turquoise). From Coco and Kelley:

I paint enough things in my house that I make sure to have 1 can of premium white glossy paint and 2 or 3 cans of metallic (lately it has been gold) spray paint on hand at all times.

When we moved four years ago I was surprised by how much the look of our furniture and accessories changed from our old condo just by putting it in a new setting. Painting, switching fabrics or pillows, and adding new hardware changed things up just a bit to make me love my old furniture in our new house.

Thanks for waiting! - Jenni

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Workshop today

Hello Followers!

Mick Kenney and I will be running a workshop today at Spring Arbor in Middletown. We are getting feedback on our 5 all new floor plans and elevations! 10:30 -12 today. So thankful to the 30 people who have committed to spending a gorgeous day working with us.


PS. This will be the first big event that Mick and I do since the great Perry DeSiato retired to Florida! Wish us luck!