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Top 20 Questions To Ask When Building a New Home - Part I

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How many years have you been in business? Experience tells more than just about any other question that you can ask. It is the foundation for building expertise that should be on display in recent home completions for you to make a judgement on. How many homes have you built? This is a direct reflection of how sought after the home builder is or how new they are to the business. Do you have references I can talk to? If the answer is no, begin a search for another builder. Your builder should have numerous satisfied customers who are willing to offer a personal endorsement of quality, craftsmanship, service and value. What are your strengths in building that separate you from other builders? Hearing a home builder’s business philosophy personally from them can tell you volumes. A short list of things to listen for are: planning stage attentiveness (listening), ability to offer design dive...
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Hyde Park’s Grandin Road - A storied past with room for a next chapter

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In the mid-eighteenth century, few Cincinnati overlooks commanded attention like Grandin Road in what is now Hyde Park. Names like Longworth, Burnet, Grosbeak, Harrison and of course Grandin once lived here in sprawling estates overlooking the Ohio River valley. In 1892, with a generation’s passing, a new era of businessmen and entrepreneurs saw Hyde Park for its true potential and built the fine homes stretching away from the overlook, to Hyde Park Square and beyond. Their expressed goal was to create a community for Cincinnati’s wealthy. Their vision became reality with many affluent families locating there, creating arguably the finest selection of architectural styles in the region. Moving forward more than a century, Hyde Park today has maintained itself as a premier Cincinnati community. More than ever, people seek to make it their residence, in the fine older homes, among the gasl...
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Building New Classics in Hyde Park

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For over 100 years the homes of Hyde Park, in Cincinnati, Ohio have stood shoulder-to-shoulder on their gaslit streets. Over the years, homes in the community have appreciated quite a bit making it even today a destination for people seeking a quality lifestyle in an old-style suburban setting.  Today many of the homes that were built in the early 1900's and earlier have become very difficult to maintain. Slate roofs, cloth wiring, poor insulation, drafty windows, cast iron pipes and clay drains, to name a few of the issues. It can be a stressful time for streets that haven't known change in a century. But today, custom home builders, like Classic Living Homes are embracing the opportunity (and challemge) to work with local communities and residents to find equitable solutions through raising old-stock housing and replacing it with architecturally relevant homes that comform to thei...
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Introducing Kensington of Mason | New in 2018

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Much thought has gone into Deerfield Township's newest residential community and Classic Living is proud to be a featured custom home builder in it. Fischer Homes has embellished the concept of Kensington Gardens, an affluent district in West London. It will have much old-world charm blended with the best of today's residential living. Think lush gardens, green spaces, sidewalks, permanent family entertainment areas, a deep water pool with bathhouse, and Mason City Schools! Much has been learned over the past decades in the Greater Mason area and much of that knowledge has gone into the development of Kensington. The community has three inital phases, shown on the map and is home to Cincinnati Homeararma 2019. See lots on map. Classic Living Homes will have a centrally located model home in both the community and Homearama. Conveniently located off Fields Ertel Road in Deerfield Township...
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