Hit the Bike Trails!

August 4th, 2020

In case you haven’t heard, bikes are back in a big way.  As COVID-19 has curtailed most social activities, adults and kids of all ages have rediscovered the joy of riding and exploring on two wheels.

For those who live in the Philadelphia region, there are miles and miles of beautiful paved trails for road bikes and beach cruisers, as well as rugged trails for mountain biking.  Grace Dickinson, writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer, offers a quick guide to trails that can take you  through historic sites, natural areas, urban landscapes and country vistas.  If you’re looking for a new home close to the Philly region’s incredible trail network, take a look at Plymouth Valley Estates, Sal Paone’s newest community.  It’s minutes from the trails at Valley Forge National Park and to connector trails that link with the Schuylkill River Trail.  Live here and you can bike for miles right from your front door.

Cook-at-Home Freebies

July 28th, 2020

Although outdoor dining is now permitted in most places, you may still feel uneasy being out and about. You might also be running out of recipes for cooking at home. America’s Test Kitchen is coming to the rescue with 50 FREE recipes you can add to your culinary collection. Included are pantry meals, make and freeze baking projects, and delicious and creative ideas for putting a delicious twist on the same-old, same-old Read More...

No Prohibition on the Speak Easy!

July 21st, 2020

Quarantine times have put a whole new focus on amenities that make staying at home more enjoyable. A few homeowners who’ve missed the fun and social atmosphere of their favorite watering holes have created their own in-home speak-easy lounges. Modeled after the once-secret spots where people would gather for adult beverages during the time of Prohibition, today’s speak-easy offers a place for friends and family to imbibe and interact (preferably in a safe, COVID-appropriate way) Read More...

Summer Camp is Back!

July 15th, 2020

COVID restrictions have been lifted just in time for summer camp in many areas. If you live in – or are considering a move to – Plymouth Township, your kids have an incredible array of fun opportunities in store. This wealth of family activities is just one of the reasons Sal Paone Builders has chosen this vibrant area for our latest new home community, Plymouth Valley Estates Read More...

Creating a Cook’s Kitchen

June 30th, 2020

For many of us, “stay at home” has evolved into “what’s cooking?” Everyone’s baking bread, trying new recipes and getting creative with all the forgotten ingredients at the back of the pantry. It’s a great time to think about making your kitchen experience better with upgrades that can create a real cook’s kitchen Read More...

Mortgage Lenders Become More Demanding

June 23rd, 2020

If you planned on buying a new home prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good news is that builders, including Sal Paone Builders, are still moving forward with construction. The possibly not-so-good news is that mortgage lenders are demanding higher credit scores and larger down payments. They’re also triple-checking employment status and eliminating some kinds of loans altogether Read More...

Raised-Bed Gardening

June 16th, 2020

Backyard vegetable gardening is the latest rage! But if you don’t want to tackle tilling, planting and weeding a full-blown mini farm, a raised-bed garden is the perfect solution. It’s surprisingly easy to accomplish and you’ll love the experience of watching your little sprouts grow into incredible edibles Read More...

Will COVID-19 Change Home Design?

June 11th, 2020

The short answer is “yes.”  In fact, many architects believe the pandemic will change our homes forever. In this article from dwell, 17 architects and designers explain how the experience of sheltering in place may have long-term effects on what we value in a home. After going through the COVID-19 pandemic in your current home, what are some of the features that you want the most in a new home? Location may become more important, especially remote locations that offer more outdoor space Read More...

Wishful Thinking

May 26th, 2020

After spending so much time at home during COVID-19,  you may suddenly be acutely aware of the things you love – or strongly dislike – about your current home.  If you were considering a move before the virus arrived, now is the perfect time to get serious about your wish-list for your next home Read More...

The Perfect Home Gym

May 19th, 2020

If you’re the type who enjoys working out, today’s stay-at-home reality may have you missing your gym or yoga studio.  Now’s a great time to plan to transform a spare room or basement into your own private workout space. Houzz Contributor Laura Gaskill shows you how, with 10 ideas to give your space (and you) a jolt of inspiration Read More...