Friday, August 26, 2011

Philadelphia magazine Designer Home 2011

For the past four years, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House has been the charity partner for the Philadelphia magazine Design Home.  The Philadelphia RMH receives 100% of the donations from the public tours held during this annual event.  The 2011 Philadelphia magazine Design Home will be located in Haverford, PA.  This year the project is a renovation and addition to a 1928 Main Line manor home. The open house will begin on Thursday, September 9th and will continue until Sunday, October 9th.

The 2011 Philadelphia magazine Design Home will be located  in Haverford, PA.  Proceeds of the tours will benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.  Parking will be available at Athertyn at Haverford Reserve

The Pohlig organization is supporting the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House by offering the use of the parking areas in front of future Athertyn at Haverford Reserve home sites for guests of the Design Home tours.

The Designer Home will be open:
Thursday 12-8 PM and Friday through Monday 11 AM – 4 PM

Tickets are $20. 
100% of all proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

For more information please contact 215-387-8431 or visit +
Children over the age of 12 are welcome.

Directions to Athertyn at Haverford Reserve can be found at

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Coordinate with Cassie!

Cassie Barnes is the selection coordinator at Athertyn at Haverford Reserve who helps new homeowner’s personalize and make their condominium homes truly elegant

When it comes to making your new home a very special place, you need a pro - someone who knows how to make all the pieces come together.  Athertyn professional selections coordinator, Cassie Barnes, knows just how to combine textures, colors and fixtures to give you the look you want.  And...  She makes the process fun.  Spend a few minutes with her to get a glimpse of the beautiful combinations possible.  From carpet and tile to cabinets and faucets, Cassie will help you make your home a masterpiece.

The Athertyn design center features full sample displays of selections for your new home.  Everything from tile and marble…
…to plumbing fixtures.  New homeowner’s at Athertyn can sit with Cassie and design the home of their dreams.
Cassie works closely with Athertyn home owners to personalize their new homes to match their lifestyle

For those who want stunning style without the wait...

Athertyn at Haverford Reserve has Designer Homes that are MOVE IN READY! Perfectly coordinated by Cassie and featuring some of our most requested finishes and combinations.

Coordinate with Cassie in creating your elegant, condominium home at the lifestyle community of Athertyn at Haverford Reserve

Friday, August 19, 2011

NAHB - Home Maintenance Quiz

It’s the weekend and you have a whole list of household chores to do. Oh, we know you’d rather be golfing or playing tennis or watching TV, but keeping your home in good shape is important. Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Taking good care of it with regular maintenance is necessary to maintain its value and ensure it will provide a comfortable, safe shelter for you and your family for a long time.

Here is a home maintenance quiz that will test your maintenance knowledge. While this quiz does not address every home maintenance project, it does provide helpful tips and reminders for chores you may have overlooked.

1. How often do forced-air furnace filters need to be changed?
      At least every three months during the heating season.

2. What part of the faucet usually needs to be replaced when you have a water leak?
     The washer.

3. Should you run hot or cold water through your garbage disposal?
      Cold water.

4. How often should the moving parts of garage doors be oiled?
      Every three months.

5. What tools can you use to unclog your drains?
      A plunger and a plumber’s snake.

6. What tool can be used to unclog a toilet?
      Coil spring-steel auger.

7. What faucet part needs to be cleaned every three to four months?
      Aerator—the screen inside the end of the faucet.

8. What can you use for traction on icy sidewalks, steps and driveways?
      Cat litter or sand—never use salt because it damages the pavement.

9. Where should the fire in your fireplace be built?
      On the andirons or grate, never on the fireplace floor.

10. What will prevent soot and add color to the fire in your fireplace?
      Throw in a handful of salt.

11. Where should your firewood be stored?
      Outside, away from your house and not directly on the ground.

12. What helps keep unpainted concrete floors easy to keep clean?
      Concrete sealer.

13. What should you use to clean unpainted concrete floors?
      A solution of 4 to 6 tablespoons of washing soda in a gallon of hot water. Mix scouring powder to the solution for tough jobs.

14. When can you clean hardwood floors with water?
      When the floors have a polyurethane finish.

15. Do hardwood floors need to be waxed?
      Hardwood floors that do not have a polyurethane finish probably will need to be waxed periodically. Use liquid or paste “spirit” wax.

16. What is the best polish for vinyl floors?
      Water emulsion wax.

17. When is basement condensation at its maximum?
      In new homes because gallons of water went into the concrete of basement walls.

18. Why should noisy water pipes be fixed promptly?
      The condition that causes noisy pipes may be accompanied by vibration that can cause fittings to loosen and leak.

19. Why should frozen pipes be thawed slowly?
      Frozen pipes should be thawed slowly to prevent the formation of steam, which could cause the pipe to burst.

20. How often should your roof be inspected?
      A qualified roofer should inspect your roof every three years.

21. What should be regularly checked on your security system?
      The alarms and circuit breakers should be checked to make sure they are in working order and the sensors should be inspected one by one.

22. To ensure your safety, what household equipment uses batteries that must be checked regularly to make sure they are operable?
      Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

23. What do you use to fill nail holes and cracks in plaster walls and gypsum wallboard?

24. What is the white powdery substance that develops on masonry walls?
      Efflorescence sometimes appears on masonry walls. It is crystallized soluble salts that can be removed by scrubbing with water and a stiff brush.

25. At what temperature should your water heater be set?
      120 degrees Fahrenheit

26. How often do skylights need to be inspected?
      Skylights should be inspected each time your roof is inspected so leaks don’t develop from cracks and interruptions around its seals, caulking and flashings.

27. What is a simple solution you can use to wash extremely dirty exterior windows?
      A solution of equal parts vinegar and water or 3 tablespoons of denatured alcohol per quart of warm water. Use a piece of crumpled newspaper to wash the glass to avoid lint left behind by papertowls.

28. What can you use to help a window slide easily?
      Rub the channel with a piece of paraffin.

29. What should you look for when you inspect your siding yearly?
      Determine if wood-sided homes need to be repainted; check to see if the caulking around the windows and doors has split and cracked, and replace the caulk; clean the mildew; trim shrubbery away so it does not touch the siding.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Historic Highlight: Athertyn Ground Breaking Ceremony 2008

Haverford, PA - September 22, 2008 - The Pohlig organization recently welcomed homebuyers to a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of Parkview Drive, the gateway to Haverford Reserve. Reminiscent of a traditional tree-lined park road, Parkview Drive winds through the 209-acre Haverford Reserve site, which features convenient maintenance-free living in condominiums and carriage homes surrounded by more than 120 acres of preserved parkland and 45 acres of township recreation fields. 

Parkview Drive, the new park like entrance to Haverford Reserve

The September 19 ceremony coincided with the opening of the second release of homes at Pohlig’s Athertyn at Haverford Reserve, elegant lifestyle condominiums ranging from 1,800 to nearly 3,000 square feet. Throughout each home, Pohlig’s trademark craftsmanship and attention to detail bring the influence of classic Main Line architecture to this exciting, maintenance-free lifestyle community. In addition to Athertyn, Haverford Reserve will include 100 paired carriage homes built by a joint venture of The Goldenberg Group and Guidi Homes of Blue Bell, PA. 

Todd and Don Pohlig of the Pohlig organization give a tour of the first Athertyn condo building being raised

"Following the sales success of our first release of condominium homes, we are happy to announce that the second release is now opening, with all nine floor plans available to buyers," said Don Pohlig of the Pohlig organization. "Construction of the first release is well underway, and we are on track for deliveries in summer 2009."

Don Pohlig explains the building foundation layout to one of the first Athertyn home buyers

At the ceremony, builders Todd and Don Pohlig joined Haverford Township officials and representatives of the Goldenberg Group to lead tours of the residential and recreational areas of Haverford Reserve, including Pohlig’s Athertyn community. Arranged in six four-story buildings, Athertyn features concrete and steel construction and environmentally friendly design, with energy-saving amenities such as Low-E glass windows, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and Energy Star appliances in every home. Throughout the site, natural stormwater management systems and sensitive land development practices protect the surrounding habitat from sedimentation, surface runoff, and erosion. 

Todd Pohlig shares building plans and the vision that will be Athertyn at Haverford Reserve with the first Athertyn home buyers

"The parkland surrounding Athertyn at Haverford Reserve will be as much a part of this community as the homes themselves," said Todd Pohlig. "The site was designed around the existing landscape, even re-routing planned streets to accommodate existing trees and streams. Driving down Parkview Drive will feel like driving down an established park road lined with mature trees and plantings, and arriving home to a familiar neighborhood."

Friday, August 5, 2011

People In Action - Steve Lindes

Steve Lindes, Estimator/Project Manager at Pohlig Builders

Steve figures out how much your home is going to cost. Working with trade contractors and suppliers he prices out each piece of material that goes into your home to come up with the final tally.

Steve graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology from Spring Garden College. For a number of years, Steve worked in the commercial building industry as an estimator. He began working for the Pohlig organization in May of 1993 estimating construction costs of homes and acting as project manager.

When he’s not hammering out numbers, Steve hammers out iron in his blacksmith shop. One of Steve’s other passions is gardening. He enjoys sharing the “fruits of his labor” or in this case vegetables, with his co-workers and friends throughout the growing season. In addition to being deeply involved with the site and building engineering for Pohlig’s Athertyn at Haverford Reserve project, Steve planted the initial bounty in the Athertyn Gardens for the new residents to enjoy!

Steve Lindes, enjoys spending time in his garden when he is not estimating for the Pohlig organization
Steve Lindes of the Pohlig organization planted the initial bounty in what is now known as the Athertyn Gardens at Athertyn at Haverford Reserve

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NAHB News - What are the Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home

If you are looking to sell your home and downsize or simplify your life by moving to a lifestyle community, but are worried that your house may have lost some of it's value over the past few years, the NAHB has some tips for you:

What are the Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home?

Which home remodeling projects are the best ones for those looking for a solid return on their investment — and higher profits come selling day?

Americans spent over $114 billion on home remodeling in 2009, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Remodeling is expected to outpace new home building in about 10 years.

But all home remodeling projects are not equal. Here are some top ways to add value to your home:

A Home Office Remodel
Home offices are becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity, with more people telecommuting. The number of Americans that work from home is in the millions, and that number has continued to grow every year. With many companies cutting costs and becoming more aware of their carbon footprints, telecommuting has become a viable solution for many in the working world. Making sure that your home has a state-of-the-art space for potential teleworkers is a surefire way to increase your home’s value.

Remodeling unfinished attic space can be a great way to add value to your home by creating a home office or study

Renovate or Add a Family Room.
With open floor plans becoming more in demand, a family room is an excellent way to make existing homes more like new construction. Remember, it’s a good idea to keep in mind what homes in your area are like. People like to purchase homes that blend with other homes around them. Chances are you’ll find many of your neighbors are investing in family rooms as well.

Replace the Roof.
The roof is one of the first impressions people have of a home. Make sure yours passes the test by replacing an old roof. You can also change the character of your home by looking into architecturally styled roofing tiles.

Landscape Your Yard.
Along the same lines of thinking as the roof, landscaping can give a great – or not so great – first impression. Backyard landscaping can transform ordinary spaces into incredible entertaining areas by including elegant water features and lush plants. Consider your area’s climate. If you live in an area that receives temperate weather year-round, you’ll find that your new landscaped yard adds value to your home and increases your living space.

A recent Pohlig organization remodel such as this one includes the addition of landscape, hard-scape and pool house which greatly increases the value of a home
Replace Old Windows.
Thirty percent of a home’s energy is lost through its windows. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones signals to home buyers that you really care about the house and it reflects on the quality of the house as a whole. Plus, who doesn’t like to save money on energy bills?

Remodel Your Basement.
Look at space you already have. Do you have unused space that serves as a black hole for all things without a home? Try remodeling your basement. Remodeled basements can make excellent game rooms or guest suites, adding value to your home without adding space.

Monday, August 1, 2011

People In Action - Barbara Kleger

Barbara Kleger is among the first in the country to be recognized as a Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing and is President of 55+ Consulting (a division of KD Partners, LLC)

Barbara Kleger has been serving the "55+ industry" since 1978 when she was Vice President of a public company that developed age restricted communities in the Eastern United States. She later established a marketing consulting firm and now serves as President of 55+ consulting (a division of KD Partners, LLC), a national firm that specializes in strategic planning, consumer research and marketing for adult lifestyle and full service retirement communities.

Ms. Kleger has been on the board of many organizations serving the 55+ industry.  In 1995 she was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, and in 2005 she co-chaired the Coalition for Research on Baby Boomer Housing and Retirement Options for the White House Conference.  She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School MBA class on Management of Health Care for the Elderly and at New York University.  

Over the past 30 years she has received distinguished service awards in recognition of her exceptional leadership and commitment to life enhancement for seniors. She and her clients have also received numerous marketing awards for effectively portraying the lifestyle, needs and desires of the mature adult.  She conducts seminars, teaches marketing, leads focus groups, and has personally served over 200 clients and surveyed over one million households during her career.

In 2007, Ms. Kleger was among the first in the country to be recognized as a Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH) and in 2009 she received the prestigious National "Icon of the Industry" award from the from the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders. This coveted award recognized Ms. Kleger as an outstanding industry leader who has made a lasting impact on the 50+ housing industry.

Barbara Kleger is a graduate of Temple University. Prior to entering the 55+ industry, she was an auditor for the government.

Barbara Kleger helped launch the 55+ active lifestyle community of Athertyn at Haverford Reserve

Barbara was an integral part of the launch of Athertyn at Haverford Reserve which is the first 55+ active lifestyle community of its kind on the Main Line.

For more information on Barbara Kleger, contact 55+ Consulting,  226 W. Rittenhouse Square, Suite 3010 Philadelphia, PA 19103  Telephone: 215.893.3635 Efax: 215.689.3638  Email: