The Talbot Wins Best New Home Design Award

The Talbot plan was a recent winner in the Best New Home Design Category at the Lexington Home Builders Association's Salute to the Stars. A winner in the $226-$300K price category, the Talbot is a 2632sf traditionally styled two-story with four bedrooms.

This new plan offers the great square footage values and family-friendly layout of popular plans like the Cavanaugh II and Arlington II Expanded, plus features like a covered patio, loft option, drop zone option, and pocket office option that are in high demand with today's homebuyers. The kitchen includes a walk-in pantry, a barrel-style island, and plenty of cabinet space. The upstairs master suite with trey ceiling has multiple luxury bath layouts, including a walk-in shower, drying area, and open linen shelves. The wrap-around master closet has direct pass-through access to the spacious upstairs utility room.

View our photo gallery by clicking on Photo Gallery from the Talbot page toolbar, or see the Talbot model at The Village at Lanes Run Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5pm, or any time by appointment.

Ball Earns Environmental Commission Award

Efforts to preserve what one news writer dubbed "the most fought-over tree in Lexington" have earned Ball Homes the 2014 Environmental Commission Award, and tree preservationists hope it may serve as a model for future developments.  The Lexington-Fayette Environmental Commission announced the award in November, citing planning and preservation efforts by Ball Homes during the development of a 25-acre tract of land off Harrodsburg Road near Military Pike that is home to the giant bur oak tree.  

A long-term plan to protect and preserve the tree was developed by Ball Homes in conjunction with Ian Hoffman, President of Big Beaver Tree Service, and Tom Kimmerer of Venerable Trees, Inc.  Before securing approval to develop the area, the company created a plan based around the tree's needs that would return the tree to healthy environmental conditions, protect it during development, and provide for its future care.  As a protected part of the new residential community of single family homes and apartments, the massive oak will be the focal point and signature feature of the neighborhood.

The age of the tree has been estimated at 300 to 500 hundred years.  It is a species that thrives in Central Kentucky conditions, but has become increasingly rare as it does not thrive in urban conditions, and younger trees are not growing up to replace the older ones.  Described as "the oldest living things in Kentucky" by Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen, the trees often dominate the landscape because of their size, making them "icons of the Bluegrass landscape."

In part because of its highly visible location, the ancient bur oak tree on Old Schoolhouse Lane has been the subject of much public discussion, and an earlier proposal by another developer that placed the tree at risk for loss or damage was rejected by the city. 

In fact, it was already threatened by soil compaction from an existing driveway that remained from a now-demolished residence built in the 1970's.   First steps to protect the tree involved pruning, removing brush from around it, and removing the driveway.  A temporary fence to keep construction at least 72 feet away from the tree was installed, and six inches of wood mulch placed.  Going forward, approximately 3/4 of an acre has been dedicated to the tree's preservation, and Ball Homes plans to retain ownership of that portion of the property.  

Tom Kimmerer of Venerable Trees suggests that the tree care plan developed for Ball Homes could become a model for preserving other ancient trees in the Bluegrass.  Read more about the story of the Schoolhouse Oak's conservation in Tom Eblen's Lexington Herald-Leader feature.

Photo courtesy of the Lexington Herald-Leader

Winners Announced in the Grand Tour of Homes

The Grand Tour of Homes concluded July 27th, and the votes are in!  Judges have awarded twenty-one honors to five of the Ball Homes models featured on this year's tour.  The Hartford II, Hudson, and Monroe, Jackson II,  and Albany Revised plans all received awards within their price categories, including five for Floor Plan.  Several of our newest model homes were featured on the Tour.

Our Hartford II model in The Enclave at Chilesburg was awarded First Place for Floor Plan, Exterior, Kitchen, and Best Overall in its price category.

Kitchen of the Hartford II model home in The Enclave at Chilesburg

Our revised version of the Albany plan, which was on the Tour in The Reserve at Bryant Oak, won First Place awards for Floor Plan, Master Suite, and Interior Features, as well as the Overall award in its price category.

The Albany in The Reserve at Bryant Oak

Our Jackson II model in Masterson Place won First Place for Floor Plan, Exterior, Master Suite, and Overall.

Jackson II model home in Masterson Place

The Monroe model in Chilesburg was awarded First Place in the Kitchen and Floor Plan categories.

Kitchen of the Monroe model home in Chilesburg

The Hudson model in Glasford was awarded First Place for Master Suite and Floor Plan.

Master suite of the Hudson model home in Chilesburg

Although the Grand Tour is over, these homes can still be seen during our regular Open House, and any time by appointment.   To view these and other model homes by appointment, please contact a Ball Homes Specialist at Milestone Realty Consultants.

Baldwin Expanded Recognized at Knoxville Parade of Homes

The Baldwin Expanded floor plan topped the winner's list at the 2013 Knoxville Parade of Homes. This popular plan won in the $251k-$315k category for Best Home, Best Kitchen, Best Bathroom and Best Outdoor Space.

This year's parade was held October 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20 and sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville. This was our third year to participate in this free, scattered site tour of Knoxville's new construction homes. This was a wonderful event and we look forward to next year!

This home is located in our Falcon Pointe subdivision. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 2-5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm or anytime by appointment.

Tour of Homes Winners Announced

The results are in!

The Scott County Tour of Homes presented by the Scott County Home Builders Association concluded on August 25th and we're pleased to announce that Ball Homes took home six awards from the event. 

Our popular Manhattan II floor plan took home awards for Best Kitchen and Best Merchandising.

The Jackson II took Best Exterior.

The Baldwin floor plan received the award for Best Floor Plan.

The Cavanaugh II took home awards for Best Kitchen and Best Overall.

We were so excited to be a part of this great event and to showcase our plans with other great builders in Scott County.

For more information on these plans, visit our website, or stop by the Open House every weekend from 1-5pm.