William & Phyllis Hoekstra
”We had a very good experience with everyone that we worked with during the entire process!“
Michael & Joey Martin
“Wonderful experience! Thank you!”
Michael & Teresa Winkler
“We were so pleased with the standard finishes and other choices we could make that we didn’t need to upgrade!”
“Our former house near Hanover, was “way too small!” says Teresa Winkler. “Our family includes three energetic sons ranging from 2 to 18…a husband who needs a home office…out-of-town grandparents who like to visit…as well as three cats and two dogs!
We’d been scouting the area for a home that met our needs, but couldn’t find anything that really “worked.” We loved it here in Pennsylvania, but were planning to relocate to Raleigh, North Carolina. Then I talked to a friend who lived in High Pointe North, a J.A. Myers Homes community, beautifully located south of Hanover, Pa. She mentioned that lovely, large building lots were available in Whispering Run (another J.A. Myers neighborhood, also in South Hanover.) As soon as possible, we took a drive through the neighborhood and somewhere along the way we were hopelessly smitten by its scenic beauty and charm. We decided that if we could find a suitably-sized lot, we’d stay in PA and let J.A. Myers build for us.
The Avenel and the Congressional were our favorite picks. The Avenel was a larger home, but the Congressional had features we loved. That’s when we learned the most amazing thing about J.A. Myers Homes…..
CHOICES!! In every stage of buying and building there were CHOICES! We could choose the square footage of our home. We could increase the size of the rooms (in fact the size of the entire house!) We could choose a walk-out basement…add an office…and even move the position of the sunroom so that it opened to the world-class kitchen that would feature the appliances and cabinetry of our choosing!
We met with Ben Myers and our salesperson named Lisa to finalize the blueprints and select our materials. We were so pleased with the standard finishes and other choices we could make that, in most instances we didn’t even need to upgrade! J.A. Myers actually WANTS their buyers to customize and upgrade their models…which, we learned, did not always increase our building price.
Lisa was a gem! She always responded promptly to questions and requests…and didn’t even blink an eye when we asked to add a wet bar late in the plans. The J.A. Myers foremen were great too! Every one listened to our ideas and made them happen with courtesy and ease. We were also happy with Myers’s choice of suppliers for lighting fixtures and other decorative items. They also cheerfully issued credit for the things that I ordered from suppliers other than the one they provided.
Their selection of doors and windows is amazing. For these there was no need to shop elsewhere! We were also able to have the exterior stone in a custom color!
A cute little “cat door,” our front porch, the angled stairway to the second floor and our beautiful sunroom are some of our friends’ favorites. We love them too!
We were very happy with the building process! Sure there were a few minor issues along the way, but these were quickly and professionally handled. We were told the building process would take three to four months. Everything was finished in a little over 90 days!
Our J.A. Myers home is bigger, brighter and easier to live in than we ever imagined a home could be! Our boys love it! Myers even attempted to do something for us that they’d never done before: They placed an inlaid carpet in the center of our family room’s wooden floor! It looks great and our aging dog, Bill, loves the softness as he relaxes with the family.
Myers is open to your suggestions and if your requests can be done….J. A. Myers is the builder who will do it for you!
Greg & Nancy Fream
“We totally trusted the J. A. Myers Homes staff. We gave them the keys after we’d moved in, so that they could do some extra things.”
Nancy Fream began collecting floor plans for her “dream house” while still a child. When she met Greg, her future husband, she discovered the he, too, had a keen interest in building a custom home some day. Their marriage was the first step down the path to fulfilling their dreams for a home that would be “truly theirs!”
Two sons and 25 years later, their dream has become a reality. They spent their early years visiting model homes and later looking at floor plans on line. They wanted a one-story home, featuring a generous amount of stonework…a 3-car heated garage with a craftsman-style workbench…a huge laundry room and storage space for out-of-season or seldom-used items and a large open living and entertaining area where friends and family could gather in comfort.
“When we saw the J. A. Myers’ Whispering Run neighborhood, in south Hanover, we knew it was the perfect place for our dream home,” says Nancy. But the Freams actually put holds on three different lots in Whispering Run before they settled on the final location, which is surrounded by common areas, assuring that their beautiful country views will never be obscured by a neighboring house.
At their first meeting, Greg and Nancy showed Ben Myers a floor plan they’d found on line. “Ben immediately ‘got into’ the plan and caught our vision!” say the Freams. “It was a remarkable four-month adventure. We couldn’t be happier!”
The couple confess to making many change orders along the way and still marvel at Ben’s agreeable attitude and his deep desire to build for them the home of their dreams. “He never said, ‘we can’t do that’ say the Freams with delightful satisfaction.
Greg and Nancy are originally from Maryland and lived there during the building process, but they say that email and text communication kept the 30-mile trips to South Hanover to a minimum. “We totally trusted J. A. Myers Homes and their staff. We felt comfortable giving them the keys, even after we moved in, so they could complete some things we wanted to add.
Building a custom home “from scratch” is a daunting adventure for both builder and buyer; and the Fream’s home-building experience was not without incident. When choosing the stone for the home’s exterior, Greg and Nancy chose a beautiful blue/gray sample of stacked stone. Nancy stopped by the building site one day and to her surprise, she saw that the stone appeared “pink!” Of course, she called Ben Myers on the spot and his quick response solved the problem. The stone they had chosen did, indeed, contain pink hues; but they did not show on the builder’s sample. Ben had the stone removed and replaced with pieces that did not contain the pink hues. Buyer and builder were both happy.
On another occasion the Fream’s stopped by to check on the beautiful, durable slate-like laminate that they’d chosen for their kitchen and utility hallway. They found that the floor pattern did not line up with the walls! The flooring subcontractor suggested that the wall might not be straight, so the Freams immediately contacted Ben Myers. He came to the site, checked the wall placement and, finding no error, contacted the floor installer and requested that the floor be taken up and replaced so that the pattern would be straight. Neither the exterior stone coloring or the laminate floor problem cost the Freams an extra penny. Ben handled both situations in an honest, business-like manner and the building continued on budget!
This was Greg and Nancy Fream’s long-awaited “dream home.” Mr. and Mrs. Fream, Ben Myers and the J.A. Myers crews worked TOGETHER to make this home TRULY a dream come true!
Here are some of their homes highlighted innovations:
Whole house generator
Emergency and security system
8 ft. front porch
Porch posts with stone bases
Outdoor natural gas ports and electrical outlets
Lights, receptacles on walls and ceiling of porch for seasonal decorations
Lighted niches in foyer to display collectibles
Charming window seats in many rooms for additional storage
Closet w/pocket doors over basement stairs
Jack ‘n Jill bath between boy’s bedrooms with door locking options
Large closet in guest bedroom for extra storage
Two large closets in pantry/laundry/utility area for seldom-used cookware and dishes
Separate vacuum cleaner closet
Large food pantry with sliding pocket doors
Wired-in wall window candles. One switch controls them all.
Blinds enclosed in windows
Spacious master bedroom with 2 walk in closets and a door to the deck
Huge walk-in shower in master bath (ceramic tiled,large built-in seat,special shower system.)
Separate office/study areas
Unique placement of formal dining room away from family area yet near kitchen.
Specially designed arch in entry.
9 ft. ceilings
Kitchen cupboards have pull-out drawers
Two-tier cutlery drawers
Drawers instead of “lazy-susan” shelving in corner kitchen cupboards
Living room outlets in floor instead of on walls, so furniture and lamps can be
placed anywhere in the room, without fear of tripping over cords.
Lower counter seating in kitchen/dining area for extra informal eating
space without loss of counter space.