We got several move-in ready homes

One of the things that we hear a lot is that we want a new home but we cannot wait months to be in something. You’re in luck then, because we have homes that are move-in ready in a couple of different neighborhoods throughout Lexington. Check out homes below and lets talk.

We are phasing out of Kearney Hall in 2017

We are working on putting together a calendar of our upcoming Blog post and would like to hear from you on what would you like to see us talk about? With that being said we figured starting out with our current inventory that we have on the market and coming soon to the market would be a great place to start.

Kearney Hall Subdivision

1168 Autumn RidgeWe will be phasing out of Kearney Hall in 2017 with the Johnson, Jackson, Harrison, & the Jefferson floor plans. The Jackson and Johnson are already framed up and will be ready to move in around January or February of 2017. The Jackson floor plan is a ranch plan that we created to fit in the Summerfield subdivision but we thought we would go ahead and start one in the final phase of Kearney Hall. This plan offers a open floor concept with 1,771 square feet, 3 bedroom, & 2 full baths. The Johnson is a very similar ranch home with an option to make it a 4 bedroom or keep the Flex room for what you intend to use it for.

The other 3 homes that we have in Kearney Hall has the foundation already poured and ready for us to start building your dream home. This is your opportunity to put your special touches on the Harrison & Jefferson floor plan and if you’re looking for a nice basement lot it’s here ready for you. The Harrison at 2797 Kearney Creek Ln will boast a large basement lot that is positioned in a way were you will have privacy from your neighborhoods.

Please remember that we build custom homes on your lot if you do not want to go into one of our subdivisions. We would love the opportunity to speak to you either about a custom build in our subdivisions or some where you want to call home.  Check out our Build with Confidence Guarantee that we put in writing for all of our clients.


1104 Grimball Trace Lexington KY 40509 in Summerfield

1104 Grimball Trace Lexington, KY in the big 40509 zip code.  Summerfield has been growing at a rapid pace and we are glad to be a part of the growth.  Last year when the school district changed Summerfield subdivision to be included in the New High School that will open up 2017/18 school year that was a game changer in the publics eye.  But I cannot say that I blame you I mean, new home and a new high school in the future.  This seems like a win win.

The neighborhood is growing because the area is growing.  Hamburg is just around the corner and you can find everything from fast food to fine cuisine or a movie to watch before your dinner and everything in between.  The amount of shops, restaurants, Costco, Cabela’s, the New YMCA facility,  and the area has great access to the interstate too.  This is why this area is doing so well in Lexington 40509.

365 Jane Briggs Ave Lexington KY Homes for Sale in 40509

Are you looking for the best of the best in the Stuart Hall neighborhood? Then, you are about to get WOWED! This is the builder’s house of James Monroe Homes and I’m assuring you that no money was spared when designing and building this house and it’s even been on Basement Featured on HGTV’s Bang for your Buck in 2011, Winner of Best Design! From the time you enter the house with the 8-foot mahogany double front doors you will be amazed at the 18ft coffered ceiling with lighting behind the molding to the 4-inch Brazilian Cherry 3/4-inch solid hardwood floors on the first floor. Seller has spent over a $100,000 in the basement to make it as entertaining for your family as it has been for his. Call today to schedule your private showing! 859.429.1980

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Free Finished Basement with Purchase of a New Home

Black Friday came early this year! I am not sure if we have eaten too much Halloween candy or if we are still glowing from American Pharaoh winning the Grand Slam of horse racing on his home track at Keeneland. 

James Monroe Homes is offering to  Finish the Basement for Free on select move-in ready homes today.  To take advantage of his offer you must have an executed contract by November 30, 2015 and be able to close by December 31, 2015.   Call Jason Preece for additional details, terms, and conditions. 

NOV. PROMOWe are running a special on the following properties 1168 Autumn Ridge Dr, 1045 Sawgrass Cove, & 3016 Blackford Pkwy.  These are the Only homes that we are running this special for.  Lots of families have loved moving in the Fairways of Andover with the convenience of Hamburg and the ease to the interstate but don’t forget about the Blackford subdivision as it has all of the amenities right at your fingertips too.

Below is the details for each property:

1168 Autumn Ridge Dr will have a half bath.

1168 Autumn Ridge Dr and 3016 Blackford Pkwy have large open basement plans

1045 Sawgrass Cove and 3016 Blackford Pkwy will have natural light in basements

3016 Blackford Pkwy will have door and walk up basement

1045 Sawgrass Cove and 3016 Blackford Pkwy will offer a Full Bath

Grand Tour of Homes 2015 in Fayette County

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Please remember that the map above only shows you homes in Fayette County  regarding the Grand Tour of Homes 2015.


FAYETTE COUNTY ONLY                                                 CLICK HERE FOR GRAND TOUR MAGAZINE

Grand Tour of Homes 2015Lexington Northwest:

1.) Anderson Communities – The Mirage – 2972 Town Branch Rd Lexington, KY 40511 – $199,910 – Pending

2.) Ball Homes – The Jackson II – 2947 Eminent Dr Lexington, KY 40511 – $238,832 – Not Available

3.) Ball Homes – The Baldwin Expanded – 2947 Eminent Dr Lexington, KY 40511 – $247,620

James Monroe Homes – The Harrison – 921 Dawson Springs Way Lexington, KY 40511 – $190,000

James Monroe Homes – The Lincoln – 909 Dawson Springs Way Lexington, KY 40511 – $145,900

Lexington Southwest:

4.) Ball Homes – The Arlington II Expanded A (Revised) – 4044 Mooncoin Way Lexington, KY 40515 – $330,146

5.) Ball Homes – The Cavanaugh II B – 4040 Mooncoin Way Lexington, KY 40515 – $329,448

Lexington Southeast:

6.) Commonwealth Designs – The Scottsdale – 473 Weston Park Lexington, KY 40515 – $525,000

7.) Jimmy Nash Homes – The Chateau – 3832 Cayman Lane Lexington, KY 40509 – $960,000 – Pending

8.) Jimmy Nash Homes – The Carolina – 2517 Cayman Heights Lexington, KY 40509 – $852,389 – Pending

9.) Justice Builders – The Sawyer – 1813 Browning Trace Lexington, KY 40509 – $1,150,000

10.) Ball Homes – The Albany Raised Elevation – 1702 Amethyst Way Lexington, KY 40509 – $288,565

11.) Briggs Homes – The Spyglass – 3260 Polo Club Blvd Lexington, KY 40509 – $186,900

12.) James Monroe Homes – The Roosevelt – 1168 Autumn Ridge Dr Lexington,  KY 40509 – $349,900

13.) Ball Homes – The Hartford II A – 741 Lochmere Place Lexington, KY 40509 – $373,756

14.) Ball Homes – The Milan II – 513 Hannon Way Lexington, KY 40509 – $264,229

15.) Ball Homes – The Florence II – 512 Hannon Way Lexington, KY 40509 – $291,643

16.) Ball Homes – The Hudson A – 4180 Sperling Dr Lexington, KY 40509 – $327,020

17.) Andover Construction – The Charleston – 527 Laketower Dr Lexington, KY 40502 – $614,900

Lexington Northeast:

18.) Briggs Homes – Valhalla Classic – 2319 Patchen Wilkes Dr Lexington, KY 40509 – $349,900

19.) Bye Builders – The Isabella – 1851 Battery Street Lexington, KY 40509 – $329,900

20.) Home of Excellence – The Amelia – 1925 General Warfield Way Lexington, KY 40505 – $599,900

21.) Andover Construction – The Summerville – 1792 Goodpaster Way Lexington, KY 40505 – $579,000

James Monroe Homes – The Madison – 1008 Haddrell Pt Lexington, KY 40509 – $335,000

Here are the homes that we will have available for you to see

Were you on the fence with all of the redistricting going on in Fayette County?

The Spring market is in full bloom with lots of new homes being built by James Monroe Homes but we had a lot of people that were waiting to see what the projected redistricting process looked like.  When our agents Jason Preece & Pam Brooks host our model home open during the weekends that was one of the biggest obstacle that people seemed to be faced with.

With all of that happening the housing market became low on inventory in Fayette County because no one was buying or selling until they saw the projected plan for schools in Fayette County.  Click here to see the plans for the redistricting of Fayette County. Now since the process is nearing its end the market has exploded with new buyers and sellers and we would love to help you with your new home.

What to look for in a great builder – Building Envelope

Building Envelope

You can get the best, most energy efficient, and comfortable heating system money can buy, but if your  building envelope is not built properly you will never receive the fullest potential of the unit you purchased.

Did you know we have customers who have reported to us that their electric bill during this past cold month with subzero temperatures was slightly over $100 for their four bedroom 1750 sq ft home and another customer reported having an electric bill of only $300 for their 5,500 sq ft home. Both these homes only had an electric heat pump as their sole heating source?  This is because James Monroe Homes are built with a very tight building envelope.

First we need to make sure all the air from the heating system is getting into your home.  Many times due to poor installation the ducts will leak.  To limit these leaks we make sure all the ducts are sealed to the boot, taped, and zip tied.  Every duct is a home run which means it is a single duct line from the furnace to the room.  We also make sure the ducts are caulked to the drywall because this gap will cause air to leak.  Once we know all the air is leaving the furnace and arriving in the house we have to make sure the building envelope does not allow the air to escape.

Building envelope - James MonroeThink of your house as a balloon.  We want to keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside.  If the balloon has lots of holes in it, it does not matter how much warm air we blow into it, that air will just leak outside.  A well-built building envelope will seal up all those holes and traps the warm air inside and restricts the cold air to outside.

Insulation is very important to your home’s building envelope.  Insulation does not stop the movement of air it only slows down its movements and ability to travel.  Insulation has to be properly installed to work effectively.  When insulation is compressed it loses its ability to slow the air movement down  This is why James Monroe Homes cuts the insulation to fit each stud cavity, around pipes, and wires to insure the stud cavity is filled completely without the insulation being compressed and compromised.

To completely stop the air flow we need to utilize six sided air barriers for all insulation.  Typically this would be a wood stud on the left, right, top, and bottom of the insulation.  Then we would put OSB sheeting on the outside and drywall on the inside.   All these materials are consider air barriers.  James Monroe Homes takes the extra step to ensure we have a six sided air barrier on the entire building envelop. When we have knee walls in the attic, angled ceilings, and behind tubs one or more of these sides are not air blocked.  So we have to go in and put in an air barrier to protect the integrity of the building envelop.

There are many steps we take in the attic to ensure maximum insulation and minimal air leakage.  On a typical house the lowest part of the roof where it is over top of the wall is only 7” tall.  In order to get a full R-38 insulated value you need 13”.  So we build up the trusses or roof system at the edge of the exterior wall to allow for a full 13” of insulation over the exterior wall.  We also seal every hole that is drilled in the top plates for a pipe or wire to go into the attic with a fire rated caulk.  We seal the attic access panel with a weather strip to prevent air flow from leaking around the opening.  We insulate the attic panel and build up the attic plat form to ensure that every area inch of ceiling has a full R-38 insulation value.

Before we start a new James Monroe Home we hire a HERS rater to review our plans.  It is his job to size the HVAC equipment based on our insulation plan, window schedule, and other factors.  We will have this third party inspector review our plans prior to start of construction to ensure we have thought through every energy efficient detail of the house.  He will then walk through the house when we have insulated but before drywall to verify all insulation is installed correctly, has six sided air barriers, and our building envelope is solid.  Once the house is complete he will do two test.  The first test will test the duct system to ensure there is less than 5% air leakage in the duct work. The second test he will pressurize the entire house to verify the building envelope is tight and only allowing a limited amount of air to leak.  If we pass both these final test he will rank our homes with a HERS Score.  Our homes have to score at least an 85.   A new home built to the current energy code will score 100 and your existing home will score 120 or greater.  This means James Monroe Homes are at least 15% more efficient than other new homes and 35% more efficient then existing homes.

Make sure your windows are locked, your furnace filters are cleaned, and there is proper weather-stripping on your doors.  These small things will also have a huge impact on your utility bills.

It is not an accident that our customers have some of the lowest utility bills in the area.  They have them because we took the extra steps and care in building their home to have ducts that do not leak and a building envelope that keeps the warm air in.

Why your heating systems matter – James Monroe Homes

Heating Systems

Did you freeze all winter and still find out that your utility bills were still sky high!  Did you think your electric bill was your car payment this month?  This can be a tough time of the year.  It is hard to budget for these high utility cost and you never know how much you have spent until after the bill arrives in your mail box.

Let’s start off by explaining what type of heating systems are most common in our area so you can identify with what is in your home.  The four most common heating units we put in our homes are Geothermal, Dual Fuel, Electric Heat Pump, and Gas furnace.  Kentucky has some of the cheapest electric rates in the country.  Therefore most homes utilize electric consumption to heat their homes. 

Geothermal is the most energy efficient way to heat your home.  The geothermal system has the highest up front cost, but once you apply for the 30% tax credit from the federal government it will cost about the same as a dual fuel heating system.  This system has long loops that are drilled deep into the ground then water is ran through the loops and is heated up by the earth’s underground temperature.   Once the warm water returns to the system a heat pump pulls the heat from the water to heat your home.   Geothermal uses the natural resources of the earth’s constant temperature from deep beneath the earth’s surface to heat your home.  This system has a very low operating cost and gives you a rich warm heat. It requires very little electricity and is very efficient regardless of the outdoor temperature.

Heating systemsThe electric heat pump is a very common heating system for homes in our area. A heat pump is designed to take the heat out of the air and redistribute that heat throughout your home.  It is able to do this with very little electricity.    This heating system is popular in our area because Kentucky has the cheapest electric rates in the country.   Unfortunately when the outside temperature drops to below 35 degrees there is not very much heat in the air, so the electric heat strips turn on to supplement the heat for the house.  This uses a lot of electricity and can drive up utility bills.  Some customers complain that the heat is not as warm as compared to gas heat.

A gas furnace is popular among older homes in our area.  Inside the furnace is a gas burner that is regulated by a thermostat in your home.   It gives off a very warm heat and is preferred by many people.   These units will burn a lot of gas throughout the year and unfortunately gas rates can be expensive.

Duel fuel heating system combines the best of both an electric heat pump and a gas furnace to make the most comfortable and efficient heating system. The electric heat pump will heat your home when there is enough heat in the air to extract and heat your home.  When the temperature falls below 35 degrees the gas furnace will kick on.  The cost to operate this system above 35 degrees is cheaper with electric.  The cost to operate this system below 35 degrees is cheaper with gas.  This gives you the best of both worlds and is what we most recommend to our clients.

When you decide to build a new James Monroe Home we will go over the pros and cons of each of these systems. We will help you choose the best system for your comfort needs that will fit in your budget, and give you the best return on your investment.  The heating system is only part of the equation continue to read our next blog to learn about the rest of the equation.

Lexington Dream Factory

James Monroe Homes has been blessed with continual growth and prosperity over the years.  In appreciation of this blessing we want to share our good fortune with our local community.  We seek out charities and organizations that serve people in need and also maintain low overhead and administrative cost.  This year we have chosen to support six local organizations whose mission aligns with ours. To date we have donated $116,500 to these and many other worthy organizations.  Please join us in supporting there great and worthy causes.

Lexington Dream Factory

To a seriously ill child, the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood can be the best medicine of all. It may be the inspiration that motivates the child to hang in there through a time of great suffering and burdensome treatments. The Dream Factory, Inc. was founded in 1980 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, by Charles Henault. Today, through over 38 chapters nationwide, including the Lexington, Kentucky chapter, the Dream Factory grants dreams to children ages 3-18 who have been diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses. The Lexington Chapter of the Dream Factory grants dreams to children in the Lexington, Southern and Eastern Kentucky area. Dream requests pour in weekly, and the timeframe for granting those dreams are often dictated by physician’s permission and health restraints. In the calendar year of 2011, the Lexington chapter granted 19 dreams, ranging from trips to Disney World, concert tickets and backstage passes, and shopping sprees. The Lexington Dream Factory is solely dependent upon fundraising. The Dream Factory hosts an annual gala in the spring/summer which is made possible by corporate sponsorships. If you would like to join us in supporting The Lexington Dream Factory, please email us at lexington@dreamfactoryinc.org.

Lexington Dream Factory