Infinity FAQs

We know that the decision-making process around building your dream home can be overwhelming at first. You may have a LOT of questions, and that’s okay!! You’re not the only one. Below is a list of a few frequently-asked questions and some answers to put your mind at ease, but don’t worry if you’re still curious about something not mentioned here… You are welcomed to give us a call or stop into our models any day of the week!

 

Will Infinity build on my own lot?

We do build on your own lot if you have the piece of land secured. You must own the land prior to setting up your appointment. We have a pre-made list of approved places to build, which are in the general vicinity of where we already operate. We know that can be sort of a “grey area”, so by all means, if you have your own property and can provide us with an address, we will work together to determine whether or not building on your land is a possibility!

 

Is there a floor plan with a First Floor Master?

We currently do not offer a floor plan that includes a first floor master. However, if that is an important part of your dream home, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to work with our team to make your vision come to life!

 

Is Landscaping included?

Yes!  All communities’ lawns will be seeded and fertilized. A shrub and tree package will be included with your mulch beds surrounding the home. The landscaping around our model homes is at an upgraded level, and you will be at liberty to choose to what extent you’d like to upgrade your packages.

 

How much does a typical person upgrade in their home?

Every home is as unique and different as each homeowner. The amount of upgraded items in each home depends upon a person’s tastes and the items they choose–that is the beauty of a truly custom home! Scheduling an appointment to walk through pricing will give you a good idea of how much you could expect to upgrade in your own home.

 

Are customers allowed to customize outside of the Design Gallery?

Absolutely! If you’d like to customize outside of our offering of selections and upgrades, you can work directly with any of our suppliers.

 

What are the HOA fees in our communities?

Homeowner’s Association fees vary by community. Some are monthly, others quarterly, it just depends on the neighborhood! For specific details, feel free to give us a call or visit a model.

 




DIY Friday: Homemade Shamrock Shakes

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! So treat yourself to this easy, at-home Shamrock Shake!

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon mint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • Sprinkles and Maraschino cherry garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Using a blender, carefully combine the ice cream, milk, mint extract, and green food coloring. Puree until smooth.
  2. Divide between two glasses, top with whipped cream and enjoy!

 




10 Smart Ways to Save on Utility Bills

Looking for simple solutions to lower your water, gas and electricity bills? You’ve come to the right place!

In the Kitchen

Dust Off Refrigerator Coils

Making sure these get a little love every so often will allow your fridge to function on less power, and it will keep your food colder!

Fill the Dishwasher to the Brim

Maximize the washer’s efficiency by waiting to run it until it’s absolutely full. Your dishwasher will use the same amount of water no matter the number of dishes inside, so it will be most efficient to clean as many as possible at once.

In the Bathroom

Put an Aerator on Your Faucets

These are easy to to apply and can actually save a lot of water waste! Look for some that will run between 1/2-1 gallon per minute for a bathroom faucet, but be sure to find some that fit your make and model!

In the Laundry Room

Use a Clean, Dry Bath Towel to Dry Loads Quicker

Throw in a clean, dry bath towel with whatever you are drying, and it will absorb a lot of water from the wet clothes after about 15 minutes. They will finish drying much faster, and save your dryer some work!

Clean Out Dryer Vents & Lint Screens

Removing lint is a great way to save some money AND eliminate a very common fire hazard. Use can use any sort of small suction tool to clean the area in which the lint screen sits, and a drain snake to clean out the larger vent. This will reduce energy waster and lower the amount of electricity used by the dryer.

Whole Home

Switch to LED Bulbs

If you currently use CFLs or incandescents, switch to LEF long-lasting, efficient, equally affordable, and bright lights! They last almost twice as long as their CFL counterparts, and the cost savings isn’t too shabby, either!

Adjust Thermostats Seasonally

Just adjusting by a couple degrees cooler in the winter and a couple warmer in the summer will not make a noticeable difference in the comfort-level of the house, but it can make an almost 3% difference in your bills! If you don’t want to have to remember to do it, investing in programmable smart-thermometer is another great option.

Get a Rain Barrel

If you’re someone who loves to garden, has a bird bath, or any sort of water feature, this is a great way to use natural resources!

Turn Off Power Strips

Literally almost every appliance and their respective chargers still leach a small amount of power from the outlet, even when they are off or not in use. If you have several of these devices, that can really add up! A good solution is to plug your chargers, TVs, etc. into a power strip, and simply turn it off when you leave the house. This will cut the power supply and save you tons of wasted energy.

Use Blackout Curtains in the Summer

If you’re lucky enough to have windows that already help with climate control, you may not need this tip. However, if you have large, single-pane windows that let in a TON of light AND heat, investing in some blackout (or even just thick) curtains will keep the room temp down, and your AC and fans won’t be working so hard.

 

 




DIY Friday: Succulent Terrarium

Hello and welcome to our first DIY Friday post! If you’ve been in the Pittsburgh area lately (or ever) you’ve noticed that the weather this time of year can be a bit gloomy. The good news is there are only 33 days left till Spring! But if you’ve already forgotten what sunshine looks like and you need a pick-me-up… this fun, fresh and easy craft will make your room, office, etc. feel like Spring has already arrived! And you’ll also look super trendy, because succulents are IN.

www.succulentsandsunshine.com

 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Vase or jar (any size) with large opening
  • Small stones, pebbles, or gravel for drainage
  • Soil, preferably cactus mix, as it retains little moisture
  • Succulent plants of your choice
  • Sand (Pro-Tip: Pet stores have huge varieties of colorful, nature-safe sand!)
  • Ornamental decorations of your choice! Make this terrarium your own!

How to Assemble:

  1. Prepare a vase or medium sized jar with a larger opening at the top.
  2. Carefully place small stones at the bottom of the jar.
  3. Pour a thick layer of soil, enough so that your succulents can take root.
  4. Move the plant from the pot and into your vessel. Gently press so that it settles nicely.
  5. Continue transplanting your succulents into whatever arrangement you’d like. Succulents come in dozens of sizes, shapes and colors, so get creative!
  6. When you have transplanted all the plants cover the surface with a thin layer of white sand.
  7. Add decorative stones or ornaments for the final step, and then your terrarium is complete!

Terrarium Maintenance:

Luckily, succulents are relatively easy to care for. Just make sure they are in spot where they get 5-6 hours of sunlight a day. Succulents are desert plants, and therefore only need to be watered every two weeks. You don’t need a lot of water either–only enough that there should be less than 1-inch accumulated at the bottom of your vessel. You can also fertilize your terrarium once a year in the summer months. Follow these steps, and you’ll be feeling like its Spring all year round!




Ready to Relocate? Part 2: Settling In

If you read our first post on the first steps of relocating, this will be a good follow-up for getting the basics on adjusting to your new home and community! Once you’ve found your desired neighborhood and maybe even your dream home, it is overwhelming to think that there is more work to be done. Let us help with a few tips and tricks to make those first few weeks a breeze!

Settling In Stress-Free

Okay, maybe “stress-free” is an unrealistic goal… but there are ways to calm the chaos.

1. Keep it Simple

It’s so easy to get lost in a sea of bags and boxes when you’re packing up, and then the aftermath of unpacking becomes a nightmare. Moving is a GREAT opportunity to ask yourself “Do we really need this?” When it comes to household goods, a good rule of thumb is to leave behind anything that you haven’t used in over a year or two. For decorations and things of sentimental value, follow the old saying and bring with you what will make your new house feel like home. Things that bring feelings of comfort and familiarity will never feel like clutter. But anything that just occupies space probably isn’t essential. For clothing, organization experts say a non-seasonal piece that hasn’t been worn in over 6 months is something that should go! When you know what will stay and what will go, Habitat for Humanity is great place to donate household items that you cannot take with you. For clothing, there are tons of local charities that serve various groups–just take your pick and support a great cause while simultaneously getting a fresh start!

2. One Step at a Time

The physical aspect of packing is just as important as deciding what to take along with you. Packing might seem as simple as putting things into bins and boxes, but there are strategic ways to go about this to make life so much easier. First of all, label EVERYTHING. You really cannot ever have too many labels, lists and categories specifying what each box contains and in which room it should go. This should help with the next step, which is unpacking one room at a time and one box at a time. This method may be mostly psychological, so you don’t lose it seeing stuff scattered all over the place. But it will help you set up your spaces exactly the way you want them, and give you as sense of accomplishment seeing a whole room in its completed state!

3. The Power of Takeout

Chances are you’re going to be too swamped/tired to cook on your first couple nights in your new home. Do a little research on GrubHub.com or another site to see who can deliver food near you. If you prefer to cook, a lot of grocery stores have personal shoppers and delivery systems in place that will save you some time and energy!

Remember: not everything has to get done all at once. Take little breaks here and there and enjoy the fact that you are beginning a new chapter. Check back soon to hear more about the relocation process, and great ways to meet friends and neighbors in your new community! If you have specific questions about the process, contact Jodie, our relocation expert at (888) 424-9424