Blog Articles about Recent Projects

Customer Review

Recently we completed a project for customers of ours, the Kentner Family. They came to us looking for a home that would have enough room for the whole family and also have living space for Mrs. Kentner’s mother. In order to provide everything they needed, we had to do some custom work for them. The floor plan below shows the final floor plan that was used in the construction of their home.Kentner for web In the cape style of home, the second level is unfinished from the factory. The Kentner’s wanted to have the second level finished into 2 separate rooms that it could be used as living space rather than storage. Recently we were in contact with the Kentner’s; below we have a review that they left on Google Plus and they had sent us a few pictures of their home.

“Black’s Home Sales helped us customize Fall Pic (2)our new home to include a Mother-in-Law suite. Throughout the process, we had many questions and MANY requests for “special touches,” and Black’s helped ease our mind and built us a BEAUTIFUL, custom home that people compliment all the time. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a modular house.”    – Lucille Kentner

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If something like this (or something else entirely) is what you have in mind, rest assured that we have the knowledge and expertise to make it happen for you!  Please contact us with your wish list!

Customer Review

We work hard to make sure that your project runs smoothly from start to finish.   During the project, we document the different stages and after the job is done we ask our customers to fill out a survey.   This home review form helps us to understand what we did right and make any necessary changes.    Below is a copy of the home review form completed last month.   Mr. Sprow was a great customer to work with.  He communicated any concerns he had immediately allowing us to make the adjustments that were necessary.  If there is any take away from reading this blog, it should be that communication with your builder is key.Customer Review page 2Customer Review page 1










What makes this construction particularly interesting is that his site required a garage under the house.  To do this, we needed a front entry garage.  We also wanted to minimize cost and still provide a well balanced front elevation.  From the attached drawings, you can see our investigation into the necessary retaining walls.  We were able to eliminate one retaining wall on the front right side of the garage.  However we need to keep the left side retaining wall.  In placing a front entry garage you will accrue less cost in driveway paving.  Placing a garage under the house saves money as well.  You do need to fire rate the garage from the rest of the house.  You must also have an exit from the basement that does not go through the garage.  We accomplished this with an egress window.

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3D Drawing to Determine Grade Height

Again, we thank Mr. Sprow for the kind review and the opportunity to help.  If you are interested in a home like this, or if you have a completely different idea about how your dream home should look, contact us here and let’s see what we can do for you!

End Result

End Result

Mother-In-Law Suites and Apartments

With an aging population comes a renewed interest in alternative housing arrangements.  Many families are looking for options to help better care for aging parents; assisted living, skilled care, or bringing everyone together under one roof.  The 1950’s American household of Leave it to Beaver with mom, dad and kids is once again being rethought.   We have been asked more and more to build new energy efficient homes that can accommodate an extended family.  I would like to share a few layouts and options with you.  I will break it into three schematic design concepts.

1)   An in-law area within a traditional home. 

In this option a first floor area has been given to mom or dad.  It is usually a large bedroom with enough room to include a sitting area, a private ADA bath and an exterior entrance to this space.  Mom or dad will share the kitchen and laundry facility in the main house.  We like to sound insulate this area from the rest of the house and provide a separate heating zone for this section of the house.  Many times the elderly have different temperature preferences than the younger generations.  We also like to add additional lighting into this space.  This is the least expensive option and many times it does not look much different than any other single family house.



2) A small apartment built into or attached to a traditional single family home. 

This option is larger and includes a small kitchen, living room, separate bedroom, walk-in closet, and ADA bathroom.  Sometimes the apartment is connected to the main house through the laundry room.   This space can then be used by both residences.  With a separate entrance, an apartment give more autonomy to the resident.   The plan below shows this arrangement.  Please note that this family also needed to accommodate two teenage sons.  To do this, we finished up the top level with a well-insulated music room and bedrooms.Kentner for web

3)  Two complete houses joined together.  

I have attached a floor plan below which was built several years ago.  The house was design to accommodate an elderly couple that wanted to be in close proximity to their children but wanted their own autonomy.  They have separate entrances, kitchens, living rooms, laundry rooms, bedrooms and guest areas.   This house also had a small apartment built into the main house that accommodated his mom.Demske floor plan

To help you get started, we have a model on display showing an attached apartment style suite.  If you are interested in discussing what options may fit your site and unique living needs, please stop in or drop us a note here.   We can work with you to design a layout perfect for your family.

The Markovich Home

From Our Customer…

After looking at many houses, we came back to the first house we walked through at Blacks. We loved the house that we purchased from the first day we walked through. Black’s was very helpful with all of the steps in the process of building and they have been able to accommodate anything that we have needed help with or repaired.  We would definitely buy our house again from Blacks Home Sales.

William and Mandy Markovich

Raystown Lake, PA Manufactured Home

From our Customer

No words can say how thrilled I am with my new home. The staff at Black’s Home Sales has been absolutely wonderful. From browsing the homes, answering questions, site inspections, delivery and set up, all have been quite painless. I must say however, the delivery crew was exceptional. I am also quite pleased with my sub-contractors. What a pleasure to deal with, thanks for referring them.


I built this home on the Rothrock State Forest in memory of my late husband (an avid hunter) and to help me find peace……Thank You for helping me make that dream come true.

Karen Dupre

Our thoughts

Raystown Lake Home LetterKaren’s home site is situated in a wooded setting back a long lane. This made delivery tricky. In the attached letter Karen sent to our staff, shortly after her house was delivered, you can see the results of our team approach and our mission to “Provide a trustworthy, reliable, stress free experience for our clients”.

Thanks Everyone!