Making their home their own was important to Bruce and Sandy Sahler. In 2002 the Sahlers moved to a 2,500-square-foot custom-built log home in Vermont. It was on seven acres and had one full wall of windows. They loved skiing, the crystal clear nights, the rural atmosphere. It was heaven. Sandy decorated the home herself using Shaker décor – natural pieces made from beautiful wood with simple lines. She also used a number of items made by her father.
The Sahlers lived in Vermont for 14 years, and as idyllic as their home sounds, they never planned to stay there permanently. Their sons and their families were in New York and New Jersey, and with busy grandchildren’s schedules, visits were a challenge. Also the Sahlers were ready to downsize to a place that offered them more peace of mind for their future.
After much research they settled on Willow Valley Communities. They loved the amenities and all that Willow Valley had to offer. Though the nearby skiing opportunities were more cross-country than downhill, they found Lancaster had its own crystal clear nights and a unique combination of rural beauty and small-city sophistication. Still, the Sahlers wondered how they could make their apartment their own.
The first step was a meeting with Danette Betancourt of Willow Valley’s Design Center. Danette first provided the couple with floor plans that they could work with in order to determine how their current furniture would fit in the new apartment. Danette also advised them on paint color and other enhancements to help continue the Shaker style throughout. They remodeled the fireplace and repainted it; the finished product absolutely thrilled Sandy. But perhaps the most dramatic change the Sahlers made to their apartment was with flooring. They were able to match the wood flooring they had loved in their log home. It complemented their décor perfectly in their new home as it had in Vermont and created a familiar environment right away.
Bruce and Sandy Sahler love their new apartment in the Spring Run Community, and they love to show it off to family and friends. And they love telling the story of how they made it their own.
No matter what design style you hope to achieve or the look and feel you want in your home, Willow Valley Communities offers all the style options, designs, floor plans, custom materials, and professional assistance to “Make it Your Own.”