Fallsmead@50 Fun Facts
Fallsmead House Model Drawings and Floor Plans
Posted on November 13, 2018 12:25 AM by Melani Miller Harig
Many original Fallsmead owners used the Kettler Brothers house model drawings and floor plans to help them decide which Fallsmead house they wanted to buy. The house drawings and floor plans were updated periodically as the neighborhood was being built to account for design changes for specific models. Check out all of the original model drawings and floor plans that we have in our Fallsmead archives on the Fallsmead History page right here at fallsmead.org.
Comment By: Jim Beller (Pt 1)
Posted on November 19, 2018 12:57 PM
Kettler Brothers started construction of the Fallsmead Community at the top of Fallsmead Way. There were four model homes (the Edgehill, Willow Grove, Greenwood, and Olney), two on each side, with the first two lots on each side left open to make the community look more spacious. There were some variations of these models when the garage was in the basement.

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Comment By: Jim Beller (Pt 2)
Posted on November 19, 2018 12:58 PM
To the best of my knowledge, almost all lots had a predetermined model which was fixed and could not be changed. The houses were mostly four sides brick, with some designed to have siding on their fronts. Most of the models had one car garages (two car garages were for models that had their garages at basement level). At least one model was built with a one car basement garage (the house at 1114).

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Comment By: Jim Beller (Pt 3)
Posted on November 19, 2018 12:59 PM
If you wanted a specific model, you had to find a lot with that model. As sales progressed, Kettler was finding difficulty selling houses with one car garages for over $40,000 so the company changed its plans and decided to build new models, all with two car garages. Three new model homes were built on Fallsmead Way, just north of Infield Court North, starting at about $46,000.

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Comment By: Jim Beller (Pt 4)
Posted on November 19, 2018 1:00 PM
The first two blocks of Fallsmead Way (except for the lots on either side, adjacent to Falls Road), Cedrus Way, and Infield Court South were built with the old models. The first three houses on the right side as you enter Infield Court North were also built with the old models, as was the house at 14 Infield Court North.

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Comment By: Jim Beller (Pt 5)
Posted on November 19, 2018 1:01 PM
When Kettler switched to the new models, the smallest total house width was 52 feet. The open lots just adjacent to the old model homes were 70 feet wide and could not accommodate the new models which needed 10 feet on each side to the property line.

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Comment By: Jim Beller (Pt 6)
Posted on November 19, 2018 1:02 PM
Both were offered for immediate sale with a choice of three old models, the Edgehill, Willow Grove or Greenwood (these lots were initially supposed to be built years later and did not yet have predetermined models). The two lots, one on each side of Fallsmead Way and just off of Falls Road had sufficient width to hold the new models

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Comment By: Jim Beller (Pt 7)
Posted on November 19, 2018 1:03 PM
and were built close to the time Kettler was finishing construction of the community. The new models were designed with two sides brick and two sides siding with some also having siding on the front (brick laying was becoming expensive).

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