At Lewis Builders Development, we take pride in the neighborhoods we create. The Sawmill Ridge Condominium community in Atkinson, NH is our newest development and we are proud to say it has taken shape nicely. Let's introduce this property by listing five wonderful reasons to live in this community.
1) Location, location, location!
Atkinson sits just 45 minutes from Boston, 30 minutes from the beaches, and less than an hour from the mountains. The winding Main Street boasts the town's rich history and is revered as one of New Hampshire's scenic byways. Conveniently located between Routes 125 and 111, you can enjoy country living with easy access to shopping and urban areas (view our area map).
Atkinson is home to many great attractions, including the Atkinson Resort & Country Club, open to the public, overnight accommodations, function facility and award winning 18- and 9-hole golf courses. The town is also within 15 minutes of grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, butcher shops, movie theaters, restaurants, major shopping centers in Salem, Route 93 and Route 495.
2) Built with over half a century of experience
Since 1958 Lewis Builders exercises over half a century worth of experience. The company is owned by the Lewis family and is in its fourth family generation . With over a century's worth of collective experience between its dedicated staff, Lewis Builders has developed hundreds of single family homes and over a thousand condominiums in communities throughout Atkinson, Haverhill, Hampstead, and more. All the homes that Lewis builds are based on the highest possible standards.
3) Comfort and Energy Efficiency
One of the key components of Sawmill Ridge is its energy conservation efforts. The exterior walls are built with Fiberglass R-21 with an R-6 zip sheathing wrap, while the ceilings are insulated with fiberglass 12” R-38. The ceilings of the unfinished basements feature fiberglass 8” R-30, which helps retain heat during the cold winter months. The condos utilize Andersen Silverline energy efficient double hung vinyl windows, and each unit features a Concord A/C condenser.
4) Numerous Amenities and Ownership Perks
Sawmill Ridge offers luxurious amenities, everything from exterior features to modern interior design. Some of the unique features for exclusive ownership use include the centrally located community center, RV Storage, the community garden, and common area. Modern design features include open concept kitchens with Aristokraft Select Radford Maple Cabinets in many finish options and complemented with buyer selection of Quartz or Granite countertops. Bath features include Aristokraft Select Radford Maple Vanities, cultured marble vanity tops, mirrors, and brushed nickel fixtures.
For the full list available in our new homes visit our Sawmill Ridge Features & Amenities page:
5) The 'great outdoors' in your back yard
The Sawmill Ridge property fronts on the beautiful and historic "Sawmill Swamp", a protected piece of conservation land owned by the Town of Atkinson. Homeowners have direct access to this land with the Sawmill Ridge's 58.7 acres of dedicated open space and walking trails, as well as scenic vistas.
Learn more about Sawmill Ridge here or call us at 603-362-5333 today.
In this edition of " Do You Know Your Home? " we're reviewing the exterior wall materials that improve your new home's comfort and efficiency. If you've visited Sawmill Ridge while on the search for your new home, you may have noticed the ZIP System® green exterior walls covering the new construction prior to siding installation. Lewis Builders trusts the ZIP System to provide superior weather proofing characteristics that will not only protect the structural integrity of your home, but also save you money when it comes to energy costs. If you would like to understand how, lets first go over some terminology.
Achieving a "Tight House" (Also, What Is a "Tight House"?)
So, a "tight house" refers to a home with a superior level of insulation that prevents energy from infiltrating through the house. There are several contributing factors to achieving a tight house including a correctly installed foundation and a solid roof but a major factor lies in the exterior wall installation.
Here in New Hampshire, the weather is unpredictable and always changing. While you might be thinking of the weather that will affect your home over time or during those harsh winters (while you are living in it), weather can play a big part in affecting the very construction of your home.
While building a house has become much more efficient, it is still a process that takes weeks if not months. Over the course of this time, moisture and weather can affect the overall tightness of a house if not kept at bay.
Securing the exterior walls and roofing with a moisture barrier in a timely manner can play a big role in achieving a tight house. This is a key component in Lewis Builders construction that also allows our teams to promptly start work on the interior, free from the elements and moisture.
Where do you start when you want to pay tribute to those who have served our country on Veterans Day? You may decide to donate to a charity, but with so many out there, which one would you choose? You could volunteer at an organization, but which would you commit to?
Not sure where to start? At Lewis Builders, the veterans who have served this country are important to us. We have several on our staff who shared their thoughts on how people can show their support on veterans' day. Here's what they had to say:
Are you a Sawmill Ridge resident looking for a location to host a special occasion? Want to start a resident yoga or exercise class? Or are you simply interested in a common area where you can meet and become friendly with your neighbors? The Sawmill Ridge Community Center offers the space for you to do those things and so much more.
Located in the heart of the condominium community, the Sawmill Ridge Community Center offers unit owners the perfect location to host events of all varieties in either the main function room or perhaps one of the smaller meeting rooms.
"We at Lewis Builders Development are excited to be able to offer this community center as an amenity to the residents of Sawmill Ridge," said Josh Manning, General Manager of Lewis Builders Development. "We know how important community spaces are, so we're happy to have this facility where people can come together, meet their neighbors, celebrate different life events or just relax in a quiet atmosphere."
The patio area is furnished with two round wrought iron tables overlooking the community garden, perfect for relaxing with a cold drink and soaking in some sunshine spring, summer, and fall. The landscape surrounding the Community Center provides space for backyard games and is great for hosting a barbecue.
The modern kitchen is designed with generous storage in stylish white cabinetry and complimented with ample quartz countertops. Residents have a convenient pass through to the function area, where the kitchen is equipped with Whirlpool stainless steel appliances including a spacious refrigerator, a 5-burner gas range, dishwasher and microwave complete this working kitchen. The bar top provides a great serving area for a buffet or a casual seating area to entertain guests.
The smaller meeting rooms could be used as office space, a library reading room, fitness center…..the rooms are like a blank canvas; you can make of the space any way you want!
There are also two handicap-accessible bathrooms and plenty of space in the hall to hang coats and hats.
The main function area in the community center is spacious and perfect for hosting a larger event. Dress the room up for a bridal shower, invite your loved ones for a christening reception, or host your spouse’s next birthday party there. The room features, air conditioning, multiple ceiling fans, a gas fireplace, a Vizio 4K smart television, and a Google Home Smart Speaker & Home Assistant. These amenities create an interactive space appropriate for gatherings like watching major sports games, movie nights, baby showers, and family holiday parties.
"We're excited for the residents to utilize the space because we know amenities like the community center can really bring people together, which is something we've always promoted in the communities we build,” said Manning.
Browse through our slideshow for a look of the layout of the Community Center. Visit Sawmill Ridge to learn more about the other fantastic amenities available in the condo community, and feel free to stop by our on-site office to learn more. You can also read our page on five great reasons to live at Sawmill Ridge for more information on our development.
When it comes to your heating bills, you don't have to sweat when it comes to high prices. There are ways that homeowners can brace for the changing seasons and still save money on their energy bills.
These simple tips may small, but over time, they will help garner big savings. From heating to cooling, water heaters to appliances, learn how to save energy in your home and take the heat off of your wallet with these 6 energy saving tips.
About 12% of your home electricity consumption comes from the use of light bulbs. Imagine the cost savings when you change out those incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. By just replacing five of your home's most frequently used lights with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR bulbs, you could save $75 a year in energy costs and much more over the course of the bulb's life.
Air cooling consumes about 13% of your home electricity use, but there are a number of ways you can lower that percentage without feeling the heat!
Ceiling Fans create a "wind chill" effect, allowing you to raise your thermostat temperature by 4 degrees while still feeling just as cool. Avoid using major appliances during the hours when the temperature is at its highest. Gadgets such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, and hot water heaters all add to the heat in your home while running. Finally, remember that lights generate heat. Use LED's or leave lights off and use natural sunlight as long as you feel comfortable.
The town of Atkinson is one of New Hampshire's best kept secrets. Hidden amongst the pines along the southern edge of the Granite State, Atkinson boasts quaint, comfortable neighborhoods surrounded by a thriving economy. We at Lewis Builders Development pride ourselves in being part of Atkinson's great history—after all, we have called this town our home for almost 60 years!
Atkinson has it all: location, restaurants, schools, parks, and much more. Whether you're looking for a place to start a family or a relaxing town for your retirement , you'll find Atkinson offers a little something for everybody. Let's explore this quaint New England town from the Sawmill Swamp to Atkinson Resort and Country Club, and from America's Stonehenge to Collins Park.