Monthly Archives: May 2014

The “Hallmark” Model by Boise Idaho New Home Builder, Hallmark Homes

The “Hallmark” Model by Boise Idaho New Home Builder, Hallmark Homes

Our most popular model over the last couple of years has been, by far, our “Hallmark” model.  We designed this single level home with many design features that we felt were important in a new home including the following:

Welcoming Covered Courtyard

We wanted a front courtyard that could be used year round, including the sometimes cold and wet Idaho winters.  We designed a large courtyard that is completely covered to give protection from wind and rain.  We also designed into this courtyard the optional fireplace which gives the courtyard a warm, “in home” feeling.  This courtyard truly extends your living space to the outdoors.  It can be used for anything from relaxing and reading a book to watching tv, or even just chillin’ in a hammock.

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Large Great Room

The “Hallmark” was designed with a large great room that is perfect for gatherings with family and friends.  The custom built bookshelves, large fireplace and 11’ ceilings make this room comfortable and inviting!



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Flex Room

The “Hallmark” has 3 large bedrooms, but we wanted to design a 4th room that could be used as a 4th bedroom, a large home office, TV room, craft room, exercise room, etc.  We call this the “flex room”.



 Work Center

One of my favorite things in this home is the work center.  This is a small area that can be used as a small office, computer desk, and/or homework area for the kids.  It’s got plenty of desk space and storage but takes up a very small area of the home.

peppard office nook


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Large Covered Back Patio

Lastly, we wanted to create a nice back yard with a large covered patio.  We also include a BBQ natural gas stub out on every patio so that there will be no more trips to fill or exchange the propane tank!



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These are just some of the highlights of our “Hallmark” model.  We have many other available homes with unique features that you can view on our website at or view in person at our staged models in Paramount Subdivision in Meridian, Idaho.  Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about your preferred Boise, Idaho new home builder.

High Quality AMSCO Windows used by Boise Idaho builder, Hallmark Homes

High Quality AMSCO Windows used by Boise Idaho builder, Hallmark Homes

At Hallmark Homes, building a high quality, energy efficient home is very important to us.  There are many aspects to building a highly energy efficient home and we’ll cover these different aspects through different blogs posts in the upcoming weeks.  The first area that we will cover today though are windows.

Up to 1/3 of your homes total heat loss can occur through windows and doors.  We can significantly reduce this heat loss by using the proper, high quality windows.  At Hallmark Homes, we make sure that every home we build is equipped with high efficient, Low-E windows by AMSCO.

What are Low-E windows?

Low-emissive (Low-E) glass is window glass that has been treated with an invisible metal or metallic oxide coating, creating a surface that reflects heat, while allowing light to pass through. Windows treated with Low-E coatings are proven to reduce energy consumption, decrease fading of fabrics, such as window treatments, and increase overall comfort in your home.

The heat that passes through your window glass is measured by the U-factor or ultraviolet light. The lower the U-factor the more energy-efficient your glass is. This type of light is produced by the sun and generates heat in your home. Too much of this heat, especially during summer, can cause your air conditioning bill to go up in an effort to keep your house cool. Low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light that enters your home, without blocking visible light.

Conversely, in winter, Low-E glass reduces the amount of heat lost through your windows from the inside of your home, keeping heating costs down. Depending on your home’s heating and cooling needs, various types of Low-E glass have been developed to allow for high, medium or low solar gain.[1]

What is Low E Glass  


At Hallmark Homes, We Use AMSCO Studio Series Windows

AMSCO has been building high quality windows for over 60 years.  Their Studio Series windows meets Hallmark Homes’ higher expectations for appearance, strength, energy efficiency and durability.

Inside the Studio Series[2]

Smooth Look

No unsightly exterior or interior accessory grooves on the window to interfere with the clean appearance.

Interlocking Panels

Interlocking panels and high-performance weather stripping provide increased protection against wind and water.

Metal-Reinforced Meeting Rail

Provides the window with added strength.

Optional Flush Fin

Available on all window styles, the flush fin makes for easy installation in retrofit applications.

Integral Nail Fin

A standard integral nail fin with 1 inch or 1 3/8 inch set-back for new construction.

Sturdy 3 Inch Frame Depth

Large 3″ frame width works well for both new construction and retrofit applications

Multiple Hollow Chambers

Strategically placed chambers provide greater insulation and strength to the window.

Fusion-Welded and Mitered Corners

Adds strength and improves protection against air leakage.

Insulated Glass

A 3/4 inch insulating unit includes a warm-edge spacer for increased resistance to heat transfer and sweating.

Nylon Rollers

Adjustable, tandem nylon rollers provide a smooth, easy operation. Available on the horizontal slider model only.

Large Combinations

Large window combinations in a continuous frame for better performance.

Custom Sizing

All windows can be custom-ordered to the nearest 1/8 inch to fit any architectural design or custom window.


More Information

For more information on AMSCO Windows and/or Hallmark Homes, your Preferred Boise, Idaho Home Builder, you can visit and  You can also view these windows in our model home and current available inventory in Paramount Subdivision in Meridian ID.  Be sure to Like and follow us on Facebook so that you can receive notices on our upcoming blog posts and other new and exciting news from Hallmark Homes.