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Creating a CUSTOM-i-ZABLE Community

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, News | Posted: February 6, 2020

Handsome exteriors feature hipped roofing, stone and stucco facades, walk-out bays and covered front porches are just a few of the features you will see in a home built by Kay Builders. These are the kind of homes that Rick Koze, Kay Builders’ third-generation owner and operator, watched his father build before him. Now, more than 4,500 satisfied customers later, Koze reflects back on what his family started with a renewed commitment to where the company is headed.

“When my father came out of college, he joined up with his dad and started building. They had just bought a few properties together when his dad passed away, and he deserves a lot of credit for sticking with it. He built the business from the ground up,” says Koze. “He became one of the top builders in the Lehigh Valley and one of the things that he focused on was land development.” The responsibility of acting as both developer and builder isn’t one that all builders are likely to take on, given that building and developing are two different tasks. A developer takes raw land, obtains the necessary permits, creates building lots, and puts in sewers, water and electric lines, and streets and curbs. Then the builder normally comes in and builds the houses on that developed land.

“I followed his past [of doing both], and one of the things that he started was a site contracting businesses, so we would do all of the improvements – including the water and the sewer for the community – and I’ve grown that business,” says Koze, who spent much of his career in the mergers and acquisitions world and purchased the company from his father when he was set for retirement. “A lot of the financial discipline I learned, I transferred over to this business.”

Like it did for many other home builders, the 2008 economic downturn hit Kay Builders during a time when they had just finished several successful communities. Though their growth pattern stalled, Koze’s background in economic analysis helped the company weather the storm by having the discipline to stay on the sidelines and let the downturn pass.

Today, Kay Builders continues to add to their portfolio of new single, townhome, and twin communities across the Valley, which also now includes an active adult community – the Fields at Indian Creek – in Emmaus. Those communities include Parkview Estates in Easton, The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows in Allentown, Trio Fields in Nazareth, Scenic View West in Bushkill Township, The Fields at Creek View in Quakertown, The Fields at Jasper Ridge in Emmaus, Trexler Field in Breinigsville, and Colonial Walk in Bushkill Township.

“I think one of the things we’ve been able to do is find very good locations and not overpay for property. We’ve kept overhead very low and we’ve bought our land right,” says Koze. “What we’re trying to do is be diverse, and that means serving all market segments.”

With that line of forward thinking – and in a tight market – Kay also aims tobuild homes that people can afford. One of the qualities that has set Kay Buildersapart is their ability for clients to create a CUSTOM-i-ZABLE home. Kay Builders offers the floor plans as a framework to get started, and then the client has the freedom to move walls, rearrange traffic flows, fully redesign kitchens, move bathrooms, expand rooms, finish basements, and more. Kay Builders allows their homebuyers to start personally detailing townhomes in the low $200s. They also have a state-of-the-art full Design Studio, located in Emmaus, where clients can meet with Studio Design Consultants to coordinate cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, faucets, appliances and more.

“You can’t overestimate how important that is to a new home buyer. I think we’re one of the only builders that allows these major changes to a townhome and make changes to the floor plan that you’re typically not allowed to,” says Koze. “You can bump out. You can add bathrooms. And it’s just a fun process. We like to make it where our customers can actually design their plans.”

Koze also knows that in a world where design software is readily available and where every prospective customer likely has seen a lot of HGTV, there’s always the chance that a customer takes their home dreams elsewhere. After so many decades in the business, however, that’s a risk he’s willing to take. The Kay Builders model of business is all about up-front transparency – and Koze has seen it all become worth it in the end when new homeowners are handed their keys.

“When it’s all said and done, you want to look at people enjoying life. You want to see them out in their yard. You like to drive by when it’s done and say, ‘Look, we built that beautiful house’,” he says. “You’re creating a community where people are socializing with their neighbors and justenjoying their homes. That’s the most important part.”says Koze.

Ready to build your Lehigh Valley dream home? Kay Builders would love to hear from you. Visit for more information or call our offices at 484-353-6100.

Trio Fields Releases New Townhome Building

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, Press, Trio Fields | Posted: June 20, 2017

With the sizzling heat and the summer sun, Kay Builders is excited to announce the release of Building 26 at our Trio Fields location. These lots won’t last long, so make sure to schedule your appointment today!

Trio Fields, located in Nazareth, is close to many modern conveniences such as the Sands Casino, Blue Mountain Resort, downtown Bethlehem, biking and walking trails, national retailers and more! There is so much to do in an around the Lehigh Valley, you’ll have your choice of entertainment year-round.

When completed, Trio Fields will feature 221 townhouse and 152 single-family homes.

Our CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans are truly one-of-a-kind. Pairing exterior masonry with a variety of architectural accents makes for an atheistically pleasing townhome. Inside, our homes feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and basements, to name a few.

We urge you to take some time to read about Kay Builders are our longevity within the community. Kay Builders has served the Lehigh Valley continuously for over 50 years, longer than any other homebuilding company. We have also constructed more homes in Lehigh County than other homebuilding companies, having served over 4,000 satisfied customers. Our team has had to work hard at maintaining our reputation since the Lehigh Valley is our sole source of business and we must work harder to ensure the community continues to trust the Kay Builders team. We hope you will have the trust and confidence in us to serve you in your search for a new home.

Homes are Blooming at Trio Fields

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, News, Trio Fields | Posted: April 7, 2017

Spring is here and your fresh start awaits! Everything is blooming at Trio Fields. Trio Fields, located in Nazareth, PA features designer Townhomes and elegant, well-appointed  Singles.

Whether you are a first time home buyer or looking for a first floor master, Trio Fields is the community that encompasses it all!

Offering a wide range of CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans, you are sure to find a home that meets your lifestyle, needs and desires. Trio Fields is a 110- acre community set along the countryside. The development is surrounded by lush trees, open sights and offers vivid views of the Blue Mountains. The serene atmosphere at Trio Fields is the perfect setting to relax and unwind.

Just minutes away from the community, you can enjoy modern conveniences such as shopping, dining and entertainment. Close to New Jersey, New York and the Lehigh Valley, visiting family and friends is now easier than ever! With connectivity to many of the major highways, you have the freedom to travel as you so choose.

Currently, Trio Fields has several Move-In Ready Homes for you to call your own! With incentives such as Included Basements, Savings up to $80,000 versus the competition, and flexible floor plans, there is no denying Trio Fields is the place to be.

Once complete, Trio Fields will feature 221 townhomes and 153 single family homes. Kay Builders takes pride in keeping with the area feel and focus on homes that are aesthetically sophisticated but varied in style so our communities have a distinct look and feel. To find out more about Trio Fields, visit us on the web.

We have a variety of townhomes ranging in size from 1,743-1,962. With attached garages and backyard decks, these options are sure to please. We also have available single homes: a first-floor master and/or ranch home and traditional style homes as well. With functional floor plans and stylized finishes, these Quick Delivery Homes will not last long!

To learn more about Trio Fields and our Quick Delivery inventory, click here or call our Sales Manages, Linda Minnich or Paul Dougherty to set up a tour at (610) 365-8746.


Townhomes & Twin Villas Live Nicer Than Singles

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows, Trexler Field, Trio Fields | Posted: March 11, 2017

Today’s homeowners look for an efficient home with useful, flexible rooms where friends and family can gather. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, a downsizer, or looking to move up, our communities have it all! Our Townhomes, located at The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows & Trio Fields, and our spacious Twin Villas at our Trexler Field location offer you the best bang for your buck!

These affordably priced, easy-maintenance homes are big on amenities and customization. Making a home CUSTOM-i-ZABLE is Kay Builders’ signature. The home you help design is value priced to provide all that you want while still being able to afford life’s little luxuries. With 22 Twin Villas floor plans and 16 townhome designs, you have quite a selection!

Much like our single homes, our Townhomes and Twin Villas include partial masonry façades, architectural shingles and unique architectural accents inside and out. Featuring full basements, 3 or 4 bedrooms, master up and on the main, 2.5 baths plus 2-car garages, you are sure to live the life you’ve always dreamed in a beautiful home to call your own. Additional standard features include energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems, lofts, home offices and flex rooms, gourmet kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, luxurious spa-styled master baths, spacious closets, tile and hardwood floors, maple cabinets, privacy toilets, plus much more. Our Community Sales Mangers have timely access to in-house architectural and design personnel, giving us the opportunity to craft a home that is just right for you.

Kay Builders believes your home should be a welcomed respite at the end of a busy day. We work with you to create a home with all the modern amenities and features you deserve in a setting steeped in history – a quality built home that has your signature, as well as ours, on it. We invite you to come home to the Fields at Lockridge – a place where you will find necessities as well as luxuries – a place to create your own history.

Currently, we have an exceptional selection of Move-In Ready Homes to choose from. These are still big on amenities, but are ready for you to move in! Whether you’re looking for a 30-90 day timeframe to settle, we can deliver. To learn more about Kay Builders, the Leading Homebuilder in the Lehigh Valley, find us on the web at

Homes You Are Going To LOVE

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE | Posted: January 26, 2017

Finding that perfect home among all of the newly listed and newly built homes is like searching for a needle in the haystack. Whether you are looking for a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms or are adamant about a 3-car garage, buying a home isn’t always easy. However, if you are reading this article, you have come to the right place.

Having started in 1961, Kay Builders, till this day, is family owned and operated. Born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, Rick Koze, 3rd Generation owner of Kay Builders has made his mark on the Valley. With his attention to detail, finance background, and philanthropic nature, Rick Koze has successfully grown Kay Builders to where it is today.

What makes Rick Koze and Kay Builders distinctive in the home building market is the way in which we build. Hand-built on site, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans, and exceptional standard features make Kay Builders your builder of choice.

Many people question us as to what is CUSTOM-i-ZABLE in our homes. Is it just the flooring and cabinet colors? Or can I change the location of the kitchen pantry. Here is the scoop: others claim to CUSTOM-i-ZE , but we actually do it. Our large variety of floor plans are merely a framework to get you started. You have the freedom to move walls, rearrange traffic flows, move bathrooms, add or expand rooms, finish basements and put lights and outlets just where you want them … the options are limitless. “Every homeowner is different”, states Rick Koze, “shouldn’t your home reflect that difference?” Standard options include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pre-finished hardwood flooring and more!

Another significant advantage to Kay Builders is the type of floor plans we offer. We build Townhomes, Twin Villas, Single Homes, Active Adult Homes & Ranch Homes. All of these floor plans offer first floor or second floor living options.

Currently, we have 8 active community, all located in the Lehigh Valley. Our two newest communities can be found in Allentown (The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows) & Nazareth (Scenic View).

With our extensive list of product and CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options, you will be able to find the home of your dreams that meets your everyday lifestyle.

To learn more about Kay Builders and our homes you are going to love, find us on the web at We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Fields at Indian Creek: Construction Is Underway

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, Press, The Fields at Indian Creek | Posted: October 5, 2016

The Fields at IICFraming1ndian Creek, Kay Builders’ first Active Adult Community has begun construction! The community which features 200+ single family homes is set amidst the old Indian Creek Golf Course in Emmaus, PA. Featuring lush greenery, 39 acres of open space and walking trails, this will be the ideal place for you to call home. Now is the time to get the home you have always wanted in the low-maintenance, convenient, bucolic setting of your dreams. With 50% of phase one sold out, now is the time to see how great The Fields at Indian Creek is and what Kay Builders can offer you!


Having built solely in the Lehigh Valley, Kay Builders is adamant about creating an Active Adult Community unlike any other. The community will include an Amenity Campus featuring an extensive amount of activities for residents. Inside, the clubhouse will feature a state-of-the-art exercise facility, rooms in which to play cards or have book clubs and an indoor fireplace to having social gatherings! Outside, the campus will feature a swimming pool, bocce court, trails perfect for walking or biking, and so much more!

Close to shopping, dining and entertainment, The Fields at Indian Creek has the connectivity to local amenities and public transportation.


The 11 floor plans offered feature first floor Owner’s Suites. Pricing starts at $299,900 with fabulous included features. Much like our other communities, our homes are CUSTOM-i-ZABLE. What does that mean? Our floor plans are merely a framework to get you started. You have the ability to move walls, rearrange traffic flows, move bathrooms, add or expand rooms, finish basements and more … the options are truly limitless. Our in-house design team will be able to make your vision into a reality! All it takes is a bit of imagination and the sky’s the limit.

Our floor plans range in size from 1493 to 3068 sq. ft. and include standard interior elements such as 2-3 bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, large master baths, spacious closets, tile floors, energy efficient HVAC systems and natural gas plus options such as double master suites and lofts. Our standard features are like no other in the industry!

Sales Team

With an extensive background in New Home Construction, Kay Builders is honored to have on staff Fran Phelps, our Sales Manager for Indian Creek. She is equipped with the latest trends in Active Adult living, and will be able to assist on your journey. She is eager to meet with you to discuss all options that we offer here at Kay Builders and would gladly take you on a tour of the community.  Fran’s assistant, Karen Axt, is also well-versed in New Construction and is able to walk you through the process as well! To schedule an appointment, click here.

The World of Kitchens

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, Press | Posted: August 27, 2016

KitchenIn early August, Kay Builders was approached by Lehigh Valley Magazine to contribute to an article being published in September. Known as the leading CUSTOM-i-ZABLE builder throughout the Valley, the editors over at Lehigh Valley Magazine wanted our expertise on kitchen designs. The piece was not to focus on your run-of-the-mill kitchens, but rather the modern, trendsetting, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE ones.

Brian McKendry, Vice President of Kay Builders and Shannon Cawley, Vice President of Design and Drafting, spoke with Tina Bradford, a well-known writer in the industry to discuss the ‘in’ design elements found in the modern day kitchen.

As most of you know, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where your family congregates, socializes and more importantly entertains. The kitchen is the room in the home that gets the most use – so why not deck it out with all of the bells and whistles? Not only will you have the coolest kitchen on the block, but it will meet your needs and lifestyle.

Without giving away too much detail to spoil the upcoming article in Lehigh Valley Magazine, I will tell you this…everything is grand in the kitchen. From the extra large center island to the built in charging station for your mobile and tablet devices, the technology found in today’s kitchens are off the charts!

As I sat listening to the conversation, I began dreaming up my perfect kitchen, and you can too! From the Montclair_Model_16choices in backsplashes and cabinetry alone, the sky’s the limit. According to Shannon Cawley, “no two kitchens are the same”, in the 190-200 homes Kay Builders will be constructing this year. As the saying goes, ‘to each his own’.

As we anxiously await the article’s release on newsstands, I will tell you this, customizing your home does not need to be a fantasy. Here at Kay Builders, it can become your reality. With our in-house designers and a Sales Team to walk you through the process, your dream kitchen is one phone call, email or text away. Now is the time to get creative and customize your dream home just they way you want it.

CUSTOM-i-ZABLE Dream Homes

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE | Posted: July 28, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 4.26.56 PMDream homes come in all shapes, sizes, designs and styles. If you are in the market for a Townhome, Twin Villa, Single Family Home, Ranch Home, or looking for Active Adult options, Kay Builders can customize them all!

Here at Kay Builders, our CUSTOM-i-ZABLE trademark allows customers to model a home suited for them. Every nook and cranny can be crafted to make your life organized and carefree; it is our goal to meet your needs and your lifestyle. What makes a house a home is having the ability and flexibility to craft a finished product that has YOU in mind.

Our floor plans created by our in-house design and drafting team are strong foundations to the endless possibilities. You, as our customer, have the options to move walls, re-work traffic flows, move or add bathrooms, finish basements, and so much more! Not only can changes be made to the interior of the home, but also to the exterior. Adding porches, stone work, extra windows are metal roofs, we have the capability to do just about anything. Having been in the business for such a long time, we have developed excellent relationships with our vendors, allowing us to get you a superior home for a superior price!

Kay Builders began in 1961, as a small family-owned business. To this day, Kay Builder is family-owned and operated and continues to position themselves in the industry as a CUSTOM-i-ZABLE Home Builder. Currently we have six communities located in Emmaus, Allentown, Breinigsville, Alburtis, Center Valley & Nazareth. To learn more about Kay Builders, find us on the web at