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  • Livable layout

    New home has plenty of pizzazz, but functional design is where it shines
    Livable layout

    Admit it or not, when it comes to new homes, people tend to gravitate to pizzazz rather than practicality.Yet, at the end of the day, it's practicality (in particular, a home's layout) that makes a home livable. The design team at Parkhill Homes designed 10 Orchard Gate -- a 1, . . .

    October 25, 2014

  • In with the new

    Bonneville redefines design from top to bottom
    In with the new

    As a new home builder, you never want to be accused of falling victim to an insidious malady. That malady is none other than Same Old Syndrome (otherwise known as SOS), an affliction that has been known to cause prospective homebuyers' eyes to glaze over, a condition that can be relieved . . .

    October 4, 2014

  • You want space?

    The Ambassador II offers four levels of living area
    You want space?

    It's a commodity that king-sized families prize above all others.That commodity? None other than space. If you're a family composed of two adults plus three or four hyperkinetic kids, you can never have enough space. Turns out, Ventura Custom Homes had that need in mind when they designed The Ambassador . . .

    September 25, 2014

  • Simply stunning

    Home eschews fanciful for functional
    Simply stunning

    When it comes to show homes -- especially at times when the Parade of Homes is on -- it's easy for builders to get carried away with their designs. While it's good to showcase innovative new materials, products -- or even a revolutionary floor plan -- there's always the danger of . . .

    September 20, 2014

  • It's a family friendly abode

    Home's floor plan can accommodate everyone's needs
    It's a family friendly abode

    If you're a large family -- say five or six people -- you require two things in a home. First, that it's spacious. And second, that it contains a multitude of separate spaces within a large envelope that, for all intents and purposes, needs to exceed 2, 000 square feet of . . .

    September 13, 2014

  • Parade-goers in for some great fall treats

    Parade-goers in for some great fall treats

    IF the weeks leading up to the 2014 Fall Parade of Homes are any indication, builders are going to be very busy during the three-week event that runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 5. "People already started coming out to look at my show home in early September, " reported Cheryl Thurston, . . .

    September 13, 2014

  • At home in the orchard

    Oak Bluff beauty filled with functionality
    At home in the orchard

    Producing a new home design is never an easy task. Couple that with the fact you've been charged with the challenge of placing that design on an oversized lot in a countrified setting, and that challenge doubles. Turns out, Randall Homes has more than met that challenge in the form of . . .

    September 13, 2014

  • Driving a hard bargain

    Builders offering vehicle credit incentive on Niverville bungalow
    Driving a hard bargain

    It's something new-home buyers have seen before -- an incentive to buy a home.That incentive might come in the form of a package of no-charge upgrades in the kitchen, a larger garage or a deluxe ensuite for the price of a standard one in the master suite. In this case, . . .

    September 6, 2014

  • Universal appeal

    Space and light abound in family friendly home
    Universal appeal

    As important as style is in a home, it is just one of several ingredients that combine to create a livable family abode. Ultimately, style must place third on the list of must-haves behind space and light. Which makes sense; without those two attributes, it's difficult to build style into a . . .

    August 23, 2014

  • Family-friendly move-up

    Signature design offers style and value

    Truth be told, few young families looking for a move-up home can comfortably afford a luxuriously appointed 2, 500-square-foot home. Which is why Signature Homes created the Duffrin II, said the company's sales representative for Bridgwater Lakes, Maximum Realty's Jeff McArthur. "Originally, this plan started out at 2, 600 sq. ft. (with . . .

    August 16, 2014