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2013-02-16 14:33:41
A few tips for buying a new home

Well it's a new year and with spring just around the corner it's time to think about building!  We only have 3 lots left in this phase but we are hopefull to get the next phase up and going in spring or early summer.  After a few very slow building years things are really heating up.  We have a new plan that is really nice and very affordable.  It's 1500 square feet and it has a really cute front porch.

Here are 10 ideas to concider if you are looking at building a home! 

1. Functional Foyers. Entry spaces are back (even if it means pinching square feet from other rooms in the house). But Heather McCune of Bassenian-Lagoni warns that simply expressing the sense of an entry isn’t enough. These spaces need to be functional, with benches, bookcases, sitting areas, reading areas, or a nicely-appointed place to hang your hat or put on lipstick.
 
2. Warm it up with a porch. 
 Utah homes are famous for their warmth and family feel.  Nothing warms a home up like a friendly front porch!
 
3. Island Living. Kitchen islands are getting bigger and harder-working, with increased storage space that allows for fewer upper cabinets and more windows. In a new trend that bodes well for a sleek, modern look, islands are wrapped in solid surfacing, such as marble, Caesarstone, or Vetrazzo. In this enlarged island layout, some designers are offsetting the dining space, making it separate from the kitchen island. In many instances, this can create an extra wall for cabinetry or the oft-requested “Costco closet.” One designer described the kitchen island as “the jewel in the setting” of the house.
 
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4. Master Plan. With the continued uptick in multi-gen households, all master suites need to be designed for living. Orienting the suites so as to create a view without losing hallway space was mentioned as an inventive solution.
 
5. Flex Appeal. Great rooms are still going strong, but the need to make them flexible is more important than ever, whether you’re marketing to move-up buyers, move-down buyers, or big families. 
 
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6. Country Living - Come and take a look at the affordable Spiral Springs Development in west erda.  Just 25 minutes away from the Salt Lake airport and 35 minutes away from the City Creek Mall in downtown Salt Lake. The lots range from half and acre to a full acre.  With home starting in the low 200's you really can not miss the oppertunity.
 
7. Saving Face. Going lockstep with TNDs is more interest in a home’s authenticity, continuity, and architectural correctness, and the expectation is that the builder will know the difference. Whether the house is a Victorian, a Bungalow, or a Craftsman is of much more concern than it was previously, and that interest extends to landscaping, too. 
 
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8. Looking Up. Computers are changing the way we perceive our surroundings, and that includes the amount of time we spend looking up. In an effort to get us to look up, designers are drawing more attention to ceiling detail with use of molding, varied heights, and varied materials. Ceiling articulation also happens to be a smart way to give an open space increased definition.  
 
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9. Quick Hit. The new generation of 20-something buyers is design savvy, but they’re not looking 20 years down the road right now. Generation Now, as some have called them, wants quick, easily implemented design touches that won’t necessarily be permanent. 
 
10. Come Together. As America ages out, the utopian dream of home being one’s castle is being modified from being cosseted to being in company. Community gardens and multi-purpose work rooms are two responses to the natural human need to be with others. 

There are so many ways to make a new home your own, these are only a few to keep in mind!! 

 
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