Sunday, April 29, 2007

Model Homes - Day 2

On this day's venture I just drove along and the next development I came to was Fox Grove by KB Home. These were larger than the previous group - but not the same quality. All but one model were two story homes.

They were all either brick or stone (sometimes a combination of the two).

I noticed that none had basements (which is almost always standard in NJ) and was told that due to soil conditions it is cost prohibitive and unwise to attempt it here.

Consequently, all the areas that a basement could provide for, such as: laundry room, recreation/ game room, workshop, storage - need to be provided above ground in the main living areas. Therefore, there is a very large garage, laundry and pantry. (I didn't think there were enough closets in the smaller models)

The floor plans were pretty much standard (for Texas) - but the homes were on a hillside and the views were spectacular. Each model had a different look and "feel".

The one story was not very impressive. It had light colored wood floor in entry and kitchen. The cabinets and counter top used did not provide enough contrast or interest. It had a common, low priced look. Colors used in decorating were red and black against white which sounds a lot more vibrant that it actually was.

The next model (a two story)was decorated with a Western Rustic decor. Very well done. The colors were browns, muted orange and gold, and muted green. The color combinations, as well as the quality of the flooring, appliances, cabinets and counter tops gave this home a rich, warm, but casual "feel".
The master bedroom was decorated in dark muted green. In addition to being large enough for a sitting area, had a huge master bath with two sink vanities facing each other but separated by a wall - one side had a walk in shower - the other had a large tub. Each side also had it's own very large walk-in closet. (This I liked)

The third model had a more crisp, clean look. The background was soft, muted and cool. The dark wood furniture, with its straight lines made a great contrast. The kitchen had a bump out nook for a seating, surrounded by windows that a terrific view. The models had gorgeous decks, leading to large back yards. [ the decks, as well as, many of the features shown in the models are upgrades of course - but that's why I enjoy touring models. You get to see many possibilities for the "basic box"]

The fourth model was the largest. It had beautiful arched doorways, that drew you into the huge family room. The Southwest colors, furniture and fabric prints made you feel immediately "at home". This home was large enough to have a formal living and dining area, as well as the huge family room and bump out eating nook in the kitchen. Extremely spacious. In addition there was a very large game room upstairs.

The one item I did not particularly care for was a "den" next to the family room. It was open, except for a half partition. Although it was decorated beautifully as an office, my preference would be to have it more secluded, knowing that when you are trying to do "work" it's better to be away from the "activity" area.

Well made - Good value for the price - But nothing new or startling in the layout or decor.

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