Jose at the site of our future house!
Looking out from our future front yard
Looking over our future back fence
So we drove over to admire our empty lot again last night.
Ok, so we did have a better reason than just to admire our patch of dirt, though that played a big part. In reality, we need to finalize our decision on an elevation as well as a brick/stone color/pattern by the beginning of next week, so we wanted to check out all the other houses in the neighborhood. There are three elevations we like.
First is Elevation B, which is one of the “free” elevations (meaning it’s already included in the price of the home):
It looks lovely and we of course will get to pick our own brick color and what type of stone we want (if we want stone at all). We like this elevation a lot, and I especially like that it means two windows in each bedroom, but we have one hesitation — there are at least 4 or 5 other houses within the neighborhood with the same elevation. See, the floor plan we picked used to be one of the model homes, so everyone saw it and therefore it was a very popular choice.
Then there’s Elevation X, which we also like quite a bit:
It has the advantage of a double-wide garage door, as opposed to the others, which separate the garage into two bays with a column. I hate the column. It’s pointless, and does nothing but make your garage less usable. However — there’s already an X just two houses down from where ours will be. So X is out, not even allowed by the builder in the interest of maintaining at least some distance from a truly cookie cutter neighborhood.
Then there’s Elevation D:
The big selling point of this one is that it comes with a true front porch, big enough for a couple rocking chairs or similar, instead of just a front stoop. Another advantage is that we have yet to actually spot one in the neighborhood, meaning it would help our house with the very common floor plan look a bit more unique from the street. The big downside? Yes, we’re back to a two-bay garage, but more than that, there’s a hefty price premium on this elevation.