Affordable Enough for Today, Spacious Enough for Tomorrow

2013-12-15T09:00:00Z Affordable Enough for Today, Spacious Enough for TomorrowMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent
December 15, 2013 9:00 am  • 

Margaret Thatcher once said, “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”

Heeding the wisdom of Britain’s first female prime minister who served three consecutive terms in office, Sean and Tyann Hayden completed a journey that began in June of 2011 when they finally moved into the brand new home of their dreams last July.

“We were living in a 1400 square foot ranch in Valpo,” Tyann said. “With three growing children – our four-year-old daughter and six-year-old son plus my 12-year-old step daughter – we simply needed more space. I grew up in Hebron, and I always loved the homey feeling of Crown Point so I really wanted to look at homes there. When we saw an ad for the Parade of Homes, we decided to come take a look.”

“In the beginning, we didn’t think we could afford to build and live in Crown Point,” Sean added. “But once we toured a few of the Parade homes, we realized it was definitely a possibility.”

However, the only problem was that the very first home they walked into was the one they loved – and that builder was not building in the new home community they really liked best.

“The first home we toured was the Vista by Dr. Horton, and I remember thinking who is Dr. Horton,” Sean recalled. “But in all seriousness, it was a beautiful home with double the square footage of where we were currently living. We learned that Dr. Horton was ‘America’s Builder.’ The Vista was one of their most popular plans, and we could certainly see why.”

With 2,799 square feet, the Vista is a 2-story plan that features 4-5 oversized bedrooms, 2.5 baths, included partial basement with full basement available and flexible living spaces with a first floor den and second floor family room plus convenient second floor laundry room. Located in Waterside Crossing, the 2011 Parade Home was priced at $212,990.

“The model we toured was totally decked out with things you see in the Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn catalogs,” Tyann added. “Everything about the Vista was just perfect – and the price was right – but it was the first home we looked at so I wanted to keep looking. We went to five or six more – and then we came back to the Vista. It was so pretty, and it also fit our needs better than anything else we saw that day.”

“At that point, I didn’t really give a whole lot of thought to the fact that every home built by DRHorton is an ENERGY STAR home,” Sean said. “I just knew it was acknowledgement of how well constructed their homes are.”

With Tyann wanting Crown Point, and Sean already pretty much sold on Dr. Horton as their builder, the only thing holding them back from taking the plunge in the summer of 2011 was where they would build.

“I really liked Penn Oak,” Tyann said. “There was just something about the neighborhood that appealed to me right away. You can see that it’s a family-oriented subdivision with a nice little community park. But what I really loved was the location. It’s close enough to downtown that you can walk to the library and historic square. It’s a healthy walk, but that’s part of the community feeling I was looking for in Crown Point.”

“The more we learned about Crown Point, the more excited we were to live here,” Sean added. “The city’s invested in the kids. The schools are great, and there’s the new sports-plex. It’s a good fit for us. The only problem was that we wanted Dr. Horton in Penn Oak, and it looked like that wasn’t going to be in the cards.”

So while the Haydens continued to routinely check in with Dr. Horton asking if they were building in Penn Oak yet – or if they were even considering it – they did forge ahead with their search for a new home.

“Before we really knew it, a year had passed,” Sean explained. “We made the rounds at the next Parade of Homes, and this time Dr. Horton had models in Ellendale Farm. For us it just confirmed that the Vista was our favorite model, and Penn Oak was where we wanted to be if we were going to build from the ground up.”

Fast forward to October 2012.

“I was driving to work and noticed a Dr. Horton billboard,” Sean said. “It said ‘Now Building in Penn Oak.’ I called Tyann and said ‘This is our sign – literally,’”

Within two weeks of seeing the billboard, the Haydens had picked out a lot in Penn Oak and put down their earnest money.

“We had never been through this process before so we had no idea what to expect. Other people told us how stressful building their home was, but for us, everything was easy. Our whole experience was great,” Tyann said. “Even though Adam (Coolidge) worked for Dr. Horton, it felt like he was working for us. When I would ask other sales people from other builders about making a change, they would ask why I wanted to do that, but not Adam. He would always say, ‘let me check.’ We were able to get almost everything exactly the way we wanted it, and that was very important to us.”

“When it came to our final selections, we actually came in under the number Adam initially determined for our home, even with all our upgrades and changes,” Sean explained. “And now that it’s been colder outside, I appreciate the ENERGY STAR rating even more. We’re keeping the thermostat two degrees warmer and paying half as much to heat a home that’s twice the size.”

Enjoying every moment in their new home and their new neighborhood where children have been knocking on the door since day one, the Haydens certainly appreciate the virtue of patience.

“In seven years, we didn’t have any kids from the neighborhood just stop by,” Sean added. “Not only does everyone have a great space of their own, we honestly have more storage space than we know what to do with at this point. Before we had to drive for miles to take the kids to school or go to the grocery store. Now, everything is nice and close. We couldn’t be happier.”

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