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Designed with Mom in mind

2013-05-11T00:00:00Z Designed with Mom in mind nwitimes.com
May 11, 2013 12:00 am

All professional homebuilders need to coordinate the efforts of a highly skilled team – from architects and engineers to carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers. However, when it comes to the design and function of a home plan, Steiner Homes relies on the “mom” perspective.

That’s why no two homes built by Steiner Homes will ever be the same.

When it comes to delivering dream homes, Steiner Homes puts the focus on mom and the way her family lives. Sure, every Steiner Home starts with an identical list of standard features, quality materials and workmanship, but it’s the design and finishing touches that make each one unique.

“When I grew up, homes were very boxy, every room had a purpose,” Jessica deKock who has been coordinating selections for the last seven years at Steiner Homes said. “Today, I think moms want more of a feeling of community within their home. I know when I think about the way we live at my house, the kids are always in the kitchen cooking with me or having friends over. Open floor plans give you so much more flexibility.”

Whether she’s working with a client or designing a home for a yet-to-be-determined family, deKock considers what she would do in her own home.

“I always want to be sure there’s enough storage in every kitchen, and that it’s family friendly,” the mother of four children said. “I also like the largest possible island since the whole family tends to gather in that space. If you have plenty of seating, the time you spend together there will be more comfortable.”

Besides the kitchen, which comes standard with a generous pantry for storing bulk purchases, moms look for thoughtful storage options throughout the home, according to deKock.

“Women definitely tend to evaluate home designs based on all the storage options, so Steiner features like walk-in closets in all the bedrooms, laundry rooms near the bedrooms and mud rooms outfitted with custom storage lockers and benches are always popular,” she said. “Moms also have an eye on the ever-changing needs of their families so they are looking for a flexible floor plan that will meet both their current and future needs.”

Courtney Krull, who has been working at Steiner Homes for nearly three years now, agrees that it’s all the little touches that help moms keep things organized and put away that really stand out for her.

“The lockers in the mud room are fabulous, everyone seems to love those,” she said. “But, what I think really sells most people is the flow of a Steiner home. Whether it’s for a new mom who wants to be near her children, an older couple who prefers the convenience of a ranch home or someone in between who wants a main floor master with second story bedrooms as well, we have such a wide range of plans that can be tailor made to meet all their unique needs.”

Given her choice today, Krull would build Steiner’s Jackson plan, a ranch that ranges from 1,900- to 2,500-sq-ft with 3-4 bedrooms, 2-2 ½ baths and a 2-3 car garage, for herself and daughter, but dreams of living in the Bradley, a 2-story plan with 2300- to 3,800-sq-ft, 4-5 bedrooms, 2 ½-3 ½ baths and a 2-3 car garage.

The Nicholas, a newer plan designed by Steiner Homes for a lot in Lake Hills, is currently deKock’s favorite.

“It’s incredibly wide open with a big kitchen, nine-foot tall ceilings and huge windows that let in a lot of light,” she said. “Lighting is very important to me. As a photographer, I’m aware of the fact that the wrong light can make you feel very uncomfortable, and the right light makes you feel more natural.”

Beyond tall ceilings and oversized windows throughout the main floor, every Steiner-built home includes handmade exterior columns with details of stone or brick, interior arches and pillars, oversized moldings and trim, solid wood oak flooring plus crown and rope trim detail on all kitchen cabinets – and those are just a few highlights of the standard features moms prefer.

“We have a great selection of harder floors that are virtually scratch resistant and perfect for families with children and/or animals,” deKock added. “Since there are six standard color options, I like to suggests colors that are light, bright and happy.”

“As a custom builder, we work closely with our clients to create the perfect plan for their new home,” Dave Gring, Director of Sales for Steiner Homes, said. “We always welcome customer plans - nearly 20% of our business is full custom - or we have over 40 floor plans that can be modified as needed. We have some lot inventory and also often build on other sites – subdivisions or acreage.”

One thing that both moms and dads appreciate is the fact that creating extra livable, useable space in any Steiner-built home can be very inexpensive. For example, flexible bonus rooms over the garage can easily be transformed from an office to a bedroom or playroom.

“These rooms offer a nice bang for your buck,” Gring explained. “The same goes for finishing your basement space or adding a screened-in porch plus a concrete patio to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to outdoor living.”

According to Krull, the best part of her job is watching a new home come together with all of the personal selections she helped acquire behind the scenes.

“I get to interact with all the homeowners on some level during the process of building their new home,” she said. “It’s always so exciting to see the finished product. Honestly, no two are ever the same.” - Just like moms!

For more info:

Steiner Homes Ltd.

40 Warren Drive

Valparaiso, IN 46385

(219) 916-3744

steinerhomesltd.com

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