Homebuyers Appreciate the Olthof Homes’ 'Difference'

2014-02-22T07:00:00Z Homebuyers Appreciate the Olthof Homes’ 'Difference' nwitimes.com
February 22, 2014 7:00 am

Throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, more than 3,000 families come home to an Olthof-built home.

Following in the footsteps of his father who was a painting contractor, Fritz Olthof started building new single-family homes as well as maintenance-free townhomes, condominiums, paired villa and single-family villa homes in 1961. Today his sons Scot, Todd, Dennis and Fritz, who all earned degrees in Building Construction Management at Purdue University, manage different areas of Olthof Homes.

Currently building in St. John, Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Chesterton and Valparaiso, the family works closely with a highly experienced and dependable team in order to continue its tradition as the #1 homebuilder in the region by offering buyers beautifully designed, well-built new homes in attractive neighborhoods.

Along with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Olthof Homes is consistently voted a top builder in the “Best of the Region” and “Best of Northwest Indiana Business.”

However, the team at Olthof Homes is especially proud of their latest recognition – an Avid Benchmark Award® for homebuyer satisfaction, which is based on responses from actual homeowners regarding their experience and whether they would recommend Olthof Homes to family and friends.

When it comes to customer experience, Olthof Homes is dedicated to ensuring buyers “enjoy the building process” just as they will “enjoy life” in their new home.

Bringing the latest time-tested construction materials and finishes as well as the very latest in energy efficiency features to every new home they build, Olthof Homes delivers new homes for the best value in the local market at any price. In addition, they are always introducing fresh, new plans based on the lifestyle needs of their customers.

“We always strive to make sure that we’re providing the latest in home floor plan designs,” Lisa McClesky of Olthof Homes said. “In order to do that, we continue to offer our most popular floor plans, but we keep adding to our collection of designs. Today’s buyers want a home that makes it just a bit easier to ‘do life.’”

Introducing the all-new Baymont by Olthof Homes.

According to McClesky, the main floor gathering space is open concept and provides an easy flow to the day-to-day traffic in the home.

“We also reserved a space near the front of the home that provides a quiet place which can be used as an office, den or reading room. An arched doorway or French doors provide an added touch of grace,” she said. “We included a second floor family room and provided the option for second floor laundry as well. These second floor spaces allow life to take place on either level of the home, anytime of the day or night.”

Eric and Megan Widstrand recently signed a contract to build their very own Baymont in Centennial of Cedar Lake.

"Olthof Homes was recommended to us by numerous friends that enjoyed the home building process through them in the past, and they have had nothing but good things to say about how the company handles business and the craftsmanship of their homes,” they said.

“So far, our experience has been nothing but stellar with everyone being honest and helpful. The Baymont has all the elements of a layout we were looking for – we really enjoy the roof lines giving it additional depth and the open concept fits well with our lifestyle allowing for quality family time. Plus, the upstairs loft will be a great play area for our daughters. Storage is another huge plus. There’s a walk-in pantry and mud room off of the garage entrance, and there’s even a linen closet in the powder room, something we did not see with other builders. We opted for the second floor laundry room knowing how convenient it makes life. It also removes another element from the basement, which will give us ample room to finish the space in the next few years. We can’t wait to move into our new home."

“The Baymont fits nicely into our Traditions Series, and we’ve added a new twist to the exterior of this home by offering an elevation that provides a clipped corner roof. We wish this roof design had a more stylish name, because the name really doesn’t do justice to the added style and curb appeal it provides. We’ve also added wider trim to the exterior of our homes, not just the Baymont but all of our home designs. Now, add the 5 Star Energy Rating that comes with every new Olthof home, and you can see why this home design is a hit,” McClesky explained.

“We’re looking forward to spring, for more reasons than no more snow! We’ve actually navigated this winter really well, and despite the sub zero temperatures, our sales centers have been very active,” McClesky said. “We’re starting to see buyers who have either just sold their home or are planning on listing it within the next few weeks. The great news is that we have a program that will accommodate a buyer in any stage of the home buying process. From those needing to be in a new home within the next 30 days to those who need to sell their home first, but would love an opportunity to reserve a homesite and lock in their pricing.”

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