As they go through the transition of kids growing up and leaving home, many baby boomers are looking forward to retirement.
As a result, moving, which is often a life stage-based decision, becomes a consideration.
When it comes to their housing options, many boomers tend to look for something that requires less maintenance and less cleaning time. In light of their empty nest, they also often look to downsize a bit with the added benefit of eliminating the need to heat and cool any unused space.
“I’ve worked with at least 400 new home buyers in the 15 years I ‘ve been with McFarland Homes, and most of them were downsizing,” Pam Duke said. “Ron McFarland has been focused on providing this particular market a better way of living in northwest Indiana for nearly three decades now. While our plans and communities have evolved over the years, I still hear the same thing from new homeowners all the time. They wonder why it took them so long to make their move. They absolutely love their new home and the ease of lifestyle it offers them.”
For some boomers, it seems that the term downsizing can be a roadblock early in the process.
“It’s really more about rightsizing for the needs of a new lifestyle,” Ron McFarland said. “When I think about my parents generation, I know they have certain wants and needs when it comes to their home. If they want to move a wall and open up the space or make other changes to meet their needs, I want them to have those things. I know it’s important to them. That’s why we’re always open to making changes when we build a new home for someone. It’s their home, where they are going to live. It’s important for them to have it the way they want it, in a way that works best for them. We work very hard to make changes happen whenever possible.”
“Tailoring the living space to fit our customers’ needs is definitely something that sets McFarland Homes apart from other builders,” Duke added. “The entire team is dedicated to making our customers’ vision for their new home a reality. We work with so many people who tell us, ‘this is it, this will most likely be our last home,’ so they have some very specific ideas about what they want.”
Due to be complete by the end of this month, the new home of Bill and Robbie Heidenreich is the most recent example.
“We’ve been married for over 40 years and lived in quite a few homes,” Robbie explained. “We wanted to take all the things that really worked for us, keeping in mind those that didn’t work out so well, and bring them all forward into our next home.”
After spending a considerable amount of time reviewing their options – it took nearly two years for them to sell their former Illinois home – Bill and Robbie made their first decision. They wanted new construction.
“There really isn’t a lot of new construction available in Illinois right now so we came to northwest Indiana,” she said. “We had looked at three or four resale homes by Ron McFarland in Weston Ridge that were built in the early 2000s and were still in excellent condition. We also had the opportunity to meet some of the owners who went through our same experience.”
Even so, they did their due diligence and carefully researched what Robbie believes to be just about every new construction option in the area before finally choosing McFarland Homes in The Gates of St. John.
“We asked everyone we talked to about different builders, and everyone only had good things to say about Ron McFarland and McFarland Homes. Builder reputation was very important to us,” she continued. “But, what really sold us was the fact that they were so willing to work with us. I really wanted a custom kitchen, and they were the only builder willing to do it. We’re hoping this is our last home, and since we’re headed toward retirement, we’ll be spending more time in this house. I wanted all the important elements, especially in the kitchen.”
“The Heidenreich home has an extensive amount of custom options. They knew what they wanted and were very specific in their selections,” McFarland Homes Superintendent Robert Bishop, who has been a part of the team for eight years, said. “The kitchen was very extensive. It is very custom compared to our standard kitchen layout. The kitchen includes a peninsula, staggered upper cabinets, under cabinet lighting and large, detailed crown molding.”
One thing that was very unusual is the fact that the granite slabs were chosen over a year ago with a hefty deposit paid by Bill and Robbie when they were leaning toward a different builder.
“McFarland Homes is going to be using those same granite slabs in the Heidenreich's home in the next two weeks,” Bishop explained. “If that's not accommodating, I don't know what is. The homeowners also requested a change in the fiberglass tub/shower and shower in the bathrooms. It’s not a big change, but a request that we were also able to accommodate.”
“It’s such a rewarding experience when you can finally meet with the owners in their home and see and feel the joy and appreciation for all your efforts in making their vision a reality,” Duke added.
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