M/I Homes Volunteers with United Way

Members of the M/I Homes team in Columbus participated in the Columbus Volunteer Challenge on Thursday, September 10th with the United Way of Central Ohio. The Columbus Volunteer challenge has thousands of volunteers from all across Ohio focused on one thing: making a huge impact in our communities!

This year, the Alvis House, a reintegration program, was chosen as the work site for the challenge! Members of our team worked together to stain the fences on multiple homes, and paint the interior of one of their women’s facilities. Both of the sites were early 20th century, Victorian-style homes which really needed a facelift and we were happy to put our painting and staining skills to good use!

During lunch, the M/I Homes team was able to hear the story of one of the women staying in one of the Alvis House homes. Her story was truly moving and her experience with the Alvis House was very uplifting. Arlene Reitter, a staff member with Alvis House, was able to share with the team more about the organization and what the program does for our community. Their mission is to serve individuals and families by providing effective programs and services that foster personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles resulting in safer communities for all. The homes that were worked on are for women who have been part of the criminal justice system, and are looking for a fresh start. The M/I Homes team was told how grateful the Alvis House was for their service, and that freshly painted rooms show their clients that they are valued members of the community who deserve a second chance.

M/I Homes team members were happy to volunteer their time for their local community in Columbus. If you’re interested in learning more about Alvis House, visit their website today.

Fall Wreath Ideas

The leaves have started to turn, the temperature’s are dropping and candy corn is suddenly all over your local grocery stores. We may have already had the first “official” day of fall, but now we can actually see and feel it.

It’s time to bring in all of the summer decorations – you know all the bright colors, flip flops, beach themed items and feature some of those gorgeous fall colors with your home decor.  The first place to start is your front door and to help you we have collected some of our favorite fall wreath ideas from Pinterest!

Check out more of our favorite fall decor on our Pinterest page!

What are some of your favorite fall wreaths?

M/I Homes of Dallas Starts Construction on a New Model Home!

MI Homes got an early start last Thursday morning, as we beat the heat and had the concrete poured for our new model home, The Turnberry A, in our Park Ridge community. M/I Homes is thrilled to be a part of the continued growth of McKinney, Texas.  Progress for this model is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for our M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth division, as well as the surrounding area!  This model is inspired by Anthropoligie (the retail brand), and will be decked out floor to ceiling with beautiful design and décor to really capture the hottest trends in Dallas / Fort Worth.  Soaring ceilings, beautiful textures, oversized tile and hardwood flooring will all be featured.  An amazing chef’s kitchen with a 5-burner gas rangetop and stainless steel vent and appliances, and a beautiful, oversized farm sink are in the works for this gorgeous new model home and  the game room and media room will blow you away with how much space is available!

We are looking forward to opening our Park Ridge community, at the corner of Virginia Parkway and Hardin, in October. We just had our sneak peak event at Harry’s at the Harbor in Adriactica where we released floor plans and pricing for this gorgeous new community. M/I Homes of Dallas will have a variety of floor plans options for families to choose from, starting at 1,830 square feet all the way up to 3,170 square feet. Pricing for Park Ridge will begin at $289,990 and go up to $399,990.

Make sure to join our VIP list to learn more about this gorgeous new community as it’s released. We will also be doing a Grand Opening at our Model Home towards the end of October, so you won’t want to miss any upcoming details. We know that you will love our homes and enjoy living in the #1 rated small town in the country, according to Money Magazine.

Two Places to Consider When Relocating Near Raleigh

By Tali Wee

Moving is a big step – whether that means relocating a few blocks away or moving across the country. Regardless of your situation, it’s best to do research about the potential communities you’re considering moving to. Check out the local amenities, demographics of the area and pay close attention to the value of homes.

Weigh the options of available inventory in your favorite neighborhoods and compare the features of each property. Are the properties in good condition? Do they have comparable square footage, number of bathrooms, updated appliances and yard space? The details can keep you researching for months. Many buyers struggle to find all they’re looking for in one home, especially in markets where inventory is limited.

One solution is to consider new homes. New construction homes offer all the latest amenities and extra perks like energy efficiencies that help you save long term. In fact, some builders offer new-age energy standards sealing seams, ensuring air purity, incorporating local and sustainable materials and checking water drainage for the entire property and yard which can save buyers 30 to 40 percent on estimated energy costs compared to resale homes.

If you’re considering moving to Raleigh, NC and are entertaining the idea of new construction properties check out Chatham and Johnston counties.

Chatham County

Residents of Chatham County are within close proximity to the University North of Carolina (UNC) and the UNC Hospital providing both jobs and a lively community. M/I Homes, a Raleigh home builder, runs an Everyday Hero program where fire fighters, educators, law enforcement officers, medical providers or armed forces members (active, reserve or retired) are eligible for $1,500 off the price of their homes or $1,500 applied toward home upgrades.

The median price of all homes in Chatham County is $234,800, significantly more than the U.S. median of $180,100. Home values increased in the last year by 2 percent and are expected to rise another 2.7 percent within the next year. Although homes are pricey, it takes only 2.3 years for the cost of renting ($1,361 per month) to break even with the cost of buying a home; so it’s best to buy if you plan to stay longer than a couple years. Forecasted appreciation with long-term employment options nearby make Chatham County a great potential relocation town.

Johnston County

Another popular option for new construction homes is Johnston County, offering both ranch-style villas and traditional two-story homes, perfect for families. The town of Clayton is a welcoming, southern community with a recently built, nearby shopping center that hosts a summer concert series drawing interest from residents in surrounding areas. The Everyday Hero program is available in Johnston, too.

The median home price in Johnston County is $146,500, less expensive than Chatham and the U.S. as a whole. In the last year, values rose slightly by 0.9 percent, but are anticipated to rise another 2.8 percent in the next year. This prediction indicates healthy community growth and sustainable appreciation, a sign of a good investment. Rents in Johnston County cost $1,136 per month, less than both Chatham and the U.S. median cost ($1,369). If Johnston is the perfect location and you plan to stay for two years, it’s more cost effective to buy since the breakeven horizon is 1.8 years.

Whether Raleigh or another U.S. city is the best fit for you, be sure to evaluate the value of properties from an investment perspective and consider which properties are best suited for your daily lifestyle.

*** Tali Wee writes about finances, home improvement and interior design for Zillow and other partners.

What Natural Stone Floor Tile is Right for Your Home?

Choosing the right flooring for your home can be a daunting task. When you have a large surface area to cover, you want to select a material that is long lasting and easy to maintain—and beautiful too!

Natural stone brings the exterior world indoors in a sophisticated way, making it the most timeless flooring material out there. At my interior design firm, it’s often a staple in our recommendations to clients. From slate to granite, all the way to travertine, here are my five favorite natural stone flooring options, and how to incorporate each of them into your home—or should I say “castle?”

1. Sleek and Stylin’ Slate

This luxurious natural material is a standout among stone floors due to its vibrant range of colors and patterns. Because it is all-natural, slate is subject to weathering and aging—called “patina”—which means it will look great both today and ten years from now! If you’re aiming for a contemporary style, try a dark gray or black slate tile that has moderate variation and a low-sheen, for a sleek, put-together look.

2. Talk About Travertine

Travertine, a sedimentary limestone deposited by mineral springs, is the epitome of casual elegance. In white and beige tones, travertine lends a soft, warm feel to any space it’s installed in. Most travertine tiles are low-sheen and have random variation, so it is best suited for a large space that doesn’t require perfect conformity. The natural veining of the stone creates unique, natural patterns unseen in other types of flooring. Install it in the kitchen or common living space for a classically regal finish.

3. Marvelous Marble

A classic standby for designers all over the world, marble is a perfect flooring option for anyone looking to style their home in a luxe yet simple aesthetic. With a smooth finish and a medium sheen, marble instantly scales up the look of any bathroom, kitchen or entryway, while offering a romantic and refined finish. Style it with complementary smooth, glossy hardware and light trim for a dashing domain.

4. Standing on Sandstone

While stone certainly looks dazzling inside, it can also add the perfect polish to your outdoor area. Sandstone is a suitable flooring option for outdoor spaces because it’s sturdy and doesn’t absorb water easily—a prime consideration for your patio or garden. Sandstone creates a rustic cottage vibe for your outdoor entertainment area and makes the colors of a garden pop. Style your space with metal dining chairs and outdoor lighting for a cozy country-inspired deck.

Natural Stone Flooring

5. Grandeur with Granite

Last but certainly not least, granite rounds out this list of my favorite natural stone flooring solutions. One of the easiest materials to install and maintain, granite comes in a wide range of colors and styles. Granite looks great on kitchen countertops, living room floors and entryway walls and can be incorporated into just about any interior design style. Aiming for a contemporary feel? Choose a tile that has a honed finish and is either very light or very dark, like white or charcoal. Are you more traditional? Go for chocolaty or beige granite to complement the classic features of your home.

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Natural stone flooring is durable, easy to maintain and visually stunning. Which timeless style fits your home the best?


**California interior designer Kerrie Kelly has been helping homeowners choose just the right floor covering for their homes for many years. Kerrie Kelly is an expert on matching floor selection with the rest of the room, and writes about her design planning  for The Home Depot. For a wide selection of floor tiles, including styles discussed by Kerrie, you can visit Home Depot’s website at http://www.homedepot.com/b/Flooring-Tile/N-5yc1vZar0y.


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