Happy Homeowners: The Redding Family

This month’s “Happy Homeowner Interview” brings us to Stephanie Redding, who bought her new home in Austin with her husband Brad in May of 2015.  Stephanie shared with us her experience of choosing and living in her M/I home.


M/I Homes: Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I over another builder?

Stephanie: Yes and not only is it our first M/I Home, but it is also our first home together! We picked M/I Homes over other builders because I work for M/I Homes. Even without working for M/I Homes though, we would have chosen them over other builders because of everything that came included in our home.

M/I Homes: What were some of your “must haves” when you were looking for a new home?


  • Garage big enough for his truck and my car
  • Open floorplan
  • Closet big enough for us both to share
  • Offices for both of us
  • Guest room
  • Good location

M/I Homes: What is your floorplan called and what features of your home do you especially love?

Stephanie: We built the Kaufman plan from the Heritage Series. We picked out this plan for several reasons

  • The overall layout of the home
  • The openness of the kitchen and the family room
  • The master closet was the size of a small bedroom
  • We are able to both have our own offices/space and still have a guest bedroom when our friends and family come down to visit
  • There were so many features and options included!

M/I Homes: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes?  Did you pick your lot and floor plan to build the home, or was the home already started for you?  Do you have any fun memories from building?

Stephanie: While our experience was probably unique in comparison to most buyers, with me being an employee, we still had a good experience!

We picked the lot and the floor plan we wanted to build. Since we had scoped out the new section prior to everything coming available for sale, we knew exactly what lot we wanted! Specifically, we wanted a lot where we wouldn’t have anyone behind us and a lot big enough to fit a larger size garage for both his truck and my car to fit in.

Once things got started it was fun to drive by on the weekends and check out everything that had gotten done the previous week. I remember going in right after it was dry walled and being so shocked by how real it was being able to see the rooms and walk thru our house!

M/I Homes: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

Stephanie: We just really loved the floorplan and the lot that we picked out

M/I Homes: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

Stephanie: While we didn’t know this before we moved in, what we like now is just how friendly everyone is. We have really enjoyed getting to take our puppy on walks around the community and meeting our new neighbors. The HOA is great and always planning community events. We also have a brand new pool that is almost right across the street! There is also a regional county park right down the street where we can go on walks too!

M/I Homes: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

Stephanie: If possible, walk through other homes by the builder to have a good feel for the floor plans, how they are built, and how some of the design options look put together! We took pictures in spec homes of cabinets/floors/lighting that we liked and brought that with us to the design center.

Make sure you know what all is included in the baseprice of your home! If you can talk to other homeowners ask them what they put into their home that they love or what things they wished they added after the fact (or of course ask your sales rep what they see people adding and loving with their home!)

M/I Homes: What is your favorite memory so far, in your M/I Home?

Stephanie: Getting to show both our parents our first home and bringing our puppy home! I also loved decorating our home for Christmas as well!

M/I Homes: Would you purchase another M/I Home if you had the opportunity?

Stephanie: Of course!

**Stephanie Redding and her family live in the Austin area. She is the Marketing Manager for the M/I Homes Austin division and her husband Brad is a Claims Team Manager at State Farm. They have lived in their home since May 2015. In June 2015 they added their energetic and social goldendoodle puppy named Hank! When not at work Brad and Stephanie love to workout and run together or take Hank on long walks around Parkside at Mayfield Ranch!

Happy Homeowners: The Emerson Family

Many homebuilders will agree that our greatest joy is seeing our customers fall in love with the homes that we build.  Seeing our customers start to envision how they can live in one of our homes and then eventually getting to see that vision come to life is our favorite part of the homebuilding process!

Nycia Emerson and her family, one of our recent homeowners, purchased their new home in Austin, Texas in February of 2014 and moved into their home in October of 2014.  Since then they have been able to share memories and experiences of their new home and the home building process with our team.  We were fortunate to be able to capture her responses in our first “Happy Homeowner Interview!”  Enjoy!

The Emerson Family in their new M/I Home.


M/I Homes:  Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?

Nycia: Yes, this is our first M/I Home and we were pretty sold right away.  When we saw what options & upgrade choices were available, along with the location, we just knew it was the perfect fit for us.  Not to mention the overall open floorplan is amazing!

M/I Homes: Are you happy about how your home turned out?

Nycia: We absolutely love our new home!  We have been living in our home for a year now and love sharing it with our family and friends.

M/I Homes: What is your floorplan called and what features of your home do you especially love?

Nycia: We live in the Barstow floorplan.  Our favorite thing about our Barstow home are the gatherings in our open kitchen and having movie nights in our large game room / movie room.  Also, we love waking up to our beautiful staircase each day which makes for a grand view!

M/I Homes: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes?  Did you pick your homesite and floorplan on which to build your home, or was the home already started for you?

Nycia: We built our home exactly the way we wanted it and it was an overall wonderful experience.  We chose a greenbelt lot (overlooks a green space), which we completely love and enjoy each morning.

M/I Homes: Do you have any fun memories from building?

Nycia: One of my favorite memories during the build was visiting the site every other day and seeing everything take shape right in front of our eyes.  We also visited the house one time when the structure beams went up and took a black sharpie and wrote inspiring words all over.

M/I Homes: Was there something about your new home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

Nycia: It just felt right.  We visit homes all the time, especially since I am a planner and interior stylist.  We enjoy looking at new builds and model homes all over the Austin area, but we knew that the Barstow was the perfect home for us as soon as we visited.

M/I Homes: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

Nycia: Oh, we couldn’t have asked for a better neighborhood.  As a matter of fact, wine nights have become very common with a few of our neighbors and our boys have really made friends.  We can’t keep them inside long enough!

M/I Homes: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

Nycia: When looking for a new home, focus on the top three things most important things on your list, and let that help you find the perfect home.  Don’t settle.  Make sure you walk into a home and get that warm and cozy feeling.

M/I Homes: What were some of your “must haves” when you were looking for a new home?

Nycia: We wanted wood floors, large windows and tons of light. We also wanted to have an open kitchen, a game room, a large master closet and an extremely functional floor plan…. We have all of that and more in our new M/I Home.

M/I Homes:  What is your favorite memory so far in you new M/I Home?

Nycia: The first night we moved in and didn’t have a bed to sleep in, because we had mattresses being delivered the next day.  Sleeping on the floor never felt so good!  It was the best night’s sleep because it was in our dream home.  Also, our first Christmas in our new home was very special!

M/I Homes:  Would you purchase another M/I Home if you had the opportunity?

Nycia: Of course, and the process would be amazing all over again.

**Nycia Emerson is an M/I Homeowner and she is the founder and editor of She Inspires. She is also owner/wedding planner and designer at Inspired Events and Designs. She loves to inspire everyone around her and any chance she gets to  get creative brings her so much joy. She believes that living what you love and loving what you do, makes life much more peaceful.  She also believes that “Inspiration comes from the things that lift our spirits and allows us to love fully.”


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