Happy Homeowners: The Morlan Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Morlan Family, who recently built their new home in Orlando.  Read below to hear about Morlan’s homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

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

Angelia Morlan: This is our second M/I home.  Our first home was an M/I Home.  It was about a year old when we bought it and we lived in it for 13 years.  We knew when we were ready for a new home, we wanted M/I Homes to build it again.  We never had any problems with our first home and knew that M/I Homes built a good, solid home.  We did not even consider another builder.

 

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

AM: Yes!  This is absolutely our dream home.  We decided to build from the ground up so we could get everything we wanted.  We have been in our new home for almost 2 months now and still can’t believe it is really ours.  You will hear the words “I love our house” several times a week as we arrive home from work or eating out.  We are taking our time decorating each room and enjoying every minute!

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

AM: The floorplan we chose is called the Essex.  It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a bonus room on the second level.  We love the layout of the home and the great use of space utilized in this floorplan.  As far as features go, there are so many.  The one great thing we found with building with M/I Homes is that so many features that one may consider an upgrade are already included in the base model of any of the floorplans in our community.  We loved the brick pavers on the driveway and back patio, granite counter tops in the kitchen and master bath, the covered lanai, and the stone accent on the exterior.  These were not upgrades but came standard on the house.  Other features that we love include the master suite which is the size of a small apartment with a huge walk in closet and master bath.  We also love the large open living room, kitchen, and dining area with so many windows and a panoramic view of the golf course and tree line behind us.

 

M/I: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes? Did you get to pick out your home site and the floorplan you wanted to build, or had the home already been started?

AM: This was not our first experience living in an M/I Home, but it was our first experience building from the ground up.  It really was one of the best experiences we have ever had when it comes to building and buying a home.  We loved that we got to pick out the floorplan and the home site.  We actually looked at several M/I Home communities in our area but we kept coming back to Serenity at Redtail because the views were amazing.  Honestly, every home in the community has no one behind them and a lovely view of either a common area filled with beautiful trees, a lake, or the golf course.  We picked a lot with a view of Redtail golf course.  The best part is we get to see the sunrise to our left and the sunset to our right from our back lanai.  I am addicted to sunset pictures and have already taken quite a few.

 

M/I: Do you have any fun memories from the buying / building process?

AM: We loved visiting the construction site every week.  We could really see the quality of the work going into the house from the inside out.  Several times my husband and I brought our lawn chairs and sat on the back patio, watched the sunset, and talked about how we would decorate our new home.  We also loved visiting with Linda, our M/I Homes Sales Associate.  It was also a lot of fun working with Julie at the Design Center.  She had great ideas in interior design and really helped to make our vision of our dream home a reality.

 

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

AM: The views are stunning.  A sense of peace fills you as soon as you drive in the neighborhood.  There is always a breeze and it just feels good to be there whether we are inside of our home or walking around the neighborhood.  We love seeing the wildlife almost on a daily basis.  We love that we can walk out of our back door and are steps away from the golf course.  We love that we feel like we are on vacation. We are away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city, but still close enough to entertainment and shopping.

 

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

AM: Really look at the community you are considering to buy a home in.  M/I Homes does a great job with not just the quality of the construction of the home, but also with what is around your new home. We have beautiful trees, a golf course, and beautiful common areas for everyone in the community to enjoy.

M/I: What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?

AM: We moved in the day before Thanksgiving.  Our neighbor, next door, invited us to spend the day with them since they knew we would be moving. It was great to enjoy a wonderful meal with them and to get to know them.  We feel very lucky that they are our neighbors.  We also will never forget spending our first Christmas in our new home.

 

M/I:  What is your favorite space in your new home? Do you have any pictures of that space you would like to share?

AM: My husband and son would say the man cave, AKA bonus room, it’s their favorite room in the house.  My favorite space is the back patio because of the amazing view.  I sit out there every evening.  I also really love our master suite.

 

M/I: What was something that surprised you the most with building/moving into a new home?

AM: I was surprised at how involved M/I Homes and our building superintendent allowed us to be.  We could come by and walk through the house anytime we wanted to and could ask questions and give input along the way.

M/I: Any suggestions you would give to someone building a new home with M/I Homes?

AM: Take a lot of pictures during the building process.  It is so neat to go back and look through them once you are in your home.  It was also helpful to have the pictures as a resource when making decorating decisions.

 

M/I: Any additional items / stories you would like to share about your new home?

AM: Our English Bulldog Yeti, loves his new home too.  When we first moved in, he ran laps up and down the long foyer and hallway.  His favorite space is our living room.  He sits in the same spot each night and watches TV with us.  He also enjoys sitting on the patio and watching the golfers and the Sandhill Cranes walk by.

 

Happy Homeowners: The Szymkowiak Family

This month’s “Happy Homeowner Interview” brings us to Lindsey Szymkowiak, who recently bought her new home in Cincinnati with her husband Jakub.  Lindsey shared with us her experience of choosing and living in her M/I home.

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

Lindsey: Actually this is our second M/I home. We needed more space since our family was growing. We loved our current community and our home so we decided to build again with M/I.

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

Lindsey: We absolutely love our home, and can’t wait to celebrate our children’s birthday party this year at our home with friends and family.

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

Lindsey: We chose to build the Sorrel Classic. We loved the open first floor and also having the loft upstairs for the kids to have as a play area or relax and watch some TV.

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

Lindsey: We were able to pick our floorplan and lot. This made it nice because we were able to choose everything we wanted. Overall, it was a great experience.

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

Lindsey: We were lucky because we lived in the same neighbor as my in-laws during our build, so we got to watch every single step. I would say our fun memories were watching the daily changes take place and knowing that it was one step closer to being our new home.

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

Lindsey: Our neighborhood is amazing!  There are beautiful walkways, parks for the kids to play, amazing neighbors, and it’s convenient to the highway and other places within the area. We also have a neighborhood group that puts together many different activities throughout the year which are great for the families and the kids.

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

Lindsey: You will know if it’s right for you. If you have questions, ask, don’t wait until it’s too late. Most importantly, the sales team is awesome and they want to get you into your dream home; let them work with you on your budget. Talk to residents, ask them their thoughts about the neighborhood and their home.

M/I Homes: What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?

Lindsey: We wanted our first night to be memorable so we all slept together in the bed. Also having our first of many holidays.

M/I Homes:  Any additional comments?

Lindsey: Our New Home Consultant, Michael Slone, is amazing and great to work with. The design center ladies were excellent too. It’s a good thing they have snacks and cartoons!  It made things so much easier with having to bring the kids!

**Lindsey and Jakub Szymkowiak live in the Cincinnati area. She is a stay at home mom that loves being able to stay with her beautiful children, and her husband Jakub is a Sales Rep with Smith and Nephew. They recently purchased their new home in September of 2015. They have two children, Sophia (3 years old) and Jakub (1 year old), and a loving chocolate lab named Jack (12 years old). They love being a part of of the M/I family and the community. They also love having the neighborhood parks and sidewalks to go out as a family each night for a walk.

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.

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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?

Stephanie: 

  • 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 Zeis Family

This month’s “Happy Homeowner Interview” brings us to Lauren Zeis, who bought her new home in Cincinnati with her husband, Mike, in March of 2012.  Lauren shared with us some of her favorite memories of choosing and living in her home.

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

Lauren: This is our first M/I Home. We bought a house that was already built. We liked the house, the neighborhood and the location.

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

Lauren: Overall, the experience with M/I was great! We choose a home that was already built. As first time home buyers, it was a great initial experience.

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

Lauren: We loved the set up of the house, the neighborhood, and the location.

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

Lauren: I like the quiet neighborhood, sidewalks, and neighborhood parks.

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

Lauren: We have had so many great memories in our new home already!  We loved bringing home our first Christmas tree, enjoying summer cookouts with friends and family, and bringing home our baby girl!

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

Lauren: Absolutely. We would love to build our next home and would choose M/I Homes if it was in the right location.

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

Lauren: We were looking for a good neighborhood and a home with a large yard for a dog.  We needed extra bedrooms, plenty of space for entertaining and a garage.

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

Lauren: Enjoy the experience of looking for a new home and take it all in!  Make sure to choose something that will work for you and your family on a day to day basis!

M/I Homes: What features of your home do you especially love?

Lauren: We love the bonus room upstairs and the upstairs laundry!  It’s really convenient for us with a one year old!

**Lauren Zeis and her family live in the Cincinnati area. She is a kindergarten teacher and her husband Mike is a print service specialist. They have lived in their home since March of 2012 and have a beautiful baby girl, Peyton, and a fun and energetic dog named Marino.  We love having them as a part of the M/I Homes Family!

 

TUESDAY TIP: THE PERFECT PRESENTS FOR NEW HOMEOWNERS

Skip the housewarming-gift standbys and give your home-owning pals one of these thoughtful, creative household essentials instead. Convenience is key when it comes to moving in, so whether they love to cook, entertain, or decorate, we’ve found stylish but functional must-have items for anyone with a new address. From a cozy fragrance collection to the perfect bar-cart decanter, these 11 housewarming gifts are perfect for this holiday season.

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