Happy Homeowners: The Eckart Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Eckart family, who built their new home in Indianapolis, IN.  Read below to hear about Eckart’s homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

 

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

Kelly and Paul Eckart:  Yes, this is our first M/I home. We chose M/I homes because we were highly impressed with the quality of the homes.  Everything from the materials used to the well-thought out floor plans.  From the minute we first walked in to an M/I home, we knew this was the builder for us.  Having previously built with a builder where almost everything was considered an upgrade, we were impressed with the items that were considered “standard” in M/I homes.

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

KE: We absolutely LOVE our home and wouldn’t change a single thing!

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

KE: We chose the Clayton which in our opinion is the best floor plan that we have ever seen in a new home build. There is no wasted space and the entire layout flows nicely.  We love our hardwood floors.  We love the openness of our kitchen/family room area. We also love the many windows throughout our home that give us great views year-round.

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

KE:  Our experience with M/I homes was nothing but the best! We did get to choose our floor plan and homesite.  Leslie was the very first M/I employee that we came into contact with and she is the absolute best @ her job!  She was SO very personable and knew the neighborhood as well as many of the families already living here.  She was such a help to us.  Addie (our sales rep) helped in so many ways – navigating all the many decisions we were faced with as new homeowners and was a constant source of encouragement/information throughout the entire process.  Our construction manager Chuck was so good at walking us through the building process and calling us once a week to keep us up-to-date on what was happening with the build.  All of these people helped make the entire process enjoyable.

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

KE:  We were so anxious for our home to finally start being built – it was hard to have patience. Because we lived close, we were able to drive out to our homesite frequently to see the daily/weekly progress being made.  It was so exciting when the frame went up and we could actually walk through all of the rooms.  Also, seeing what our views would be from each window was exciting as well.

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

KE:  From the moment the frame went up, then the drywall, then the cabinets, etc. we were able to really visualize our family living in these spaces and the memories we would soon be making together.

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

KE:  We have the best neighborhood in the greater Indianapolis area hands down! We love the fact that it is a smaller neighborhood – that actually started out as a custom home built neighborhood.  We have a great walking trail that goes around our neighborhood and provides a great way to get to know all of our neighbors.  We also had a block party this past spring that over half of our neighborhood attended.  Each month we have a men’s night out and women’s day out.  Our neighborhood exemplifies a great community where people know each other and care about each other.

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

KE:  Definitely talk to people about their experience with any builder you are considering. Also, visit model homes and look at the quality of materials they use on their homes inside and out.  Look at the overall feel/look of the neighborhood.

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

KE:  Hosting our middle daughter’s wedding shower this past summer. Also, the first Thanksgiving and Christmas we enjoyed in our new home. We look forward to making so many memories with our family and friends many years in to the future.

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

KE:  We have several favorite spaces in our new home! We LOVE our kitchen – especially the big island where our kids like to gather when they are home visiting.  We also love our family room and the beautiful views we have out our windows.  Our dining room is another favorite as well. We love to sit on our front porch in the morning and watch the sun come up.  In the near future, we hope to build a patio/deck and enjoy our evenings watching the beautiful sunsets as well!

M/I:  Anything else you think we should know about your experience or your home?

KE:  Overall, our experience with M/I homes has been excellent. There are honestly not any negative experiences that we had throughout this process.  Any minor issues that arose were immediately addressed and taken care of.  This was our second home to build and our experience with M/I was nothing at all like our first home building experience.  It was SO much better.  This is a professional company that truly cares about the families buying/building their homes and we saw that caring attitude in every M/I employee we came in contact with – especially Leslie, Addie and Chuck!

INDY: Stunning Centerpieces – 5 Ideas for your Dining Room Table

As a new homeowner in Indianapolis, you get to enjoy both the fun and challenge of piecing together your home décor. Whether you prefer something simple or a little more elegant, centerpieces are definitely one way to put that extra detail and finishing touch to your M/I Home dining room. So, here are five of our favorite ideas you should consider.

1.  Nearly Natural Mixed Silk Peony Flower Arrangement/Centerpiece

Want something timeless and low-maintenance? How about no maintenance! This vibrant, lovely peony flower arrangement from Bed, Bath & Beyond is the perfect daytime décor. With a mix of buds and vibrant foliage, you’ll love the way this authentic–looking floral arrangement looks atop your table. Available online for $49.99.

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2.  DIY Paper Pom Poms

Add a little dash of color to your dining table with these easy-to-make blooms. This DIY centerpiece puts a touch of pizzazz to your room and also makes for a fun, little craft for youngsters. All you need is some tissue paper and one of these vases from Target. Check out further instructions on the project.

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3.  Imperial Champagne Orb Bowl

If you’re looking to go beyond a floral arrangement, this luxurious champagne bowl might be for you. This imperial piece features sturdy pedestal base with beautiful crackled glass bowl making it your go-to arrangement for your next dinner party or elegant get-together. Available online from Kirkland’s for $29.99.

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4.  Fruit/Veggie DIY Arrangement

If you’re buying fruits and vegetables at the grocery anyway, why not use them as your centerpiece? If you’re entertaining house guests and your table is packed with food, this might be a more practical alternative. Create this look with just a cluster of vivid lemons in this large white bowl from Pottery Barn ($39.99) or mix it up with some bright-colored produce. No matter the occasion, this piece always looks tasteful.

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5.  Pure Color Ceramic Vases

We love the simplicity and chestnut color of this ceramic piece from West Elm. Place this vase right in the middle of your table for a classic look, or cluster it together with smaller vases to create a more dramatic centerpiece. Finish it off with some metallic leaves ($19.00) completing your table’s ensemble. Order the vase online for $39.00.

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Interior Design Inspiration from Pinterest

Thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest, there’s no longer any excuse for a lack of creativity and charm in your M/I Home. This blog post will feature some of our favorite recent pins featuring plenty of décor ideas to spice up any room in your M/I Home!

Go bold! Adding multiple colors and a clean white trim can be a great way to take a simple room and breathe some life into it. Choose two to three complimentary colors and separate them with the white trim to really make a room pop.

 


 

Why should inspiration quotes be kept in the living and bedroom only? Bring some inspiration to the loo with a framed quote and a mantle.

Add some glass jars with cotton swabs and other bathroom essentials and you’ve transformed blank space into an eye catching feature.

 


Mason jars painted on the inside can convert an old classic into a chic vase. These jars especially look great with light pastels and can fit on just about any counter or desk.

We just love DIY projects like these not only because they’re affordable, but because they’re lovely as well!

 


Look like an expensive entrance way table? Think again! All you need is two boards and two columns and you’ve got yourself a great looking table.

You can also use a wide array of other items to build your own unique piece of furniture. Get inspired with a trip to a local used furniture or vintage store.

 


Grab a can of Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint and you’re on the fast track to some great-looking lamps. The spray paint leaves a trendy, mirror-like finish on glass surfaces and is an excellent way to renovate your old lamps.

Pinterest is full of amazing DIY projects, interior design inspiration and more. And did we mention we’re pinning ideas all the time? Follow us on Pinterest for more inspiration!

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