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White: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

By Dayv Morgan

As construction returns to Maricopa neighborhoods, new model homes give us a sneak peek into upcoming design trends in our region.

Last year, five builders opened model homes in six subdivisions and another three are scheduled to build new models in 2018.

White and espresso seem to be the dominant cabinet colors displayed in the model homes for builders locally, with granite or quartz countertops in almost every home; a few with just Formica laminate.

That design combination is also popular with many of the investors I work with.

Province Sales Associate Amy Jo Schoeberl said in her community most homes sold have white cabinets, with fewer buyers choosing espresso compared to two years ago.

Flooring choices inside the models were predominantly tile, in imitation “wood plank” style or in 12-by-24-inch size. A few of the homes had wood floors, and there were also some with vinyl floors that looked like wood.

Almost every new model I toured had gray- or beige-toned paint on the walls. The exception was Starlight Homes in Sorrento. They painted the walls white. Starlight is also somewhat unique in that the drywall corners featured in the model are straight corners instead of rounded. I was told that look is becoming popular. In fact, straight corners with this builder are actually an upgrade with an additional cost.

Meritage Homes at Homestead also has a model with white walls and straight corners, leaving out a design option for rounded corners.

Fulton Homes in Glennwilde, Costa Verde Homes in Santa Rosa Springs and Scott Communities in Sorrento are opening new models this year. It will be interesting to see what design aspects they pick.

One thing to keep in mind is that design trends are cyclical, so don’t stress if you feel your home is out of style. Give it enough time and it will be trendy again.

Espresso: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

2017 Models:

Homestead (Meritage Homes): One model with cherry cabinets

Homestead (DR Horton): Two models. One with white cabinets and the other with espresso

Santa Rosa Springs (DR Horton): Two models. One with white cabinets and the other with espresso

Glennwilde (DR Horton): One model with white cabinets

Glennwilde (KB Homes): Two models. One with white cabinets and the other with espresso

Sorrento (Starlight Homes): One model with espresso cabinets

Rancho Mirage (LGI Homes): One model with espresso cabinets

Province (Meritage): 9 models. Three with cherry cabinets, three with white, two with gray, and one with espresso

Gray: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Dayv Morgan, HomeSmart Success




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