Developer Series: FieldStone Homes

I’m kicking off my developer series by Featuring Fieldstone Homes. I selected them because they are a large developer who I’ve never had the pleasure of working with, and they have several projects in great parts of town.

Fieldstone_homes_newblueI started this week in their Maple Hills development, which is part of a string of new developments in the highlands of West Jordan Utah. If you haven’t been to this part of the valley, I highly recommend it. While the views from the east bench are certainly stunning, the views of Salt Lake’s east bench are even more gorgeous with wide vistas encompassing peaks as far ranging as Timpanogus and Mt. Olympus. My camera and photography don’t do them justice.

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Maple Hills, and nearby Three Forks communities are nearly built out, which is nice for those who want to avoid the hassles of living in the middle of a construction zone. In addition to the small handful of lots available, there is one model home (Three Forks) for sale, and another (Maples Hills) that will be shortly as the next phase comes online.

The next phase, Loneview, is through the land development phase (utilities and roads) and will offer lots and homes for sale shortly. Its model home is framed, and within a few months will be complete. Additionally, two quick move in homes are under construction. If you don’t mind a lot of dirt and raw lumber for your neighbor for a while, being the first in a sub-division affords wider selection of lots, floorplans and styles, and often promotional deals.

Maple Hills features their 2-story Uinta model. Right off I was impressed by the spacious feel. It boasts wider hallways and stairways than are typical, and a comfortable 2-story great room. The upstairs family room had a great, atypical ceiling, which those who get tired of living in rectangles may appreciate.IMG_8147

The Master bath was nothing short of palatial. There is a great window bench for the bathroom reader (wish I had one of those…). They featured a comfortable bench in the model (which, though practical, struck me as a missed opportunity to feature a massage table). I think I’d better move on before this paragraph gets too personal.

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I braved the mud from last night’s rain and visited the Skyline model home under construction 2 blocks away in LoneView. Seeing the home exposed is a great opportunity to gauge the quality of a builder.

Framing gets a bad rep as low-skilled labor–one that it doesn’t deserve. OK, it isn’t quantum physics, but when it is done right, it makes a big difference. When things are square, plumb, fit and measured right, all the trades that come after can do a better job more easily (ever try to hang blinds in a badly framed window, or cabinets by a window in the wrong place?). I didn’t see hear or feel any squeaks, and I didn’t see gaps where there weren’t supposed to be gaps.

FieldStone Homes’ standard homes are built with 2X6, rather than 2X4 framing, which yields a better insulated wall. Yes, this saves money on utilities, but it also makes for a more comfortable home: more stable temperatures and less noise.

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To finish, here are a few other features I personally found attractive: 1) Durchblick. Its a German design aesthetic that simply means seeing through. The idea of long views is gaining favor in this country, but isn’t commonplace. The aptly names Skyline has windows on all four sides, and views straight through the whole home. This adds to the feeling of spaciousness and comfort in a home.

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2) I liked these landscape-dimension windows.

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3) The landscaping was done with native and near native plants. Its sensible, easy to maintain,  ties the yard into the surrounding landscape, and shows pride in the place we live.

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Next on the hit list is Jones Farm in the great city of South Jordan. Til then,

–Peter