This week for the Home Developer Series I visited the Jones Farm development by FieldStone homes. I spent some time talking with Martin Aiono, the sales agent there, and looking at his beautiful model home. Unlike Maple Hills, which I visited last week, Jones Farm is a higher-end community, with home prices starting in the mid-400s. After finishes, prices are typically coming in around $550,000 to $600,000.
I asked Martin what set FieldStone Homes apart from their competition. He walked me over to the entryway and as we walked he explained that they work hard to have unique floorplans and make innovative use of spaces. The first space he highlighted was an entryway mudroom.
The name doesn’t do it justice. It isn’t a crowded hallway with a cheap vinyl floors, hemmed in on one side by a washer & dryer and the other by coat hooks. Its a spacious nook with a generous coat closet, space for a bench, shoe storage and even a wet umbrella. It is just separate enough from the entryway that—even if you kids are like mine when it comes to putting things away—no one will have to trip over their shoes, but it is accessible enough to be convenient. Entry benches and foyer space have started to become more popular, FieldStone’s designers have thought it through in a more complete way.
Another unusual feature of this home was a sub-floor master bedroom. The name is a bit odd: It is a master bedroom suite located off the landing between the main floor and the bedrooms on the top floor of the house. It is an interesting compromise between the growing demand for main floor living (particularly popular with baby boomers), and the desire to separate private spaces, like bedrooms, from the more public great room.
As with the entryway mudroom, Fieldstone upped the standard for basement family rooms. In addition to the ubiquitous model-home foosball table, they boasted a basketball hoop. It worked unusually well in the space, because the slightly elevated sub-floor master allows for an unusually high ceiling in that part of the basement. When I first walked in it, it was so bright and spacious, I wondered if I was underground. A quick look at the wells outside the windows confirmed that I was, but it didn’t feel like it at all.
The last innovative feature I’d like to feature is the pantry. Yes, the pantry. Introducing, the counter top in the pantry. Don’t have time to wash everything before your guests arrive? Not a problem. Need a place to store that next course before its grand entry? Done. Enjoy the benefits of your greatroom, without the downside of having everything on your kitchen counter!
I’ve been in a lot of model homes and new homes over the past 2 years, and its often disappointing to me to see the same finishes used over and over by a wide variety of developers. Part of the value of building your own home is being able to build something a little different. It was refreshing to see some new finishes in this model. One of my favorites was this penny-tile floor in the upstairs bathroom.
After walking this model I am excited for next week when I plan to visit their design center and see what other things they have to offer! Until Next week!