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Coming Around Again

That’s right. Another one. What? You don’t like town homes either? Well, strap in, because it’s here. This one is an interior unit and is 1690sf (?). 3/2.5/1 again. This little nugget was mostly yellow and gray which I’m already completely sick of. It’s not an interesting enough color palette to become a “thing”, you know? This one is a C, but only because I like the big ass mirrors.

I really don’t care for the piece on the wall in the kitchen. It’s just too bland and that wall is fantastic. Also, she did a sports themed room for the boy, and even though it’s my alma mater, I don’t care for “school” rooms. We’ve seen much better boys rooms here on this blog, so the bar is high. Speaking of bars, the bar stools are some of my favorite and I’ve seen another builder use these. I love the metal things on the sides of the living room window. They have nice texture and hopefully you can see that in the pictures. Overall, nothing special.

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Townhouse in Wesley Chapel

There were three today, so if you are binge reading, you have that to look forward to. This one is 1688sf, 3BR/2.5BA/1. This one gets a C+ but only because I really liked some of her color choices. Not the purple on the entry wall (too much!) but she had some very nice accents of it in the rest of the home. I can say with certainty that no good can come from a purple wall. Just, no. She also relied heavily on the wainscoting here, so she’s consistent. And fake food! There was fake food! That always makes me happy!! A couple of things especially caught my eye-the round coffee table, the dimensional wall thingies, and the girls room. Oh and I love the shape of that Parson’s chair in the living room. Delicious.

Interesting choices, but she could have done better.

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It’s raining town homes

By now you must be thinking I only go to town homes. Well, you’d be wrong, but I do go to quite a few. To wit: this baby at 1885 sf, 3 Br, 2.5 Ba, and 2 car garage. Like most town homes, this one is uninspired but the size is pretty good. The layout is not as awful as most, but you can decide if you like it or not. Sadly, the decorator didn’t rise to the challenge. It’s not horrible, but it has no Wow, no Zhush, no Ah. There is liberal use of Ikea stuff and she picked the good stuff, so that. Overall, this is a C. Seems harsh, but with a challenging floor plan, it’s a perfect opportunity to really show your stuff. The furniture is awful and looks super cheap. I just think there are some missed opportunities here. So I stand by the C.

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Riverview Townhouse

This is one of the more entry level type builders. I’m pretty sure that after watching them build these things, I do not ever want to live in one. This one is about 1550 sf but because it’s a townhouse, it feels smaller. The one car garage seems barely big enough to hold your car, much less get in and out of comfortably. The decorator chose yellow, gray, and brown for a color palette. It’s pretty at first, but you get tired of it pretty quick. It’s bland. Not the decorator’s fault, but this has granite (sad face), which I hate. The decorator did find some nice touches though and I tried to get some decent photos, too. I’m giving this one a C-. It didn’t get a D because I feel like the decorator may have had too many challenges with this one. But still.

Enjoy!

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A Big Ass Two Story House

This house is not one of my favorites. It’s really too big. It clocks in at 3579 sf, has 5 BR’s, a 2 Car garage, and 5 bathrooms. That’s 5 bathrooms to clean. It is a monster. And it’s designed poorly. And this builder uses a crappy decorator, but there are some nice touches. Also, this house seems a bit outdated. They are still using the earthy neutral tones but with no surprises, and they also have the bane of my existence-granite. Speaking of the kitchen, it is huge. Like, enormous. On the surface that seems awesome, but the decorator used a small rectangle table when clearly she should have used a round one. Also, the island is too big. And it’s perfectly square. I don’t cook, but it seems to me that you’d have trouble getting something in and out of the oven. And the same is true for the refrigerator. The whole family has to walk all the way through the kitchen for breakfast. Seems picky, but this is a big ass kitchen. Poorly designed. Did I mention the horrible granite? And the backsplash that aggressively competes with the granite? Just no. I’m trying to upload the video, but so far I suck at it. They also tend to use brushed chrome lighting with white tulip globes that seem quite modern. They don’t match the heavier, Mediterranean architecture and decor. Not only are the fixtures unattractive, but they look cheap, especially in a house they are clearly trying to make “grand”.
But, there are also many things I like about this house. The bedrooms upstairs are laid out very nicely. In fact, there’s really nothing wrong with the upstairs. Overall, I give this house a very solid C. The upstairs and front porch save this one. Enjoy.

**Update!! I got this video thing kinda figured out, so here you go. It’s in 2 parts, so sorry about that.

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