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6 best-selling homes that hit buyers' hot buttons
Builders share the key features behind their best-selling plans, including strong curb appeal, flexible living spaces, indoor/outdoor connections, and memorable details.
Builders share the key features behind their best-selling plans, including strong curb appeal, flexible living spaces, indoor/ou
6. Rooms Without Borders
Plan: Reims II
Square footage: 2,490
Date introduced: May 2009 (Elevation A); March 2010 (Elevation B)
Sales to date: 155
Builder/designer: DSLD Homes, Denham Springs, La.
The Reims has been a bestseller for DSLD Homes for more than two years because it does away with walls, says Saun Sullivan, senior partner.
“Our buyers seem to comment most about the completely open floor plan,” says Sullivan. “From the foyer, dining room, and living room to the breakfast area and kitchen, the home is wonderful for entertaining friends or spending time with family.” Only a single column visually divides the foyer from this large open space.
The single-story plan includes three bedrooms, two baths, and a two-car garage. The living-room fireplace is standard along with crown molding and a computer niche adjacent to the kitchen.
“Buyers love the niche outside the laundry room, and are enticed by the master bath with its two walk-in closets, separate shower, and jetted tub,” Sullivan says.
Due to the popularity of the Reims, DSLD introduced a second elevation in March 2010. But Elevation A is still the leader,
with 112 sold compared to 43 Elevation B’s.