Looking at floor plans on paper can only go so far toward helping home buyers envision how their new home will look, flow and feel. That's why models are so effective for helping families see the details they've talked about with builders as they plan their new homes.
It's why the opening of the Whitney model at Asbel Estates in Pasco County is so significant, says Theresa Lynn Collins, president of M/I Homes of Tampa. Not only do models give families the ability to walk through their future home, they also provide home buyers with design ideas, she says.
"The Whitney is a step up in home design," Collins says. "Optimal details such as crown molding and taller cabinetry, even a refrigerator cabinet, make the Whitney stand out. The master suite offers a huge walk-in closet with organizers and an upper balcony over a lanai is accessed through beautiful French doors."
The Whitney features four bedrooms, with an optional space that can be used as a fifth bedroom, and three bathrooms. The home has 3,306 square feet of living space and is priced from $279,990.
The model is set on a conservation lot overlooking a pond. "The view is gorgeous," Collins says. "So many home sites in this community feature similar views."
Asbel Estates' amenities include a playground and park. The community is near softball and Little League fields, shopping, dining and entertainment, Collins says.
M/I offers homes with 1,313 to 3,393 square feet of living space priced from $168,900 at Asbel Estates.
As with all M/I homes in communities throughout the Tampa Bay area, each one in Asbel Estates comes with the Confidence Builder Program. Benefits include a preconstruction conference with a personal construction supervisor to review the schedule, go over the customer's specific house plans and answer any questions the buyer may have, Collins says.
M/I also includes a 30-year transferable structural warranty, a guaranteed delivery date, a quality-control card and a worry-free mortgage plan. In addition, at the preconstruction conference buyers receive a hard hat.
"The hat symbolizes the partnership between the buyer and the builder in the building process," Collins says. "With every home M/I sells, we guarantee to our buyers a commitment to service and value that goes beyond the industry standard."
Home buyers also have access to professional interior designers at M/I's 5,000-square-foot design center to help them choose from thousands of design and detail options.
To reach Asbel Estates, take the Suncoast Parkway to Exit 19 (State Road 54) and go east. Travel to U.S. 41 and make a left. Turn left onto Asbel Creek and then make the first left onto Asbel Estates Street; the models are on the right.
Models are open from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For information, visit www.mihomes.com or call (813) 996-5297.