Trends come and go in just about everything – cars, fashion, food, interior décor and even landscaping. But when it comes to home design, two in-demand features that savvy buyers want when choosing a new residence are becoming permanent options: Seamless, open floor plans that accommodate busy family lifestyles and entertaining, and main-floor master suites.
Kitchens engineered to provide front-row seats for family and friends to marvel at the chef’s skills are at the top of buyer’s shopping lists. And now, master bedrooms on the first floor have evolved into must-haves for several reasons, including convenience and comfort.
Rodrock Homes, with its reputation for building craftsman-quality homes with innovative features in premier Johnson County communities, is a leader in the market when it comes to open floor plans and main level master suites. In fact, Rodrock’s collection of 33 floor plans boasts 12 with master suites conveniently situated on the first floor.
Brian Rodrock, chief executive officer of Rodrock Homes, notes how his company responds to market needs.
“We used to build almost exclusively traditional two-story homes,” he said, “but that’s changed over the past several years when we saw an increase in demand for many features, including main level master suites. It’s important for us to be proactive when it comes to providing homes that make sense for our buyers, that reflect the way we live today.”
Although main floor master bedrooms were once considered a home feature associated with baby boomers, Rodrock Chief Operating Officer Jeff Gifford explains a palpable demographic shift toward younger families.
“We see every category of buyers, not exclusively empty nesters, who desire main floor suites,” he said. “Even families with children still at home like the idea of a first-floor bedroom – it’s an extension of their living space, where they can read, work, or watch television away from household activity.”
Convenience, comfort, serenity. Not only do main floor master suites offer convenience, they also provide comfort and serenity.
“First-floor master suites are on many prospective buyers’ checklists for various reasons, including a quiet place to begin and end their day,” said Andrea Sullivan, Wyngate community manager and ReeceNichols real estate agent. “Rodrock has several 1½ story and reverse plans, such as the El Dorado, to match that description.”
Richard and Nancy Parks built a 1 ½ story El Dorado in Rodrock’s south Johnson County Wyngate community; they wanted a serene master retreat far removed from the hustle and bustle of the home’s hub. They began their home search over a year ago, with several requirements, including no formal dining room and a main floor master suite.
“We started our research online, and there wasn’t much to choose from when it came to a first-floor master,” said Richard Parks. “Wyngate is a perfect location that’s close to 69 Highway for Nancy’s commute to the Plaza – and the ideal floor plan to complement our lifestyle.”
The Parks’, who have a teenage daughter, selected the El Dorado because it “efficiently and effectively uses all of the living space with no waste, and we can have a quiet retreat on the main level while our daughter has her bedroom and a hangout space on the upper level.”
The El Dorado has other outstanding features, including a dramatic great room with a box beam ceiling, a covered porch on the back of the home that can be accessed from the master bedroom; and three secondary bedrooms upstairs, each with their own walk-in closet.
Abundance of floor plans. Other Rodrock 1 ½ story floor plans with main level master suites include the Anthem Reverse in Colton; the Aspen in Gleason Glen in Lenexa; the Augusta, Carson, Monterey, Shelby EX and Windsor II; the Summerlin EX, model in Summerwood; and the Raphael, a tastefully furnished model in Summerwood Estates.
“Main-level living has proven popular with all types of buyers,” said Judy Zimmerman, Rodrock Gleason Glen community manager and ReeceNichols real estate agent. “First floor masters are in demand and of course, rooms that open into one another – such as the kitchen and great room – are always a feature people want.”
“In many ways, the true measure of a floor plan is the feeling you get as you move through the home and the Anthem Reverse is spacious and open,” said Kerwin Holloway, Colton community manager and ReeceNichols agent. “Living and entertaining can be in harmony.”
Come home to Rodrock. Visit today and discover why now is the time to make your move to a neighborhood where you can’t wait to live in some of the area’s most desirable communities and award-winning school districts.
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