Building New With Sarah
When it comes to building a new house, nothing beats the advice, insight, and firsthand experiences of those who’ve built before you! Eastbrook Homes’ “Building New” Journeys provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the home building process, with exclusive homeowner interviews, multi-room walkthroughs, and exciting home updates. Join in, curl up, and relax as our West Michigan and Greater Lansing Area community members take you on a virtual, step-by-step journey through building a new house with Eastbrook Homes. Will our new homeowners design the home of their dreams? Stay tuned to find out!
New beginnings sit at the heart of our next “Building New” Journey, as we join Sarah on her search for space, comfort, and community. Not quite able to find what she was looking for in the existing home market, Sarah decided to embark on the adventure of building a new house with West Michigan’s premier homebuilder, Eastbrook Homes. Follow along as we gain an inside look into Sarah’s design process and priorities as she creates the perfect space for her and her family.
Sarah is no stranger to overcoming obstacles and building a new life from the ground up. A successful, hardworking mother of four, Sarah reinvented her life time and time again despite encountering significant barriers from a young age. A champion for her own success, Sarah built a strong foundation of support from her own resources, developing the tools and structure she needed to create the life she wanted for herself and her children. Now, with three grown kids and her youngest growing faster every day, Sarah looks forward to building a new house that provides the space, comfort, and peace her family deserves.
The large, one-acre lot Sarah selected for her future home is nestled within the tree-lined parcels of Macatawa Legends, an amenity-filled single-family home, detached villa condominium, and townhome community in Holland, Michigan. Sarah and her son can’t wait to enjoy their spacious backyard and are thrilled to be building a new house with their very own pool – a must-have during Michigan’s hot summer days! Check out the video below to meet Sarah and catch the first glimpse of her stunning new home site. Which floor plan will Sarah select to get her new home build underway? Tune in next time to find out!
Selecting the Perfect Home Plan
Eager to transition from the tight, closed spaces of urban downtown life to the resort-style living found at Eastbrook’s Macatawa Legends, Sarah partnered with Eastbrook Homes Sales Agent Maureen Smith to explore home plan options best suited to Sarah’s needs. Maureen, a two-time builder of her own Macatawa Legends home, invited Sarah into the home plan selection process by first discussing her most important home design needs. Top priorities included extra space for Sarah’s piano and plants, a formal dining space, plenty of natural light, and windows large enough to showcase the large, tree-lined backyard. Maureen led Sarah through a series of in-person home tours so she could experience the feel and flow of each floor plan in real-time. After touring and exploring her options online, Sarah landed on her dream home plan – The Birkshire.
Part of Eastbrook’s Designer Series home plans, The Birkshire features over 2800 square feet of living space, including a kitchen with a large central island, a main-level owner suite, and the spacious formal dining space Sarah is looking for. The two-story great room ticked all of Sarah’s boxes, with floor-to-ceiling windows and all the natural light she could possibly wish for. Take a peek at Sarah’s home plan selection process by checking out the video below. Coming up in the next episode of Building New With Sarah, we’ll follow along as Sarah begins her home design adventure at Eastbrook’s Home Creation Studio. Which features and fixtures will Sarah select for her dream home? Tune in next time to find out!
Sarah’s Home Creation Studio Experience
With the perfect floor plan chosen, ideal home site selected, and family-friendly Eastbrook Homes Macatawa Legends community ready to welcome her home, Sarah is one step closer to watching her dream home take shape. This month, she tackles the important task of selecting finishes, fixtures, and overall design and flow of her home. Building a new house with Eastbrook grants homeowners the unique opportunity to make design decisions alongside dedicated professional interior designers in Eastbrook’s Home Creation Studio. Homeowners are invited to experience options firsthand as the studio showcases thousands of design features, including exterior finishes, flooring, countertops, and cabinetry.
Sarah wasted no time in creating a custom-curated inspiration album complete with photos, important notes, and color palettes. Eastbrook Homes Interior Designer Kaitlin considered Sarah’s lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences to narrow down the best choices for her unique needs. Together they fine-tuned Sarah’s vision while Kaitlin introduced custom solutions that aligned with Sarah’s cozy, modern, touch-of-rustic design style. Get a firsthand look at Eastbrook’s Home Creation Studio by checking out the latest episode of Building New With Sarah, below! Stay tuned as next time Sarah visits her new home building site and tours the layout and behind-the-scenes structure of her soon-to-be dream home!
Exciting Progress at the Build Site
After she built out her home on paper, chose her features and options at the Home Creation Studio, and waited patiently for construction to start, Sarah finally gets to walk through her home at framing! In April’s installment of “Building New with Sarah,” join Sarah and her Eastbrook Construction Manager, Alex, as they tour her home, room by room. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the walls of a new construction home, this is the episode to watch! Alex details out the steps and stages of Sarah’s construction process to date, focusing on what goes into framing a home. He also shares that an added perk of building with Eastbrook is that homeowners can visit their home, as long as they follow the guidelines outlined in their Homeowner’s Guide.
Sarah shares her excitement at being able to touch and feel the framework of her dream home, as well as picture how the home is perfectly positioned on her stunning home site, complete with golf course views in the front and fully grown trees in the back. To conclude this month’s episode, Alex talks to Sarah about what changes she should expect to see in the coming weeks, emphasizing that a high volume of work is going on behind the scenes, even if the house looks similar from week to week. We invite you to watch as the structure and shape of Sarah’s dream home come to life, as well as learn a bit more about the construction process!
Building Steadily & Surely
Although from the outside Sarah’s new home looks like it hasn’t changed much, this month marked important progress in the building process. With the framing having been completed, Sarah joins Construction Manager, Alex, as he walks her through the installation of both the plumbing and HVAC systems, featuring her chosen three-zone climate control system. Alex also unveils the final framing of a very special room: Sarah’s Plant Room! With plenty of space and lots of natural light, Sarah is one step closer to having her dream home, livened up with a bit of her own personal greenery.
With the weather finally taking a more pleasant turn in West Michigan, Sarah has the opportunity to tour her chosen Eastbrook community of Macatawa Legends. Featuring multiple swimming pools, a community gym, a golf course, and plenty of outdoor recreational space, Sarah gets a preview of all that awaits her as a part of her future Holland summers. At the conclusion of this month’s episode, Sarah gets a peek into the lifestyle she envisioned when she first embarked on her homebuilding journey. Tune in for next month’s edition to see Sarah’s dream home take another step toward completion, and to get another peek into the homebuilding process!
Is building a new house on your 2023 wish list? With over 50 years of experience as a West Michigan home builder, Eastbrook Homes takes pride in offering customizable home plans and move-in-ready homes designed to fit every lifestyle. Download our free Interactive Home Building Guide, browse our online feature gallery, or explore our community map to locate the perfect West Michigan or Greater Lansing Area neighborhood for your family. Our experienced Eastbrook Homes Sales Agents are just a call or click away; connect with them here for more information!
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