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Old 2014-07-23, 11:25 PM
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Just signed the APS for a Kenson model, wife really likes it! Happy wife, happy life! Anyone else here is with the same builder?

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Old 2014-07-28, 02:21 PM
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We are also building with HN Homes, also the Kenson model. You have good taste We were browsing for homes for a while and were thinking it would probably take a couple of years before we found something we'd like but we pretty much knew right away when we walked into the Kenson model that our house hunt was over.

We're just going through choosing our colors etc. and waiting to see what the upgrade price damage will be. Always a bit of a whirlwind with a new home.
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Old 2014-07-28, 10:16 PM
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May I ask what specific features you like about Kenson? To us, the designer pretty much design the main floor according to our desire, making the kitchen really the center of the house, getting rid of the redundancy of breakfast/dinning, 12' high ceiling in living room, pretty much the same open feeling from entering the house all the way through.

I personally think HN Homes did a great job of getting a designer to create some truly unique homes. I've seen some Uniform house owners use the designer's name as one of the selling point. Maybe in the future, we will be able to do the same.

We will start the structural meeting in September. It's our first new home, so we don't have any idea about the upgrade damage neither, will see

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We are also building with HN Homes, also the Kenson model. You have good taste We were browsing for homes for a while and were thinking it would probably take a couple of years before we found something we'd like but we pretty much knew right away when we walked into the Kenson model that our house hunt was over.

We're just going through choosing our colors etc. and waiting to see what the upgrade price damage will be. Always a bit of a whirlwind with a new home.
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Old 2014-07-29, 12:12 AM
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I think getting Christopher Simmonds as the architect was a really good move by HN homes, it was what drew us to check out the models. We never really liked having “formal” rooms that we would only use a handful of times during the year, so we were quite surprised to find a model that eliminated the formal spaces and use the rest of the space to great effect. We agree with you that the overall sense of space in the Kenson model was very well done.

We were also impressed with some of the standards and design touches they included like hardwood stairs going up, glass panels in the stair wells, corner glass windows, double patio doors that really open up the dining area to the backyard, air conditioning, but most of all the smooth ceilings (I really, really, really hate popcorn ceilings).

We'll probably be done all our selections by September, so if you have any questions when you start going through the process, feel free to ask. I do recommend you start looking at appliances. I know it feels crazy early for that, but knowing things like if you want a 33" or a 36" fridge will impact the layout of your kitchen cabinets (the model has a 33", we are doing a counter depth 36")
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Old 2014-07-29, 09:33 PM
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Thanks for the tip! Will start to look at the appliances.

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I think getting Christopher Simmonds as the architect was a really good move by HN homes, it was what drew us to check out the models. We never really liked having “formal” rooms that we would only use a handful of times during the year, so we were quite surprised to find a model that eliminated the formal spaces and use the rest of the space to great effect. We agree with you that the overall sense of space in the Kenson model was very well done.

We were also impressed with some of the standards and design touches they included like hardwood stairs going up, glass panels in the stair wells, corner glass windows, double patio doors that really open up the dining area to the backyard, air conditioning, but most of all the smooth ceilings (I really, really, really hate popcorn ceilings).

We'll probably be done all our selections by September, so if you have any questions when you start going through the process, feel free to ask. I do recommend you start looking at appliances. I know it feels crazy early for that, but knowing things like if you want a 33" or a 36" fridge will impact the layout of your kitchen cabinets (the model has a 33", we are doing a counter depth 36")
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Went with the Borden from the same builder. Really love the 12' ceiling in the Kenson but my family tend to be more traditional in that we like separated formal rooms, so the same airiness of the Kenson resides here but the formal aspects look more like the Winfield model!

We are going with design elements similar to the Kenson definitely - that openness and modernity! We're almost done. I signed off on kitchens about 2 weeks ago now and still waiting on price upgrades on several things before making final decisions. They are an excellent quality build from what we've seen so far and so I'm hoping it all does continue as well as this has been so far. I can't wait!
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Went with the Borden from the same builder. Really love the 12' ceiling in the Kenson but my family tend to be more traditional in that we like separated formal rooms, so the same airiness of the Kenson resides here but the formal aspects look more like the Winfield model!

We are going with design elements similar to the Kenson definitely - that openness and modernity! We're almost done. I signed off on kitchens about 2 weeks ago now and still waiting on price upgrades on several things before making final decisions. They are an excellent quality build from what we've seen so far and so I'm hoping it all does continue as well as this has been so far. I can't wait!
Congratulations on getting the Borden model, it does seem like a good choice for keeping the open feel while also having formal rooms. I think it will have a better feel than the Winfield. The build quality did seem pretty good in the models and I am hoping that they are going to take extra care with these first batch of houses...word of mouth is invaluable when trying to make a name for yourself. We have finished making all of our selections now which I'm quite happy to be done with

My next battle will be to de-clutter my townhome a bit, do some painting and minor repairs, etc. Also have to figure out when the best time is to list my home, I was thinking start of March but not really sure for an August close.

Watching how quickly the neighborhood is coming together is really quite amazing now that both HN Homes and Urbandale are going full throttle.
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Hi

We just bought the Kenson and are very excited! Would love to hear about others post-purchase experience. Structural, design centre etc.
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We just bought the Kenson and are very excited! Would love to hear about others post-purchase experience. Structural, design centre etc.
Congrats! Lots of Kensons coming up I see!

You'll have a structural meeting with the site co-ordinator who will give you an intro package including contact details of the other reps from some of the separate companies they're using: Kitchens/cabinetry, Interior designer, Concept and Marble/Stone company along with a checklist and various plans of standard kitchen, bath and laundry vanity layouts.

You will contact these people to meet them to get these selections done - I know we had to go twice with most of them, and you will get your upgrade pricing (if applicable) through the site co-ordinator directly.

I highly recommend you do see the stone company even though this is not a requirement but they have larger samples and sometimes slabs of the granite you see in the design centre which comes as standard and I have to admit, as a family we have changed directions completely on kitchen design because of this meeting - well worth it.

Have yet to do the concept meeting but if you have specific questions about other elements, feel free to ask.
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Congrats! Lots of Kensons coming up I see!

You'll have a structural meeting with the site co-ordinator who will give you an intro package including contact details of the other reps from some of the separate companies they're using: Kitchens/cabinetry, Interior designer, Concept and Marble/Stone company along with a checklist and various plans of standard kitchen, bath and laundry vanity layouts.

You will contact these people to meet them to get these selections done - I know we had to go twice with most of them, and you will get your upgrade pricing (if applicable) through the site co-ordinator directly.

I highly recommend you do see the stone company even though this is not a requirement but they have larger samples and sometimes slabs of the granite you see in the design centre which comes as standard and I have to admit, as a family we have changed directions completely on kitchen design because of this meeting - well worth it.

Have yet to do the concept meeting but if you have specific questions about other elements, feel free to ask.
Thanks sestafanos, that's really helpful!

We are doing our exterior selection this weekend so it's fun to start the process. Did you meet with the interior designer before the kitchen and marble/stone appointments to help put your overall design together first? What is the concept appointment? This is our third new build so some of these things aren't completely new to us but each builder seems to do things a bit differently. I'm happy to hear that we can contact the marble/stone company directly to see larger samples! I'm sure what never changes in this process will be the challenge of narrowing down the options and trying to envision the end state!

Have a great weekend.
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