This post is a little late for those of us who have already locked in our choices/started building, but hopefully it will be helpful for those still in the planning process.
|Foyer Area in Elevation D|
When you walk in the Courtland model home in our community, the grand 2-story foyer is the most eye-catching feature of the house. It's actually the main reason we chose the Courtland instead of another similar house we were considering. Another Courtland was recently built in our development so we went to check it out after our pre-construction meeting last week. The difference in the foyer when you walk in the other house is so obvious. The door almost hits the stairs instead of the nice, spacious foyer at the model home. At first I thought I was crazy, but we measured and there is a two foot difference in the distance from the front door to the staircase from the model home to this other Courtland!
The difference is caused by the elevation choices.
The other Courtland is Elevation A, which has a flat front and the distance between the front door and the staircase is 4 feet.
The model home is Elevation D, which has a two-foot bump out in the middle, so the distance from the front door to the staircase is 6 feet.
|Floorplan with 2' bump out for Elevation D drawn in (Elevation A is flat across)|
Two feet doesn't sound like a lot, but it really makes a huge difference in the entrance of the home.
|Floorplan with 1 ft and 2 ft bump outs for Elevation C drawn in|
I am really hoping the one-foot difference will not be as noticeable as the two foot difference is. If I had bought the Courtland for the grand foyer, then wound up with the dinky 4 ft one with no warning, I would be pretty upset. I was pretty upset on Friday when we discovered this, but my dad reminded me that with Elevation C, we are actually getting the most square footage... 44 extra sf between the study and the bedroom #2 and 8 extra sf in the foyer area. So our study and bedroom #2 will actually be 2' longer than the floor plan shows. I am still a bit concerned about our foyer area, but hopefully it will be ok.
It bothers me that they didn't mention this when choosing the elevations. I guess I should have figured it out, but you never get to see the floor plan of your actual elevation and no one mentioned the difference in square footage so it never even crossed my mind (it probably never would have if I didn't get to see the inside of an Elevation A). Our SR told us the price difference for the different elevations was because of the number of peaks on the exterior.
So if you haven't locked in you elevation choice yet, make sure you are completely clear on how it will affect the inside floor plan so you don't get a surprise like us!