Just over the Prince William County, Fauquier County line on the DC side of Warrenton is a fabulous planned community called Brookside. This community offers a wide range of single family residences in a resort styled community. The major builders located in this community are Brookfield Homes, Ryan Homes, NV Homes, and Toll Brothers. This community offers a wide variety of homes already completed and homes newly built. Both Ryan Homes and Brookfield homes are currently developing in this community. The lake offers fishing pier and proposed paddle boats. This community offers multiple outdoor pools, tot lots, tennis courts, and walking trails. Home sites in this community vary from less than a quarter acre to well over an acre. Affordable homes enjoy the community alongside Estate homes with high end luxury appointments. Please see previous blog posting regarding a floor plan review of Brookfield homes’ Canterbury model.
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On the more affordable side of things, Ryan Homes offers the Venice model at the Lakes at Brookside. This floor plan is affordable and very practical. Here are my recommendations when considering the Ryan Venice. Upon walking through the front door, the home offers a formal living space. I have seen this area used as a formal living area, a dining area, an office area and a music/piano area. The formal space provides a buffer to the remainder of the main level of the home which is very open and family friendly. The one option recommendation that I would make to this front area would be to install oak spindles and a banister on the stairs in lieu of the standard walled stair way. This opens up the home and allows the main level to feel larger. There is also a powder room off the foyer. The home features a large kitchen that opens to a very spacious family room. The option recommendation on this level is to expand the main level by adding a morning room extension and also adding the large kitchen island. The kitchen offers a spacious pantry and ample cabinet space. Off the kitchen the Venice model enjoys a mud area off of the garage. This space is ideal for shoes and pet bowls. The morning room addition is best used as the dining area of this home. I would also recommend installing a deck off of the morning room. The upper level of the Venice model does not waste any space. Three ample bedrooms serve as family sleeping quarters, hobby rooms, office space or guest rooms. The hall bathroom that serves these rooms is modest and offers only one sink and enough room for a toilet and bathtub. The upper level also enjoys a separate bedroom level laundry area. The master bedroom is quite large and offers one of the largest walk in closets available for a home of this size and price point. Another option is to upgrade the master bathroom to a luxury bathroom. I would also encourage this expenditure with Ryan Homes. This will give the master bathroom a separate shower, luxury soaking tub, and dual vanities. The lower level of this home has been coming with a “free” recreation room. I would recommend adding a full bathroom to the lower level to finish the home and prepare it for future re-sale. The lower level has a cozy corner area that is ideal for an office or hobby area. By adding a full bathroom to the lower level, it creates a potential haven for extended guests. One word of caution about Ryan Homes, is to price out all the options. Ryan Homes is known for advertising the bare minimum home and allowing their purchasers to customize and add features to their liking. A buyer should anticipate adding an additional $25,000 to $50,000 to bring the home to market standards. Even with the additional monies needed to bring the home to standard, the Ryan Venice is an excellent value, in my opinion! There are current incentives available...Call me for details!
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