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Custom upgrades without a custom price

Select apartment homes get fresh look in time for spring

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February 21st, 2012

Whether you ve circled the spring equinox, March 20, on your calendar, or you simply trust the budding foliage all around Dallas, it s hard to miss the fact that spring is on its way, bringing with it the seasonal urge to renew, refresh, and redecorate. At Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, select apartment homes are getting a jump on the season with upgrades that include granite countertops, crown molding, engineered wood flooring, new lighting fixtures, and custom cabinetry. Our goal is to enhance the features that are already in place and make the apartments even more functional, says Dallas-based interior designer Kelly Neville, who worked with the Custom Interiors team at Highland Springs to select the finishes.

Defining homes

Several apartments got a wood floor entry with a half wall to create a place for residents to set keys and mail. We wanted to define the entryway, separate it from the living room, and make it feel more homey, says Neville. We included shelving on the half wall to increase its functionality. Bathrooms got special attention during the makeover with granite countertops, wood cabinetry, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, and framed mirrors. Neville also raised the countertops from vanity height to counter height. We tried to create a custom look and make the space feel inviting, says Neville. The rich look of the bronze fixtures provides a nice contrast to the wood tones of the cabinetry.

Appealing apartment

Norma Hill was well acquainted with Highland Springs when she decided to move to the community in December 2011. As a member of the Richardson Retired School Personnel and the Plano Retired Teachers Association, both of which meet at Highland Springs, Norma had frequently visited the North Dallas community. Not surprisingly, she brought along three teacher friends to help her choose an apartment. I looked at five apartments, some with upgrades and some without, says Norma. The one that appealed to me had granite countertops, black appliances, and wood flooring in the entry. It just felt cozy. Norma s friends agreed with her selection, though they withheld their opinions until she expressed hers. Once I told my friends which apartment I liked the best, they all agreed it was their first choice, says Norma. They didn t want to influence me, but it was definitely the standout. The upgrades made it feel that much nicer.

Just like home

Like Norma, Richardson residents Ralph and Barbara Burbey moved to Highland Springs in late December 2011. They chose the community for its proximity to the University of Texas at Dallas, where Barbara works as the coordinator for graduate students in physics. The couple selected the Ferguson floor plan, a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment home with a study. The apartment boasts new granite countertops, updated bathroom cabinetry, custom molding around the doorways, engineered wood floors in the entry and study, and a closet system. I knew we could be comfortable here, and the upgrades gave us a starting point to customize the space even more, says Barbara, who extended the wood floors into the living room and tweaked the closet system in the bedroom to include a shoe rack and high shelves for storage. I had a similar closet system in our Richardson house, so I knew what I wanted, she says.

On-site design center

For residents or prospective residents who have their own upgrades in mind, the staff in the custom interiors office at Highland Springs is available to help with selection and installation. We can help with everything from paint selection to window treatments to new flooring, says Highland Springs Sales Counselor Christina Christie. There really isn t anything we can t do. Christie says she aims to ensure residents are pleased with the end result. If they are happy, then I m happy, she says.