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Combination apartments at Highland Springs meet demand for larger spaces

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August 21st, 2012

Everyone knows that, in Texas, bigger is better. That s especially true when it comes to Texas homes. Despite predictions from industry professionals that home sizes would shrink, the average size of new single home construction in 2011 grew to 2,481 square feet, a 3.7% increase over the previous year. At the top of most buyers wish lists? Space to spread out and get comfortable. According to a National Association of Home Builders report, The New Home in 2015, a great room is the number one feature most likely to be included in a new home. A kitchen, living room, family room combination called the great room is the one room that will continue to grow, says Stephen Melman, director of economic services for the National Association of Home Builders.

Great room the focal point

That concept a large, flexible living space is at the heart of new combination apartments atHighland Springs,an Erickson Living community in North Dallas. Combination apartments, aptly named as they marry two apartments into one, first debuted at Highland Springs in 2010. Currently, the community has six combination apartments, most hovering around the 2,000-square-foot mark. The newest floor plan, located in the Gardenview Court residence building, measures just over 1,900 square feet. It s a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath open concept with a study. We ve listened to current and prospective residents and tried to incorporate their wish lists into our newest designs, says Sales Counselor Christina Christie. Many have indicated they want to be able to fit their current living and dining room furniture into their new apartments. The open layout can easily accommodate those larger furniture pieces.

Room for what matters

Bill and Charlene Herbert moved into a Yardley-style combination apartment home earlier this year. The couple first visited Highland Springs five years ago and joined the priority list. In the intervening time, they ve visited the community for luncheons, seminars, and parties. But they couldn t settle on an apartment until they toured the Yardley. The flexibility of this floor plan was appealing to us, says Charlene. I wanted to bring my dining room furniture, and the open concept between living and dining enabled me to do that. They also appreciated the Yardley s second bedroom, well suited for guest accommodations. Our second bedroom is on the other side of the apartment, so our family and friends have plenty of space and privacy when they come to visit, says Charlene. One of the benefits of combining two apartments into one is that we essentially create two master bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms and large walk-in closets, says Christie. Other thoughtful design details, like ample closet space and laundry rooms, maximize the combination apartments appeal. I ve always wanted a laundry room like the one I have now, says Charlene. This apartment more than meets our needs.

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