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New kitchen, bathroom upgrades have the ‘wow’ factor

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December 19th, 2014
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When prospective residents tour the model floor plans at at PGA National, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens, Sales Director Wendy Paige says they’re most interested in seeing the kitchens and bathrooms.

So it’s no surprise that updates to those rooms are high on Erickson Living’s list of efforts to further enhance Devonshire’s reputation as the most prestigious address for independent living in southeast Florida.

Guided by its commitment to excellence and in response to consumer input, the company is completing upgrades in all of its available apartment homes. While some floor plans are undergoing additonal design enhancements, all kitchens and bathrooms are receiving impressive makeovers.

Visitors applaud the updates because the changes reflect design trends they expect such a distinctive retirement community to provide. 

Dreamy kitchens

Granite countertops remain the standard in Devonshire’s kitchens, but gone are the barstool-height breakfast bars. Now the counter around the kitchen sink is all one level, thus creating a longer cut-through in the kitchen-living room wall.

And Devonshire’s high ceilings let the height of the cut-through be increased as well. Both changes result in a fresh contemporary look, both spacious and open.

Those tall ceilings also allow cabinets to be installed higher on the kitchen walls. And every sink has new faucets with pullout sprayers. Small changes perhaps, but ones that give a less crowded appearance and a more-efficient workspace. 

Although few Devonshire residents actually cook, they still want an attractive and prep-friendly kitchen should they get the urge.

People can always customize their home at Devonshire, and many residents do just that. But folks who don’t customize now have choices among the standard offerings.

Devonshire has developed three distinctive kitchen design packages; people who purchase an apartment home that hasn’t yet been updated can select from three styles and colors of cabinetry and three colors of granite countertops.

Standard flooring is tile, and standard appliances are stainless steel. But people can request black or white appliances at no extra charge. 

Beautiful bathrooms

Devonshire’s master and second bathrooms are receiving new looks and updated designs.

In second bathrooms, banjo-cut counters have given way to straight-cut granite countertops. New tile, new cabinet styles, and sliding shower doors also update the look.

And the tiled walls and niches of the walk-in showers now feature accents of smaller, colorful inlaid tile. 

But the biggest changes, the “wow” factor, says Paige, are taking place in master bathrooms. 

Double sinks still are standard, but ultra-large showers with a swing door and a built-in seat are replacing the generously sized but dated bathtubs. 

Slightly higher countertops, expanded cabinets and storage, new lighting, and a comfort commode complete the upgrades.

New television commercials featuring the kitchens and bathrooms have drawn a tremendous response, says Paige. Updates will continue into February, but homes are selling so fast, she recommends people set up a personal tour to see the new home finishes.