Best Innovative Designs

The newest in designs like telescoping doors that open to outdoor living space or creative use of smaller spaces can be found in these communities.

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Insight Homes

Bridgeville, DE — Insight Homes specializes in affordably prices single-family residences in more than 20 communities in southern Delaware and eastern Maryland. Every Insight design incorporates a variety of energy-efficient features and healthy-house systems that enhance indoor air quality. Flexible home options include the the Kramer model, which can be customized with from four to seven bedrooms and a choice of three distinctive exterior looks. The Jerry can be likewise customized with up to six bedrooms and a “super bath” in the owner’s suite. The Elaine (yes, it’s a theme) has a huge walk-in closet and an optional angled morning room.

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Costa Rica--Bellazo is the newest gated community on the pristine Pacific Gold Coast of Costa Rica by Kalia Living, one of Costa Rica's leading developers. The community features homes that are award-winning, eco-modern architectural masterpieces, with breathtaking ocean views. While featuring all the modern conveniences, the homes are exceptionally energy efficient. The lead architect is the CEO of Kalia Living, one of Costa Rica's leading development companies. As a result, he is able to maintain the highest standard of excellence in home designs and construction. Bellazo also offers a sumptuous spa, yoga, a gourmet restaurant, a 5-star hotel, maid and valet services.

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Schell Brothers - Delaware Premier Home Builder

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware--
With upscale communities in 10 locations along the Delaware coast and in in Virginia’s capital city of Richmond, the Shell Brothers’ “Design Your Home” program allows buyers to customize their residential plans. Basic to each is the signature Shellter Advantage Building Science initiative that maximizes energy efficiency with features like 6” exterior walls filled with blown-in R-23 insulation and Rinnai tankless water heaters. The Coastal Collection design series includes The Jasmine, which can be personalized to include up to five bedrooms and and owner’s suite with adjacent screened porch and garden-style courtyard.

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Natural Elements Homes

Sweetwater, TN — Natural Elements Homes is a modern pioneer in the construction of Log Homes, Timer Frame Homes and Hybrid Homes that offer the latest in contemporary conveniences with classic American architecture. The Natural Elements design team works with every buyer to create a unique residence from more than 300 basic plans. Among the most popular are the Big Chief Mountain Lodge, with its Jacuzzi deck that opens directly from the master-bedroom suite and an artist’s workshop above the detached garage, and the Mount Olive Retreat that offers more than 1,800 heated square feet and nearly as much space devoted to screened porches and open decks.

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Minto Communities

Minto is ahead of the curve in lifestyle and design trends while continuing to present classic touches that bridge the generations. Distinctive touches include architectural detailing, designer kitchens, and covered lanais with kitchens, dining areas, pools, and spas. Master retreats feature large closets and ensuite baths with double vanities, soaking tubs, and walk-in showers. Interior courtyards and guest casitas with private entrances provide the ultimate stay-and-play-at-home environment. Many Minto homes include two-and-three-car garages.

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GL Homes

Boca Raton, FL — With Florida community developments in the Tampa, Boca/Delray, Boynton Beach and Ft. Myers/Naples areas, GL Homes offers creative single-family residence designs. The Atlantic Collection’s Grand Summit model features a large covered patio with optional outdoor summer kitchen and an expansive master bath with 10-foot ceilings and a Roman tub. The Caroline design in the Crown Collection offers two separate garages and French-door access directly from the master-bedroom suite to the screened patio, while the Merlot model in the Vintage collection has five bedrooms, a private dining room and, of course, a wine cellar.

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Evergreen Homes

Arlington, VA — Evergreen Homes is a regional builder in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware communities with a national reputation for innovative home designs. Among the “quick delivery” homes currently available are The Willis, with five bedrooms and 4.5 baths with hardwood flooring on the main and second levels, and Pro-Chef kitchen appliances; The Chapman, a farmhouse-style home with a three-car, side-entrance garage and more than 7,000 square feet of indoor space; and the new Villa design that features a wide-open main level, plus a lower-level rec room and a private deck overlooking the lake.

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Today’s 50+ buyers are extremely social and they entertain frequently at home. They love open floorplans with fewer rooms and gourmet kitchens. AV Homes designs homes to maximize space and include the 50+ buyers’ most-requested features such as spacious lanais, kitchen island seating for casual dining, a room that can multitask as a study or hobby room, and comfortable master suites with thoughtful touches such as large showers with built-in seats.

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Shea Trilogy

Shea Homes is a major national development company with Shea communities that cover the country from California and Arizona to Florida and the Carolinas. Among the company’s most notable milestones is the recent sale of its 100,000th home. The signature Trilogy properties are active-adult communities that include both innovative masterplan concepts and customizable home designs. Among the most cutting-edge of those options is the SheaXero residence that is able to generate as much electricity as it uses on an annual basis. Additional features ergonomic countertops inside and five-sided architecture to enhance privacy and curb appeal.

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