Choosing a Toll Brothers Home Design
The Regency at Upper Dublin offers five different models ranging from 1800 square feet of space to just over 2300. Since this community is limited to 55+ home buyers, all the models have first-floor master bedrooms. Actually, these homes are all single floor designs but several of them offer optional 2nd-floor lofts. The optional lofts consist of open space with a bedroom or two depending on configuration.
The criteria for choosing our next home includes the following:
- first floor master (a given for this particular community)
- a separate dining room “area”
(not really looking for a formal dining room per se, but an area to serve as a dining room. An advantage of not having a walled-in dining room allows adding a folding table to extend the room’s capacity for those holidays and big occasions needing it.)
- open floor plan
(love it. Our current home has an open kitchen/family room. Works perfectly.)
- large, wow kitchen
(We have a custom, large and extremely functional kitchen now. Would hate to take a step backward. See www.akitchenremodel.com .)
- preferably 3 bedrooms
(grown kids and family seem to all visit at the same time)
- separate office space preferred
(basements are cold and discourage use ~~my perspective~~. We now have an overused butcher’s pantry as our landing spot for mail and such. An office would let us put it behind closed doors.)
- no formal living room
(doesn’t fit our lifestyle)
The Merrick Model
The standard floor plan for the Toll Brothers Merrick model house design starts meeting our major criteria listed above.
Builder Upgrades and Options
We chose several options to transform the standard home design to fully meet our criteria. First, we chose to go with the 2nd-floor upgrade which provided an extra bedroom upstairs plus a loft area. Additionally, one huge plus (for me) is that by including the second floor, the family room is given a vaulted ceiling which wonderfully changes the feel of the entire house.
Expanding the family room gives us a little more room and opting for the greenhouse extension, while only 4 feet, allows us to expand the kitchen somewhat without cramping the size of the eat-in area. And because we tend to collect things, we added the expanded garage that could serve as winter storage for patio furniture and the like.
Merrick Home Design with chosen options