Your Coventry Home, Your Way: The Williams House
September 16, 2020
Designing the Williams House
Coventry Homes is known for its flexible designs and wealth of choices available at our design center, all of which allow you to build and design a home perfectly suited to your style and life. Selecting a floor plan is the first step. Then, the structural and design options are in your hands, and the possibilities are virtually endless!
David and Kari Williams recently closed on their Coventry home in South Pointe, located in Mansfield, Texas. Read below to learn more about their experience building with Coventry Homes.
What were the deciding factors in choosing Coventry Homes?
Last fall, after an extensive search of neighborhoods and builders around the Dallas area, we discovered Southpointe in Mansfield. Coventry displayed the Lockhart II design as your model home. The floor plan and the neighborhood were a great match for us. There were certainly other builders with similar designs, but what really solidified our decision to build with you was our sales counselor. She instantly connected with us and offered enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge, transparency and trust. The stated ability to make changes, even structural ones, also played a big role in choosing Coventry.
What were your reasons for selecting your floor plan, the Lockhart II?
The Lockhart II met our bedroom and bath needs for a home to be our new family center. We liked the laundry room off the primary closet and the form and function of the open floor plan. The butler’s pantry connecting the dining to the kitchen was also a great feature.
What structural changes, if any, did you make to your selected floor plan?
I redesigned the plan by converting the existing single car garage into a living space that we are now converting to dressing room for my wife with custom cabinetry, an island, a shoe wall, and make up vanity desk and mirror. We took the existing primary closet and are using it as a joint closet for husband and wife.
The diagonal hallway that originally led to the single car garage was reworked to create a new utility closet in the laundry room for supplies and mops/vacuums. We relocated the data panel into the utility closet freeing up wall space in the new joint closet.
The original standard primary bathroom came with 3 drawers. We redesigned the cabinetry to now include 13 drawers.
We eliminated the built-in bathtub in the primary bath. However, to allow for a future free-standing tub if ever desired, we plumbed the wall with a drain pipe and stubbed water lines that can all be easily accessed later if needed. We placed a beautiful dresser type of furniture in that space that looks amazing and is highly functional.
We chose to add the curved staircase option but then redesigned its look. The original Coventry design curves the staircase but then transitions back to a straight wall with (2) 90 degree corners, so we designed the curve wall to continue all the way to the 20’ ceiling and incorporated curved crown molding. This is by far the most beautiful change we made and it is the “wow” factor when people first walk in. I also added threshold lighting going up the staircase, and it looks amazing.
By taking the curve all the way up to the ceiling, it allowed me to redesign and enclose the previous space in front of the window overlooking the foyer that was also called a plant ledge. This new space will be converted into a “nook” off of bedroom 3 with a small step up. It will be a unique space for children to play, a reading room, walk-in storage, or retreat.
We redesigned the kitchen by increasing the kitchen island and re-working the drawers and doors for better function. We relocated the microwave to the right of the refrigerator for better function and so as to not take away from the backsplash by the stove.
Instead of going for the media room option, we kept bedroom 5 and the bath as is but treated the “game room” as a media room and put surround sound speakers in the ceiling and a large TV in the TV nook.
We added a warming drawer below our double ovens – a perfect location.
We added up lighting and down lighting in all art and sculpture niches.
How would you describe your style?
Our style can best be described as modern farmhouse/transitional cozy.
What is the most unusual design feature you incorporated into your new home?
Both the curved staircase wall extended up to the 20’ ceiling and the single car conversion into a magnificent women’s dressing room along the theme of California Closets.
What three changes best personify your style/lifestyle?
The garage conversion to a beautiful living space, re-working the kitchen, and the curved staircase. These are the perfect combinations of function in beautiful form.
What do you think will have your friends saying, “Wow!” when they walk in the door?
Definitely the curved staircase to the ceiling and the amazing dressing room for my wife. Every woman I have described this to has gone crazy about such a room.
And, finally, what are you most excited about?
We are excited about taking a great design and making it even better so that the house will now be a home that is model caliber but cozy and inviting. It will now be the center of the universe for our growing and extended family. We can’t wait to make lots of memories here!
Are you ready to build and design your dream home with Coventry Homes? Contact a representative today!