24 Oct Builder explains reasons behind the Majestic remodel
The Majestic Model just had a remodel. It’s very rare for a model to be remodeled. Usually builders sell their model quickly and move onto building another one. But Paul Homes has a Majestic model on busy Cape Coral Parkway. It’s highly visible to people passing by, so they didn’t want to sell it. Instead they have sold more than 100 Majestic models over the past eight years, building them for people all over Southwest Florida.
But after eight years, the Majestic Model was looking its age. It was dated and old-fashioned. So Paul Homes spent eight weeks remodeling the model. “You take something with a little bit of age and make it look beautiful again”, said Bob Knight, president of Paul Homes. “It’s amazing how things change in eight years.”
There was a lot to do to bring the interior of this Mediterranean style home up-to-date. “This was a massive change”, Knight said as he pointed around the family room. Pillars and an archway leading from the entry to the family room were removed. The house used to have plant shelves built into the upper walls in the family room, master bedroom, and guest room. The only one remaining now is in the guest room. With all of the plant shelves removed, the family room has a more open look. “People started looking at plant shelves as dust carriers,” Knight said.
The built-in television/entertainment center was removed. The 60” flat screen was put directly on the wall with a smaller table underneath. “This is because TVs have become flat and not heavy so you can hang it like a picture”, Knight said. Rounded corners on the walls were changed to the more modern straight corners. Old tile was replaced with tile that looks like wood. New furniture replaced old furniture. Old lights were replaced with LED lighting. The kitchen island used to be higher with stools. Now it is lower with seats. All new cabinets and stainless-steel appliances were put in. A small drop zone was added by the garage door entrance to the home.
In the master suite, the removal of the plant shelf allowed the builder to put in 8’ doors leading to the master bathroom. The large soaking tub was replaced with a freestanding smaller bathtub. The tile was changed and the sinks went from oval to square shape. The etched glass by the shower was replaced with plain glass. Bi-fold doors leading to the closets were changed to solid doors.
One of the guest bedrooms is decorated as a den. The second guest room is the only place left with a plant shelf giving people a glimpse of what that looks like. The house has a breakfast nook by the windows overlooking the lanai and a dining area by the front of the house. The lanai has a new concrete table and benches. There is an outdoor kitchen, pool and spa.
The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a three-car garage and spans 2,307 square feet under air and 3,409 square feet of total living space. There is an option to add a third bathroom. The starting price for the home with a pool and spa is $428,900. “Normally we don’t keep models this long, but it was the location,” Knight explained. “For us this land is so prolific. Look at the traffic out there. Where else would we go?”
Tom and Lovelyn Robbins of California are a perfect example of how the location of the model works. “We decided we were going to retire in Florida,” Tom Robbins began. “We took a week and looked in Daytona, the Villages, Vero Beach and Cape Coral. We stopped at different places looking for homes. We kind of got lost on Cape Coral Parkway and we were getting frustrated, then we saw a home with flags that said ‘Paul Homes’ and we decided to go in and look, and as soon as we went inside it was the ‘wow’ factor! It was amazing. We were probably there for an hour and we decided then and there that this was the model we wanted to build.”
That drive-by when they were lost on the busy Parkway led to them buying a Majestic. They moved in their new home in May. “They were so accommodating,” Robbins said. “They never told us no. It was an awesome experience building with Paul Homes. We love that it was all open. We loved that one wing was nothing but the master suite and if you have guests, they are on the other side of the house.”
The Robbins loved the old model. He said he liked the plant shelves, plantation fans, large tub, etched glass, columns, archways and entertainment center. “The pillars by the front door make it feel kind of elegant,” he said.
Knight says that’s not what most of his new clients are looking for. They want a more modern sleek look, so that’s what he did to the interior of the model. “We knew we needed to change it to a more modern look,” Knight concluded. “It is a model that was remodeled.” For more information, call 239 542 0607, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article taken from The News-Press, Sunday Real Estate section, October 21, by Andrea Stetson