M/I Homes designs elevate townhome living

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The kitchen in the Allerton floor plan at Easton Park makes it easy for the chef to navigate between the refrigerator, cooktop, sink and island. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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Progress marches on.

During the post World War II building boom, a new single-family house with three bedrooms, one bath and a one-car attached garage was a dream come true for millions of Americans.

That won’t cut it today. Homebuyers want more, and M/I Homes is a leader in making sure people get what they want.

M/I offers townhomes in several suburbs, with prices starting at $149,990 to approximately $292,990.

At Easton Park, being developed in Carol Stream, the four floor plans range from $199,990 to $245,990 and from 1,708 to 2,269 square feet, with two to four bedrooms and 1½ to four baths.

“Of course, first-rate construction is important, but so is good design,” said Cheryl Bonk, vice president of sales and marketing for the Chicago division of M/I Homes. “Good design is often subtle, but people feel better in a well-designed home.”

Few outside the industry will think to themselves, “Nice traffic flow, but the work triangle proportions in the kitchen might be a bit off.”

But if that triangle — the spacing between the sink, stove and refrigerator — is not done properly, the kitchen won’t function as well. If there is too little room, people might bump into each other, which may have led to the adage that “too many cooks spoil the broth.”

On the other hand, if there is too much space between the countertop and cooktop, preparing food is less efficient.

When planning a kitchen, buyers are presented with seemingly endless choices regarding everything from floors — vinyl, tile or wood — to countertops, which can be granite, Corian or quartz.

Helping buyers decide is “where our Design Center comes in,” Bonk said.

“Our interior designer specialists help you decide how to mix and match the various options to suit your taste and budget,” she said.

Older homes usually relegated kitchens to the back, perhaps a vestige of “Downton Abbey” days. But with today’s classy kitchens, the chef wants to show it off and keep visiting with guests, who usually gather in the family room.

Many homes built in the 1960s and 1970s have powder rooms separating the kitchen from family rooms. But modern homes, including the townhomes at Easton Park, let the great room flow right into the kitchen, making things friendlier for everybody.

These well-thought-out floor plans make the townhome spaces much more versatile. For example, one Easton Park family uses the great room to display the husband’s guitar collection. There’s also a piano for family jam sessions.

In addition to Easton Park, M/I Homes currently offers upscale townhomes at: Shelburne Crossing in Winfield; Church Street Station in Hanover Park; Sheffield Square in Orland Park; The Plaza on New York in Aurora; Savannah Crossing in Aurora; Mayfair in Naperville; Sutton Ridge in Streamwood; and Whitmore Place in St. Charles. All M/I townhomes include attached two-car garages.

M/I Homes is recent recipient of a 2012 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award. In addition to installing Energy Star appliances, M/I adheres to the rigorous Energy Star construction standards that only 20 percent of new homes built in America meet. The result is homes that save as much as 30 percent on energy bills when compared to a house built to code.

To visit the furnished models at Easton Park, take Interstate 355 to North Avenue west on for 4.5 miles. Turn right at Bennett Drive, then right onto Sype Drive to Easton Park.

The sales office is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays or by appointment. Call (630) 605-8271.

Furnished models are available at most communities. For more information, email SalesChicago@mihomes.com or visit www.mihomes.com.