WTFF: Let There Be Light

Another fascinating gadget going on (and off) here at Jeff Click Homes.

posted Feb 1, 2012 by

We've got some fascinating gadgets going on (and off) here at Jeff Click Homes. This next little number is indisputably called "The Proximity Sensing Switch". Because, well, it does just that! It actually senses motion. Coming from our Media Director, Jonathan Youngblood: "Need a light? Boom. Done. Don't even think about it."
Need a light on? Boom. Done. Don't even think about it.

Not only does this thing look cool, but the versatility of the switch is what makes it even cooler. In most cases, you leave the switch on auto so that when it senses motion, it automatically turns on. We know your little mind is coming up with some "Yeah, but what if?" So, hold that because this thing is not only smart, it's genius and practical, too.

Women: if you're putting on makeup in the morning or slipping into the tub for a nice, relaxing soak, you can turn it on just like a normal light switch, and it stays on. This keeps from it turning on and off during times of limited motion.

It costs us $45 more, but we do it for you in every bathroom. It's cheaper than hiring someone to do it for you.

Guys: this thing is great for you, too, picture it...those late night trips to the bathroom, you're half zombified, the last thing you really want to do is wander around for a light switch when you end up touching your toothbrush, bar of soap, etc. And let's be honest, you're not always 100% accurate with the "aiming-in-the-dark" thing, so this will narrow down any chances of getting in the doghouse when the wifey wakes up.

Off, Auto, On. You decide.

You can even adjust the amount of time that the light stays on after it senses motion. It can be adjusted by simply removing a couple of the screws and adjusting a dial on the backside of the switch. The cost per unit on the Proximity Sensing Switch is $45 over a regular decora style switch, but we cover the cost for you...in every bathroom in your house.

Think about the long run, you save $$ and energy. And that's a beautiful thing...just not as beautiful, though, as when the switch rats you out in a game of hide-and-seek with the kids.

WTFF: The Kink-Rethink

A simple solution to "just tucking that thing away."

posted Jan 18, 2012 by

Sometimes a little "been there, done that...now let's improve this at Jeff Click Homes" enigma pops up in rather tucked-away places. In this case of this week's "What the Feature?! Friday," we encourage you to forget about tucking anything away, as we have come up with a sweet cubby hole for none other than the flimsy, foil-esqe, 4" tubing that attaches on to the back of a clothes dryer. It's anything but glamourous, but quite obviously a necessity.
Rats! Foiled again...not! At least in a JCH home. Plug your foiled dryer duct right into our sweet cubby.


"This has to be one of the most unnoticed features in our homes" says Brodie Tucker, our community manager. "However, it is quite a role player in the overall design and function in all of our mud/laundry rooms. In most cases, 4"-6" doesn't make a big difference..." Hold that thoughtwe're going to cut right here and give you Jeff's libretto on why it DOES make a big difference, especially when it comes to the newer styled front-loading washers and dryers.

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"After I lived in a home whose utility room lacked the few necessary inches to enable a door to freely open without almost bumping the dryer, I knew we had to start thinking more about this. The door had a hard time opening due to the dryer having to be about 4" away from the wall to keep the duct from kinking. While at the International Builder Show, I discovered a stainless steel inset panel which allows an additional 4" for your dryer vent duct to turn upwards and connect to the exterior dryer vent. It saves kinks in the duct, which means less stress on your dryer, and clothes dry more quickly."

It could be said that we've left the "gettin' kinky" stuff for what it's really intended for...not dryer ducts.

The toil with foil ends here.


And since every inch of a JCH home is smart and beautiful, why would we leave the laundry room to suffer? Our stager, Sharen Polkinghorne appreciates the gesture because from a design standpoint, you can make a lot of difference in a smaller space with more square footage and walk around space.

This is a standard amenity in ALL of our new homes in Oklahoma City and Edmond, and we spend around $50 more for this "freeture" over just a basic sleeve that sticks out of other builders' walls.

Smart, simple fixes. Why didn't we think of that first? Oh wait, we did.


A few Fridays a month, we post a new WTFF, or "What the Feature?! Friday" blurb scoping in on special elements of our homes that make us one unique thumbprint. Some are standard features, some are options, but all have a cool story.

WTFF: Joist To The World

...or at least your ceiling.

posted Nov 30, 2011 by

Those plain, boring ceilings you often see are not really exciting, right? No. Well, you know us, we go for the bold here at Jeff Click Homes and live right up to our JCH-fan-given status as an award-winning builder of new homes in Oklahoma City. We tactfully leave no potential design stone un-turned and we just won't let the ceiling stop us.
Next time the "stuff hits the ceiling", "the stuff" may think twice.

Jeff got the "okc-famous" joisted ceiling idea several years ago at a restaurant in Bricktown that was in an old building with its original upper stories still in tact. He studied the visual aspects of the space over dinner and noticed the ceiling above his table was actually the bottom of the second story floor, which was made simply of wood beams, joists, and decking. "I've always enjoyed implementing aspects of urban structures into our suburban homes, and this one immediately hit me as a must-do." says Jeff, "We now often do these in our homes as optional upgrade amenities."

The exposed joist ceilings enhance a modern feel that many of our designs already have. For many of JCH clients, it has added that extra touch in the loft, study, or master bedroom.


The loft-style study in the Daniel.

Topped off, literally, quite nicely.



From our Community Manager, Brodie Tucker: "Visitors often comment on what a simple, but clever idea the exposed joist ceilings are. They bring life and a custom feel to a specific area."

"I like the way it makes the room feel larger. It's a super creative technique." Pam Bradford, JCH Office Manager.

It took some planning to get these "just right". Our Construction Manager, Dallas Bradford, shed some light on how they are constructed. "These are made by first framing the walls. We then run a band flush with the top plate. Depending on the way you want to run the joist which can run with or against the room,we pull center and hang three joists in the center to cover the base for a future light. The left over space on either side are then filled in at equal spacing, all with the joist hangers exposed. The ceiling is installed on top of the plates and joists. We use plywood because it will hold the joists from rolling much better. The dead spot that is created at the plate line is then foamed on top of the plywood and blown with insulation. Underneath in the exposed side, all gaps are caulked in and the sheetrock hits flush to the outside rim. We leave all the imperfections for you to see: knot holes, splintered wood, missing chunks. Once it is painted or stained, the true beauty is obvious, don't worry, there is no load bearing on top of it, just enjoy the view."
We wouldn't let our model go topless, but we're all about exposing its joists.

Speaking of construction, our Home Stager, Sharen Polkinghorne remembers the first time she ever viewed the exposed joist ceiling. She says, "I just believed the sheetrock hadn't gone up and would be like any other ceiling in any other home. What a surprise that urban looking ceiling was! We were ready to "stage" the home but I had to "rethink" my whole decorating plan for the room when I walked in and the ceiling was still exposed. We ended up doing a 'New York chic cityscape' look with dark open beamed ceiling. It was a huge hit with everyone!

Exposed in the master suite.

Our 2009 Parade of Homes entry.



Next time the "'stuff' hits the ceiling", "the stuff" may think twice.




A few Fridays a month, we post a new WTFF, or "What the Feature?! Friday" blurb scoping in on special elements of our homes that make us one unique thumbprint. Some are standard features, some are options, but all have a cool story.

WTFF: Lucite, We're Home!

The Lucid Lucite - An address panel. Not a Twisted Sister song.

posted Aug 18, 2011 by

Point blank on first impressions: they are one of the most important characteristics that humans can give off, but what about static things? Such as, say, houses? We believe they're just as important.


As was once said in a deodorant commercial...because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.


Lucid (loo-sid) adj.
1 expressed clearly; easy to understand : a lucid account ex. write in a clear and lucid style.

Lucite (loo-site) noun (trademark)
Poly (methyl methacrylate) is a transparent thermoplastic, often used as a light or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.

Stand off, yo.
A great way to address the issue.


To a first-time guest coming to your home, the address panel is often the first thing they're looking forwhich means it immediately plays into first impressions. Given JCH's insatiable quest to be different, we want to signal that from the get-go. So rather than the cliche, ultra traditional brick mailboxes with cast stone address blocks, (or spray-painted house numbers on the street curb with the communities favorite college football team) it's a given that our first impression is set in stone. But not quite in that way.

It's fitting that any of our modern new homes in Oklahoma City and Edmond come standard with a lucite address panel. An approximate 12" tall by 18" wide, these sheets of virtual icy-coolness are installed on the front of our brick mailboxes using stainless steel standoffs, which are hardware pieces that are drilled into the brick that keep the lucite (see above definition) separated about 1/2" from the brick. This creates some depth and allows light to bounce around between the lucite and brick for a cool look. Since most vinyl decals just don't last in harsh, extreme OK weather conditions (think peeling, chipping), traditional vinyl numbers end up looking like something scary from the Aadams Family house (not good).

Compare a JCH home to a personality trait and we say we're pretty transparent.


We got smart, classy and dapper with our lettering. It's a templated, spray-on material much like what is used for spray-on truck bed liners. This makes it a hardcore print of the address unconditionally sustainable to the utmost frickin' freezin', blistering hot and Wizard of Oz like winds.

WTFF: Silence of the Slams

The cabinet bumpers that keep you out of the 2AM doghouse.

posted Jul 21, 2011 by

Grass is to green as sky is to blue, and candy buttons on paper tape as translucent bumpers on large sheets? Ok maybe not THE best analogy for these clear, ultra-quiet, long-searched-for, bumper like deals, but we at JCH like to compare them to candy. They are just as good. (Though we highly recommend NOT putting them in your mouth.)
What looks like bling reduces a slam to a ping.
On sheets of 10x20, that cost x30.


It's amazing how one simple, little, rubber cabinet bumper can be such a genius idea. Jeff saw these on a cabinet door once when he was traveling about the country and thought it was brilliant. Normally, you'd see a piece of felt fabric attached by adhesive inside a cabinet door or drawer to reduce the clapping "BANG!" you'd hear upon shutting it. Those cheap felt pieces (that eventually tear off and retire felt leavins') just don't work at 2am, when you're sneaking into the kitchen to kill off the last of the Doritos. The SLAM! of the cabinet door sounds off, waking up the entire household...the baby's crying now, then the wife comes in and catches you red-handed, demanding you go brush your teeth because...as we all know...Dorito breath is the worst.

These 1/2" diameter x 5/32" thick, pressure-sensitive, non-skid bumpers are placed on the inside corners of doors and drawers to silence the massive impact. They are also used for under glass tops and as shelf rests for glass panels.

Once Jeff saw 'em, he searched the vast Google panorama to discover a single supplier of these rare bumpers, which come on a pricey sheet of 200 (like stickers or candy buttons on paper tape). And, these things cost us about 30 times the cost of a sheet of felt bumpers, but they are worth at least that because of how effective they are. (Thought bubble suggesting your 2am Dorito-eating habit...and no one knowing a thing because there's no SLAM! involved.)

So what about this added cost? These conventional little bumpers are a standard feature in all Jeff Click Homes. We eat it so that you can eat that 2am snack without getting busted. Just remember to brush your teeth before returning to bed.

Stick that on your cabinet and SLAM! it!




A few Fridays a month, we post a new WTFF, or "What the Feature?! Friday" blurb scoping in on special elements of our homes that make us one unique thumbprint. Some are standard features, some are options, but all have a cool story.

WTFF: The Thermal Membrane

Insane for the Thermal Membrane.

posted Jul 7, 2011 by

Imagine venturing up to your attic for the first time as a kid, or even your basement (we'll let your imagination run wild for this one). It's either hotter than sin or colder than outer space. You see that pink or yellow fuzzy stuff attached to the wooden boards, probably falling off, and of course, you touch it because it looks like cotton candy. Then miraculously, you start itching. It's probably standard fiberglass insulation that mom and dad told you never to touch just for that reason, and probably because they knew it would fall off.
Fast-forward about 20 years (or to your present age) and you're building a Jeff Click Home! Take out that image of itchy, semi-worthless insulation and let us introduce you to what we use. It's new, puffy, brain-matter-looking, and so super sci-fi you need a space suit to install it: ICYNENE Expanding Foam Insulation. Or, incredibly efficient "spray foam" that is in fact implanted with a mysterious gun sent to us direct from the Vulcans.

Populate. Propagate. Insulate.


Do our homes actually posses this material installed by aliens? Kinda. But we're going to tell you why and how, as mere humans, we standardly use Icynene Expanding Foam insulation in the exterior walls of every energy efficient home we build.

It does matter.

Icynene Insulation, pre-shaving.





Inside the membrane.

Pre-shaven exterior walls.




When applied, the stuff that eerily looks like Mountain Dew Icy Drinks (which is in NO way related to Jeff's favorite drink) is sprayed in a thin, icy-like layer, which expands exponentially within 30-60 seconds after it's sprayed. It's later shaved flush with the 24 studs, completely filling the wall cavities.
Icynene Expanding Foam insulation being sprayed into the wall cavity.

The expanding properties are key because it allows the material to expand into crevices and cavities that other traditional insulations could never reach. This gives the wall, and thus the home, a superior performance in air-tightness over traditional insulation.

The alien injector...of the insulation.

The foam expands 30-60 seconds after "landing."




We got the scoop directly from Bart Bartholomew, the head honcho at Builders Insulation who supplies and installs our Icynene and we're going to let you in on some other facts that were discussed:

Jeff Click Homes spends about 2.25 times more for Icynene than typical insulations other builders use. This equates to about $2500 more spent per home just on the insulation portion of our energy efficiency performance practices.

There's an average 5-year return on investment for the homeowner on this expense in utility savings. A $2500 increase in the financing of a home equates to about $20/mo on a typical mortgage payment. However, the average savings in utility costs due to this insulation is $80/mo. This is a $60 net pick-up per month for the homeowner! It's like turning a $20 bill into 3 $20 bills every month. You can't do that consistently in any casino.

Icynene is among the best residential insulations.
Ours is installed by Builders Insulation.




Put on your space suit and call up Capt. Spock, and go learn some more about Icynene Expanding Foam Insulation, standard in every new home by Jeff Click Homes.




A few Fridays a month, we post a new WTFF, or "What the Feature?! Friday" blurb scoping in on special elements of our homes that make us one unique thumbprint. Some are standard features, some are options, but all have a cool story.

WTFF: The Shiny Button

Push it. Push it real good.

posted Jun 23, 2011 by

Look at it. It's round, it's shiny and like kids being put inside of a room and told "NOT" to push the button. You push the button.
It's little. It's shiny. And it's begging you to push it.

What's the feature, though?

Here are some facts on this little, tiny but mighty piece of genius that is standard in EVERY JCH plan with an island.

It's a switch for the garbage disposal! Like the one in other homes you accidentally flip it instead of the light switch you were looking for. that scares the bejunk out of you EVERY time. Even when consciously you know it's the one on the left, but your subconscious tells you to flip the one on the right. This bad-boy, though, is placed conveniently at the edge of the sink instead of next to that dreaded light switch.

It couldn't be cuter. It just sits there and shines,
ready to initiate the mangling of waste.

People always want to know what this is. It's a conversation starter. A jealousy maker. Another piece of bling in the kitchen. They want one in their own home. It's safe. And amazingly, it is not an electrical switch. It's connected to an air hose that, when pressurized, triggers an electrical transformer down in the cabinet that sends power to the disposal. Ok, that was kind of nerdy to go there, and we'll push our thick, black-framed glasses up over our nose now and snort, but it's fun to know what stuff in your home does, right?
No more fumbling around at the side of the island
looking for the switch.


Might I also add that our community manager, Brody Tucker, says, "People looking at our model or spec homes are obviously curious. Probably 8 out of 10 people that walk by it the first time CAN'T resist the temptation to push it. The reactions are hilarious." Yet another practical use for this piece of genius. So stop by our furnished model home, or any of our other completed and available new homes in Edmond, to see Brodie and to take you're turn to push it.


A few Fridays a month, we post a short WTFF, or "What the Feature Friday" blurb scoping in on special elements of our homes that make us one unique thumbprint. Some are standard features, some are options, but all have a cool story.

WTFF?

Not exactly what you THINK it is.

posted Jun 19, 2011 by

Good actors are great at what they do. Terrible actors are, well, not great at what they do. There's a lot of work, sweat and tears that goes on behind the scenes to get every detail in the script as optimal as possible.
So many details the Devil himself wants no part in it.


We here at JCH like to think of some of the good ones, and lots goes on behind the scenes that we haven't always been able to explain. So we're going to let you in on some of the back-stage details about the details...the kind of details that answer the question, "Where dos that do-hickey even come from, and why do y'all put those in your homes?"

So be prepped. We're launching "What The Feature? Fridays," which in txt-speak, we're going with WTFF. A few Fridays a month, we'll post a short "under-the-kilt" look at some of our most innovative features that makes our homes unique. Or, what makes Jeff Click Homes..Jeff Click Homes. Got it, Homes?

Master Bath Mystique

A place to book-end to the day, and hopefully for an occasional steamy encounter.

posted Feb 8, 2010 by Jeff Click

It's usually the place we start our morning, and typically where we end our day: The Master Bathroom. So what separates the mundane from the magical?
In this series, we're looking at some of the hottest Master Suites in new homes in Edmond, Oklahoma built by Jeff Click Homes, showcasing some of the best looks and trends found in the mid-level price point. Check out a few photos from our furnished new home model in Silverhawk.

WOW-Factor: Just as we did in the entrance to the Master Suite, we add a little "holllah!" to the
to the first view of the bathroom.


Lighten Up: Lighting is the "bling" of a house, and should make a statement, but never neglect
attention to good lighting function. Ladies need it for perfecting their look, and bros need it
to insure a crisis-free shave. Natural light enhances it all the more during the day.


Blush & Brush: While we strongly encourage as much fun as possible in the Master Bath, let's remember
it's a place for work, too. Good counter top space, adequate storage, and a place
for the Princess to pretty up, are all essential.


Bathing Beauties: A romantic bathroom isn't so without a roomy bath for two.


Showered With Love: So maybe the bath tub isn't an every day affair, but we hope a shower is. A
roomy shower is a must for any steamy encounters...
or just to get ready for the day.


There are a few other niceties that we like to throw into our Master Bathrooms in all of our new homes in Edmond and Oklahoma City. One of the more popular amenities is our proximity-sensing light control, which detects your presence and turns on your lights for you for an adjustable period of time. We also include a heat lamp and vent light combo, which provides a boost of heat for those chilly mornings, as well as helps better ventilate the room should things get a little too steamy, so to speak (which we strongly encourage!). Jeff Click Homes also tiles all shower walls and bath tub backsplashes for added style and longevity.

To see our unique, modern home designs that have amazing master baths, might we suggest The Numbers Plan, The Daniel Plan, The Psalm Plan, and The Romans Plan.

Up next: The Master Closet.

Bathroom Bliss

5 Differences To Look For In Every Bathroom In Jeff Click Homes

posted Oct 7, 2007 by Jeff Click

It's easy to get caught up in focusing on major aspects and amenities of a home when making what is often an overwhelming decision. Finding the right combination of the several-dozen big-ticket items can often distract from some of the smaller details a home might be missing, but that are no less important to comfortable and practical living. Selecting the right floorplan, getting the granite counter tops in the kitchen, and finding just the right paint color are important, but equally important is what is going into an area of the home you're sure to spend significant time in. It's where most of us both start and finish our days, and where many of our guests will be spending some time, too, so consideration needs to be reserved for...the bathrooms!

As part of an on-going series designed to help point out the numerous differences that set Jeff Click Homes apart from its competitors, I'll focus this post on some of the extra touches we add to our bathrooms that you'll want to be sure to make note of as you search for your next new home in Oklahoma City, Edmond, or Deer Creek.

» Decoratively Framed Mirrors
If you've visited many homes on the market, you've seen plenty of plain, rectangular mirrors either glued to the bathroom wall, or attached to it using metal or acrylic clips, with a "light bar" hanging above it with several exposed screw-in light bulbs.

Our master bathrooms include one of several vanity designs complemented with one of a few framed mirror designs that are included as a standard amenity. A 6" hardwood frame topped with crown moulding and stained to match the cabinetry provides a finishing touch to a more traditional decor, while separate his and her mirrors framed in 2" hardwood with mitered corners provides a sleek and simple look for more modern tastes. Hall bathrooms also include a decoratively framed mirror, and powder baths mirrors are reserved for a more unique after-market mirror that is chosen and provided by the home owner.

» Ceramic Tiled Showers & Baths
One way some competitors cut significant costs is by installing pre-fabricated fiberglass or plastic shower wall inserts or baths with built-in backsplashes and front decks. Every shower in Jeff Click Homes is pre-constructed with a special concrete-based wall material rated for use in wet areas, followed by quality ceramic tile. The same applies for the backsplash around the master bathtub and for hall bathrooms with bath/shower units. This provides not only a more stylish look, increases the longevity of performance and sustained value through quality material use.

» Heaters & Vent Lights
Those early morning showers are often challenging enough when you're waking up, and there's not much worse than being tired, wet, and cold. Each master bathroom in every Jeff Click Home includes a combination heater, light, and ducted vent. Each feature can be operated separately, providing an instant heat source, additional lighting, and exhaust ventilation. They are all combined into one unit, reducing visual clutter in the ceiling. Hall baths and powder baths include ducted vent fans, and in cases when more light is needed, the vent will have a separately-switched light built in. These features provide better indoor air quality by exhausting humid and odorous air.

» Higher Shower Heads
Who wants to stoop down to rinse the shampoo from his hair? While a number of women have commented positively on this design standard, it's usually the men who sing praises for our 7'6" standard height for shower heads. Typically, shower heads are placed at 6' to 6'6" in other homes, and once you figure in the extra 2-4 inches lower it ends up due to the shower head bending downward, an average guy ends up having to stoop to rinse. Take a shower in any Jeff Click Home, and if you're under 7' tall, no stooping will be necessary.

» Motion-Activated Lighting
Those middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom don't always take place in a fully-alert state of mind. With that in mind, who wants to be bothered by fumbling for a light switch when the objective is to seek immediate relief and return to the pillow? Both the master bathroom and hall bathroom of every Jeff Click Home includes a motion-activated light switch to help light the way before the break of day. As you walk in, the lights sense your presence and turn off when motion has not been sensed for 30 seconds. Manual control of the lights are also built into these switches if you'd like the light to remain on or off for extended periods.

» Jeff Click Homes also includes:
• Decorative niches, ledges, & in-sets per plan
• Minimum of 24x24" obscure glass window over tub
• Operable window in toilet rooms located on outside walls
• Operable window on hall bath walls on outside walls
• An overhead cabinet above the master toilet
• An overhead cabinet in any powder bathroom that only has a pedestal sink
• At least one GFI-protected outlet per sink in each bathroom
• One hand towel hanger per sink
• One large towel hanger
• Toilet tissue holder at each toilet

So what all in here is an upgrade?

On upgrades, options, amenities, and the smoke and mirrors that go with them

posted Aug 16, 2007 by Jeff Click

The number one question we're asked when people visit our furnished model home in Silverhawk is, "So what all in here is an upgrade?"

We've tried different strategies when it comes to model homes. When we built our model home in Summer Ridge several years ago, we based it on The Matthew 1 Plan, and only included 4 amenities that weren't included in the standard base price. That was a great strategy because it impressed people when they found out that they could have this exact house for this exact price. It was straight-forward, simple, and left little room for questions or incorrect assumptions as to what would be included as a standard amenity, as we call them, in ever house.

The down side to that approach is that it didn't allow us to show the full potential of what our homes could be. There were times when potential clients weren't as impressed as they could have been had we totally decked the house out, like most builders do.

In our former model home in Sonoma Lake, we took a middle-of-the-road approach. We increased the number of amenities that were optional (what most people call "upgrades"), which gave visitors a glimpse of some various amenities that could be added to their homes. This worked well, too, but required specific documentation and a diligent effort in marketing to insure that everyone was aware of what was standard in every home, and what was not.

Now that we have our furnished model open in Silverhawk, we've gone a step further. We've included a plethora of optional amenities that clients can have included in their home, and now we're demonstrating the full decorative and technological potential of what their home can reach.

But the question remains: "So what all in here is an upgrade?"

The answer is, "That's up to you." It's not the response most people are prepared for.

"I don't get it," one might say. "What about these nice rounded corners in your walls? Standard?"

"If you want them to be."

"OK, you're playing games." All of a sudden we've just been thrown in with the used car salesmen for a brief moment.

See, we don't like the term "Upgrade" for several reasons. Instead, we use the term "amenity," because that's what it is. The term "upgrade" suggests anything less would be of lesser value or quality, and that's often not the case. In fact, many "upgrades," or "investment options" as some other builders call them, don't really enhance the value of a home. Don't get me wrong, that's not a bad thing necessarily, but to suggest that it's an "upgrade" or "investment" suggests that some sort of return can be expected later in value.

So we use the term "Optional Amenity" because it's a more accurate label. It's optional, meaning you choose to include it or not, and it's simply a feature of the home that may or may not enhance the value in a monetary sense.

So back to the smoke and mirrors, and how an optional amenity doesn't necessarily mean an increase in cost...

Rather than bloating our homes (and more importantly, our homes' prices) by throwing in all of these additional amenities, we realize that not everyone thinks that rounded sheetrock corners are that great. So why should you have to pay for them if you don't want them? We'd rather you have the amenities you want, instead. So that's why we have built-in allowances that give you the flexibility of choosing what optional amenities you want in your home. If you exceed your allowances, no problem. Just simply pay the difference.

Simple and clear. No smoke, and the only mirrors around are in the bathrooms.

So what is actually a standard amenity, before any optional amenities are added using allowances? I'm glad you asked. Here's our newly-published Jeff Click Homes Standard Amenities Brochure. More to come on this topic soon. In the meantime, let us know if you have questions or feedback. It'll help us refine this concept.