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Homeowner Spotlight: Meet the Engel Family

Posted on Jul 13, 2023 by dreeshomes

After house hunting and exploring the resale market for two years, the Engel family decided to explore a new home build. While they loved the house they lived in for 13 years, they needed more room to stretch and grow. With two growing girls, two growing dogs and working from home, their current home was no longer cutting it. Although, they couldn't find the perfect match on the market. Husband Nate shared, "Either the house was not the right size or needed numerous updates. We didn't want the headache of renovating a house after moving in or sacrificing more space that we desperately needed. Building new was the ultimate answer."


The Engel family set out to build their dream home, and along the way, decided to document their journey on Instagram (@ourgreenhouse_onthehill). Daughters Harper and Amelia served as hostesses throughout the documentation journey.

To shed more light on their journey, Nate and Kalynn sat down to share insights into their home building process.

What floor plan did you choose and what attracted you to this design?

We chose the Alden
 because we fell in love with the two-story fireplace, the open kitchen and the living area and the extra game room space that is a perfect handout for our girls and their friends.


As you have watched your new home’s design come to life, what have been your favorite features? 

We love catching sunsets off of our covered deck, and the green tile backsplash in the kitchen is a great conversation piece. 


What did you enjoy most about the building process?  

We had so much fun choosing finishes at the Design Center and then watching them come together in real life. We were fortunate to live close to where we built so we could visit nearly every day to see the progress. 

What advice would you give others who are interested in building a home?


Ask questions! If there’s a design choice or feature you’ve admired in other homes, bring it to the table. Also, visit as many model homes as you can to get a feel for the finishes in real life. 


Why did you choose to build with Drees?

We walked through a model home after house hunting for two years. All the finishes and features were exactly what we were looking for, but it was Market Manager Holly Anderson who sold us on Drees and the neighborhood. If she hadn't been in that model when we walked in, I don't think we would have landed here today.   


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