More convenience. More customization. More connectivity. That’s what buyers will find in the New Arizona Living Collection, a collection of next-generation home designs Maracay Homes unveiled recently. The result of more than $4 million in investment and two-plus years of research and market observation, the 46 entirely new floor plans – organized into eight separate series – address the unique needs, preferences and lifestyles of the post-recession Arizona homebuyer.

In essence, the new home designs answer the question, “What do home buyers really want?” According to national studies, post-recession consumers want as much value as they can afford while maintaining the ability to have choices in their home design preferences. The National Association of Home Builders’ 2012 What Home Buyers Really Want Survey indicates home buyers want help with organization and storage, among other things. These plans anticipate homeowner preferences and provide solutions.

 “Owner’s entries” – with cubbies for personal items and a technology docking station for stashing cell phones and electronic devices – replace the traditional laundry room entrance through the garage in select plans. In fact, most laundry rooms have migrated from the garage entrance to behind the master closet. A secret passageway allows homeowners to access the laundry room from the master closet, creating a more efficient way to manage this household chore.

Other appealing features include generation suites to accommodate multi-generational households; expansive bonus rooms for hobby-lovers; open kitchens with islands to encourage socializing; flexible work nooks to create a casual home office or study room; Jack-n-Jill bathrooms to satisfy growing families; and outdoor living rooms to expand everyday living spaces beyond the home’s interior four walls.

Exteriors also receive a makeover in the New Arizona Living Collection. Six all-new architectural styles celebrate Arizona influences, while exterior design details, such as front courtyards and wrap-around porches, encourage connectivity in neighborhoods not dominated by front walls and garage doors.

Watch for the New Arizona Living Collection home plans to roll out across Arizona in Maracay Homes’ 14 new communities opening this year.

(Editor’s Note: Andy Warren is President of Maracay Homes, the Arizona subsidiary of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona and Greater Phoenix Leadership; as well as the Board of Directors and as an Executive Committee member with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute.)

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