In the quaint and cozy town of Kennesaw, Ga., a suburb just outside of Atlanta, lies the new community of Copperleaf by FrontDoor Communities. FrontDoor Communities has experience in building and developing communities throughout the Southeast part of the country for more than 25 years and operates mainly in the Atlanta, Ga., Charleston, S.C., and Naples, Fla. markets.
Their new community of Copperleaf consists of an enclave of 24 homesites that offer residents large acreage. Each site boasts nearly half an acre of land with beautiful outdoor living options, such as gas fireplaces and outdoor kitchens.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FrontDoor Communities Irene Hall discussed the company’s development process, ensuring that homebuyer opinions are incorporated throughout, from design to development.
“We work with award-winning architects and value our customers’ opinions, embracing their involvement in the construction of their new home,” Hall said. “FrontDoor works with the client, ensuring their home will be all they dreamed of owning.”
She added that it’s the company’s policy to adhere to only “Best in Class” partnerships, meaning they employ high quality trade contractors and utilize brand name materials and manufacturers that their customers recognize and desire. This rings true in Copperleaf, which is aimed at the target market of move-up buyers, growing families, and empty nesters.
Hall said one of the most admirable qualities of this community is its close access to nature and open space. Sizeable front porches and homesites surrounded by land give the homes in this community a natural feel, which is part of what inspired the design woven throughout each unit.
“[The design was] influenced by the ‘Arts and Crafts’ genre, which uses many natural elements and materials in the look and feel of the homes,” Hall said, adding that the construction of each home on large sites helped the building process to reduce its environmental impact.
“Larger homesites (nearly half acre) create less impact on land development and keeps more of the natural space intact,” she said. “We build communities where people want to live. The neighborhood features large, private homesites surrounded by mature trees.”
However, that does not mean residents are far off from all the conveniences of the city. “Tucked in peaceful surrounds and yet right outside your door, you are minutes from top schools, including Kennesaw State University, great shopping, dining and entertainment,” Hall said.
The homes come in one of six different models, with square footage varying between 3,262 to 4,043 square feet. Each model is two stories and comes with various outdoor living options, as well as a basement option. Most plans come with four bedrooms and three-andhalf bathrooms, with the exception of their high-end model, The Briarcliff, which features five bedrooms and four full bathrooms.
Three car garages also make these homes perfect for the move-up buyer market. Home prices start in the $400s and range through the mid $500s with the basement option.
Considering the large amount of land each home sits on, the price range is a fairly competitive one on today’s market.
The location of these homes also helps make them marketable, as the community is located within a great school district and other notable areas. “You are minutes from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and just a few miles from the East-West connector and I-75,” Hill said.
Drawing on the natural theme, home exteriors are beautifully wrapped in stone and brick designs. Each home features a large, inviting porch out front, and when you enter the homes, the woodsy and natural feel extends indoors. In the Greenwood model, the ground level showcases a large flexible floorplan. A library or study room opens off the foyer, which leads into the dining room area in the center of the ground floor. Connecting off that area, the house opens up into the family gathering room, which seamlessly transitions into the large kitchen with an open breakfast area attached on the side.
The expansive owner’s suite is also on the ground floor features an impressive owner’s bathroom, his and hers closets, and a private entrance to the back porch. Owner’s suites in all models have free standing soaking tubs. Three additional bedrooms also come as standard in the upper level of the Greenwood model, along with an optional loft and additional gathering area.
The surrounding forestry and trees of Kennesaw were a big inspiration for the design theme of the community. “The beautiful hardwoods were a natural fit that surrounds the community and gives a private and peaceful feel throughout,” Hall said.
Homes come with plenty of amenities to maximize their energy efficiency and bring them up to modern code standards. Some of these amenities include highly energy-efficient LP TechShield radiant barrier roof sheathing, which lowers heating and cooling costs for homeowners. Low VOC paint, low-E double pane vinyl windows to reduce heat transfer into the home, ENERGY STAR certified appliances in the kitchen, eight foot tall entry doors and nine foot tall ceilings, engineered tongue-n-groove subfloors screwed in place for maximum stability, and energy-efficient batt wall insulation.
The Copperleaf community will inspire future builds by FrontDoor Communities, especially in regard to thoughtful use of outdoor living. “Enhancement of outdoor space options for our homes and continued effort to accentuate the areas in which we will build will influence future projects,” Hall said.
Looking forward, FrontDoor Communities has two communities in the works within the Atlanta area. ShadowBrook Crossing in the suburb of Snellville, which lies just east of the city, will boast single-family residences in newly-designed plans aimed toward downsizing couples and older families. Goulding, in the historic city of Roswell just North of Atlanta, will feature luxury townhomes and single family homes with the centerpiece of that community being the Historic Goulding House. The Historic Goulding House is a vintage 7,098 square foot home built in 1848 and will be available for sale once renovations are finished.
Jessica Burger is the Editor for Builder and Developer magazine. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.