It’s like a clown car!

Posted By on March 30, 2009

One of the comments we often hear when people look at the exterior of some Potterhill Homes is “it’s small”.  The comment we are after they are in a Potterhill Home is quite different.  It is most often in the ball park of “This house feels so much bigger once you’re inside”.  Is it magic?  No, just good use of space.  By opening up the rooms, including 9′ ceilings and a few other architectural tricks, we’ve taken what looks like a small home and made it seem huge.  It’s like a clown car.

The trend towards smaller homes is a fairly new one.  For years it was “bigger, bigger, bigger”.  The McMansion ruled. However, consumers are realizing the value of scaling back.  The median size of homes started in Q3, 2008 was 2,090, down from 2,291 a year ago (http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=17092507) .  And consumers looking at smaller homes are pleasantly surprised by the amenities and features available in these homes today.  Used to be, building small meant stripping back on everything else. Not anymore…

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This is the Wright at Mills of Miami. This home features a beautiful all-season room with an indoor/outdoor fireplace.  It also has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.  And a dining room.  And a mater suite with a huge bathroom.  Granite countertops.  A stone fireplace.  36″ cabinets.  Hardwood floors.  And arch door ways. And built-in plant shelves. And the list goes on and on… Just because you build “small” doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful home.

And, no conversation on smaller homes would be complete without mentioning energy efficiency.  Smaller homes use less energy. Period.  Even the “Greenest” 4,000 sq. ft. McMansion available can’t touch the efficiency of a smaller, well-constructed home.  If you are concerned about Green and energy efficiency, smaller really is better.

We invite you to walk through any of our Potterhill Homes and see for yourself. Potterhill builds homes from 1,080 square feet to approximately 2,700 square feet.

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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One Response to “It’s like a clown car!”

  1. Great post – so true..)),

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About the authors

Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!