STL Life

Built-In Organization

Categories: Buying a New Home, New Homes In St. Louis, New Homes St. Charles | Posted: February 15, 2018

You know all those home shows that (admit it) you love to watch? The ones that show the pristine, clutter-free, looks-like-no-one-lives-in-them homes? At least once (or heck, maybe every time), you probably think to yourself, “Yeah, I’d love to see them go back in a month or so after three kids, two dogs, and half the neighborhood kids have been running all over that place!”

Life is messy, right? We’d all love to keep that spotless, clutter-free existence going, especially in a new home, but if you don’t have the Payne owners entryfunctional space to make organizing easy and quick for your family, it can be a nearly impossible goal.

Fortunately, when we create home plans at Payne Family Homes, there are a bunch of moms, dads, and busy professionals in the room – they also just happen to be the top quality professionals who work at Payne. We actively encourage our staff to bring the experience gained from their own home experiences into every aspect of the home building process, and our employees aren’t shy about telling us exactly what works and what doesn’t in a home. The results of all that real-life experience and input? Our casually elegant homes where an integral part of the luxury included is the sheer functionality.

Payne kitchen islandYou’ll find these “functional luxuries” throughout Payne homes, including:
• Owners’ entries with space to organize – rather than just dump – all that stuff that comes into your house every day
• Ample closet space, because it’s pretty much impossible to have too much closet space, right?
• A big island in the Family Command Center (aka the kitchen) where dinner, homework, car-borrowing negotiations, cheerleading bow-making, Legos, and play-dough can peacefully coexist
• Laundry room placement that follows the master bedroom placement. When the master bedroom’s on the second floor, so is the laundry room, because we know who’s probably doing 99 percent of the laundry, and the less mom has to haul laundry around, the better!
• Optional floor plan configurations, command centers, and functional loft spaces in select plans to allow anything from working at home, to house guests, to multi-generational living – it’s the flexibility that our always-connected 21st century lives require

Payne 2nd floor laundrySo in a nutshell, we get it. You want – no, need – that organized home to be the anchor for your busy life. That’s what we want for you too, so in February we’re making it easier than ever with our free finished lower rec room promotion. Plan the perfect lower rec room to meet your needs, or get $15,000 in options throughout the house, with the signing of a firm contract on a new Payne home in February. Give us a call at 314-477-1218 and start planning your oh-so-organized, TV-ready-anytime home right now.

Bursting At The Seams

Categories: Buying a New Home, New Homes In St. Louis, New Homes St. Charles, New St. Louis Communities, St. Charles new homes, St. Louis new homes | Posted: January 18, 2018

Ah, January…it’s that month consisting mainly of putting your house back together after all the holiday fun, watching the weather for those oh-so-anticipated (if you’re a school-aged child) or oh-so-dreaded (if you’re a parent or anyone who has to drive around town) snow days, and stuff…lots and lots of stuff.

The holidays may bring fun, but they also bring new toys (for all ages), clothes, electronics, kitchen goodies, party supplies – sometimes even new pets into your home. All that brings on a holiday hangover that’s got nothing to do with party overindulging and everything to do with tripping over things and wondering where you’ll put it all in your house. What a luxury it would be to have room to organize and store so January is less about stress and more about sitting by a cozy fire with the family!

Typical Payne kitchenFortunately, Payne’s got you covered, with that kind of luxury included and designed specifically to enhance your lifestyle. We start with an open kitchen/great room/café concept that gives you light-filled space and makes it nearly impossible to feel cluttered. Then, we have floor plans that add everything from flex rooms and lofts for extra sleeping nooks to formal dining rooms and entertainment rooms to spread out in luxurious comfort.

Typical Payne closetAfter that, let’s talk closet space – lots and lots of closet space. We load up our homes with as many closets as we can, and as big as we can make them, because we know your busy, active lifestyle needs it and because we’ve never heard anyone tour a home and say, “Hmm, this home just has too much closet space.” Big and numerous closets are a luxury (just ask any mom) we’re happy to call a hallmark of Payne homes – as are our Owner’s Suites with walk-in closets and master bath configurations that carve out a little slice of serious luxury for anyone needing a place to unwind and relax at the end of a long, stuff-filled day.

Typical lower level PayneAnd finally, let’s talk about our optional lower levels – the stuff of legend. They’re big, they’re bright, and they’re designed to not only give your family a luxurious place to hang out and have fun, but also to do some serious stuff-storage. As a special treat to help combat the January Clutter Blues (it’s a thing – well, we just gave it an official name, but it’s always been a thing), Payne is offering all homebuyers signing firm contracts in January a free finished lower level rec room or $15,000 in upgrade options. That’ll put a serious dent in your clutter problem!

So if you’re looking around your current home wondering where you’ll put it all and wanting to just get away from it all, check out the luxury included in every Payne home. Call us at 314-477-1218 or visit us now, and next January you’ll be trading in your Clutter Blues for some January post-holiday craziness relaxation.

Giving Thanks

Categories: Ashford Knoll, Brookside, Eureka, Huntleigh Ridge, Lake Saint Louis, Living In St. Charles, Main Street Crossing, New Homes In St. Louis, New Homes St. Charles, New St. Louis Communities, O'Fallon, Riverdale, St. Charles, St. Charles new homes, St. Jude, St. Jude Dream Home, The Forest at Pevely Farms, The Villages of Montrachet, The Villages of Provence, Wentzville, Wildwood, Willow Walk Estates, Wilmer Valley | Posted: November 22, 2017

’Tis the season to reflect on all that we have and give thanks, and all of us at Payne Family Homes have much to be thankful for this year.

We’re thankful that we’re building homes in the best cities, towns, and school districts in Missouri. Among the many accolades our home buyers are enjoying:

• Niche ranked the top 10 high schools in Missouri, and Payne is proud to have two communities – Main Street Crossing and The Forest at Pevely Farms – served by the 7th ranked Eureka High School.
• SmartAsset’s rankings of the Best Small Towns in Missouri featured two in the top 10 that also feature Payne homes – O’Fallon and St. Charles. Live near Historic Main Street in 10th ranked St. Charles at The Villages of Provence, and choose from five Payne communities for living in O’Fallon, ranked 3rd best in the nation: Brookside, Legends Pointe, The Villages at Montrachet, Riverdale, or Shady Creek.
WalletHub just ranked the Best Cities for Families in Missouri, and we’re thrilled to see several familiar names on that top 10 list:
–No. 1 is Wildwood, home to the new urban innovation of Main Street Crossing
–Eureka earns the No. 3 spot – exciting news for our home buyers in The Forest at Pevely Farms
–6th ranked Wentzville features three Payne communities – Huntleigh Ridge, Willow Walk Estates, and Wilmer Valley
–O’Fallon earns the No. 9 ranking, adding to the accolades for this great city and the excitement for all our home buyers at Brookside, Legends Pointe, The Villages at Montrachet, Riverdale, and Shady Creek.

We’re thankful that the new year will bring even more new communities where hundreds of families will be gathering next Thanksgiving to celebrate, including:

Henley Woods in Arnold, featuring 144 home sites starting in the mid $200s
Legends Pointe in O’Fallon, with 114 carefree and traditional single-family homes, our innovative new Design Center housing our professional design team, and the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home
The Bluff at Crimson Oaks, with resort-style living where buyers can get into the final new Lake Saint Louis homes to include full lake rights and membership into the private Lake Saint Louis Community Association (LSLCA)

We’re thankful that we’ll be making history in 2018 with Payne’s largest project in the history of the company. The Streets of Caledonia in O’Fallon is a $400 million mixed-use development that will feature 400 single family homes, a high-end apartment building, an anchor grocery store, and office and retail space. Construction will start in late 2018, and we can’t wait to share more about this exciting development in the ever-growing and multiple Top 10 rank-earning O’Fallon.

Finally, we’re thankful for you. You helped us raise more than $1 million – again – for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home. You welcomed with great enthusiasm our new communities across St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson Counties. You trusted our valued employees to build the homes in which your families will gather this holiday season and make memories to last for generations.

From all of us at Payne Family Homes, thank you – and Happy Thanksgiving!