Modern Home Builder 2018 - Volume 6, Issue 2 - 81
gnu Homes also builds homes for clients who sell the homes
themselves. "Last year, we had 17 starts," he says, adding that it
has 105 planned for the next two years. "We own half the lots and
deals, and the other half is owned by third parties."
The company has established itself as a regional homebuilder that
builds boutique communities with an eye towards design and a simplified buying process. One of Emerald Builders' initial projects, he
notes, was a townhouse that it designed to have a modern, sleek look.
Its latest projects include Red Fern Row, located in Baltimore's
Hampden neighborhood. The development consists of four-level
townhomes with lofts and rooftop decks that are also adjacent to
retail and restaurants.
MAKING IT SIMPLE
gnu Homes strives to take the complexity out of the homebuying
process. "We have curated interior design packages," he says. These
range from its Modern Farmhouse design to its Park Avenue design, its base package.
However, the base package still provides homeowners with
high-quality features. "Our base cabinets are level three cabinets,
and our standard flooring is five-inch hardwood,"Yorke-Hart says.
"We want to focus on
improving our product and
really develop not just a
great house, but a great
RAISING THE BAR
Yorke-Hart predicts growth for gnu Homes, which has a positive
outlook for the markets in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. "We
want to focus on improving our product and really develop not just
a great house, but a great community from the beginning," he says.
He also wants gnu Homes to be the standard when it comes to
a well thought-out, designed and built house. "We want to have
that [reputation] for our design side and our customer relations,"
Yorke-Hart says. )
LESS IS MORE
gnu Homes is seeing changes in the homebuying market in Maryland, including customers gravitating towards small homes. "The
trend is more people want townhomes than single-family homes,"
Millennials, he notes, are looking for 2,000-square-foot units
that are efficient in their layout and performance. "[We] really
started our business on those principles in Maryland," he notes.
This includes designing the houses to use less material and less
energy per square foot. The company's homes also incorporate
low-e appliances and high-efficiency windows.
"We use a far better grade window than other builders," YorkeHart says. "We're also exploring different heating options in terms
of hot water."
gnu Homes is seeing changes in the homebuying market in Maryland, including
customers gravitating toward small homes.
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