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Decks on MainVue homes flow from the first floor through open patio doors to create
an unbroken indoor/outdoor living space.
cess." MainVue's employees manage construction of its homes' 31
different floor plans and hire approximately 50 subcontractors to
work on each one.
MainVue Homes are built to Energy Star standards with well-insulated 2-by-6-inch exterior walls, HVAC systems with Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios of 16 and large low-e glass windows.
Each home is blower-door tested after construction by a third-party company to determine its Home Energy Rating System index.
The company is working to meet 2016 Energy Star standards
for its homes that require five air changes per hour instead of three.
"We are doing prototypes to figure out how to meet those changes,
which makes homebuilding fun," Turner says. "We're always innovating and finding better ways to do things. One of the neat things
about our company is that we continue to find ways to make our
product unique and relevant."
MainVue Homes plans to continue its growth around Dallas
and eventually establish more developments elsewhere in Texas.
"The plan library we brought to Dallas has been extraordinarily
well-received," Turner emphasizes. "Our challenge will be to find
ways to keep it fresh and dynamic, and maybe expand it to a larger
audience to capture more marketshare." )
sides the company's standard homes on 50-foot-wide lots, it also
is building smaller, more economical homes on 40-foot-wide lots.
Fairwater in Frisco features 95 lots with 65-foot widths, of which
one-third were under construction by the end of 2015.
A fourth Dallas-area community - Creekside at Colleyville,
Texas - is being developed for MainVue. Home construction is
expected to begin early in 2016. Some of the homes the company
builds in its various developments have been sold and others are
speculative and seeking buyers. The company had 111 home starts
in 2015 - it opened in March and was slowed by 71 days lost to
rain - and plans to build more than 100 homes in 2016.
Instead of looking at 3-D walk-throughs on computers or staring
at plans, prospective MainVue Homes owners can explore different model home formats at Phillips Creek Ranch and individual
display homes at Fairwater and Village Park. "We have the best
3-D modeling in the world, because we have many of our models on display so people can actually physically walk our homes,"
The model home village at Phillips Creek Ranch includes six
different sizes of homes decorated with six of the company's color
schemes. Customers can walk through the homes and mix-andmatch sizes and colors to assemble the combination that is most
satisfactory for them.
"The plan, façade and color scheme are the only decisions owners have to make," Turner says. "That determines what their floor
color and cabinetry will be, and it takes the error out of the proWinter 2016 Volume 2 www.mhb-magazine.com