The Thompson family had been living in an upscale neighborhood in Aurora. “We built the house which had 3,800 square feet and a full walk out basement next to the wetlands,” says Mrs. Thompson. “I had no thoughts of moving.”
She happened to came across Twenty Four Hundred online and fell in love with its contemporary look. The other Brickhaus developments she checked out also appealed to her. She made an appointment with the listing agent, Susan Smith, of Howard Hanna. “She was very likeable,” says Mrs. Thompson. “I was shocked that she took me to meet Andrew Brickman so early in the process. I liked his personality from the beginning. He showed me other projects he had done.” His confidence and obvious pride in his work impressed her.
When she saw the floor plans, she says, “I loved the first-floor master and the covered terrace on the second floor. It’s such a cool feature!” The Thompsons decided to buy. “Obviously, the base price is high, so getting in at pre-construction pricing was huge,” she says. Mrs. Thompson felt the cost was justified by Twenty Four Hundred’s central location and the high-end standard features, like Bosch appliances and quartz counters.
Having built homes before, Mrs. Thompson said the construction process with Brickhaus was “totally easy and went smoothly.” She did not feel she had to be there every day to catch mistakes, as she had with previous houses. “I trusted Vince (Monachino) and Jaron (Schultz) – both are awesome, very detail oriented and meticulous.” Mrs. Thompson says, “For Brickhaus, time really is money.”
The most difficult part of customizing her new home was planning the lighting. “I have never built from just seeing plans on paper. It’s so much easier if you see a model,” she says. Alexandra (Yonkov) helped her visualize with detailed drawings. The fireplace positioning was also tricky because of the asymmetrical, vaulted great room. She loves how it came out! Even though the townhome is smaller than their previous residence, she says the 9-foot ceilings make the place look more spacious.
For Mrs. Thompson it was a little overwhelming to have to make all the selections for her home quickly, so she brought along her own decorator. The vendors that Brickhaus does business with proved to be very helpful and knowledgeable, she says. Among them were Mike Chin for closets, Vernon at Thomas Brick and Stone, Teresa at Sims Loehman, Adam at Timan Window Treatments and Terra Cozzens at Welker McKee. They were always ready for her; the appointments were quick and easy.
The Thompson family moved into their new home at Twenty Four Hundred in June. “Andrew called to personally congratulate me on the house,” says Mrs. Thompson. “That never happened before!”
For a year she had been making the long drive from Aurora to the private East Side school that her children attend. Now it’s just minutes away. She says that many of her kids’ friends are much closer, as well. Her children are happy in their new surroundings and so is she