Building Stories with the Canning Family
New Westfield residents, the Cannings, share what life in their new custom home in Maple Ridge is like.
What initially made you want to build in Maple Ridge?
Peter: I think the thing that we were attracted to was the area itself in the development in the terms of the topography of the land, how there’s some rolling terrain and all of the trees. It just really appealed to us, the fact that we could have woods in the backyard and that that would be a continuous feature as the development gets built up.
What do you like most about living in Maple Ridge?
Nancy: Well I would say that we still like the setting even more now that we actually have a lot that’s plotted out. We like the size of the neighborhood and then you couple that with the location; we can get to any store that we need or around town. We can get around on the highway – north or south – and when we come home we don’t feel like we’re on top of all of the hustle and bustle.
What's your favorite thing about your home?
Peter: I think that there is a bunch of things that we really like about it. I think it was comfortable almost immediately when we moved into the house. We were surprised with how comfortable it was. We have nice common areas where we can spend time with our friends and our families. But we also have some areas, some unique features in the house, like Nancy has a craft room and I have a woodshop and so we can go and down the things that we’re passionate about and the layout of the house works really well for that.
Nancy: It’s customized to us, to our tastes and our needs and it’s just felt very comfortable since day one.
Could you describe the feeling when you both walked into your finished home?
Nancy: I remember even for the first couple of weeks, I couldn’t believe that this was my house because it just felt so beautiful and I still think it’s beautiful and its so comfortable to me. I was in a little bit – I thought I was staying at someone’s condo for a while and I’m so pleased to be here. You’re picking a little paint chip and a little piece of flooring and then you think it’s going to work, but that’s not our expertise so thank goodness we had the good advice from everybody and we’re thrilled with how it all came together.
Peter: I think that’s it. To see it all come together, obviously you draw blueprints and you have certain expectations, but to see how it all come together, the trim work, the finishes for the flooring and the paint colors, it just really felt comfortable off the get go. It was nice to see what it all came together.
Tell us about the building experience with Old Town Design Group.
Nancy: We have built several homes over our married life, in different towns and communities. But this one was just very easy from the beginning. We met with the design team - actually when we first started walking the lots we were listened to and heard about what our needs were. Throughout the whole process everyone was just great to work with – even the suppliers. The communication with the buildertrend app made it so great to know what was going on and what we needed to do to keep things moving. It was extremely positive for us. We weren’t rushed or forced into anything that wasn’t true to who we are – in fact they gave us a lot of good suggestions that we wouldn’t have thought of and are thrilled to have.
Peter: I think so, I think the other thing – the communication was excellent during the design process with Nate and John and getting the design of the house worked out. Then throughout the construction with Kevin and Tim and Topher, helping with all of the subcontractors and keeping everything in line. We really felt like they wanted this house to turn out like we wanted it.
Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
Nancy: We are anxious for the neighborhood to fill in and we highly recommend Maple Ridge. The process with Old Town was definitely the most enjoyable of all of the builds we’ve had.
Peter: I think it’s true that someone who has built a house before but also Old Town does a great job for those who would be new to building a house and may not have had that building experience yet. I think it was such an overwhelmingly positive experience for us. Having been through the process of building homes many times before, this was the smoothest and the easiest, and we’re the happiest with the outcome.
The Canning family found the home design and location that was right for them. Make the move and write your own building story with Old Town Design Group at our newest Westfield community, Maple Ridge.