- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 1, 2004

M/I Homes is offering nine floor plans at Koandah Gardens in Highland in Howard County, ranging from Colonial to contemporary. Each can be built on a 1-acre homesite in a community that backs to 22 acres of wetlands with a 31/2-acre pond.

Although builder incentives change monthly, buyers currently can choose between a finished recreation room and a bath on the lower level or a morning room on the main level. In addition, M/I Homes is paying $11,000 toward closing costs.

The homes range from 3,200 to more than 5,000 finished square feet, with optional expansion space including sunrooms, morning rooms and finished lower levels. Base prices at Koandah Gardens range from $864,990 to $1,049,990.

Standard features in the homes at Koandah Gardens include three sides of brick, a brick stoop and concrete front walk, 6-inch beaded vinyl siding, a side-entry two-car garage and a professionally landscaped yard.

Inside, the homes have 9- and 10-foot ceilings on the upper levels and 9-foot basement walls, plus hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room. Each home will have a gas direct-vent fireplace, a dramatic main staircase, an upgraded trim package and polished brass lever door handles.

Baths include ceramic-tile flooring and tub and shower surrounds, with a master bath with a large tub and a glass-enclosed separate shower. The kitchens have Corian counters, 42-inch oak raised-panel cabinets, a preparation island and upgraded appliances. Each home also has a security system; gas heat, hot water and cooking; and two-zone heating and air conditioning.

The Pebble Beach model, with 4,208 finished square feet, is base-priced from $994,990.

The two-story foyer of this model leads into a central hall with an elegant staircase with wide steps at the bottom and a second entrance to the stairs from the kitchen.

On either side of the foyer are the formal living room and formal dining room, each with a step-down entrance and columns used to define the open spaces.

A step-down from the central hall leads into the library, which has a double-door entrance and an adjacent powder room.

Bay windows can be added to the library and the living room, and a sunroom can be added to either the side or back of the house.

The great room, which is open to the hall and visible from the front door, includes a wall of windows and a fireplace with optional built-in cabinets.

The informal area of the house includes a large breakfast room with a wall of windows and a glass door to the back yard or to an optional morning room.

The breakfast area is open to the center-island kitchen, which has a desk, a walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry linking the kitchen and dining room. Between the three-car garage and the hall is a large laundry room.

On the second level, the master suite has a double-door entrance to a separate sitting room with an optional juice bar and an optional fireplace. The adjacent bedroom includes a tray ceiling and a triple window. The master suite also includes two walk-in closets and a bath with two separate vanities, a large shower with a seat and a corner tub next to a window.

The second and third bedrooms share a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity, and the fourth bedroom has a private full bath.

The lower level of the Pebble Beach model can be completed with an open recreation room, a bar, a media room or an exercise room, a full bath and a den.

Call sales representative Julie Beahm at 301/854-9451, or visit www.mihomes.com.

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