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Old 04-21-2014, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Southwestern Connecticut
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Clearly my post hit a nerve. No one is knocking your choice of homes or neighborhoods. Toll brother-esque newer builds may be your cup of tea but they are not mine, nor do they convey "restrained affluence", as the post I was responding to suggested. As for their cookie cutter nature...if you live in a subdivision where you picked one of six styles of home, I consider that cookie cutter (right or wrong, YMMV). Some people don't like ranches or Capes, and others like me don't like the typical 4,000 SF modern style newer built home. To each their own. Luckily there is enough housing diversity to satisfy all sorts of difference tastes in the greater Hartford area.
No nerve should have been hit from an objective standpoint. I agree with your post. I also agree that Toll Brothers quality is on par with other big national home builders. You can google the complaints. Even if local builders put the homes together, I feel there was pressure by corporate/headquarters to keep costs low and that something was sacrificed. The home designs are quite cookie cutter as well, no arguments.

I used to think Toll Brothers had some impressive homes in Glastonbury but then I moved down to lower FFC and my goodness... the homes are on another level and so is the materials used and architecture.

Don't get me wrong, the Hartford area has some great local home builders. But you do notice a difference between the two counties in the types of homes built. In FFC, just about everything new is very custom and detailed. In Hartford, there's a lot of homes that just look like a box.

I have noticed more FFC design influence being used in Hartford area homes as of late. It'll be interesting to see if that trend continues. It's more of a Nantucket style/farmhouse design.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:10 PM
 
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No nerve should have been hit from an objective standpoint. I agree with your post. I also agree that Toll Brothers quality is on par with other big national home builders. You can google the complaints. Even if local builders put the homes together, I feel there was pressure by corporate/headquarters to keep costs low and that something was sacrificed. The home designs are quite cookie cutter as well, no arguments.

I used to think Toll Brothers had some impressive homes in Glastonbury but then I moved down to lower FFC and my goodness... the homes are on another level and so is the materials used and architecture.

Don't get me wrong, the Hartford area has some great local home builders. But you do notice a difference between the two counties in the types of homes built. In FFC, just about everything new is very custom and detailed. In Hartford, there's a lot of homes that just look like a box.

I have noticed more FFC design influence being used in Hartford area homes as of late. It'll be interesting to see if that trend continues. It's more of a Nantucket style/farmhouse design.

The dreaded Nantucket cottage on steroids look that is still very popular with new builds in New Canaan. It looks ridiculous. IMHO.
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