Nishita Roy, a marketing manager at EMC, and Dave Pope, a teacher at Curtis Corner Middle School in Peace Dale, weren’t seriously looking for a home in October, but they stopped into an open house at Reynolds Farm in North Kingstown, and quickly decided it was the place for them. Their three-bedroom home – they bought the one they loved during the tour – has a large bonus room, and is filled with natural light. “They put a lot of detail into the accessibility, the layout and the way the rooms are designed,” Roy says, calling it a thoughtful layout. “It’s very much in touch with what a family would want for their everyday life.” Roy says they liked the mix of aesthetically attractive features in a home that was durable and low-maintenance. “The [owners here] want to live in a nice place, but they don’t want to spend all of their weekends maintaining their house,” Roy says.
The homes and condominiums are custom built using women-centric design, a concept that focuses on a woman’s perception of what living should be, its developer says. Once finished, the development located off Post Road in North Kingstown – an h.a. Fisher Homes community – will have 41 single-family homes and 42 condominiums. It’s located across from the intersection of Camp Avenue, and is named after John Reynolds, who purchased the property in 1771; his family continuously farmed it into the 21st century.
Driving through the first phase of single-family homes in the neighborhood, color design is clearly an important element. Developer Hugh Fisher says a color consultant helped them choose neutral exterior color options that would complement one another. There is green space and a gazebo, for community gatherings, to encourage a sense of neighborliness. Certain homes have a “casita,” or little house, attached to the main home. They are small apartments owners can use as in-law apartments for their parents, adult children, or as a rental, Fisher says.
Fisher says he builds communities, not developments, and offers seven floor plans so the homes don’t have a cookie-cutter look. “Nothing here is normal. We’ll do anything you ask us to do; we’ll figure out how to do it for you,” he says.
Inside, the homes are designed to be flexible, have ample storage, be low-stress, and offer ease of entertaining. This translates into open floor plans, large pantries, quiet nooks for relaxation and quality aesthetics. “It’s a great design that women intuitively understand and everybody else appreciates,” Fisher says. In each kitchen, back splashes are tiled, and switch plates and outlets are hidden below the cabinets to give a clean display, something Pope says was a nice feature. Where cabinets meet the floor, Fisher installed floor lights to make clean-up easier in the kitchen. Roy appreciates the laundry being upstairs, rather than in the traditional spot, the basement, as well as the big pantry and ample storage space throughout.
“Hugh is trying to differentiate himself,” Roy said. “This is how ... you stand out and appeal to buyers. I think it’s a very interesting approach that I haven’t seen anywhere else.” “There are little differences [with the homes] that are enough to make you think it’s a different home even when it’s the same model,” Pope says.