Builders give home-buyers options

November 25, 2015 • Local News

Construction worker Sylor Wilkinson looks out over a new home site on Clover Street during a recent lunch break. Dozens of new homes have already been built in the subdivision first started by Roswell Realtor Fred Gibson before the oil bust in the 1980s. Wilkinson said that Metcalf Construction expects to build a new home there every week. The subdivision lies just northwest of Poe Street and Union Avenue. The names of West Hervey Drive and Adams Drive were changed (when crossing Union Avenue) to Ivy and Fern, respectively, when the subdivision first began. Both streets run into Clover, thus giving direct access to the southern portion of the subdivision. A number of the new homes can be seen in the background. (Bill Moffitt Photo)

They say home is where the heart is, and during the holidays there’s no better place to be than home, or as the famous Bing Crosby ballad boasts, at least dreaming of home.
On a quiet street in a subdivision off Fern Drive and Clover Lane, construction crews were busy Wednesday laying the foundation for a new house. Construction Foreman Gene Hubbard said the home was already purchased, and according to the builders French Brothers, their houses have a 90-day build cycle. The 34 homes will built in two phases, according to market demand.
The subdivision is located near Poe Street and South Union Avenue. Prices start at around $159,000.
Each home is customizable from the exterior to the interior. Homebuyers can choose between eight different exterior colors, for example, with the option to have stone added to the exterior, and nine different options for doors, explained Aubrey Bonnett design manager.
Once a contract has been signed for the home, buyers are then taken to the company’s design studio and are assisted in designing their home by design coordinators, who have been specially trained. Because French Brothers has been doing this for so many years, the design process only takes about one and a half to two hours, Bonnett said.
“I think the process of going through and picking options is the most fun part of buying one of our homes,” said Bonnett. “We start from the outside of the house, and move to the interior starting with the kitchen, and work out from there.”
The Whitney, on Heather Drive, is a three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, two car garage home with an open concept floor plan. The kitchen comes adorned with standard granite countertops, and dark cabinets with crown molding. There’s a spacious laundry room, pantry and half bath downstairs, with a beautiful brushed nickel chandelier in the dining area.
The home’s upstairs has a loft, (which can be turned into a fourth bedroom during the design stage if desired), three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master suite has two walk in closets, and a storage area for linens or other items.
“We don’t do custom homes, but with so many options available, you can make your home uniquely yours,” said Bonnett.
For home buyers who need to move in sooner than 90 days, there are quick move-in options. The Whitney for instance on Heather Drive is ready to be sold with an asking price of $191,200, according to a flier.
According to the French Brothers website, the homes are energy efficient high-performance houses with a 14.5 SEER air conditioner, 95 percent high-efficiency gas furnace, 50-gallon water heater, and high-performance windows, among other energy-efficient features.
“The lots vary in size with the corner lots being bigger,” said Construction Manager Cal McNatt. “The corner lots are around 80 feet wide, with the interior lots around 50 or 60 feet wide,” he said.
French Brothers is currently building homes in three subdivisions in Roswell. The Whitney, that’s move in ready, is located in Clover Meadow, south of town, Sorrento, located off of Country Club Road, and Tijmor, which is located near Holly Loop.
Accrding to McNatt, French Brothers has won the Quality Housing Award given by the National Association of Realtors for two years in a row.
If you’ve been dreaming of owning a new home, Clover Meadow may have what you’re looking for.
French Brothers may be contacted at: 575-622-4188, or online at
Staff writer Bethany Freudenthal may be contacted at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or

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