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Kim Kreidler: Epcon builder, Epcon homeowner
West Lafayette, IN | 04.11.17
There’s no greater testament to the quality of a community than when the developer and builder chooses to live there as well.
Kim Kreidler, owner of Kalan Homes, has been an Epcon Franchise Builder since 2004. Two years ago, she wanted to “right-size” her life and moved into one of the homes she built in Ravenswood at Hickory Ridge, in Lafayette, Indiana.
“I was trying to determine the next step in my life, where I want to be, and I couldn’t think of a better place than Ravenswood,” says Kim. She says she always changes something in her home, “but there’s nothing here I would change. Epcon has done an amazing job of designing the Courtyard Series.”
Ravenswood was her first Epcon community, comprised of 80 homes with the maintenance-free lifestyle that is synonymous with Epcon. Soon after, Kim launched The Villas at Stonebridge, in West Lafayette. The 92-home community was sold out in 2016. She has also begun development of a third Epcon Community, Soleado Vista, which will feature 71 single-family homes in West Lafayette.
How does Kim handle the overlap of business and pleasure?
It’s easy, she says. Her neighbors don’t see her as “the developer”. She’s a member of the community. When she sold a home to Gene and Sally Valentine, she never imagined they’d end up being neighbors. Kim’s poodle, Charlie, now spends so much time with the Valentines that they call him their “granddog”.
“We have a very nice group of homeowners, and they all look out for one another,” she explains. In fact, when her daughter, Sammie, used Kim’s driveway to wash her car one day, she reported that at least five neighbors came by to make sure everything was okay. Sammie works full-time as a salesperson for Kim, so the new homeowners know her, and she’s slowly getting to know the others.
Kim’s home in the Ravenswood community is a 2,000 square-foot Promenade model, providing the spaciousness she wanted.
“I tell our buyers when they come in, that the house really is a conundrum, because it lives large, and it lives small all at the same time. I couldn't do that, if I didn't live in one. I could sell it all day long, but there's a difference when you are selling it from what you know personally, and from your heart.”
Kim is an Indiana native. As a teenager, she was dead-set against living here, but after a year spent at a California university, she returned. She trained quarterhorses and later graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Management. She started Kalan Homes in 1999, realizing that a woman’s perspective was desperately needed in homebuilding. “Men don’t appreciate the value of a linen closet next to a bathroom.”
Kim’s relationship with Epcon Communities has proven to be a plus. She is particularly impressed by Epcon’s “attention to detail, the finesse, the research, the things that make a home a liveable home...and a lot of builders don't focus on that.”
Kim’s new project, Soleado Vista, is a Spanish phrase meaning “sunny view”. And it seems she has the same perspective from living and working the Epcon lifestyle.