Power tools and hammers signal continued growth in western Ellis County.

The areas newest subdivision, Aday Estates, plans to provide future residents in the 2500 block of Farm-to-Market Road 66 in Waxahachie — near Maypearl — with 36 homes that range in size from 2,448-3,500 square feet. Each house has four to five bedrooms depending on the floor plan selected by the homeowner.

Altura Homes representative William Gillespie stated most of the homes are designed around a single story floor plan, but there is one two-story home in the development. He noted there are a lot of custom features that come standard.

“The architecture is not necessarily classical, but it is kind of an old-world feel with a modern touch to it. The quality is the same level as custom construction,” Gillespie said. “We do the close tension foundation. We do the zip wall system for strength and moisture. We also do the 30-year dimensional shingles. We use high-quality Acme Brick and stone in this particular neighborhood.”

Gillespie shared the quality and attention to detail continues from the outside of the home into the inside. Some of the houses features include 12-14 foot ceilings, rounded bullnose corners, stainless steel appliances, and under mounted sinks.

The development, at this time, has seven remaining undeveloped lots. Twenty-nine of the 36 homes have been or are nearing completion, and about 10 homes will be closing within the next 30-60 days. Homes range in price from $299,000-$399,000. A second phase of the subdivision could be in the future depending on demand.

Aday Estates is maintained by a homeowners association that looks after common areas and ensures the neighborhood retains its looks as mandated in the deed restrictions.

Gillespie stated he had received a lot of positive feedback from new residents of the subdivision. He noted residents enjoy the country style life it gives them.

“Many people like this neighborhood because it gives them the opportunity to do hobbies or add an additional building. It allows them to grow after they get settled in the home,” Gillespie stated. “People are at different stages in their lives. They want a little bit more land rather than a traditional type of neighborhood where you have a neighbor every 15 to 20 feet. They like that open space and that peace of mind.”

He explained that residents could add another building no more than 1,500 square foot and 15 feet tall on the one-acre lot.

Gillespie stated interested parties can tour the model home, which is open model home is open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday. Future homeowners can also view things such as floor plans on the Altura Homes website.

Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Darwin Myers stated that there are no current plans to upgrade FM 66 near the subdivision at this time.

Altura has other developments in the cities of Crandall, Forney, Rockwall, Midlothian, and recently broke ground on a neighborhood in Red Oak called Harmony two weeks ago. The Red Oak development will have a similar style of homes but will offer different floor plans. It will start with 70 lots with another 130 lots planned over the next two to three years. The subdivision is located off of Lily Trail in Red Oak.

For more information about either development, contact Altura Homes at 888-972-1979 or go to its website at www.alturahomes.com.