With the completion of Kim and Dale Klaus’s solar home, we’re pleased to report that we’ve reached another solar milestone! We couldn’t be happier that our 75th solar home belongs to this wonderful Vero Beach couple. Keep reading to get to know the Klaus family and why they chose LifeStyle to build their dream retirement home.

LSH: Please tell a bit about yourselves.
KK: Both of us are recently retired. Dale was an elementary school principal in Indian River County for 27 years, and more recently retired from the Florida High School Athletic Association in Gainesville. I was a speech-language pathologist, and am presently pursuing my passion as an artist.

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LifeStyle’s 75th solar home – Vero Beach

LSH: How long have you lived in Vero Beach, and what is your favorite thing about living here?
KK: I am a native of Vero Beach, born and raised here 60 years ago! Dale has lived here for 50 years. Raising our children in Vero has been one of our favorite things about living in this community.

LSH: You own LifeStyle’s 75th solar home! What solar benefits and/or incentives made you decide to invest in solar?
KK: The financial aspect of a solar home was a big plus! We look forward to a very low electric bill in our future.

LSH: What are you looking forward to the most about living in a solar-powered home?
KK: Other than the financial benefit, we feel good about doing our small part for the environment.

LSH: What drew you to the LifeStyle St. Croix? What types of special design features and upgrades did you select?
KK: We loved the St. Croix model at Cross Creek Lake Estates in Sebastian. The open floor plan drew us in from the start. We looked at many homes and floor plans throughout the state. We kept coming back to the St. Croix because it felt like home to us.

Our upgrades and design features included expanding the living space. We chose the master bathroom elevation with the 14-foot ceiling. We upgraded to wood-look tile floors throughout the home – love them! We upgraded our cabinetry and chose quartz countertops throughout. We chose a tile roof and brick paver driveway. We also added a pool and hot tub!

LSH: What has your experience been like building with us?
KK: Our building experience has been wonderful! The attention to detail from everyone at LifeStyle throughout the entire process has been exceptional! Working with Jennifer (LifeStyle’s interior designer) in the design center early in the process was very helpful. Our superintendent, Tom, has been outstanding and a pleasure to work with. We have a beautiful, quality home that we are very excited about. We couldn’t be more pleased!