The third house in the Street of Dreams house tour series has been built by Elite Development Northwest, a company lead by a pair of women. You just have to love this within the building industry, an industry very much dominated by men. When stepping into this house for the first time on press day, I have to admit I wasn't that taken with it. It was very dark, full of people rushing to and fro wrapping up all the finishing details, getting the house staged and such, so I simply wasn't inspired to stick around for long. Revisiting the house later in week when it was completed however, I left with a more favorable opinion. While it is still on the dark side - my personal preferences lean towards lighter spaces - I began to see its unique characteristics and elements that make this home special. Additionally it has been built using sustainable practices with a focus on energy saving features, so that always gets extra points in my book!
The specs: At 5,350 sq ft it falls in line with the average size of the homes built for this year's show. But it is the only single story home. Did you know single story homes are more expensive to build than two story homes? Think about it, the greater footprint of the foundation alone adds significantly to the cost. As with the majority of the homes in the show, it was pre-sold with the future residents fully involved throughout in the building process. However, and oh so disappointing for us nosy visitors, no price has been listed. I take that to mean it was on the high side. (Right?!)
The most significant feature in this home are the massive wood beams throughout the major spaces, extending to the outdoors. And again of course, being the rainy NW, the outdoor spaces have large covered areas to insure they are enjoyed year around.
The design definitely embraces a look one perceives of belonging to the NW region, with ample dark woods and stone. What keeps it fresh are the simple lines seen in the furniture filling the rooms.
In this home there are three distinct outdoor areas, one off the great room and kitchen, another in the distance off the family/rec room and another (seen later) just off the master bedroom. That makes for some great indoor/outdoor connectivity!
The home remains as light as possible despite all the dark finishes due to the high ceilings throughout, as well as multiple skylights, including one situated above the kitchen island.
See up there, light coming in from high above? A skylight and a trio of light fixtures.
Mixed cabinetry finishes and a simply massive island.
Can I just say, those doors are amazing off the great room.
And tucked behind both sides of the great room fireplace is a library with floor to ceiling shelving that extends the entire length of the wall. A book lovers dream.
Clearly, (at least in my opinion) this home has been built for a couple who relish their time at home doing the things they love best, and people who don't miss an opportunity to invite others in to share in a great meal and a special bottle of wine (or two!) That part coming up soon.
Down from the great room is the master suite, and I have to tell you never in my entire life have I seen a bathroom this large. Look at the floorplan, it's bigger than the actual bedroom. One might upon first glance mistake it for a kitchen, spying that island complete with pendents set above sitting in the middle of the expansive room!
See what I mean?
Oh wait, that's a tub there to the left. Okay, check. Bathroom.
In all fairness, it does act as the walk-in closet as well, though there is also an actual walk-in closet tucked away in the back corner at the left in the above photo.
Wow. Double wow. I'm sure they will adore this space, though I myself prefer a cozier spot in the morning, particularly when mornings in a NW home can start off on the cool side!
And that third outdoor area mentioned earlier, a peaceful seating area set off the master bedroom. Yes indeed, I could definitely enjoy reading the morning paper here on a lazy weekend morning. (Hum, wait, how often do one of those come around with kids in the house? Lol. Bring me back to reality.)
The heart of this home is the kitchen and great room, with the master suite set on one side of these public rooms and the secondary bedrooms and additional spaces set on the other.
Just off the kitchen heading down to the second side of the home you'll first encounter an eating nook, followed by a very - very - impressive wine cellar.
Like I said, the future residents of this home know how to entertain.
Beyond the cellar is a very welcoming space in the home, the rec room.
Off the rec room sits the final outdoor space featuring a stone fireplace and covered seating area. Can you just image gathering here for an event?
Down the hall from the rec room is a long hall with windows to the backyard on one side, access to the guest rooms on the other and a workout room set at the end of the home.
Would you move in, if this was offered to you? Along those lines, I have to share a funny perspective on dream house tours I read last year written about our local Street of Dreams. It basically went along these lines: "Are you happy with your life, content with your home? Well then, just take the time to stroll through the Street of Dreams. You are sure to return home and find fault where you never did before." So true, right? I remember that post when I walked through the doors of my home after being exposed to such luxury, mindfully saying thanks for all that I have, taking a moment to notice and appreciate the aspects of my home I truly do love and am content with.
More to come next week, including a house that really had me feeling some special love. In the meantime, have a great weekend!