How to get the most out of outdoor spaces
This 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath home in Bellevue is gorgeous inside and out, but the outdoor living spaces caught our eye. Yes; there are two.
In the not-so-distant past, the outdoor spaces of homes in West Washington were somewhat of an afterthought. Now, creating a functional outdoor space is a major demand of many homeowners.
“Outdoor entertainment has been part of America since its inception; however, it has grown beyond a 4th of July barbecue to everyday life, ”said Ben Brittingham, vice president of sales and marketing for MN Custom Homes. “If you design your covered outdoor space well, you can use it 11 months a year. “
The main demands for space in the yard include covered areas that can be used all year round – with extras.
“The protection of the space from the elements includes a wide coverage which ideally includes heaters and skylights to maximize natural light both in the covered area and in the house itself,” said Brittingham.
Built-in barbecues; a drinks refrigerator; gas fireplace; and audiovisual components like televisions, stereos and speakers can “make it a great outdoor room,” he added.
This house has a magnificent roof terrace with views of downtown Bellevue. The buildings twinkle like stars at night. It also has a covered porch that feels more like a bonus living room with all the extras like plush furniture, built-in heat, big screen TV, gas fireplace (fade out), and outdoor kitchen.
The interior of this 4,888 square foot home is also pretty darn dreamy. We hollow out the vaulted ceilings of the master suite and the open kitchen with high end appliances (and plenty of space for baking). The bonus room with table tennis and minibar is creative. This house is perfect for entertaining and staying at home in style.
According to Brittingham, some of the top choices for customers in the presale program at MN include upgraded countertops, designer backsplashes, interesting master bathroom tiles and patterns, and specific wall colors. Buyers are also asking for hardwood floors in new homes and improved bath and lighting fixtures.
“People are spending more time at home over the past year. Whether it’s working or going to school at home or cutting down on travel and vacation time, having another flexible space can make a big difference, ”he said. “We’re seeing secondary bedrooms turning into study spaces or home gyms, and adding another functional room to your home may be just what you need. “
Whether it’s a new home in your future or a renovation in mind, this home will hopefully inspire you to dream of some awesome upgrades and cool touches that you could fit into your own space. And don’t neglect creating space outside.
100 new homes planned
MN Custom Homes was founded in 2011 by two natives of Bellevue. Joe Naeseth is COO and a WSU Cougar, and Shaun McFadden, CEO and UW Husky. They grew up together and were high school buddies. The company is on track to build 100 new homes over the next year across the Eastside. It employs 70 people and will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional five-bedroom, five-bathroom stunner in Bellevue, a new take on a farmhouse in Kirkland, or a very modern home on Mercer Island, there’s a good chance MN Custom Homes has it. builds, or is ready to build it.
The company strongly supports Jubilee REACH through its MN Cares program. This support includes financial assistance, employee service days, student mentors, etc. MN is building a house which will be sold for the benefit of Jubilee REACH later this year. This will be the second project of its kind. Jubilee REACH helps Eastsiders in need in a variety of ways, from partnering with local schools, hosting safe and nurturing before and after school programs, to supporting English as a Second Language (ESL) families. to access courses, medical and dental care, legal services, and more.
Do you like the look?
MN Custom Homes works with J Luxe Designs to stage all of their homes on the market. Some people fall in love with the design and have the option of purchasing all or part of the furniture included in the staging. jluxe.com
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