More than A house...Our Own Home Design...

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

   We were committed to the idea of designing and building our own home..a couple decades ago. We had for years attended the Parade of Homes with all the latest bells and whistles that builders in the area had to offer. When we found features we especially liked....from the smallestnotebook detail...i.e. on the diagonal to the profile of the window casing....the style of the door...we wrote it down in the front of a notebook.  

    If there were things we did not like...those had a place on a list in the back of that same notebook.

    Southeastern Wisconsin is the land of finished lower levels (when referring to ours, we don't use the "B" word...as in basement.)  David wanted his man cave...and as plans developed it became much more than a place to park a recliner and over sized television.  We had always worked at home....and an office would be a part of the lower level design...and a bathroom...a bedroom...a kitchen...and the rec room with wet bar and fireplace...and still leaving some room for storage. In design...to maximize the use of the space, you want all the "mechanicals"...furnace, water heater and softener all in one place...and so it is.  The area around the bar and the bathroom are tiled and the rest is carpeted.

   We made the decision early in our building planning that we would not compromise on the "structural wish list" and if there were any initial sacrifices to be made...it would be on a design that could be finished later. Central to our plan was not only location but we also wanted a fully exposed walk out lower level. This allowed the most light ..best view...and took away the "basement" feeling from what we would use as a living level, not just a storage level. That nb water towerpart of our hunt took a while to find ...and then it "appeared" on the radar as phase two of Country Estates subdivision became reality and Lot 54 was for sale which allowed for full exposure just as we had envisioned.
      We sketched our floor plan...including everything from ceiling heights to room sizes, hallway widths and closets...two fireplaces became three ...great room, master bedroom and rec room. Bedroom is gas only and the other two can be either gas or woodburning.

 

   dining room  Important to us was the "entertainment friendly" design which incorporated a formal dining room and eat in kitchen. The double tray ceiling was on our wish list.

    In my mind's eye...I always wanted "Soap Opera" sliding doors...you know the ones where Lisa slams the library doors shut while she tells Ryan that Jennifer is having Jason's Baby ?.....they are across foyer doorsfrom our formal dining room and lead to our formal living room now doubling as the "north office."

     Our master suite is a refuge with fireplace...walk in closet with master bath, walk in shower and tub...on the list for updating.

   Our deck spans the width of the house...this "entertainment friendly" feature was near the top of our wish list..initially made of treated lumber and now synthetic material...pressure wash and done...low maintentance and deckgreat for those kick back  kind of times. It also has speakers from our intercom for a little more "ambiance." 

    Initially on the lower level, we only finished the office...drywall, paint of course and carpeting...it is presently in "renovation mode" business has "gotten in the way" and we have forefeited the talents of our carpenter for  clients...a walk in closet to  be added and new carpet and paint.

 bar   David's "crowning touch" to this level was custom cherry wood bar we designed with hammered copper top.  A friend who was a stained glass craftsman made the art deco glass inserts in the canopy over the top. It's a wet bar with a wine refrigerator, ice maker and beverage refrigerator.

    Home ownership ...Oh Yes...every square inch we designed and made our own.  Bigger than any two people need...for now...and the last 24 years it is the house we are proud to call home.

     If you or anyone you know is looking for the house they want to call home...or looking to upsize or downsize...in southeastern Wisconsin..Call Sally K. & David L. Hanson,Broker Associates with EXP Realty, LLC, we would be honored to be of assistance.#ThehouseWeCallhome

 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Sally and David,

What a great story of designing a home to your exact specifications!  Wishing you a great week ahead. A

Jun 09, 2019 09:18 AM #1
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Sally and David - I enjoyed your post.  The thought process, the attention to each detail, the list you compiled in advance of building, the contingency plans you included and so much more.  Well-done.  

Jun 09, 2019 09:55 AM #2
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Jay Markanich
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That is wonderful!  I comment on other sites that I have never seen a water heater strapped to the wall.

One suggestion in your design - Redskin colors.  Burgundy and gold.  That is the code.

Get with the program...

Jun 09, 2019 11:18 AM #3
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Lottie Kendall
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From your post I can tell how much your house is home, in the best sense of the word. How fun to design one from scratch.

Jun 09, 2019 12:07 PM #4
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Lottie Kendall
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Jay Markanich - in California our water heaters are always strapped, braced and attached to the wall - earthquake country practice! 

Jun 09, 2019 12:08 PM #5
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - You did it right and you can continue to enjoy your home, made to your specifications.

Jun 09, 2019 02:21 PM #6
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Jay Markanich
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Lottie Kendall - I know what the straps are for!  And yes, my house has the code-mandated Redskin colors...

Jun 10, 2019 12:45 AM #7
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James Dray
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Morning Sally.

Love the photos you provided.  I get cabin fever after about two days, however I believe I could be there for a longer period of time.  thanks for sharing

Jun 10, 2019 02:20 AM #8
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Sally and David, You certainly were part of every design element. Must have been exciting from start to finish. A walk-out basement...what a delight!

Jun 10, 2019 04:02 AM #9
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Norma J. Elkins
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Great story and I love how you said we don't use the B word lol here in TN we love the B word as long as its a finished one.  Have a wonderful week!

Jun 10, 2019 06:58 AM #10
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Laughing about your 'B' word, Sally! Here, that word means pure luxury because so few homes have them - so we use the word basement at every turn when marketing!!

Love David's basement story. Funny but, you two are as methodical as we are!

Helping buyers with new construction who are building from scratch - they always get the 20-home tour/pros & cons lesson too! I love it! 

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