Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes… Join us on a (small) tour of Debbie, the classic camper with a brand new interior!
The NW Natural Street of Dreams is a long-running, annual summer showcase of some of the most acclaimed and experienced builders in the region to both guide and inspire anyone looking to build a home, buy a home, or remodel their current home. Each featured home reflects its builder’s unique vision and shows off the latest trends and offerings in residential construction. This month-long event is a curation of beautiful, fully furnished houses that are diverse in style but not in quality––they’re dream homes.
These expertly designed and decorated houses show current and prospective homeowners the potential of what’s truly possible when they decide to make their home in the Northwest. Street of Dreams features an impressive roster of visionary builders practiced in aesthetics, logistics, and unmatched care for their clients.
Family-owned and operated Westlake Development has been building custom homes throughout the Pacific Northwest for almost 30 years. Owner Gerald Rowlett, his wife Sue and daughter Kelly understand what families need in a home, and they bring that family-oriented spirit into the design and execution of their 2018 Street of Dreams home Fairway Manor. It’s a seamless melding of classic and contemporary, giving the home’s old-world feel a modern, spacious polish with family in mind.
Taking a decidedly more contemporary approach, Suteki designs homes with health, wellness, and sustainability at the core of every concept. Group CEO Koichiro Hirata dedicates himself and his company to “building trust, building dreams, and building the future.” Their 2018 featured home Harmony combines both Northwest and Japanese-inspired cross-cultural design to create a calming and inviting space expertly accented with wood and stone.
Anlon Custom Homes is an all-service, family-owned company, a one-stop for both design and construction, defining themselves as a “family building custom homes for families.” Along with their personable and comforting approach, they design and build with both luxury and functionality in mind. Their 2018 entry Hearth and Home strikes the delicate balance between the luxurious and inviting, featuring thoughtful custom touches including a butler’s pantry in the kitchen and a coffee bar in the master bedroom.
Another builder with a modern aesthetic, BC Custom Construction utilizes over 35 years experience in construction to provide clients with tried and true expertise while keeping current with trends in design. Their 2018 entry Private Reserve invokes that much sought-after and not easily accomplished modern feel, its impressive interior boasting windows from floor to ceiling and a subtle and unifying natural color scheme.
Building homes for over 17 years and owned by a third-generation builder, Legacy Built Custom Homes also shares their years of experience with their clients, proving with their modern and understated beauty Graceview that they bring equally impressive design expertise to their established homebuilding business. The versatility and aesthetic touches show off their talent for modernizing tradition. It’s a culmination of rustic and contemporary, using the timeless influence of the popular farmhouse and gently guiding it into 2018 and beyond, cleverly combing open-concept layouts and a stark color scheme that invites families to make it their own.
Yet another group of experienced and professional builders, Pahlisch Homes started in 1983 and continues to build gorgeous homes that reflect modern trends, resulting in the impressively executed Serenity. The interior expands into airy open living and dining areas, pulling out all the stops to create a spacious, stunning family home and continuing this trend of experience effectively informing contemporary design.
The outstanding homes featured at Street of Dreams 2018 are not only achievements in residential design; they’re a collective benefit to homeowners and aspiring homeowners alike, showing the region’s practiced and endlessly creative builders remain influential in bringing so many to the Northwest in search of homes they’ll enjoy for a lifetime.
What do you think about this year’s collection of homes? Do you have a favorite?
Sharyl Ashley of Creative Design Solutions
Having your home designed effectively when it hits the market is a low-cost way to ensure a top dollar offer price.
Making your house the prettiest property in the neighborhood is also a huge help in beating out the competition when it comes to halting the attention of potential buyers taking their first glances at dozens of homes.
However, it should be noted that selling your home requires you to somehow be a magician/ninja hybrid to master everything that goes into this complicated transaction. Because of this, it can be difficult to find time to step back, analyze, and optimize the aesthetic composition of every detail in every room of your soon-to-be former home.
With that in mind, allow us to introduce Sharyl Ashley, interior designer, owner of Creative Design Solutions and our go-to designer for all home staging needs.
Sharyl offers a long track record of excellence in residential, commercial, and healthcare design. Over the years she has honed her skills on projects of all sizes, from completely designing the interior for a newly constructed $7.4 million dollar assisted living facility to simple two hour paint consultations for residential clients. If you would like a professional consultation for preparing your home for market, Sharyl offers an efficient and comprehensive analysis.
The process – getting your house ready for the market
Sharyl begins each residential project by meeting with the homeowners for an initial consultation. She goes through the home, discussing the changes that she feels will better showcase both the home and property. Sharyl’s strategy is to use what the homeowner already has in the home, composing each room to highlight architectural features and draw attention to the most desirable assets of the property.
If changes do need to be made, Sharyl assists clients by suggesting lighting, paint colors, flooring, counters and any other elements that might need updating or replacing.
Once the consultation phase is completed, Sharyl follows up with a detailed report listing recommended changes for each room. We love using her because she keeps the proper perspective; her goal is to effectively and efficiently stage the home both in terms of aesthetic and monetary value. We’ve included a sample below. You can download an example report here.
A passion for design
Sharyl’s love for interior design began when she was a child, finding great joy by arranging and rearranging her room into ideal compositions. She received a degree in applied science in interior design in 2002 and never looked back.
Not only does Sharyl takes great pride in her work, maintaining a meticulous eye for detail – she helps people get their homes ready for market while ensuring they get the most value out of their project budget is one of her greatest joys. Her love for design shows in her work and in a long and growing list of happy past clients.
We highly recommend contacting Sharyl for a consultation in preparing your home for the real estate market. She will provide an honest and expert assessment that is certain to help increase the value of your home once listed.
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“Excellence from concept to completion”
Reviews from Sharyl’s past clients
“Sharyl is a hard working, dedicated and caring person who gives 110% to everything she does. She is driven by a passion for what she does and a unique commitment to the cause. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Sharyl again and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a hard working, talented, humble and honest designer who works well with others.”
- Ed Sloop, Project Manager at Walsh Construction Co.
“Thank you so much for meeting with me today. I really appreciate how you use your expertise to provide helpful recommendations to assist me in preparing my home for sale and maximizing the potential sales price.”
“We so appreciated you making this appointment so easy for us. We had heard a few staging stories so we were just a little nervous about how this meeting would go. Thank you again for all your compliments and kind words about our home and decor.”
- Joanne and Len