Tremendous activity and building going on at Harrison Streets Issaquah Highlands

There’s tons of activity going up here on Harrison Streets (and Grand Ridge Drive). Most empty lots have building going on, lots of big dump trucks and cement trucks coming and going. Some lots are getting flipped, but many have custom homes going up on them. You can notice that traditional home builders use big teams to build on a faster scale (less than 1 year), true custom homes such as modern homes take much longer, over a year or longer. Some homes are sitting at stand still for some reason, some are going up at furious speeds. There are not many lots available now, so it might be a good time to pick up one of the empty lots, or wait until the market drops…… It’s a little treacherous for kids to walk down to the bus stop, hope everyone is very careful. Good luck and best wishes to all the home owners!

New modern custom home in Issaquah Highlands for Sale

modern home for sale issaquah

modern home for sale issaquah

modern home for sale issaquah

modern home for sale issaquah

There’s a new modern custom home for sale in Issaquah Highlands. It’s tucked away on Grand Ridge Drive where the big hermit homes are located. It’s a great warm NW style modern home built by March MacDonald Inc.

It has a hefty price tag of $3.4 mil. Who will be the lucky owners? It has great privacy except for a monster of a chateau home across the street. We attended one of the open houses at the house. Beautiful kitchen, floating moldings (love these), deep wine cellar, home theatre, your own walking trail in the woods, huge outdoor deck, and amazing exposed concrete throughout the home. We loved the floor to ceiling windows in the bedrooms as well. This home has a septic tank system, FYI. You can see the details of the listing here:
27133 Modern Home

Won’t you be my neighbor?

A visit to a Prefab Blu Home on Vashon Island

On a sunny and gorgeous day last August, we decided to go see a Blu prefab home on Vashon Island. They were having a special open house so we decided to hop on the ferry from West Seattle to Vashon Island.

West Seattle Ferry to Vashon Island

West Seattle Ferry to Vashon Island

The ferry ride is fairly short, less than 30 minutes and very relaxing. From there, it was a short drive over to the Blu Home open house.
Here is a view of the Blu prefab home. It is sitting on a beautiful site with unobstructed view of Puget Sound.

Blu Prefab Home on Vashon Island

Blu Prefab Home on Vashon Island

I’m not sure if it’s the gravel driveway, but the prefab home looked sort of “unfinished” and “temporary” in my opinion. It was a beautiful house, here are more pictures below.

Blu Home Sun Shades

Blu Home Sun Shades

I really liked the wooden sun / privacy shutters that are on barn door rails.

Blu Home Seattle Vashon studio

Blu Home Seattle Vashon studio

This home had a studio for extra guests or other uses.

Blu Home Seattle Vashon Wooden Shutters

Blu Home Seattle Vashon Wooden Shutters

Some visitors are checking out the wooden sun shutters.

Blu Homes Interior Seattle Vashon

Blu Homes Interior Seattle Vashon

The interior was soothing and cozy, warm and modern. As you can see they used Modern Fan Company fans. We have the same fan in the bedroom.
Sorry that I don’t have a picture of the kitchen. It was nice with quality wooden cabinets. Not sure what kind though.

Blu Home Seattle Vashon View

Blu Home Seattle Vashon View

The view was incredible and unobstructed.

Blue Home Seattle Vashon awning

Blue Home Seattle Vashon awning

It had a nice glass awning that would be perfect for our side kitchen door. Overall, it was a very nice home, I love that most of the structure is built inside at a factory and not out in the Seattle rain and wind. The construction time is also dramatically shortened. What may be unknown is how the prefab portion impacts the value of the home and how banks would view it if you were to ask for a home loan. More prefab homes are being built, so these may be past issues. You can find out more about Blu Homes here:

http://www.bluhomes.com/

While you are on Vashon Island, be sure to visit the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie for their shade grown heirloom coffee. There’s also home made ice cream shop behind the coffee shop during the summer seasons. Enjoy.

Vashon Island Coffee

Vashon Island Coffee

Issaquah Modern All Lit Up at Night!

I wanted to take a picture of our home all lit up at night. It looks like a jewel box. Most of the lights in our home are LED. What I found about LED lights are that they are not quite as bright as the regular incandescent lights. This is especially noticeable in the bathroom vanity and kitchen. I will still take LED energy savings over regular lights though.

Issaquah Modern home all lit up at night LED

The Coolest House Being Built in the Seattle Area Right Now (Issaquah)

This home in my neighborhood might be the coolest house being built in the Seattle area right now (or ever)!
I’m not sure if you can see in the pictures, but it has a suspended walkway between the main house and the garage-like structure. There must be millions spent just on the glass alone. What I really love about the house (other than the style), is the wood siding that is being used. I’m not sure what type of wood it is, but I’ve never seen it before. It is wide plank wood, lighter in color, but not too light. It looks absolutely amazing with the silver piping accents. Just wow. I can’t remember who the builder/architect is and the owner. If I find out the builder, I will update it here. This is one serious building project, they even have their own contractor trailer!

coolest house being built in seattle issaquah



There is another cool, low-slung modern home across the street from the cool house. I love the low profile modern design. I hope a house like this goes up in front of our house to protect our view.

Finally Moved In! That’s where the good news ends…..

So many of you have been asking if we moved in yet. We were hoping to move in around end of June, then mid-July, then early August, then end of August for sure. If not, surely by Labor Day Weekend. We actually didn’t move in until Sunday. Yup, after school had started! Just because you have the occupancy permit, that does not mean the house is move in ready. The day you dream of putting stuff away, getting furniture delivered, etc. kind of turned into a nightmare for us. The interior wasn’t finished painting, random stuff were missing or did not work. For instance the closet door was not installed all the way and handles missing. Thermometer to the master bedroom missing. Concrete floor remains unfinished and cracked around the edges. So on and so on. The house was a big dusty mess and we hired new construction cleaners which was very helpful. Little things matter in customer service and this seems to be overlooked with our project. The stress level was fever pitch and continues as we look at all the unfinished mess in the house. We will keep updated on what gets fixed next. So far no one has come back yet….. We will keep the punch list going.

Final Stretch

We are almost at the finish line, yet it seems so far away. It’s almost like watching paint dry.
We were hoping to move in late June, but looks like it will be some time in August. Stairs are still being worked on and there’s more work to do all around the house. My husband is getting understandably impatient & frustrated.

Landscaping has started so that is exciting. The house is looking good, but not without issues. I heard this is very common with custom builds, you get so tired of making decisions towards the end, you just want the project over with. In the end, I think it will be worth the stress & efforts.

Here’s a latest picture of the exterior. Looking good!

Completed Modern Homes for Sale in Issaquah Highlands

Issaquah has never been more modern than now.
There are a few exciting new (& completed) modern (contemporary) homes for sale in Issaquah Highlands. The housing inventory is very low in the highlands due to the housing market recovery. Everything is moving fast and at a premium price. Take a look at what’s available for purchase now and please leave a comment if you need a buyer’s agent. These 2 homes are very close together so you can view them one right after the other.

1. Modern home with a big, flat back yard by Paul Development:

http://www.estately.com/listings/info/3168-ne-harrison-drive-dr

2. The Rogue House: Edgy & Cool, one of a kind Modern Home by NobleRidge/Elemental Design:

http://www.estately.com/listings/info/1788-harrison-wy-ne

3. Exciting new era of modern: Evoke Modern Homes (outside of Issaquah Highlands)

http://evokemodern.com/

For custom modern home from scratch in Issaquah Highlands, Lineach Residence by YS Built.

http://www.redfin.com/WA/Issaquah/3482-NE-Harrison-Dr-98029/home/45410242

Modern Lighting Fixtures

There are several great modern lighting fixture shops, mostly online.
Top 2 are probably Y Lighting and Lumens. I like Y lighting’s selection, but it can be pricey. I like that they offer you a $25 credit for each online review. Lumens also have good service and a nice selection. After several months of research, I came up with the following modest selection. Most fixtures have been ordered, but there are a few more that are needed (especially outdoor lights). We are still not sure what was wired in for exterior landscaping lights so those will have to wait. We also used the trade program at Seattle Lighting (DestinationLighting.com) thanks to Teri. Both Seattle Lighting and Lamps Plus offer discounts if you order a substantial amount. Never pay retail if you can help it.
You can see my selection here:

http://pinterest.com/mamajpins/modern-lighting-choices/