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Finishing touches are going on the six homes featured in this year's NW Natural Street of Dreams

COURTESY: LISA BALMES - The finishing touches are going on the six homes featured in this years NW Natural Street of Dreams. The Meadow is 4,147 square feet with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms.

Care to walk out of your master suite with a cold drink from the built-in refrigerator and slip into a bubbling hot tub that is sheltered by a trellis and dense landscaping?

Or enjoy hanging out with friends on a back patio equipped with a fireplace and wet bar? Perhaps you would prefer family movie or game night in a great room that is the size of a small theater?

All of these scenarios and more await visitors to the 2019 NW Natural Street of Dreams, scheduled for July 27 through August 25 at Stafford Meadows in Wilsonville. The annual showcase provides guests an opportunity to see the latest in smart home technology, sustainability, and design and construction trends. And, for most of us, a chance to fantasize a little bit.

The 4,600-square-foot Bespoke, built by Red Hills Construction, is named for a British term that refers to something that was custom or handcrafted and is described as a modern farmhouse with a twist of old-world and industrial themes. It features handcrafted medallions in Duchateau flooring, a modern handrail and a skybridge that spans the upper floor.

The great room boasts 20-foot ceilings with a floor-to-ceiling concrete plaster fireplace, and the kitchen has high vaulted ceilings and granite and marble countertops. Red Hills Construction notes that an open corner LaCantina door seems to defy the laws of gravity. Bespoke also comes complete with a guest suite, office, bonus room, pool table and wet bar.

One-story homes are a highlight of this year's event. Generations, built by BC Custom Construction, spans 4,072 square feet on one level. The two-winged ranch has an open floor plan with a large foyer. The great room is the hub of the home and contains a wall of cabinets and modern fireplace with heating vents. The great room is flanked by the dining area with built-in display cabinets and a desk. A wall of glass doors folds onto a covered patio area with a large ceiling fan and gas BBQ area. Generations also features two oversized double garages and a semi-circular driveway.

COURTESY: LISA BALMES - Single-level homes such as the Bienvenue a La Maison are proving to be popular this year.

Bienvenue a La Maison, built by West Hills Homes NW, is a 2,784-square-foot French, country-style home that was developed as a one-story home to accommodate various stages in life. It also has a walk-in shower and built-in bench to allow for aging in place. Its distressed cedar beams support a copper porch roof balanced by stucco and stone cladding reminiscent of an old European country estate.

In addition, double doors open into a grand foyer featuring herringbone tile inlay and a two-story dormer glowing with natural light. It dining area and wet bar encourage social interaction, and its double patio sliding doors open into outdoor space that includes a fireplace, a fountain and a potting shed, according to West Hills Homes NW's description.

In a nod to the fact that the kitchen more often than not serves as the social center during parties and other get-togethers, Generations and Bienvenue a La Maison are among this year's homes offering kitchens with oversized islands, pantries and other amenities.

Stephanie Hosmar, marketing and sales manager and broker for West Hills Homes NW and Everett Custom Homes, said one-story homes are in demand and difficult to find as empty nesters and others seek main-level living with space to entertain. She said the Frog Lake development in Wilsonville allows for builders to create that space.

Modern farmhouses also continue to be popular, she said, and The Meadow built by West Hills Homes NW is a testament to that. The 4,147-square-foot home features a black-and-white palette warmed by natural wood tones, champagne bronze and traces of indigo. It also provides dual sinks and dishwashers, a custom wet bar and expandable sliding doors that open to an outdoor space with a secondary kitchen, brick fireplace and seating under a covered porch.

The Meadow's private master suite is the one with the built-in refrigerator and adjacent hot tub that is sheltered by a trellis and dense landscaping. A heated tile floor and drying area adjoin a walk-in shower. Artisan details include a cathedral ceiling, handcrafted barn doors, natural cedar beams, and extensive shiplap and custom wood furnishings. Hosmar said shiplap and other rustic design accents are a common theme this year.

"Simplicity is really trendy right now. People are trying to focus on minimalism and that can be incorporated in clean lines," she said. "We're also seeing that wallpaper is making a huge comeback, so a lot of modern wallpaper technology is out there."

Another trend is the builders taking an unconventional approach to traditional design. As an example, Pacific Usonia by Everett Custom Homes is a two-story, 3,934-square-foot Northwest Contemporary home with an open-concept floor plan that includes a music room as s "playful proxy" to a traditional dining room.

"We're just showing the public different ways to design their home, so even if you have a formal dining room you don't have to use it as a dining room and you can modernize it," Hosmar said.

Pacific Usonia's entry reveals high ceilings, natural light and a black-and-white palette with hues of caramel and concrete. Its floor-to-ceiling wine display serves as a modern interpretation of the butler's pantry, and its kitchen boasts an oversized island, two sinks and appliances with high-tech capabilities.

In addition, waterfalling quartz and floor-to-ceiling tile echo through the great room and it features a floating fireplace. Corner multislide doors stack and disappear to create open-air living space with a covered outdoor kitchen, linear fire pit, putting green and water feature adjacent to the main-level master suite. Pacific Usonia's second floor includes lounge space for gaming or viewing parties as well as a built-in bar.

For those who aren't likely to afford a Street of Dreams home, another possibility is to befriend the owner(s) of Bespoke. They requested a luxurious guest suite on the upper floor as well as a huge bonus room with a pool table and wet bar.


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