• Alicia Skrivan Gutierrez

Your Haven


Finding the perfect home for your family can be one of life’s greatest joys. That moment when you walk into a house, and you just know, this is the place for us. You can imagine where your children will sit to do their homework, where your grandchildren will be playing in the backyard, and where your guests will stay for a long weekend. However, sometimes you need to have a great imagination because the house needs a lot of work like the much needed remodel below.

Unfortunately, in some instances, that perfect house just doesn’t exist. That is where Wren & Willow comes in! We thrive on helping people design and build their custom home. Our in-house experts include an architectural team, interior designers, and a construction division that will make your dream home a reality.

When designing a custom home, we want to get to know your family. We want to know what makes you happy, what your family interests and needs are, and what has frustrated you about your past homes. Tell us what your ideal home would look like.

When building a custom home, it is important to consider your near and distant future. Are you getting ready to be empty nesters? Do you have adult children who will soon be adding grandchildren to your lives? Are you ready to downsize or do you want more space? We love what we do and helping you design the perfect house that makes the most sense for your life is important to us.

Take a look at some of the steps involved when constructing a dream home...

First, land must be purchased, then prepped for the foundation.

After framing begins, you start to see the vision form before your eyes.

Each stage brings progress and a new level of excitement.

Then finally, your dream becomes a reality!

This Fall, as you think through what your goals are for next year, or what you want your life to look like in the coming years, consider letting us help you design your perfect custom home.

If you are considering building your very own custom haven, we are ready to take you on that journey. Contact us to begin the process.

Enjoy this Laurel & Hardy short on how NOT to build your dream home!

"First, you must find the land you want to build on. To do this, ask yourself the following:

  • Where do you want to live?

  • What view do you want to have?

  • How will your build fit into the environment?

A good design is mindful of needs that come with that location." -Ashley Umbaugh, Interior Designer

"Second, pay attention to what makes you feel at home. Do the following to help design your custom home:

  • Keep a journal of elements you enjoy.

  • Dream of how you want to incorporate those elements into your design.

  • Collect colors and textures that you love.

The beauty of a custom home is dreaming of what you desire, instead of settling for what you live with."

-Hannah Schmidt, Interior Designer

Fall is in the air, so try this cozy recipe found in our cookbook, One-Hundred Eats by Wren & Willow

Ingredients:

4 or 5 Russet Potatoes

4 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter

1/2 C. All-Purpose Flour

6 C. 2% Milk2 tsp. SaltGround Black Pepper

3/4 C. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1/2 C. Chopped Green Onions

1/2 C. Light Sour Cream

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400º. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle. Scoop the insides of the potatoes into a food processor, discarding the peels. Pulse until the pieces are broken into small chunks. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, melt the butter. Add 1/4 C. of flour to the pot and whisk into the butter. Cook, whisking constantly, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Cook until thick and bubbling, about 6 to 8 minutes. Mix in the potato chunks. Whisk in the salt, pepper, and cheddar and stir until the cheese is melted. Removed from heat, stir in the green onions and sour cream. Serve immediately. Garnish with sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions, and bacon as desired.

If you have visited Wren & Willow's office building, odds are you have seen Cliff Kendall working at his desk, coffee in hand, surrounded by vintage angling gear. The theme of his office perfectly reflects his love of fishing. Cliff's appreciation for all things outdoors was instilled in him at a young age by his father who would take him on adventures to rivers and lakes in Eastern Washington. Cliff recently returned from a fishing trip in Alaska he went on with friends and his son. Wren & Willow would not be where it is today if it was not for Cliff's expertise and hard work. Every company needs a "Cliff"! But you can't have this one, this one is ours.

Cliff and his son, Garrett, fishing on Cliff's boat.

To learn more about Cliff, click here.

Wren & Willow loves family, including the furry, four-legged members. That is why this month we wanted to show that custom living is available to everyone with this custom built dog house!

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Photos by: Aleksander Akinshev & Hayneedle

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