Renaissance Custom | The Custom Treatment
Posted by Nicole DeCosta on Feb 22, 2013Custom home off Scholls Ferry Road takes advantage of views, a flexible floorplan and Renaissance Homes’ building experience.
Situated on 16 acres tucked off Scholls Ferry Road in Beaverton, this newly completed home feels in a world of its own, but is just seconds from the heart of the action – shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, bowling and vineyards.
And the 3,561 sq. ft. craftsman home reflects an initiative for Renaissance Homes that has really been picking up speed – custom homes and renovations.
The decorated Street of Dreams homebuilder known for its upscale and sustainably-built suburban homes – in addition to its Vintage Collection of homes throughout the Portland metro area – is also finding success through an even more customized homebuilding experience.
The Renaissance way of homebuilding has always provided its clients a customized experience. Homebuyers choose a location, home plan and work with the design team to pick interior and exterior selections such as paint, tile, carpet, lights, granite and appliances in its Design Studio.
Custom home clients enjoy even more of an opportunity.
The Scholls Ferry clients approached Renaissance after purchasing 16 acres in Tigard and needed a home built. Scott Gaunt, director of Renaissance Homes’ custom homes and renovations division, said that the now complete – and mostly one-level home – lives comfortably for a family, and for entertaining.
And by allowing Renaissance to perform all site improvements – road construction, grading, well modifications, septic modifications and installation, well pumps and electrical services, utility trenching, coordination and installation – the process ran efficiently.
“The clients opted to involve a professional land-use planner and Renaissance Homes to work with Washington County,” Gaunt said. “In our nearly 30 years in business we’ve built hundreds of homes, each on unique sites. Sometimes it’s just easiest to let us do what we do best.”
Planning a lifestyle
The four bedroom and 3.5 bathroom home features a center entertaining space with a large kitchen, two cozy fireplaces, a dining room, powder bathroom and glass doors which open to the patio. From there, there are wings on either side – one for the kids and one for the parents. The home can live cozy or expansive, depending on day’s activities. This floorplan is unique to this family and site and was designed so that the primary living space within the home – kitchen, family room, etc. – “can be closed off for a cozier feel,” Gaunt said.
“The master suite has a den and exercise room attached to it. We also made previsions for a stackable washer and dryer in the larger or the two walk-in closets so that the clients aren’t required to carry laundry to the other side of the home,” Gaunt said.
On the opposite side of the home, the kids’ two-story wing features three bedrooms, a shared bathroom, laundry room, bonus room and homework loft.
And while the home itself was set up for several uses, Gaunt said that “the positioning of the home on the property was done in respect to view, proximity to wetlands and green space and established elevations.”
With wood-burning gas log lighting fireplaces with raised hearths, window seats, built-in bookcases and shelving, the home is as comfortable as a cabin but can also live like a luxurious lodge. The family opted for wiring and plumbing upgrades, installed fire sprinklers, air conditioning, tile, granite and appliance upgrades and purchased new furnishings.
A personalized experience
Gaunt describes the custom home building experience as intimate.
“It is a symbiotic relationship between Renaissance staff and our clients which is based on trust and constant communication,” he said. “We believe in keeping our clients informed of our progress on a weekly – at a minimum – basis.”
Using the clients’ preferred mode for communication – emails, text messages or phone calls – Gaunt said that as a project nears completion keeping good communication becomes even more valuable – and creative for both parties involved.
“The custom experience also offers the opportunity to make changes throughout the project if the clients wish,” Gaunt said, noting that an 8-foot-by-8-foot walk-in steam shower was added to the master suite during the home’s framing phase. “This, of course, adds costs and time to the project, but often these issues are outweighed by the clients’ desire to have the home finished as close to perfection as possible.”
Each custom home project is unique – as no two lots, families or home designs are the same. It’s comforting to know that Renaissance Homes can walk clients through every step of the process and be there throughout the journey which typically lasts between 10 and 12 months, from the initial planning meetings to its final landscaping touches.
“This project encompassed almost all of the services which Renaissance offers within the custom home building experience – site excavation, plan design, permitting, site improvements, utility coordination and installation, site grading, road construction, home construction, landscaping coordination and interior design planning,” Gaunt said. “And we’re all very pleased with the results.”
– Nicole DeCosta
For more information, and for a custom home consultation, contact Scott Gaunt at SGaunt@Renaissance-Homes.com and 503-320-3756.
“Give your home a Renaissance.”