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Shelter from the mold
Drive through the Tree Tops subdivision
of Germantown and youll see a unique 2,600 square foot ranch house
built by Shawn Mitchell. Like other new houses in the area, its
attractive, yet it significantly differs from the others. How and why?
Mitchell, who runs Victory Homes, says its not your fathers
conventional wood frame home.
If youve heard the expression "they just dont build
things like they used to," Paul Royce wants you to know it doesnt
apply to everything. Royce is a homebuilder and developer with Red
Maple Real Estate. His wife, Chris, is a former R.N. who took up
architectural design when the family relocated from Chris native
New Zealand. Together, they put together their best work in their
A house is a house is a house. Yet
sometimes, a house is more special than just that, deserving to be
featured in a book. Even the "lowly" bungalow can have its
place in the publishing sun.
Habitat hits home
There are numerous families across the
country and even in Ozaukee County for whom life is a daily
struggle. Theyre working hard, but just cant seem to get ahead.
The American dream of a clean, functioning home of their own seems to
be out of their reach. Those are the families for whom Habitat for
Humanity seeks to turn dreams into reality.
"Unbuildable." Thats the
term most professionals used to describe the hillside lot across the
road from the former home of Gail and Gary Reynolds. Fortunately, the
Reynolds didnt believe them. Neither did Brookfield builder Bill
It may be
true that there is no place like home, but Ozís young Dorothy would
have had to click those ruby slippers many more times to drop into a
domicile like this one. Designed in 1997 by Waukesha commercial
builder Jim Marriott in collaboration with architect Bruce Jackson,
it seems safe to say that there is no place like this home.
For this special section on New & Custom Homes, we sent
Northshore LifeStyle photographer Doug Edmunds to snap some of our
most spectacular spaces.
nook and cranny
Barry R. Mandel, a 47-year-old entrepreneur, has been called
"Mr. Downtown" and is considered a "pioneer"
developer in Milwaukees downtown housing market.
all your preconceived ideas about log home living aside. Todays
options range from rangeland rustics to sparkling contemporaries
and area log homeowners cant say enough about how great it is
to be living in a dream.
Just about any homeowner will
tell you the right house is not only the most important investment youll ever make,
but also a matter of very personal taste.
But with the market values and
resulting prices of pre-built homes as high as theyve been over
the last few years, more and more people have been looking at the
option of building their own home these days in an effort to get
exactly what they want for their housing dollar.
Building the better house
Quick! What do you and Ben
Franklin have in common? The answer? Both of your homes were probably built the same way.
For 200 years, the basic method of assembling a home, piece by piece and nail by nail,
hasnt changed much. But its starting to. As home builders struggle to provide
quality homes at a reasonable price, the home building industry is slowly evolving to meet
the consumers demands of the 21st century.
Built to suit
From first-time home buyers
to relocating buyers to empty-nesters building the house of their dreams, the concerns,
wants, demands and expectations of a home buyer vary greatly depending on what sort of
home buyer they are. Nobody knows these differences more acutely than the architects and
builders who deal with a broad spectrum of buyers on a regular basis.
Love the locale; hate the house?
In some locales, its not all that unusual to
demolish an existing house to build a bigger one on the same lot. On the Northshore, lot
sizes and home prices all but eliminate the teardown option.