This custom three-bedroom, four-bath Woodinville home is unique, interesting, and built to last — and, like most custom homes, it is a reflection of the people who live there, suiting the homeowners’ needs and wants.
The 4,000-square-foot industrial-meets-Northwest-style home is owned by Gary and Rosa Collins. They live there with their two dogs and Rosa’s mother, who has her own suite, private bathroom, and outdoor deck — the entire mother-in-law suite is connected by a small hallway that doubles as a bridge over a babbling creek that flows between her area and the main home. The beauty is that everyone has his or her space, and everyone can be together, all very seamlessly.
The Meydenbauer Group designed and built the Collinses’ dream home. Owner and vice president Jeremy Weinstein of Meydenbauer Group was the lead designer, and he worked closely with superintendent Mike Cogar, both critical to the project’s success.
The construction process was a two-year journey that began with the acquisition of the raw land and development of the property, and finally, the custom construction of the home, said John Hansen, Meydenbauer Group owner and president.
“(The) owners are energetic, entertainment-oriented business owners, who built their dream home to encompass the community spirit of gathering together,” Hansen said. This slice of land in Woodinville was the perfect place to build the home since it is private, quiet, and has “expansive view lines and excellent sun exposure.”
And it is also puppy-approved!
All photos by Jeff Hobson
Beam Me Up
The wooden beams in the kitchen and great room were an addition that, like many things through the building process, started with the sentence, “What if we did …?” The homeowners and building team both agree they add warmth, interest, and a Northwest twist to the space.
Kitchen Table Fun
The kitchen table is a glass top, and there are gears inside. With the touch of a remote control, this table’s gears begin to move, and the table extends to accommodate guests — so cool!
The super-shiny cabinets are designed and manufactured by Pedini out of San Marino, Italy. Pedini also did the install. They were selected by the homeowners and utilized throughout the home. The paint is similar to paint on a high-end car, and the design makes them functional, fabulous, and a focal point.
Under Foot Fantastic
The main-level flooring is Belize Exotic Ash Porcelain Wood Planks from Surface Art — durable and beautiful, this was a great pick for the family and those doggy paws.
Simple Lines, Big Impact
All of the bathrooms are very simple and modern. Lighting illuminates the shiny surfaces and tiles at every turn. In fact, the entire home utilizes lights to show itself off in all the best ways.
Snuggle by the Fireplace
The gas fireplace is large and wraps around the edge.
A Cozy Bedroom
We are big fans of two things in this master bedroom: the wood on the ceiling and the fireplace wall across from the bed. With a view to the beautiful woodsy backyard, we are not sure getting up would be easy.
All Fun and Games
The homeowners invite friends over to play their favorite video games. There are several screens to play games and watch. And behind the theater-style seating area is a kitchen area for snacks and drinks. The custom-designed media room features a 130-inch projection screen and Dolby Atmos audio system.
Windows and Doors Galore
The large wall of doors opens up so the outdoor kitchen and the living room and dining room inside become one free-flowing area to entertain a large crowd, or to just enjoy a warm summer night.
Relax and Unwind
This in-ground hot tub has a remote activation — you can start heating it up to the perfect temperature on your way home from work so it is ready when you get home! It also has a remote controlled cover that hides away when in use. The LED lights change colors, and it is quiet enough to have the jets going and have a conversation. Across from the hot tub is an outdoor shower, and to the side of it, a dry sauna and a private gym.
The area outside of the home is just as important as inside the home. Landscape architect Gayle Cramer of Cramer Design Consultants helped make the vision become a reality for the homeowners while making it as easy to maintain as possible.
Do you look at the grass and stones and think — Wow; that is a lot of upkeep? Well, think again. That grass isn’t real; it is Dream Turf, which both supplied and installed it. It was chosen because it looks good and needs no maintenance beyond annual pressure washing! It also doesn’t get muddy during rainy seasons, and when the dogs go potty, the homeowners just wash it off with a hose.
So you want to play video games, and she wants to watch The Bachelor — no problem. Notice in this outdoor living and kitchen space there are two TVs! The fully integrated outdoor living area includes an oversized fireplace, built-in AV surround sound system, countertop barbecue and burner, and custom IR heating system with radio-controlled awnings for all-weather use.
The giant rocks were chosen at Marenakos’ Rock Center in Issaquah. They were placed in the continuous flowing water feature that cuts through the main level’s floor plan. The water feature was all designed and built by Meydenbauer.
That beautiful wood siding on the outside is actual metal. “We call this longboard and is extruded aluminum with a faux wood veneer painted on. Again this is a design-build solution from Paul Contessa of Contessa Metalworks, the mason, and Meydenbauer.
Natural meets industrial
The outside patina metal slabs were another unique design-build solution that worked out great. The custom metal panels were ordered from Seattle Metals and also used in the backyard for a fresh take on a retaining wall. The metal fencing was a cooperative design-build effort between steel sheet supplier Paul Contessa of Contessa Metalworks, the mason, and Meydenbauer.
Drive This Way
The driveway pavers are Eco-Priora from Mutual Materials.
About the Builder
Meydenbauer Group is a custom home-builder on the Eastside specializing in unique projects requiring inventive and attractive solutions to design challenges. Meydenbauer Group is a partnership between Jeremy Weinstein and John Hansen. More at meydenbauergroup.com.
“The owners, Gary and Rosa Collins, are easily our favorite aspect of the Woodinville project. They fully participated in — and often led — the ongoing, spirited back-and-forth design debates. Once a design decision was resolved, Gary and Rosa had the confidence in Meydenbauer to implement the never-before-seen design solutions.” –Meydenbauer Design Group co-owner and president John Hansen.