MEET THE BUILDER | Adam Wanichek, Highlands Builders Group
Tell us a little more about you, the homeowners-are you an individual, a couple? What do you do and how would you describe your lifestyle.
We are a homebuilding couple with a focus on custom-to-lot homes on Seattle’s eastside. Adam grew up as the son of a residential remodeler, and Bria is the daughter of a homebuilder with a background in real estate.
What sets us apart from larger builders is the care taken with each lot individually to design and build a home that maximizes natural light and privacy, with custom floor plans for each house. Every lot is different and it’s a careful process to bring out the best in designing for that lot. For instance, here in the Northwest it is important to have an abundance of natural light within the home. This home in particular has 7 skylights and we’ve used ambient light as well.
In personal life, we are a young family and we enjoy cooking together and entertaining. That influences our design choices such as larger ranges (48” Wolf is standard) and we are early adopters with technology. Right now, it’s geo- fencing which can automatically control your lighting, music, alarm, cameras - your alarm system automatically turns itself on; your music starts when you arrive home. This home has a Lutron smart home system.
Help us understand the space, how big is it? What were the materials you selected and why?
The space is 3,400 square feet set over 3 split levels. While designing this home, we were going for a lounge vibe, and Sarah Fielder with Urban Domaine Interior Design + Staging, really nailed the decor to bring that out. The location is urban, walkable to downtown.
Kitchen cabinets - Bellmont frameless cabinets. The kitchen is a mix of Mochacinno and Noce, new colors in the range for 2020. We went with an asymmetrical design just to break tradition of symmetry on the range. The hidden range hood helped us achieve this look.
Laundry flooring - Apavisa porcelain tile in Hydraulic Black Natural
Light fixtures - Rejuvenation. The entry chandelier was a custom size from Rejuvenation (originally a pacific northwest company)
Flooring - TAS Flooring Latitudes 7.5 Collection in Alta (1/2” European Oak Hardwood).
Paint colors - Sherman Williams Alabaster throughout - we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about interior paint over the years. This one is not too white, not too yellow, but just right for our particular lighting in the Northwest.
Another feature to note and the story behind it: we were on vacation in the San Juan islands while I was pregnant with our son. The hotel had the most beautiful bathroom with a mirror that was lit from behind - and it was so incredibly forgiving! I knew we had to incorporate that feature into our build.
What was a risk you took that ended up having a successful outcome?
During the framing process, we walked the front entry and decided to move the interior framing to create a study/lounge space in the landing on the 2nd floor. It was a small adjustment but allowed us to retain the 22’ ceilings while giving the floor plan the option of another gathering space.
What is a great resource for materials, any particular flooring company or cabinet company that you love working with?
We have worked with Todd Brickman of Stile & Rail Design for many years. We always try something new. For instance, in this home we did the mauve colored cabinets in the kitchen to play off the wood grain in opposite wall of cabinets.