Building or Remodeling? Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components

– What is the longest-lasting Deck for the back yard?

– Are Granite Counters worth the high price tag in the long run?

– How long will it be before we really MUST paint the house again?

– Should we spring for the Hardwood Flooring or go with the Laminate?

– Is the  “50 Year Roof” only the stuff of legend?

Find out what materials stand the test of time, and which ones bite the dust too quickly.

If you’re thinking of building or remodeling your home, you might appreciate the information included in this study by the National Association of Home Builders & Bank of America Home Equity.

Visit

http://www.nahb.org/fileUpload_details.aspx?contentID=99359&fromGSA=1

for a thorough evaluation of the life expectancy of various home components.

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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VIRTUAL TOUR: Custom 2.57 Acre Craftsman Style Estate

Take a Virtual Tour of this Radiant Custom Estate!

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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Gated 15 Acre Coeur d’Alene Lakefront Estate

15 Acre Lakefront Estate on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Reminiscent of an English Country Manor, mortared in Rocky Mountain Granite, this singular Lake Coeur d’Alene gated estate has few rivals. While premium waterfront property typically claims no more than a mere acre or two, this massive gated estate is nestled on a full 15 Acres, on 510 feet of deep water lakefront.

Incomparable cerulean lake views from large Palladian picture windows adorn most spaces of the 7330 sq ft 6 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath Main House. Generous expanses of Eastern Butternut hardwood flooring, tongue-in-groove vaulted ceilings & hand-hewn beaming grace the interior of this Cross-gabled Tudor Revival.

Interior hallways and a foyer are founded in Idaho Diamond Plate Rock. Grand Stone Fireplace takes a well-deserved seat of honor in the formal living room. Sun-drenched Palladian picture windows frame a breathless blue Lake View from the exquisite Formal Dining room, featuring a built-in sideboard. That St Charles cabinetry is augmented in the Gourmet Kitchen, & faces a full suite of appliances, including built-in refrigerator. The chef who masters this domain is treated to another Lake Vista, as well as a large granite island breakfast bar with prep sink & gas Cooktop.

Fairy-tale Master Suite has a Gas Fireplace framed in a charcoal surround with White Mantle & hearth. The restful watery dreamscape is again a dominant focus to this heavenly retreat.

Trophy room is perfect for any prize: from big game or your Biggest Games. Equipped with a “Murphy” bed and its own bathroom, this could also serve as a 6th bedroom or guest room.

Daylight lower level boasts a Home Gym, Wine Room & Theater Room with two rows of theater-style seating. Also included in lower level are 2 full bedrooms with bath, sitting room and secret safe room.

Main Level Family Room features a wood-burning fireplace in a rocked wall with media niche, flanked by two walls of Lake Views, one of which opens onto an Outdoor Patio.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with paved walkways and stairways, granite rockwork walls, lush shrubbery, colorful flora & Champion-Quality Tennis Court.

The Luxury 1500 sq ft guest house could serve as two separate guest quarters. Main Level has a Rocked Corner Fireplace in the Great Room, Master Suite & Full Granite Kitchen. Upper Level features a Bedroom Suite with Granite Kitchenette. Guest House also features un-impeded Lake viewing.

Scenic patios boast views of Lake Coeur d’Alene and pine-, fir- and tamarack-studded mountains.

By day, bask in sunny North Idaho perfection from the Sandy Beach at the waterfront. Swim fish or launch almost any type of watercraft from the 1110 sq ft, 3-slip Boat Dock with Lift. Gather around the Outdoor Fireplace at day’s end for an evening of star-gazing.

An adorable single-room ‘Duck House’ on the waterfront might be suitable as artist’s studio or a play cabin.

Located five miles from The Golf Club at Black Rock, a world-class members-only community.

Take a Virtual Tour!

Call Randy or Christy Oetken

of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty

208-660-0506

Check it out at www.OwnTheLifestyle.com

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm
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GATED 15 ACRE LAKEFRONT ESTATE | LUXURY HOME

 

– GATED 15 ACRE LAKEFRONT ESTATE | LUXURY HOME.

View a photo tour on www.LuxuryPortfolio.com

 

Call to schedule your private tour of this Luxury Estate

Christy Oetken
208-660-0506

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 10:29 am
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Presenting ‘The Bridger’ by Rosenberger Construction

The name “BRIDGER” calls forth images of rugged mountain peaks of Yellowstone or Montana, or of the great Jim Bridger, legendary Mountain Man of the Wild West.

Open living space, fresh air & rugged mountain peaks are what inspired Rosenberger Construction, the designers and builders of THE BRIDGER.

 

You and your guests will have room to gather in the spacious well-equipped Kitchen with Island, as well as in the open-air patio, serving as a popular gathering spot adjacent to the Great Room & Dining Areas for beautiful flexibility.

 

 

Spacious Master Suite with Walk-in Closet and 2 additional bedrooms, Low-maintenance Hardiplank Siding, finished 2 Car Garage & handsome Masonry Accents satisfy your needs for convenience and rugged beauty.

Enjoy Rathdrum Mountain views from many indoor & outdoor vantage points of your 4.6 Acre parcel.  Selkirk Meadows is a new kind of neighborhood, dedicated to the twin ideals of environmental conservation and respect for neighbors.

Respect & appreciation for the Nature’s rugged Mountain Wild:
the essence of THE BRIDGER ideal.

Call Randy Oetken of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty to inquire about inhabiting your space in the woodlands at the foot of Rathdrum Mountain.

208-660-0518

Randy@RealEstate-Browser.com

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Posted on March 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm
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Presenting ‘The Sequoia’ by Rosenberger Construction

THE SEQUOIA is said to be the tallest tree that grows in North America. It can grow to be quite mighty, and is known for its great contributions to its surrounding eco-system. It can thrive for hundreds of years, and quite literally enriches the very soil in which it settles, providing great shelter for all kinds of creatures which take up residence in its mighty boughs.

THE SEQUOIA by Rosenberger Construction is both an ideal and a beautiful floorplan design that seeks to enrich its inhabitants while contributing value to its environment.

Single Level Living features comfortable living spaces for anyone. A Peninsula Breakfast Bar & Pantry complete a well-equipped Kitchen, serving as a popular gathering spot adjacent to the Great Room & Dining Areas for beautiful flexibility.

 

Spacious Master Suite with Walk-in Closet and 2 additional bedrooms, Low-maintenance Hardiplank Siding, finished 2 Car Garage & handsome Masonry Accents satisfy your needs for convenience and pride of ownership.

After all, your home is a reflection of you. Like the mighty Sequoia, this home will serve you in style for years to come.

This 3BR/2.5BA home is to be built on 4.6 acres in incomparable Selkirk Meadows.

Call Randy Oetken of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty to inquire about investing in a lifetime of comfort and quality.

208-660-0518Randy@RealEstate-Browser.com

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Posted on March 31, 2011 at 11:29 am
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Presenting ‘The Madison’ by Rosenberger Construction

If you decide to build, you want a home that reflects who you really are and the life that you really want to live.

THE MADISON, by Rosenberger Construction  accommodates your lifestyle.

The social ‘you’ needs a home that helps you welcome your friends and family. With a spacious Kitchen, open-concept Great Room, Covered Front Porch and Covered Back Patio, this home is an hospitable space to receive your guests.

Also on the main level, the Office and Laundry room help minimize the hassles of the daily grind, like tele-commuting, bill-paying and doing laundry.

 

THE MADISON honors your need for solitude in the 2nd floor Master Suite. Additional 2 bedrooms & bath let you remain close to the ones who need you.

Low-maintenance Hardiplank Siding, finished 2 Car Garage & handsome Masonry Accents satisfy your needs for convenience and pride of ownership.

After all, your home is a reflection of you.
This 2155 sq ft classic will serve you in classic style for years to come.

Call Randy Oetken of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty
to inquire about this

3BR/2.5BA home
to be built on 4.8 acres
in incomparable Selkirk Meadows

208-660-0518

Randy@RealEstate-Browser.com

Check it out at www.RealEstate-Browser.com

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 11:00 am
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Gated 15 Acre Coeur d’Alene Lakefront Estate

Reminiscent of an English Country Manor, mortared in Rocky Mountain Granite, this singular Lake Coeur d’Alene gated estate has few rivals.  While premium waterfront property typically claims no more than a mere acre or two, this massive gated estate is nestled on a full 15 Acres, on 510 feet of deep water lakefront.

Incomparable cerulean lake views from large Palladian picture windows adorn most spaces of the 7330 sq ft  6 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath Main House.  Generous expanses of Eastern Butternut hardwood flooring, tongue-in-groove vaulted ceilings & hand-hewn beaming grace the interior of this Cross-gabled Tudor Revival. Interior hallways and a grand foyer are founded in Idaho Diamond Plate Rock.

Grand Stone Fireplace takes a well-deserved seat of honor in the formal living room.

Sun-drenched Palladian picture windows frame a breathless blue Lake View from the exquisite Formal Dining room, featuring a built-in sideboard.

That St Charles cabinetry is augmented in the Gourmet Kitchen, & faces a full suite of appliances, including built-in refrigerator.  The chef who masters this domain is treated to another Lake Vista, as well as a large granite island breakfast bar with prep sink & gas Cooktop.

Fairy-tale Master Suite has a Gas Fireplace framed in a charcoal surround with White Mantle & hearth.  The restful watery dreamscape is again a dominant focus to this heavenly retreat.

Trophy room is perfect for any prize: from big game or your Biggest Games. Equipped with a “Murphy” bed and its own bathroom, this could also serve as a 6th bedroom or guest room.  Daylight lower level boasts a Home Gym, Wine Room & Theater Room with two rows of theater-style seating. Also included in lower level are 2 full bedrooms with bath, sitting room and secret safe room.

Main Level Family Room features a wood-burning fireplace in a rocked wall with media niche, flanked by two walls of Lake Views, one of which opens onto an Outdoor Patio.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with paved walkways and stairways, granite rockwork walls, lush shrubbery, colorful flora & Champion-Quality Tennis Court.

The Luxury 1500 sq ft guest house could serve as two separate guest quarters. Main Level has a Rocked Corner Fireplace in the Great Room, Master Suite & Full Granite Kitchen. Upper Level features a Bedroom Suite with Granite Kitchenette.  Guest House also features un-impeded Lake viewing.

Scenic patios boast views of Lake Coeur d’Alene and pine-, fir- and tamarack-studded mountains.  By day, bask in sunny North Idaho perfection from the Sandy Beach at the waterfront. Swim, fish or launch almost any type of watercraft from the 1110 sq ft, 3-slip Boat Dock with Lift.  Gather around the Outdoor Fireplace at day’s end for an evening of star-gazing.  An adorable single-room ‘Duck House’ on the waterfront might be suitable as artist’s studio or a play cabin.

Located five miles from The Golf Club at Black Rock, a world-class members-only community.

Call Randy or Christy Oetken of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty 208-660-0506.  Check it out at www.OwnTheLifestyle.com

Visit http://www.realestate-browser.com/viewdetails.php?nid=79146&mls=11-2666 for more information.

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm
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Most Bang for Your Buck: Replace the Front Door in 2011!

Daily Real Estate News  |  December 16, 2010  |  

Owners Recoup More with Exterior Home Projects
As part of the 2010-11 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, Realtors® recently rated exterior replacement projects among the most cost-effective home improvement projects, demonstrating that curb appeal remains one of the most important aspects of a home at resale time.

“This year’s Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report highlights the importance of exterior projects, which not only provide the most value, but also are among the least expensive improvements for a home,” said National Association of Realtors® President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Since resale value can vary by region, it’s smart for home owners to work with a Realtor®through the remodeling and improvement process; they can provide insight into projects in their neighborhoods that will recoup the most when the owners are ready to sell.”

Nine of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally in terms of value recouped are exterior replacement projects. The steel entry door replacement remained the project that returned the most money, with an estimated 102.1 percent of cost recouped upon resale; it is also the only project in this year’s report that is expected to return more than the cost. The midrange garage door replacement, a new addition to the report this year, is expected to recoup 83.9 percent of costs. Both projects are small investments that cost little more than $1,200 each, on average. Realtors® identified these two replacements as projects that can significantly improve a home’s curb appeal.

Curb appeal remains king – it’s the first thing potential buyers notice when looking for a home, and it also demonstrates pride of ownership,” said Phipps.

The 2010-11 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report compares construction costs with resale values for 35 midrange and upscale remodeling projects comprising additions, remodels and replacements in 80 markets across the country. Data are grouped in nine U.S. regions, following the divisions established by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the 13th consecutive year that the report, which is produced by Remodeling magazine publisher Hanley Wood, LLC, was completed in cooperation with REALTOR® Magazine.

Realtors® provided their insight into local markets and buyer home preferences within those markets. Overall, Realtors® estimated that home owners would recoup an average of 60 percent of their investment in 35 different improvement projects, down from an average of 63.8 percent last year. Remodeling projects, particularly higher cost upscale projects, have been losing resale value in recent years because of weak economic conditions.

According to the report, replacement projects usually outperform remodel and addition projects in resale value because they are among the least expensive and contribute to curb appeal. Various types of siding and window replacement projects were expected to return more than 70 percent of costs. Upscale fiber-cement siding replacement was judged by Realtors® the most cost effective among siding projects, recouping 80 percent of costs. Among the window replacement projects covered, upscale vinyl window replacements were expected to recoup the most, 72.6 percent upon resale. Another exterior project, a wood deck addition, tied with a minor kitchen remodel for the fourth most profitable project recouping an estimated 72.8 percent of costs.

The top interior projects for resale value included an attic bedroom and a basement remodel. Both add living space without extending the footprint of the house. An attic bedroom addition costs more than $51,000 and recoups an estimated 72.2 percent nationally upon resale; a basement remodel costs more than $64,000 and recoups an estimated 70 percent. Improvement projects that are expected to return the least are a midrange home office remodel, recouping an estimated 45.8 percent; a backup power generator, recouping 48.5 percent; and a sunroom addition, recouping 48.6 percent of costs.

Although most regions followed the national trends, the regions that consistently were estimated to return a higher percentage of remodeling costs upon resale were the Pacific region of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington; the West South Central region of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas; the East South Central region of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee; and the South Atlantic region of the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The regions where Realtors® generally reported the lowest percentage of costs recouped were New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin), West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota), and Middle Atlantic (New York and Pennsylvania).

“It’s important to remember that the resale value of a particular improvement project depends on several factors,” said Phipps. “Things such as the home’s overall condition, availability and condition of surrounding properties, location and the regional economic climate contribute to an estimated resale value. That’s why it is imperative to work with a Realtor®who can provide insight and guidance into local market conditions whether you’re buying, selling or improving a home.”

Results of the report are summarized in the January issue of REALTOR® Magazine. To read the full project descriptions, access national and regional project data, and download a free PDF containing data for any of the 80 cities covered by the report, visit www.costvsvalue.com.

Source: NAR

http://www.realtor.org/press_room/news_releases/2010/12/home_owners_recoup

Posted on December 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm
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