Just Listed: Aspen Homes presents The Silver Creek to be built in Selkirk Meadows

THE SILVER CREEK

to be built on

5.74 acres in new Selkirk Meadows

Pride of ownership starts at the curb in this distinctive home by Aspen.

Superior Curb appeal is Aspen’s Signature.

Handsome Timber, Shake & Stone accents echo North Idaho’s rugged, natural ethos.

 

THE SILVER CREEK envisions

2006sf      3BR/2BA

  • Single Level living    PLUS    2nd Level Bonus area
  • Spacious Kitchen with Island Breakfast Bar & Pantry
  • Open Great Room & Dining area
  • Master Suite featuring a large Walk-in Closet
  • Covered Front Porch
  • Attached 2 Car Garage
  • Possible additional Basement Option

$269,000

Call

Randy Oetken

of

Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty

for more details:

208-660-0518

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Text SELK to 72727

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm
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NORTH IDAHO REAL ESTATE: Price Reductions in Hayden & Cataldo

BRAND NEW CRAFTSMAN HOME
3BR/2BA + Den
Fine Finishes & Amenities
include Granite Kitchen & Master Bath Counters 2 Car Garage & RV Parking

NEW PRICE $195,000

ROSE LAKE VIEW HOME ON 1/2 ACRE
3br/1.5ba    1440 sq ft
.49 Acre
Near Sportsman’s Access & Public Boat Dock
NOW $145,000

Call Randy or Christy Oetken

of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty today

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Posted on September 27, 2011 at 11:16 am
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Post Falls Area Real Estate: 2 10 Acre View Parcels

Leatherwood Estates

Leatherwood Estates

BUILD YOUR CUSTOM ESTATE IN LEATHERWOOD!
Explore the length and breadth of these 10 Acre parcels to discover their truly exquisite characteristics: numerous possible home sites, treed areas, rock outcroppings & tremendous valley, mountain, and Lake Newman views!

A very private & serene part of North Idaho, and located south of the Spokane River, minutes to I90, enabling easy commuting to both North Idaho and Spokane destinations.

A building pad is already roughed in if you desire to place your home on that particular site. Electricity & phone available. The property was previously perc tested – just need to reapply.
Call for info about a well.

Two Parcels are available. Bring your family and friends or just keep all 20 Acres to yourself! Great for horses!

Inquire about terms.

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We have LAND, Builders, Floorplans,

and

Experienced in New Construction TransactionsEXPERIENCE in the Building Industry!

Call us today! 
We will help you build your dream home…

 

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm
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Dramatic Price Reductions in Hayden, Coeur d’Alene Real Estate

BRAND NEW CRAFTSMAN HOME
3BR/2BA + Den, Fine Finishes & Amenities
2 Car Garage & RV Parking
Almost Complete
NOW $209,900

 

BEST PRICE PER SQ FT IN THE VILLAGE
3BR/2BA Condo
Community Pool, Spa/ Hot Tub, Tennis
2 Car Garage, RV Parking, Private Patio with Pond
NOW $160.900

 

Call Randy or Christy Oetken

of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty today

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Posted on June 14, 2011 at 10:38 am
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ON THE LEVEL: 12 Popular Kitchen Trends for 2011

 

Here are some popular kitchen trends for new or remodeled kitchens this year, from our friends at Hibbard Construction.

Popular Trends to Consider

Maximize food prep and dining space. Dual islands, tiered islands and island/peninsula combinations provide space for preparing meals, dining and storage. Pull-out cutting boards and tables can also help to extend food prep space.

Plan functional storage space. Kitchen storage details are important. Add pull-outs to ease organization of your dishes, pots, pans and bake wear. Pull-out pantry units organize cans and dry goods. Drawer storage is the key for keeping utensils in their place.

Use cabinets to create interest in the kitchen. A trend that we’re seeing more in homes is the use of two tone cabinetry in the kitchen. For example, white cabinetry may be installed around the perimeter of a kitchen and dark wood-stain cabinets are used for an island or peninsula. Add glass door cabinets to quickly spot items stored and for display. Open-shelving can be added to your cabinet configuration for both display and storage.

Add under-counter appliances for convenience. Microwave ovens, wine coolers, small refrigerators for beverages and additional cold storage and drawer dishwashers add function to a kitchen. Think about “universal design” when installing appliances for convenience, and place appliances where they can be accessed by all users.

Think “Green”. A simple way of helping the environment is to purchase Energy Star appliances. If you’re interested in a “green kitchen” consider using sustainable products like bamboo flooring, concrete counters, recycled glass back splash areas and recycled wood.

Add a backsplash. Glass tiles, especially those made from recycled glass, are being used more in kitchens for an easy to clean aesthetic backsplash behind sink and stove areas. Backsplashes are also made of solid surface materials, porcelain tiles, laminate and metal. Plan your backsplash to accentuate your style – modern, traditional, cottage, country, Tuscan, or eclectic.

Consider crown molding. Adding crown molding to a kitchen provides a “finished” look to cabinetry. Also, it adds architectural interest to the space.

Combine your kitchen and dining room areas. A dining room is often one of the least used rooms in a home. If your floor plan permits, tear down a wall that separates a kitchen from a dining room. This will open up the space and add function to your home. The expanded space may allow you to add more storage to the kitchen or even an office area.

Trends in Decorating Your Kitchen

Kitchen Lighting. The latest lighting trends this year will include statement lighting and hidden lighting fixtures. Your new kitchen should receive enough natural light during the daytime. You might want to consider the installation of additional windows or perhaps a skylight to make this part of your home sunnier and inviting. Artificial lighting will continue to be hot this year as recessed lights and track lighting fixtures over sinks and cabinets create that soothing glow. Statement lighting fixtures will also make it big this year. Pendant lighting items or chandeliers in wrought bronze, iron and other deco styles will make for a brighter kitchen and, at the same time, add a touch of elegance and glamour. Lampshades are also getting into the kitchen scene this year. Select lampshades with bold colors or graphic prints to make this lighting centerpiece stand out from the rest. This works best for white or neutral colored kitchens.

Kitchen Décor Gets More Natural This Year.

The use of natural materials such as granite, bamboo, or hardwood, is the materials of choice this year. More and more homeowners are shifting away from synthetic materials and stainless steel. From their lighting fixtures, cabinets, kitchen counters, and other accessories, natural materials are the preference. These natural materials not only create a warmer and more inviting space, but they are also more sustainable and durable.

Glass is also slowly making its way into many kitchens this 2011. Glass tiled backsplashes and glass cook tops are expected to dominate this year’s market. Glass tiles are easier to clean, replace and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Moreover, glass containers, glass spice jars and glass water containers, will also remain in the trend as they more durable and airtight.

Color Trends Will Turn Up the Heat.

This year’s color trends will be bold and spicy. Think faded copper, burnt oranges, mottled reds, rich coffee, buttery yellows, warm cinnamon, punchy apricots, and other rich tones. These fiery yet subtle hues will add comfort and depth into your kitchen area. Warm colors also help stimulate appetites. If you are not that into red hues, then try to go for plumy purples, soft greens and even soft pinks.

Contrast is also a big thing for kitchen colors this year.

Posted on June 1, 2011 at 6:00 am
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Just Listed: Serene 1.92 Acre in Gated Community

Serene setting on 1.92 acres with awesome views in this quiet prestigious Harbor View Estates community. Build your dream home in this gated community and enjoy the Lake Coeur d’Alene community beach & pavillion.
 

We have Builder Packages

-or-

Bring your own builder!

We offer:

extensive knowledge of the building industry

an impressive list of professionals whom we’ve come to trust over the years

years of experience in guiding our clients through all kinds of Real Estate transactions

We are uniquely qualified to help you build your home.
As REALTORS®, we’ll help you through every phase of building your house, so you can build your life. We can help you find Builders, Floorplans, and Land for your Dream Home or Estate.

 

Put us to work for you!

Contact

Randy Oetken

 of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty for more details:

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Posted on March 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm
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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.

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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.

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Posted on March 31, 2011 at 11:29 am
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On The Level: Hire the Right Contractor!

Here’s another great article from our friends at Hibbard Construction, offering 
valuable advice on on hiring and working with contractors.

Considering a home remodel in the near future?  If you are thinking of hiring a contractor to do the job for you, it is important to have a plan before you embark on your home improvement journey. 

It is no secret that the success of any home remodel project will depend significantly on qualified craftsmen, quality materials and an experienced contractor that can adequately deal with the unforeseen obsticals that almost always arise during these projects. 

To ensure the most affordable and succesful outcome, it is vitally important to hire the best contractor for your project. Follow these steps to help you select the right contractor for the job.

Do your homework…
Start by getting written detailed bids from three reputable contractors. When comparing bids, make sure you are comparing apples to apples and not apples to oranges.  It is in your best interest to ask lots of questions. This is where you will flush out the details that are most important in identifying the specifics of your project and the scope of work the potential contractor can perform. 

Don’t assume that the lowest bid is the best deal.  Differences in materials will have a huge impact on the price of your project.  Make certain your bids are based on the same quality materials.  Also take into consideration the time frame it will take to complete the project.  There is nothing more frustrating than a project that takes longer to complete than originally anticipated.

Verify that the contractor’s license is active and check to see that the contractor is in good standing with the Bureau of Occupational Licenses. You can visit the web site at www.ibol.idaho.gov to see if your contractor is in good standing or has had complaints, liens or other derogatory claims filed against them.

Ask for and then check references. Look at other jobs the contractor has completed. Ask if you can speak directly to past clients.  Are they current with their vendors?  How long have they been in business?  Longevity is a good indicator that a contractor is good at what they do and that they conduct business with honesty and integrity.

Ask the contractor questions…
Do they have the experience and expertise to do the work you want done?  Ask for past examples similar to the type of project you are considering.  What makes them qualified to do this type of work.

Who will do the actual work: the contractor, subcontractors, or employees?  Desirable results are most often achieved if the contractor has his own employees on the job site.  Quality control is easier achieved in this manner.  If some of the work is to be performed by a subcontractor, ask how long that contractor has been doing business with the sub.  Be sure to ask for references and check to see if the subcontractor is in good standing with the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

Other important questions to ask are: who is responsible for obtaining any necessary building permits?  Are architectural plans necessary for this project? How many other jobs will the contractor be working on at the same time as yours? 

It is important to know what written warranties are offered.  These can vary from project to project. If you plan on purchasing appliances, tubs, sinks and miscellaneous hardware for the project, are warranties available for those items, too? 

Lastly, it is important to know who you can call if you have questions or concerns during the project.  Is there a foreman or superintendent that can address concerns and is easy to contact?

Ask yourself…
Can I communicate with this contractor? Communication is vital during the project.  If the contractor cannot communicate before a contract is even agreed upon, the likelihood of having successful communications during the project is pretty slim.  Important decisions will be hard to make during the project process.  This can lead to a stressful home life during the project, and the overall project outcome may be less than desirable.

Does this contractor seem honest and forthright?  Is he looking out for your best interest?  A good contractor will tell you if your home improvement project is an over-improvement.  They will keep in mind that a good return on investment is key to keeping the value of your home in line with the surrounding homes in the neighborhood.

Do I have reasonable expectations, including being prepared for unexpected costs and delays?  This is a tricky one — Depending on the age of your home and the scope of work being performed, the unexpected can take a project in an entirely different direction.  It is important that a contractor keeps this in mind and communicates any unusual circumstances immediately and thoroughly to the homeowner.

A carefully written contract includes at least…
A list of materials to be used including quality, quantity, weight, color, size, brand names, etc. It is important and it needs to be concise in order to clarify the scope of work to be performed. 

A list of allowance items and the budgeted amount should be included as well. An allowance is a specific amount of money to buy items not yet selected. When these items (such as light fixtures) exceed the allowance, the homeowner pays the additional amount.

Agree in advance to a payment schedule that coincides with work as it is completed.  Be sure that your contract contains an agreement that the contractor and the homeowner will sign all “change orders”.  Each change order should be dated and include the nature and cost of the change. The change order will include who is responsible for any additional cost.

Workmanship warranties and specifically what they cover are also important to have outlined in your contract.  We live in an imperfect world and sometimes things don’t always work they way in which they were intended.  If it’s a manufacturing defect, does the manufacturer cover it?  A reputable contractor will use materials that have these types of warranties and provide warranties for work performed by his crew.

Start and completion dates are also important to include in your contract.  This is your insurance that the project will be completed in a timely manner.  If the completion date changes because of unforeseen obstacles, a change order should be created depicting the change.  Then a new completion date should be set.

And finally, the total price of the project should be clearly outlined in the contract as well.  A thorough contractor will create a budget for the entire project and operate within those amounts.  A detailed list of all expenses is important in understanding the entire scope of work being contracted. It helps both the homeowner and contractor keep the project on track financially.

With our extensive knowledge of the building industry, impressive list of professionals whom we’ve come to trust over the years, and expertise in guiding our clients through all kinds of Real Estate transactions, we are uniquely qualified to help you build your home.  

As REALTORS®, we’ll help you through every phase of building your new house, so you can build your life.  We can help you find Builders, Floorplans, and Land for your Dream Home or Estate.

Put us to work for you!

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 11:57 am
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