New Construction Journey: Mercer Island Project

blog 13 new consstruciton.png
blog mercer house.png

How We Acquired the Land


Literally, this was over a cold beer and some nachos at a local pub on the island. The husband was meeting with his friend after work and they got to chatting and his friend mentioned wanting to sell his house.

Of course, the hubby jumps in and says, “I’ll buy it, what do you want for it?” The friend gave his number, the husband agreed and a handshake set the deal in motion. Next day, the contract was written, we signed around the deal and off to escrow we went. Truly one of the quickest, most seamless transactions ever. And, we are all still very good friends today! Sometimes the deals come from unexpected places and your sphere of influence can sometimes return the greatest investments and opportunities. If people don’t know what you do, then you could be missing out on business opportunities. Fast forward two weeks and the property was closed and the planning process began.

Planning & Permitting

While we waited months for permits (8 months, to be exact) We started our design process!

Flooring & Tile

GetMedia (8).jpeg

We always start from the floor and work our way up! We chose a light colored 7-inch plank to blanket the floors with. We wanted a more organic look and feel and this hardwood set the style in motion. 


Elements of Design

GetMedia (2).jpeg

We needed to bring some earthiness to the kitchen and opted for these gorgeous faux wood shelves by Ballard Design. And, opted for clear glass pendants and sparkling jewelry to accessorize the space. (Jewelry, in the home sense is referring to the chrome faucet, by Kohler and the Chrome Knobs and pulls we found on Amazon. We found mixing materials give the house a custom feel.

Hearth and Living

GetMedia (1).jpeg

Who doesn’t love to cozy up next to a beautiful fireplace (oops, I mean fire) when it’s raining and cold outside?! Well, we found this amazing Pental tile to surround ours with bringing in those grays skies from outside works perfectly with our color palette. We covered the walls in Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray to complement the White Dove trim by Benjamin Moore.

Exterior Appeal

The rear yard needs to look as amazing as the front and in this case we covered the surrounding areas with new mulch, native trees and plants of the island and made the exterior façade shine with walls of windows and a master suit covered patio overlooking the new gardens .


Click Here for a complete list of items used in the brand new Mercer Island Kitchen!