The Building Journey

Designing a custom, build-to-sell home, is one of my favorite things to do. I love to imagine how a family would use the space. I am always drawn to a clean and classic design style. I love the craftsman/coastal design with clean lines and a light and airy feel, but also adding in something special you don’t find in any other build to sell home.

I take something from each of our past builds and grow from that. Whether its a style I loved from a past build, and I’ll use it in the next one, or something that I know I could make better, and I’m able to improve on it for the current build. Each house we do I say, “This one is my Favorite!” My daughter reminds me that I make that comment on every house. That is always my goal, to make each one the best one yet!

This all brings me to our most recent built, the Mabel Two Story being built at 7732 Country Hills Drive in NE Bismarck. This home is completed with framing, windows, doors and shingles! I smile every time I walk into this house. It is so spacious and open! This floor plan is inspired from our personal home. I love how our home functions, and I used the best parts of our home and put it into this plan!

3D Concept of the home

7732 County Hills Drive

Now that the house is framed, we all get to sigh a big sigh of relief! SO much work goes into this point of a build. Roger is great at managing our projects. Everything has to line up (almost perfectly) with sub contractors, and supply houses, and sometimes it doesn’t always go as planned, but often it does! We’ve learned to adapt, and that is just part of building. Seeing a house standing, fully framed, sheeted with a roof, is such a reward! You finally get to see the plan on paper finally come to life!

Up to this point, most of the interior finishes have been selected. The cabinets, flooring, and shower tile are all chosen. This makes the project run smoother by having everything selected. I always like to bring the materials to the project to see it in the natural lighting before ordering. I may make minor adjustments, but most of the time, its good to go.

Warm and cool tones will be mixed in this design pallet, with accents of black

I’ve also chosen the exterior materials and colors. This seems to be the hardest for me when designing a built to sell home. It needs to have great curb appeal in order for a potential family to want to come see what’s inside!

The plumber, electrician, and HVAC will be roughing in next, and then the insulators will come. Once that is all complete, the drywall will go up and its time to pick out paint colors! I like to do this once the drywall is up and I can take the paint deck to the house. I always choose the paint color at the build. Paint can look so different, so its important to see it in the home with the natural lighting.

Once we get to the point of a home with drywall and paint, I will keep you posted as to what is next! Stay tuned! You can also follow along on our Instagram @grendahldesignco

This house is for sale! If you are interested in viewing it you can follow the link. https://www.bismarckmandanhomes.com/Listing/7732-Country-Hills-Drive/20200811043412159518000000

Casual and Elegant

If you summed up my style, it would be casual and comfort, with a little elegant mixed in. My goal is to always make a home feel inviting and comfortable. This is very important when we are designing a home to sell. I want someone to walk in and feel at home.

These photos are from our last build to sell project. We had Glasser Images capture these photos right when it went on the market. We are happy to say it sold in just 3 weeks! The new owners have made this house their home, and we love seeing that!

River + Ranch Photo shoot

Last spring we had a the opportunity to be a featured builder in the the River + Ranch magazine. It was such an honor! These are a few photos from the shoot from Glasser Images.

This is our personal home. We took on this project all hands on. Roger has worked in the field for over 14 years, and is very knowledgeable. He managed the project and all of the sub contractors. I was eager to design the interior and exterior of this home! This is what inspired us to keep building homes. We have owned homes from every stage, so we can easily relate to clients wanting to take on a building project. We have designed and built spec houses within the last 3 years, and also a custom home. This year we are planning on building 2 more spec houses, and a we are working with a customer on their custom build home.

Roger and I compliment each other so well. Roger manages the projects and the physical creation of the homes, and I design the houses from the ground up. We make a very strong team, and love seeing the projects come to life!

The Mabel Two Story

Our newest build to sell home has broke ground! We are excited to bring this plan to life. This house plan was inspired by our personal home, and speaks family! It will be 3726 sq feet of gorgeous living space and will have 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. It makes for a great place to entertain by having the living areas on the main floor. You get extra privacy of having the bedrooms and master bedroom suite up on the 2nd floor. The lower level will be fully finished, and a great place to host family movie nights!

The style of this home will be a casual, but elegant, coastal design. It will feature a spacious kitchen with wood cabinets on the perimeter and a painted wood island with quartz counters, and a beautiful tiled backsplash. This kitchen overlooks the large family room which will have a custom wood fireplace wall, with a tiled fireplace surround. Large windows will surround this area with a perfect view out the back.

The upper level of this home will have a coastal design master suite. Featuring a beautiful walk in tiled shower and a soaking tub, It will be a great place to escape after a busy day! You will also find 2 more large bedrooms, a bathroom, and BONUS, the laundry room!

The lower level welcomes you with a large family room which will be perfect for family movie nights! It will also have 2 more bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a storage/utility room.

Lets not forget about the beautiful lot this house sits on. It is 1.5 acres and has a beautiful view out the back. The home is in Country Hills Subdivision, which is a wonderful community of friends and neighbors. It’s your perfect location to be in the country, but still mins away from town.

I named this floor plan in honor of my Grandma Mabel. She was the biggest cheerleader for all of her grandchildren, and I know she would be so proud. We can’t wait for a family to fall in love with this H O M E. This home will be for sale! If you are interested in more information about this home, please contact us! We’d love to tell you more.

grendahldesign@gmail.com Sarah Grendahl 471-6652 / Roger Grendahl 471-7910

Rolling Hills

Our next custom spec is currently under construction! I am so excited about the design concept of this house. It will have a coastal farmhouse feel that mixes elements of old and new, using metal, wood, and bright white paint colors to bring this home a clean traditional look.

This home is located on a corner lot in the Country Hills Subdivision. It has established trees with plenty of shade and sunshine. I have to admit, I am a bit envious of this lot. We have been eyeing it for a couple years actually and when it returned back on the market we jumped on it.

This time we are putting the house on the market before it is finished. This will give potential home buyers a chance to add their own personal touches.

I am excited to share the design process of this house with you! Stay tuned to be part of the building process.

Scenic Home Tour

The Fall Parade of Homes came and went and it was such a whirlwind of an experience. We met so many great people, and heard amazing feedback regarding the house. I felt like I was in awe a lot of the time.  I am so grateful for the experience.  This wasn’t our plan in the beginning, but I understand sometimes our plans don’t work out, and it will lead you to better paths.  I believe this is the case for this house.

Now that the home tour has ended I can give you a virtual home tour! In the next few posts I will share photos of this home we’ve been working so hard on.

Let’s start with the main living area! I love an open concept because I like to be social with my family. I think that’s the case for a lot of people. An open concept makes for an inviting atmosphere. It’s also a great place to entertain guests.

I chose to paint a cool toned paint on the walls, yet it feels warm! The paint color is Passive by Sherwin Williams, and the fireplace wall is Unusual Grey, also by Sherwin Williams.

We had so many positive comments on the paint color. I do not do builder beige or builder grey!! I spend a lot of time on paint colors, it drives my husband insane! But it pays off in the end. I got the perfect neutral shade of grey that tends to look blue or green or grey in the right shades of light. It was a win with all the Parade attendees.

The flooring was the next favorite! I use a high-grade Mannington laminate floor. It holds up so well to pets, kids, and traffic. It also has a 72 hour water lock, and you can’t beat the look of this floor!

I used a combination of furniture and accessories from my house, and found pieces online and in stores to stage the home.  This was my favorite part of everything.  It made the home come to life, and it actually made the rooms look bigger!  I love combining styles from different stores to use in a room.  That way your house will never look like a particular store when you walk in, and best of all it will feel like YOUR home.

Kitchen Bliss – Cliqstudios

My favorite part of any home design process has to be the kitchen! I love how families gather in the kitchen for meals, conversations, holidays, and cooking. For this kitchen, I decided to do some researching on what my options were other than the big box stores. I wanted something different, and I wanted to be in budget. When I came across https://www.cliqstudios.com/ I was intrigued. After getting sample cabinets and a quick quote, I decided to give them a try.

Working with their designers was a perk! They not only do this every day, but they are educated about the product lines. I was able to collaborate with my designer, Myisha, and we came up with a great design. She was quick to get back to me with any questions I may have had, and gave the project her full attention.

I am so pleased with the final results. The shaker style cabinets give the kitchen a classic feel, but the Studio Grey painted finish adds a modern touch. We added classic subway tile as a back splash and quartz countertops for a sleek look. All the doors and drawers have soft touch hinges, which you don’t always find in cabinets. This gives the cabinets such a high-end touch. The kitchen cabinets have a lot of drawers, because I love how they function for storage.

The kitchen island is my favorite. It is also topped off with a beautiful quartz countertop. It is a nice large size to give a family a casual eating area, and also plenty of space to prep food. I can also see this space as a dumping ground for after school backpacks, homework space, or an art studio area for playdoh or water colors!

I can’t wait for a family to enjoy this kitchen!