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EVOKE Modern Homes Featured in The Scene Magazine

luxe lifeWe’re excited to announce that EVOKE Modern homes were featured in the February 2014 issue of The Scene, a monthly publication that covers arts and entertainment news for Bellevue and the Eastside.

The article, titled “Luxe Life,” discusses EVOKE Modern’s design sensibility at length, exploring facets like the homes’ 10-foot ceilings and emphasis on sustainability.

We’ve posted the text of the article, written by Kirkland-based independent journalist Francesca Lyman below:

Luxe Life

EVOKE 1A new brand of homes being built on the Eastside may be redefining the homeowner experience of green design, mixing sustainability with the high ceilings, glass and cement that marks industrial chic while achieving some enviable cost and energy savings.

EVOKE Modern homes, a new offering from Bellevue-based Quadrant Homes, embrace the outdoorsy lifestyle of the Puget Sound, cool and rugged, but with an unmistakable urbanity, achieved through high design, using natural materials like hardwood and stone that warm up interiors.

Quadrant Homes, known more for production homes in master-planned subdivisions on the sprawling edges of suburbia, is now focused on building these high-design homes in closer-in, ‘infill’ locations that offer walkability and proximity to services. “We think that this is the niche we can fill,” says Bonnie Geers, vice president for community development at Quadrant.

What’s different in this offering, says Geers, is a revival of the Northwest contemporary style, after building many Northwest Craftsman homes. There’s a return to the clean, sleek lines of contemporary design, leaving out moldings and cornices – hallmarks of earlier styles like Craftsman or prairie. All of the homes feature 10-foot ceilings, a huge departure.

While the builder has offered buyers some customization (adding a window, moving a wall), the EVOKE brand takes this a step further, enabling buyers to plan their home in a way that’s most conducive to their lifestyle, putting, for example, the master bedroom downstairs or upstairs, moving halls, doorways, and other design features around. People with several children might opt for a so called “Jack and Jill” bedroom design, with a bath situated in between. Older people often choose to have their bedrooms built downstairs.

EVOKE 2 kitchenSince kitchens are rooms people gravitate toward, particularly “foodie” Pacific Northwesters, these form the centerpiece of these homes. People in this region are particularly interested in outdoor entertaining, with new sorts of spaces for grilling or serving food. “A desire for people who live in the Northwest is to really be outdoors, relaxing in multi-use spaces,” says Geers.

According to Jennifer Kim, Quadrant’s house architect, “People live in more open ways, with parents sitting around reading, drinking coffee and working at home, in places where they can also watch their kids, or visit with friends. A lot of action happens together around a family room, and spaces between kitchens and dining room, as well as outdoor spaces.”

Indeed, the Pacific Northwest architectural style was born out of the natural qualities of the environment. Lush forests and long rainy seasons allow for year round evergreen gardens and landscaping spawned a style that author Anne Wall Frank, author of Northwest Style, calls “informal, organic, and above all eclectic.”

The EVOKE Modern offered by Quadrant adds to the design kit of tools in the Northwest contemporary style, by adding some of the industrial feel pioneered by architects like Tom Kundig, featuring industrial materials like cement, says Kim. On these homes, the exterior siding consist of flat, fiber cement panels that are painted, as well as prestained, fiber cement lap siding.

Kim says that a lot of the energy efficiency is gained through the way windows are situated, with rooms facing courtyards, looking south or west to capture natural light. Smaller windows in bedrooms, situated high, insure privacy and keep out noise, but also save energy.

According to Geers, these homes are more efficient than most new construction by a factor of a third. They feature enhanced insulation products and sealants, tight window treatments, and mini-split heat pump system for heating and cooling, she says, where comfort in climate “zones” can be controlled by remote as well. Other green features include Energy Star-rated appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, dual-flush toilets, and rain gardens.

“Sustainability, and energy efficiency, are among those features that people, especially luxury home buyers, have more come to expect than ask for it,” says Geers.

According to Geers, the Evoke models achieve impressive energy-efficiency by Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standards. The Luxe model achieves a HERS rating of 63, the Grande a 64, which are thus 37 and 36 percent more energy efficient than average new American home, (which is about 100), says Geers.

On one of the smaller models, the “Luxe,” there’s an accordion-fold patio door in the kitchen, giving it the feel of a Mediterranean restaurant. Upstairs, a child’s room has a barn door sliding across the top of the room opening. And a family room features a mechanical shade, with hallways sporting marine lighting. On the larger model, the “Grand,” the kitchen features a smaller island, as well as niches for home desks, workspace countertops, and overhead beams. Floor to ceiling windows or half-wall windows look out onto lush Pacific Northwest forest.

With the new level of customization available to them, what are some of the unusual features home buyers asking for?

“People are redesigning their homes for their cats and dogs,” she says, adding that two people whom she design for just added new closets to the house, complete with cat-friendly flooring, kitty closets, and kitty doors specially tailored for those nocturnal creatures. Felines have been trending this “indoor-outdoor” feature for centuries.

For the moment, EVOKE has a few homes of $700,000 and up under construction in several locations in Redmond and Kirkland, since it was launched by Quadrant last summer, but none of the homes is in the finishing stages. The company will also, for the fist time in its history, “build on your lot,” too.

Taste of EVOKE on Seattle Mag’s ‘Must’ List

Taste of EVOKE on Seattle Magazine's Must ListTaste of EVOKE has been featured in Seattle Magazine’s Must List, alongside all the best things to see, do, eat and drink! It’s no wonder – this evening of exquisite food, wine and home design is one of the most anticipated events of the fall season. Taste of EVOKE is Tuesday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are still a few tickets left – get yours here.

Attendees will be able to mix and mingle in two stunning EVOKE Modern homes, while indulging in the most elegant gourmet food and wine the Northwest has to offer. The evening will feature the culinary talents of five of Seattle’s most renowned chefs, paired with wines from five of the region’s best wineries.

Menu highlights include:

  • Capunet of Duck Confit with Parmigiano Reggiano Brodo Reduction and Pomegranate – Chef Holly Smith, Café Juanita
  • Honey-Miso Marinated Sablefish with Namya Broth  – Chef Bradley Dickinson, Pearl
  • Anderson Valley Lamb Meatball with Goat Cheese Cream, Green Olive and Calabrian Chili Relish on Roasted Spaghetti Squash – Chef Don Curtiss, Volterra

All proceeds from Taste of EVOKE will benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds for Northwest children’s charities. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the offerings of Seattle’s best chefs and wineries, all in one luxurious setting.

Event Details:

Tuesday, October 29, 6-9 p.m.
Limited availability tickets  – $75
Location: 5604 238th Ct SE, Issaquah 98029.
Complimentary valet services will be provided.
All ticket proceeds will go to the Detlef Schrempf Foundation.

Taste of EVOKE to Benefit Foundation

Taste of EVOKEEVOKE is sponsoring an extraordinary evening of fine food and wine to benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds for Northwest children’s charities. Taste of EVOKE will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature cuisine and wines from renowned Washington chefs and award-winning wineries.

Those attending the benefit will view two exquisite EVOKE modern homes while sampling some of the best food and wine of the Pacific Northwest at various stations on the models’ main floors.

What Chefs and Wineries Are Participating?

Local chefs who will be contributing their talents include: Chef Jason Wilson of Crush; Chef Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita; Chef Brian Scheehser of Trellis; Chef Don Curtiss of Volterra; and Chef Bradley Dickinson of Pearl Bar & Dining. Participating wineries include local favorites DeLille Cellars and Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Event Details

Tickets to the event are $75 and are available on a limited basis. All proceeds will go to the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. Taste of EVOKE will take place at EVOKE at 132nd in Issaquah, located at 5604 238th Ct SE, Issaquah 98029. Valet services will be available at the event.

Those who wish to attend should RSVP to ensure their place at the event. Your RSVP confirmation will be sent by Friday, Oct. 25. You can purchase tickets and contribute additional donations here.

About the Foundation

The Detlef Schrempf Foundation was founded in 1996 by former NBA player and former Sonics assistant coach Detlef Schrempf and his wife Mari, who believe strongly in the value of a solid family life and desired to give back to their community. In its 20 years of fundraising for children’s charities, the Detlef Schrempf Foundation has raised more than $13 million to give back to the Northwest community.

Grand Modern Homes Set the Standard

Grand Modern Homes KirklandEVOKE is pleased to offer the Grand, a modern home model distinguished for the clean lines of its exterior design, the open concept of its interior and the way it seamlessly blends contemporary indoor and outdoor living. Some of the most distinctive aspects of the Grand modern home are its lavish interiors with high-tech features and designer fixtures, inviting outdoor courtyards, and sustainable components that create an environmentally-friendly home.

Lavish Interiors

The Grand’s modern interior utilizes an open floor plan that creates a single continuous living space where one room flows naturally into another. Spacious 10-foot ceilings, an open riser staircase and full windows strategically placed to maximize natural light all contribute to the feeling of openness in the home. Two of the most wow-worthy spaces in the Grand include the kitchen and master bath.

The contemporary kitchen features engineered stone countertops, designer cabinetry with contemporary hardware and soft-close drawers and doors, under-cabinet lighting and a stainless steel basin sink. A stainless steel equipment package features a built-in wall oven, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator for a sleek kitchen that fuses form and function.

A deluxe soaking tub and fully-tiled, walk-in shower with a frameless glass enclosure are the centerpieces of the master suite bath. Engineered stone slab countertops with tile backsplash and a heated tile floor in the master suite bath contribute to the luxurious feel.

Inviting Outdoor Courtyards

indoor-outdoor courtyardsThe fusion of indoor and outdoor living sets the Grand apart, and stunning outdoor courtyards are a natural extension of the stylish interior. A covered patio and spacious cedar deck space entices to you spend time outside in the fresh air. Optional outdoor fireplaces, heaters or fire pits as well as multiple design options allow for endless customization for luxurious outdoor living.

Sustainable Living

The Grand implements EVOKE’s Living Smart program, whose core components are Energy Smart, Earth Smart, Water Smart and Health Smart. By installing energy-conserving technology, using eco-friendly materials and designing the landscape in a way that conserves water, we demonstrate our commitment to building sustainability and promoting a safe and healthy environment.

Want to Know More?

This is only a small taste of everything an EVOKE Grand modern home has to offer! You can visit the EVOKE expression center in Issaquah or learn more on the Grand page, where you can see floor plans, square footage options, pricing and more.

Check out EVOKE Modern in the Seattle Times!

EVOKE Modern Homes Kirkland, SammamishA recent Seattle Times article explores how EVOKE homes are thoughtfully crafted to fit in with each homeowner’s unique lifestyle. The article not only shines a light on many of the exceptional, contemporary features of EVOKE homes, but also discusses EVOKE’s signature lifestyle interview in which we learn about each buyer’s needs, preferences and hobbies in order to design a home that’s in harmony with the homeowner’s lifestyle.

Luxurious Living in the Luxe

Luxurious Living, EVOKE Luxe EVOKE is pleased to offer the Luxe, a sophisticated home model distinguished for its open and dynamic floor plans, seamless technology, and integration of indoor and outdoor living. Some of the most splendid aspects of the Luxe home include its contemporary exteriors, designer kitchens, sumptuous interiors and high-tech design.

Contemporary Exteriors

The sleek and striking exterior of the Luxe goes beyond mere curb appeal to make a lasting impression. From the clean lines of its high-impact architecture to its modern metal roof, the Luxe was born to stand out. The Luxe model comes fully landscaped and irrigated with landscape lighting along the entry pathway to provide a focal point for you and your guests as you approach the home.

Designer Kitchens

Kitchens in the Luxe are customizable through our ample appliance portfolio with selections like high-performance stainless steel appliances that are seamlessly built into the room. Attractive design elements include engineered stone countertops, full-height tile backsplash, designer cabinetry and stainless steel basin sinks for a polished look that entices you to spend more time in the kitchen.

Sumptuous Interiors

Luxe interiors create a sense of space with 10-foot ceilings and hardwood flooring on the first floor and exquisite vaulted ceilings on the top floor. A contemporary gas fireplace provides warmth in cold months while the open metal railing along the stairway invites you to explore all regions of the home. The spacious master suite boasts a bath fully equipped with a soaking tub, walk-in shower and heated tile floors for the utmost comfort and luxury.

High-Tech Structure

A Luxe home is built to last which is why we’re pleased to offer a 10-year structural warranty. Luxe homes are equipped with the most state-of-the-art technology including cat 6 data wiring at different locations in the home so you can enjoy full gigabit network capability. The Luxe also incorporates Lutron programmable lighting control in its home automation system. A hybrid heat pump for heating and cooling, as well as tankless water heater system that provides instant hot water throughout the home are other reasons why a Luxe home provides the most current, top-of-line structural and mechanical amenities.

What to Know More?

We’ve only scratched the surface of everything an EVOKE Luxe home has to offer! You can learn more on the Luxe page, where you can see floor plans and square footage options, pricing and more.

A Patio for Parties

photo courtesy www.freedigitalphotos.net

photo courtesy www.freedigitalphotos.net

Do you have the summer entertaining itch? It’s that feeling you get when the temperature rises, and you just want to kick up your heels and celebrate. A patio party is one of the best ways to commemorate another gorgeous Pacific Northwest summer, and a great opportunity to share your beautiful home with family and friends.

Here are some tips to elevate your outdoor soirée to the next level:

Blend the Line Between Indoors and Out

Imagine taking the comfort of your living room outside. Add some throw pillows from inside to your patio furniture. If your house has doors that open onto a patio, like EVOKE homes, leave these doors ajar to create a natural flow. And when it comes time to eat, ditch the paper plates and bring out some fancy china and silverware.

The Perfect Party Playlist

Good music sets the vibe of the party. Come up with your own playlist based on your guests’ musical tastes, or use the soundtrack from a favorite movie. And don’t skimp on the sound system—if you’re planning on a large guest list, a portable stereo may not cut it.

The Outdoor Essentials

Having outdoor essentials can make or break a party experience. Consider setting up an area where guests can use provided sunscreen, insect repellant and hand sanitizer. Also, make sure there’s sufficient lighting for when the sun goes down. String lights and paper lanterns can achieve this beautifully, providing ambient lighting and intimacy.

Choose the Right Furniture

High-quality options for outdoor furniture are usually made from wood or metal, and are available in a variety of styles to help you achieve the perfect look. The best wood choices are teak, eucalyptus and cedar. For metal pieces, look for wrought iron and aluminum. This article from Good Housekeeping goes into further detail, including how to care for each style.

Temperature Control

A simmering summer day can become a brisk summer night quickly, so be prepared for both extremes. Umbrellas and awnings serve as protection from the blaring sun, while an outdoor fireplace or heating element provides a nice ambience when things are winding down.

These guidelines can be applied to any outdoor gathering you’re planning. And while they may seem simple, they really can help ensure that your next party is fun, comfortable and memorable.

Right Up Your Alley: Award-Winning Food, Shopping, and Entertainment on Seattle’s Eastside

photo courtesy www.dintaifungusa.com

photo courtesy www.dintaifungusa.com

Chances are, if you own an EVOKE home, it is customized to fit you perfectly. The open floor plans, the latest technology, and the year-round outdoor and indoor living spaces were tailored to fit your every need. But what about the community around you?

It’s no coincidence that EVOKE neighborhoods are surrounded by some of the best food, art, shopping, and entertainment the Eastside has to offer. Just like every other aspect of EVOKE, careful consideration went into matching the right locations with the exquisite lifestyle EVOKE homeowners experience.

425 Magazine’s annual “Best of 425” list features a number of Eastside favorites located right down the street from EVOKE neighborhoods. Here are a few top picks:

Food and Drink

Plenty of stellar establishments make up the Eastside’s culinary landscape, but these gems stand out:

  • Purple Café and Wine Bar – With locations in Woodinville, downtown Bellevue, and Kirkland (located just two miles west of Dandelion Meadows), the Purple Café and Wine Bar is a great place to grab lunch or an early dinner. From diverse wine flights to local, seasonal cuisine (including fried calamari featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate), the Purple Café has something for everyone.
  • Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar – Home to Chef John Howie –named best chef by 425 – the Seastar in Bellevue has it all: steak, poultry, pasta, seafood (raw or cooked), an impressive wine list, and happy hour. Not to mention the lobster mac and cheese.
  • Din Tai Fung – An authentic dumpling house with a trendy atmosphere, Din Tai Fung is the premiere spot for Chinese food on the West coast. With an impressive offering of dumplings, Din Tai Fung is well worth the 20 minute drive from the Pine Lake neighborhood in Sammamish.

Entertainment

Your next activity is never far away thanks to a lively entertainment scene:

  • Bellevue Art Museum – Art aficionado? With a unique focus on art, craft and design, the Bellevue Art Museum’s vibrant collection offers access to the best works of both local and international artists. The museum is also home to the annual Bellevue Arts Fair, the region’s largest and most prestigious celebration of visual art.
  • Village Theatre – Since 1979, Issaquah’s Village Theatre has been the premiere destination for musical theatre. Whether you’re looking for classics like “Chicago,” or original musicals, you can find it at the Eastside’s own little slice of Broadway.
  • Bake’s Place – When you go to Bake’s Place in downtown Bellevue, you’re in good hands. Owners, Craig and Laura Baker, have over 40 years of experience in the music business and 16 years in the culinary world—the perfect pedigrees to provide you with a great night of music and food.

Shopping

Want to fill your beautiful EVOKE home with beautiful things? Ready to dress yourself or your kids in the Eastside’s best? Check out some Eastside shopping favorites:

  • Via Lago – A chic boutique located in Kirkland, Via Lago is a great destination for the fashionistas of the Eastside. Featuring tons of sought-after collections, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.
  • Built for Man – Home to Francisco Hernandez – named best local designer on this year’s list – Built for Man’s products will have you feeling good in more ways than one. The pima cotton, alpaca wool, and silk are of the highest quality and worth the drive to Seattle alone. But these materials are purchased directly from Peru, greatly benefiting the communities that produce them.
  • Simplicity ABC – This unique shop caters to both the social and shopping needs of families, providing kids’ clothing and a bustling community gathering place busy with classes and open activities.

So, when you’re ready to venture out from your EVOKE home and explore the surrounding neighborhoods, have no fear. There are plenty of local amenities suited to help you truly “Live, Better”.

Square Footage: Just a Number?

evokeA common misconception in the real-estate world is that bigger is better. Sure, more square footage can give you more room to work with; but what about wasted space? If you own or are thinking about buying an EVOKE home, you’re probably efficient, sophisticated and know exactly what you want. You also probably recognize that square footage isn’t as important as it may seem.

Achieving the perfect house requires careful consideration of many elements. Arguably, the most important part of your house is the layout. A home designed to fit your lifestyle can trump a larger house that doesn’t meet your needs.

When you choose an EVOKE home, you’ll experience a home buying process like no other that is designed to maximize every inch of your home, including:

  • An in-depth interview/discovery guide to find out what factors into your perfect home. This includes what you like and dislike about your past homes, what kind of things you like to do in your home, whether you have kids or pets, and anything else that makes you unique. The lifestyle architects at EVOKE then take this information, and design a layout tailored to your lifestyle.
  • Flexible open floor plans, allowing you to choose exactly how your layout should be. Want your master bedroom to be on the top floor? No problem. Want a media room, or a room for a specific hobby? No sweat. Want a top-of-the-line kitchen to compliment your culinary prowess? You can do that too. It’s not so much about how much room you have, but how you want to use it.
  • Space efficiency, allowing you to maximize the use of your square footage. Soaring 10-foot ceilings allow for vertical square footage. Smart designs allow for plenty of storage options, while the seamless transition between indoor/outdoor living spaces gives you plenty of room to spread out.

Buying a new home should be a great experience, with a house and a buying process that are custom-fit to your lifestyle. Square footage is an important consideration, but should be considered alongside lifestyle factors to ensure your home fits the life you’ll lead there. If you know exactly what you want to get out of your house, EVOKE is the way to do it. And if you don’t know, fear not, because EVOKE can help with that too.