New Home Showcase
April 7, 2014
Homes offer automation, connectivity features
Trellis ParkOpen 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursdays–Mondays at 17325 121st Place N.E., Bothell
From the high $500,000s
425-275-5327 or sundquisthomes.com
By Teresa Kenney
Special to NWhomes
BOTHELL — Trellis Park, says Larry Sundquist, is "about making connections inside your home and within your neighborhood." The president of builder Sundquist Homes says the community's four- and five-bedroom homes offer buyers the luxury of home automation without the high-end price point.
"Home automation has been out of reach for many homeowners, because it is something they have to incorporate into the design of their homes in the early stages of construction, and typically with a very high price tag," Sundquist says. "At Trellis, we are including the basic infrastructure and providing much more flexibility in the future to expand the system's capabilities, without the usual prohibitive upfront costs."
Homes include automated lighting control throughout the main levels, and great rooms and master suites come with speakers installed. "We also prewired the back porches for sound, so you can add outdoor speakers for relaxing or entertaining in your backyard," Sundquist says.
Homes include USB plug and power-outlet combos so homeowners can conveniently charge their smartphones and tablets, and Cat 5 Ethernet wiring allows for private high-speed networks and enhanced security systems.
Walls above the fireplaces include in-wall component-cable tubing, which provides a seamless, no-wiring look for the TV.
"The homes have a Lutron app-control system for your lights and furnace," Sundquist says. "You can turn off the lights downstairs or lower the thermostat from your mobile device, even if you've already settled in for the night.
"At Trellis Park, home automation is no longer a luxury. I don't know of any other homebuilder who is offering this level of connectivity as a standard feature."
Sundquist says that the next two homebuyers at Trellis Park will receive an iPad wall-dock upgrade — including an iPad — "which is an incredible way to centralize the control of your home, with the bonus of it looking pretty cool on your wall."
Floor plans are designed for connectivity as well, including great rooms that open up to kitchens and eating nooks. Depending on the design, homes may include three-car garages, home offices, formal dining rooms, daylight basements with rec rooms and guest suites, and second-floor bonus rooms and lofts.
"We have homes that will be ready for move-in this spring, as well as homes that allow you to personalize your spaces with your choice of color schemes or upgrades," Sundquist says.
The homes at Trellis Park surround a central community park that has trellised picnic areas and play equipment.
"A private roadway leads into Trellis Park and to a wonderful open park at the center of the community," Sundquist says. "Although you're within minutes of shops, restaurants and everyday conveniences, when you're at home you feel like you're away from it all."
Sundquist Homes is celebrating its 40th year building homes in the greater Seattle area.
"When you've been building homes for that long, you learn quite a few things about the way that people live," Sundquist says. "So we are able to offer a level of thoughtful design to our buyers. This is why our motto is 'Designed for Better Living,' and Trellis Park is a stellar example of that philosophy."