Mike and Pat Stechschulte have a thing about houses. This is the fourth one they’ve built, and they’ve always enjoyed driving through various neighborhoods seeing the places people live.
But when they picked up the momentum eleven or twelve years ago, the kids said, “Oh no! They’re looking at houses again!” After five years in a house at a heavily trafficked corner location, Pat was ready to move on.
“We wanted more privacy and more view than where we were,” she explains. “Buying wasn’t out of the question. We’d drive down to Detroit and look around, but we weren’t going to do anything if it wasn’t right.” The few houses Pat and Mike actually did go through weren’t really what they wanted. “We thought we’d probably build again — with new, you get what you want.”
With that in mind, they started looking at model homes, making notes of what they did and didn’t like, and Pat began pulling pages out of House Beautiful and Architectural Digest to help formulate ideas.
“We started looking locally and fell in love with this lot just up the street. It was on a hilly, winding road, way up high. We liked the sunshine and the openness and overlooking all the trees to the north. It’s private on all sides — the way the house sits, we can’t see our neighbors, but we still have the perks of living in a neighborhood. It’s the best of both worlds.”