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New home: An Industrial Craftsman

By on August 24, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A rear outdoor alcove was designed for spending evenings swimming under the lights and sitting by the fireplace. Photos by Sky’s Edge

With a salute to the family’s racing passion

Veteran Wenatchee Valley builder Mike Roberts likes to be known for his custom touches and ability to think a little differently style-wise when it comes to his homes.

So, perhaps it’s no surprise that when it came to building his own home in East Wenatchee, he took advantage of a pie-shaped lot to create a spacious and comfortable rambler with character and curb appeal.

Oh, and he has included race cars, motorcycles and motors as decor pieces — including parking a race car in his office, paying homage to the impact the Roberts family has had on the racing world in the Pacific Northwest.

Mike’s father, Joe, instilled the racing addiction in the family, with his desire to win, his desire to go fast and his desire to be the best.

Joe is in the Hall of Fame at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval and between both Mike and Joe, they have held numerous championships and track records.

Mike started racing motocross at age 4. He continued racing with shifter karts and then oval track asphalt racing. 

“He has traveled all over the PNW and surrounding areas, setting track records at almost every track he raced at, along with winning countless numbers of races and championships,” said Mac, who is Mike’s daughter and works for him on project management and design.

Mac is following the family racing tradition as she has started racing Legend Cars. 

She had planned to head to Legend Nationals in Las Vegas this October but COVID-19 pushed that plan to next year.

The Industrial Craftsman Mike Roberts home glows in the early evening.

When it comes to building, “Mike wants people to walk into a house and see things that no one else has done. Being unique and thinking out of the box is his niche,” said Mac, who is also a licensed real estate agent in the Valley with Premier One Properties.

The home, in the gated community of The Braeburn Reserve in East Wenatchee, can be described as Industrial Craftsman. Contained in the 2,300 square feet are four bedrooms, three baths, an office and oversized three-car garage.

Special features include outdoor entertaining with pool and string lighting. Inside, dark colors are accented with browns and metal details. Ceilings also have distinctive accents, a feature Mike considers part of his style.

The house, complete in the spring of this year, will now be one of  nine featured homes in the first ever Sangster Motors and BNCW Virtual Tour of Homes and Remodeling Expo slated for Nov 9 – 15.  

For more information, log onto BuildingNCW.org.

The living room’s ceiling accent is a trayed ceiling with X beams. Large bookshelves flank the fireplace of natural stone from Canada.

Mike laid out the home on the v-shaped lot — pointing east and tucked in the corner of the neighborhood — to allow for a backyard facing away from the afternoon sun, and to get sunrises over Badger Mountain.

“Mike’s vision was an east-facing backyard entertaining space — and to be set back from the street,” said Mac.

“Typically,” she added, “Mike’s personal homes are sold prior to listing due to the desires of the buyers wanting his home.

“He has had numerous inquiries to purchase his current home. Interested parties will drive up to the house and call him immediately to buy it. However, for this home he has decided to plant roots for a little longer than normal.”

Mike has been building in the valley for 20 years. 

His father, Joe, built in the valley for 20 years prior to Mike taking over the company. Joe now runs the excavation equipment for the business.

Including Mac, Roberts Construction is a three generation, family-ran company.

“Mike’s next venture is already underway with a new neighborhood community development — Swift Springs — in Wenatchee where he will be bringing in new styles to the valley,” said Mac. 

He plans 69 homes with Industrial Craftsman/Modern designs at the top of Springwater Street and the corner of Woodward Avenue, butting up next to the east side of the canal.

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