Interview with Innovative Builder Todd McKittrick, Millennial Builders
I met Todd at his custom-built subdivision on Bainbridge Island, just 1 mile from the ferry terminal at Winslow, which makes it a 30 minute commute from the waterfront in Seattle. Before I toured the home, I started my interview with my standard question, “what makes your homes unique, in other words what’s your hook?” With out missing a beat his answer was immediate and a bit surprising, “I build for families.” It wasn’t until I toured the collection of 5 completed homes that I fully understood exactly what he meant and that I’d never seen anything like it.
Real Estate Warrior (RW) and Todd McKittrick (TM):
RW : Around every turn, every detail (entirely custom-built with a family in mind) meant expansive back yards, walls that open to the outdoors where you’ll find the perfect sequestered area under cover and visible from the spacious living, dining, and kitchen area. The flow of each home is open, with voluminous rooms flowing welcomingly into each other, inviting large gatherings or a single family with room to grow, expand, and thrive. From the floor plan to the finishes this is a family home like none other.
RW : What is happening on Bainbridge Island that means this community is the last of its kind, making this a unique and rare opportunity?
TM : This year the Bainbridge Island city council passed zoning ordinances mandating 2/3’s of every buildable lot must remain open space, even in rural areas. The council sited aquifer recharge issues as the reason behind the changes that will result in halting growth on the island, including moratoriums on any new residential homes for the near future.
RW : I’ve never seen a development where each home is unique, could you explain why that is?
TM : I design each home for the lot where it will sit; from the color to the floor plan every home is custom to the lot, allowing me to utilize each site and build the best possible home there. You’ll never go to your neighbor’s house and say, “oh we’ve got the same thing” because I select everything from finishes to floor plan that will optimize the home on each site.
RW : You’ve hit a home run designing for families, but what about high tech features that might appeal to the techies?
TM : each home has:
Cat 6 wiring.
Every appliance can be controlled by an app on your phone.
We’ve added wiring for additional modems in each room in anticipation of meeting everyone’s needs.
Each home has a 95% efficient heat pump delivering air conditioning and heat throughout via an heating ventilation and air conditioning system.
I offer a $5,000 credit to alter, adjust, add, or change any tech related products in the homes to suit individual needs and a free meeting with an electrician to explore audio, theater, automation, security or other system upgrades.
Fiber optics are pre-wired into each home with service up to 1000/1000 megabit per second.
Universal Serial Bus charging stations.
Structured low voltage packages.
“Smurf” tubes from low voltage enclosures.
Pre-wired Rachio irrigation automation.
RW : The homes all feel so big, what is the actual square footage you’re building here?
TM : 3,654-3,900 square feet with 10-feet-tall ceilings in the main floor and 9 feet on the second floor. Each has 4 bedrooms, including a junior suite on the main level and at least three bathrooms and sits on 1/3 acre each.
RW : My buyers always ask, where’s the closest park?
TM : Our mission statement is to build sustainable communities and help the environmental impact of our developments. In each development we make sure to have the community’s best interest in mind, that is the only way to make local communities succeed. We are donating $500 for each home sold to the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation to expand the proposed Winslow to Gazzam Lake connection, including easements and road right of way. Hub of the network will be the “Lost Valley,” 58 acres of open space and city owned surplus at the Head of the bay.
The Reserve community is protected by a large open green space with trails we built to connect to Weaver Road and Rotary park.
There is currently a $20,000 buyer credit for these homes priced between 1,325,950-$1,349,500.
Anytime there is an unnatural situation that creates an unusual demand for a property, the investment opportunity is immeasurably rare.
For example, my first home I ever purchased sold three years later for triple what I paid, thanks to a building moratorium imposed until the public sewer system could be upgraded. The situation on Bainbridge Island is much farther reaching with much larger implications and will create equity in these homes that I believe will be unparalleled.
Wondering why this guy gets families so well? Ask his wife and four sons!
So many clients came to mind as I toured these outstanding homes. Knowing how much they’d appreciate the double kitchen islands, two sets of washer dryer hookups, three beds on the master level with the ideal hide and go seek sized closets in every room. There’s just so much more, but you’ll want a Warrior to go with you!