Sep/Oct
2018

Countryside Builders: A Past Winner Stands Out

Written by Cindy Mennenga
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THE ROCHESTER AREA BUILDERS FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES IS A POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT, WELL-ATTENDED BY PEOPLE PLANNING TO BUILD A NEW HOME OR SIMPLY THOSE WANTING TO SEE THE LATEST IN HOUSING TRENDS. THE 2018 FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES PROMISES TO BE LOADED WITH GORGEOUS HOMES BURSTING WITH THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST DECORATING AND DESIGN IDEAS. 

Area builders enter their finest homes in the showcase competition, inviting the public to tour their newest houses, hoping for the much-coveted recognition—being voted a winner—from the home-building community. The prestige of having a winner on the showcase is not only good for business for the builder; it also brings credibility and elevated standing within the community. There are several homes on the Fall Showcase as there are five distinct divisions in the competition, all based on the price of the home. 

WINNER IS A STUNNER

Last year’s Division 3 (homes between $408,000 and $499,900) winner was Countryside Builders. Their home at 2206 Glady Lane NE in Rochester nabbed the prize and all the honors. 

 

It’s easy to see why this home, exuding timeless classic beauty, was the 2017 Division 3 winner. The ranch-style home boasts a wide-open floor plan with a bank of windows overlooking the backyard. “There are lots of windows, and the fireplace is offset and features stone from floor to ceiling. There’s also a beautiful built-in bench. It’s very nice,” Countryside Builders co-owner Betty Stoflet shares.

The spacious kitchen has a huge island featuring a stunning quartz countertop with veins of color flowing through the surface, adding one-of-a-kind character to the kitchen. Of the kitchen, Stoflet says, “Countryside features a lot of drawers, which are more convenient and provide easy access.” There is also ample work space and a generous pantry in the kitchen. The open-concept floor plan is ideal for entertaining. There is plenty of room for guests to mingle, and the island is perfect to stock with game-day snacks or to set up a buffet-style holiday meal. 

The beautiful hand-scraped dark wood flooring, which runs throughout the kitchen, dining and living areas, provides warmth and makes it feel spacious and inviting. The casual dining area has a three-panel wide patio door that overlooks the backyard and allows in lots of natural light. 

FUNCTIONAL AND PRACTICAL

The home was built for today’s busy lifestyles with plenty of well-designed features. The dining area has a built-in counter with storage that offers great versatility. It could function as an area to serve cocktails; it would also be a perfect coffee bar, or perhaps it’s best use would be as the home’s charging station—one central location to charge today’s many hand-held devices. 

The main floor is spacious, and the rooms flow well together. There are two bedrooms and two baths on the main floor. The tastefully appointed master bedroom includes an en suite bathroom with walk-in shower and a large walk-in closet. The laundry is also conveniently located on the main floor along with a walk-in mudroom adjacent to the large three-car garage.

The lower level offers lookout windows and includes a huge family room with plenty of room for entertaining. There are also two bedrooms and a bathroom in the lower level.

The entire home is decorated in neutral tones, with subtle grays and whites adorning the walls. The home is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in a small new development in northeast Rochester. The lot is fully landscaped, and the home backs up to a park which makes it perfect for a family.

THE COUNTRYSIDE DIFFERENCE

Countryside Builders is a long-standing custom home builder in the Rochester area. Established in Byron in 1978 by Sherman and Betty Stoflet, Countryside has been delighting its clients for 40 years. Betty Stoflet says, “My husband has passed away, and now the second generation is involved. Our daughter, Tammy and her husband, Kevin Sternberg, are partners with me in running the business.”

Countryside Builders has been building homes in rural areas for 40 years and has a plethora of experience obtaining building permits in rural townships and counties. Stoflet explains they work “with” the townships to make sure their projects meet each community’s unique requirements. 

Countryside also strives to listen to their customers and deliver the product their clients demand. Each home is built to meet the lifestyle needs of the new owner, with an eye on functionality and future resale. Each year, Countryside builds 15–25 custom homes within a 50-mile radius of Rochester. Stoflet continues, “Just because we are a custom home builder, people don’t pay more. We have a detailed process—a seven-page form we have clients fill out—to help the buyer decide what they want, and it helps with the bid.” Stoflet says this process helps clients to get crystal clear with their expectations and eliminates surprises as buyers move through the building process. 

As you can imagine, this attention to detail—and truly listening to their customers—has earned Countryside Builders legions of loyal clients. Stoflet shares letters from past clients, all with the same theme: thanking Countryside for building them the home they wanted; thanking them for truly listening and understanding what they wanted in a home; and thanking them for listening. Forty years in business and lots of loyal and repeat clients is clearly a recipe for custom home building success. 

The 2018 Fall Showcase of Homes promises to be a fantastic opportunity to meet builders and see the latest home building and decorating trends. Be prepared to be impressed with the quality of craftsmanship and clever architectural design on display as you tour the homes on this year’s Fall Showcase.  

 

Cindy Mennenga is a freelance writer and along with her husband, John, owns Conspectus Home Inspection Services, LLC based in Rochester. Visit conspectusmn.com for more information.