Stacey and Kevin Falk found themselves at a turning point.
Their 15-year-old home, situated in the Ridges (near 183rd Street and West Center Road), was showing some age. While they loved its location and their lot’s maturing trees, the Falks wanted a home with a more open design. “We wanted it more family and company friendly,” Stacey said. They also were looking to replace carpeting and the kitchen cabinetry.
They asked themselves: Should they stay or should they look to live elsewhere?
The answer came in 2015 during the Falks’ annual tour of the Metro Omaha Builders Association’s Street of Dreams. A floor plan by Falcone Homes caught their attention.
“We were walking through, and Kevin said, ‘Oh, my gosh. This is awesome.’ That’s what started the whole remodeling project,” Stacey said. “He was ready to start.”
This year’s Street of Dreams, today through Aug. 12 in Blue Sage Creek, 214th and F Streets, features seven homes priced from $700,000 to $1 million. And like those featured in the past 32 years of the event, they’ll draw a varied crowd, said Jaylene Eilenstine, MOBA’s executive director.
“Some people visit the Street of Dreams just to browse, while others come to get ideas to remodel an area of their home,” she said. “Others come because they’re looking to build and, I promise you, the homes they see will inspire them.” The Falks started attending as a way to celebrate their wedding anniversary. For them, it’s a 31-year tradition.
Whatever the motivation, Eilenstine said, visitors will see the very latest and best in home build and design. Those who like what they see and want more information can obtain it firsthand in a “Meet the Builder” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8. The builders will be in their Street of Dreams homes to answer questions and offer insight to variations of their home designs.
“We know not everyone has a Street of Dreams budget,” Eilenstine said. “Our builders are ready to discuss options and alternatives. They put a lot of heart and soul into building their Street of Dreams homes – and our builders want buyers to have exactly what they desire in a new home.”
Jon Ish, owner of Jordan Michael Signature Homes, said visitors to his Street of Dreams homes have two general reactions: “They want the home as is. They like what they see, or they like a particular room or area and want to make adaptations to the others.” Ish said he is happy to oblige. “We custom build.”
Brian Falcone, owner of Falcone Homes, said it’s not uncommon for the Street of Dreams to prompt additions and remodels to homes. Visitors to his 2015 home wanted a finished basement and got the look in their own home with interior brickwork, contemporary cabinetry and an up-to-date flooring.
The Falks worked with the Falcone Homes designer that same year to refresh their main floor with a more open design. They had wood flooring installed and updated their kitchen with new cabinetry, appliances and an island. “It’s where we spend all our time,” Stacey said.