KEARNEY — With three boys and a mom residing with them, power effectivity wasn’t excessive on the record as Sara and Keith Dubrow went home searching a 12 months in the past.
High on the Dubrows’ record was accommodating their household’s want for house and performance and a great location. They found these issues in a northeast Kearney dwelling constructed by Knaggs Development.
“Gene Knaggs was very useful. He builds a really good home,” Keith stated.
After residing in the home for a 12 months, Keith and Sara say they’re excited in regards to the some ways the home has made household life extra pleasurable. Though power effectivity wasn’t one in all their prime objectives in buying the home on Avenue S south of 56th Road, the Dubrows now know what everybody was speaking about once they described Knaggs-built houses.
They’re tightly constructed and aimed toward that phase of the market that desires to be miserly with power.
Additional insulation and Power Star home equipment and heating and cooling techniques slice critical chunks off month-to-month heating and cooling payments, and if homeowners wish to add photo voltaic panels, no downside.
Keith and Sara’s house is pre-wired to accommodate photo voltaic panels, which have gotten an funding that actually pays for itself, in line with many house owners.
The entire power effectivity options additionally repay, Sara stated. “It about halved our electrical invoice in the summertime, and it’s about one-fourth what we’re used to within the winter.”
Knaggs houses obtain their effectivity with out sacrificing appearances and luxury, the Dubrows stated. They’re thrilled with the cathedral ceiling of their nice room, whereas their three sons — Brandon, 21, Jacob, 17, and Nathan, 15 — get pleasure from retreating to their very own bedrooms. Sara’s mom has a basement bed room, and down the autumn and throughout from her quarters is house that might be devoted to her use as an workplace or craft room.
The home even accommodates the household’s pets. One of many doorways of the laundry room has a door with a floor-level opening for his or her pet cat. The opening has notches on both aspect, fancifully reduce to resemble feline ears.
The house’s visitors sample revolves across the kitchen and lounge space. There’s a proper eating room with massive desk for formal meals and seating for everybody on the island. The kitchen wraps across the island, offering heaps pf prep and serving house for Sara. Woodwork is deep, wealthy brown, a satisfying spotlight that brings out the good room’s different colours, together with the pronounced grain of the wooden ground.
Sara enjoys a pantry for meals within the kitchen, whereas close by there’s a walk-in pantry with spacious shelving for cooking home equipment, together with air friers, a wok and different objects that stay hid till they’re put to make use of in meal preparation. Having the second pantry prevents litter on the kitchen counters. The Dubrows keep the clutter-free look all through their dwelling.
The art work, mementos and different objects that lend a human contact to the decor are thoughtfully displayed.
The nice room offers entry to the basement staircase in addition to to the pantry, storage and residing quarters for 2 of the sons, Jacob and Nathan, and Sara and Keith’s master bedroom. Each boys added their contact to their rooms, and each have computer systems with twin screens.
The master bedroom contains a queen-size mattress and an expensive lavatory with a steam bathe that has wooden slats that resemble what you may see in a sauna.
Basement lodging embrace mom’s bed room and workplace house and Brandon’s room.
The place additionally accommodates a household sport room, the place Keith, a U.S. Navy veteran, reigns over a poker desk. There’s a moist bar that handles thirsty card gamers and folk who collect on the wraparound couch for TV.
Off the primary basement hallway is the portal to the utilities room, which options the acquainted fittings which can be anticipated in Knaggs houses, together with Power Star heating and cooling techniques and an on-demand water heater.
Keith and Sara stated they visited the house thrice earlier than signing the underside line. They stated they have been offered on the home’s spaciousness and considerate options — together with a swap close to the primary entry for Christmas lights. The Dubrows additionally respect Knaggs’ intelligent methods of hiding cords and cables to digital gadgets within the dwelling.
Inside three younger males residing with them, the placement additionally works effectively, particularly for Jacob and Nathan, who drive west on 56th Road all the way in which to 30h Avenue after which head south for Kearney Excessive Faculty.
From their northeast Kearney deal with, Sara additionally has a direct path to her job at Eaton Corp., the place she’s a program supervisor. Keith is distance studying for a level in enterprise administration.
At 3,200 sq. toes, the Dubrow house is bigger than most homes. It has three baths, six bedrooms and a three-car storage.
Each Keith and Sara say they made the appropriate transfer with their new dwelling.
“I don’t assume there’s something it doesn’t have,” Keith stated.
“It really works for everyone,” Sara stated.
Kitchen and eating room
Boys bed room
Brandon’s bed room
Jacob’s bed room
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