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JayMarc Homes Honored with National Design Award

Categories: In the News, Recognition & Awards | Posted: November 12, 2018

A Mercer Island, WA custom home and Bellevue, WA single-family production home have won an award for Single-Family Custom: One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 6,001 – 8,000 sq. ft. and Single-Family Production: Detached Home Over 5,000 sq. ft. in the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Award levels, including platinum, gold, silver and Home of the Year, will be announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show on February 20, 2019.


Both homes were built by JayMarc Homes. The Mercer Island custom home was designed by McCullough Architects, interior selections by Bill Jones and Aimee Upper, furniture selections by Charlie Henderson and landscaping by Art by Nature. The Singly-Family Production home was designed by Medici Architects, interior selections by Bill Jones, Aimee Upper & Megan Warren, staging provided by Rosichelli Design and landscaping by Art by Nature.

Mercer Island Custom Home Exterior

Mercer Island Custom Home Exterior

Bellevue Single Family Home

Bellevue Single Family Home










The Mercer Island custom home was designed to provide a space where the family could host large gatherings and have relatives stay for long periods of time. It is an entertainer’s paradise, designed around expansive views of Seattle. The home is 7,324 sq. ft. The Bellevue Single-Family Production home was designed for open plan entertaining while maintaining cozy private areas to relax in. The main floor layout was constructed so the wonderful lake views could be enjoyed from all main areas. The home is 5,690 sq. ft.


Now in its 35th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors. BALA is built on the principle that all great homes start with great design, no matter cost or size.


Buying a home is often the most significant purchase people will make in their lifetime, and BALA winners spotlight what building industry professionals need to know to set their project apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers.


Award winners will be formally announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nev.


Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at The 2018 Winners Portfolio, featuring design trends and project photographs, will be available online beginning February 21, 2019.

JayMarc Homes Wins 2019 National Housing Quality Award

Categories: In the News, Recognition & Awards | Posted: November 8, 2018

Boutique luxury home builder JayMarc Homes wins Silver in the 2019 National Housing Quality Awards program, sponsored by Professional Builder magazine.


JayMarc Homes Team

“Home builders that approach the National Housing Quality (NHQ) Awards as a trophy they can feature in an advertising campaign find they don’t measure up to the criteria of having a system for continuous improvement. Applicants, no matter how wonderful, can’t write their way to the industry’s top prize for achievement in total quality management,” wrote Mike Beirne, Senior Editor of Professional Builder magazine.

To Beirne’s point, criteria for award consideration was extensive, beginning with a thorough examination of company processes, culture, financials, and on-site interviews with employees, vendor and customers. JayMarc Homes is one of four winners of the top industry award nationally. Since 1993, only 120 home construction industry companies have received this honor. JayMarc Homes received Silver on its first try applying. The other three home builders awarded are based in Monroe, NCLititz, PA, and Denver, CO.

The Copenhagen Exterior by JayMarc Homes

JayMarc was a Gold award recipient in the 2017 Best in American Living Awards for Single-Family Production: Detached Home Over 4,000 Sq. Ft. The Home was designed by Donald Ruthroff of Dahlin Group Architecture | Planning.

“The NHQ Award is one of the most flattering honors a home builder can receive,” says JayMarc Homes CEO Marc Rousso. “It was particularly meaningful to us when the judging panel acknowledged our customer service and warranty plans.”

JayMarc Homes is a luxury home builder based in Mercer Island, WA. Specializing in luxury spec and custom homes in West Bellevue and Mercer Island areas, the 36-person company sold 21 homes and made $51.5 million in 2017. JayMarc has received numerous national and regional awards from esteemed organizations such as The Puget Sound Business Journal, The New Home Council, Houzz and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (Gold Nugget Awards).

View Full Article: “JayMarc Homes: From Ashes to Silver”


Obliteride 2018 – Ending Cancer Starts at Fred Hutch

Categories: Giving Back | Posted: August 13, 2018

Obliteride Fred Hutch Logo


I ride for ____________. Many of us have names that can fill in this blank whether they are family, friends, co-workers or acquaintances. Fred Hutch hosts the annual Obliteride event, where companies, family, friends and individuals ride 50 to 100 miles around the Greater Seattle area in support of cancer research. Obliteride funds research in the areas of greatest need at Fred Hutch. From Basic Sciences and Public Health to deep exploration into organ-specific cancers and immunotherapy, Fred Hutch has funded over $12 million in research over the past five years. You can view Obliteride Funding in Action here.

It was a joy and honor for JayMarc to be able to volunteer this year at the 2018 Obliteride. Our team cheered on the riders as they arrived at our co-sponsored rest stop to enjoy DJ beats by JayMarc’s own Marc Rousso and to refuel with food and water prepared by Obliteride volunteers.

JayMarc Homes co-sponsored a rest stop at the 2018 Obliteride by Fred Hutch


The 2018 Obliteride event has raised $2,200,430.45 and counting! We are so proud of all the riders who participated. Here’s to continuing the support for the fight against cancer!

Obliteride 2018 Fundraising Total

Learn more about Obliteride and participating in 2019: Fred Hutch Obliteride

About Fred Hutch: Interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Fred Hutch researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit of, and passion for, health knowledge and hope to their work and the world. Together, researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, when cure rates are highest; developing effective treatments with fewer side effects; and learning how to prevent cancers from growing in the first place. Read more about Fred Hutchinson here.


Adventure Playground 2018

Categories: Events, Giving Back | Posted: June 21, 2018

Adventure Playground Mercer Island

Adventure Playground is a one of a kind play area that allows kids to create their own play adventure. Nestled in the wooded forest of Deane’s Children’s Park, children are provided toolboxes, various building supplies, safety items and the freedom to create build-it-yourself play zones with the guidance of Staff. It is a wonderful experience for children to use their imagination and works with others to create a one-of-a-kind tree fort.

JayMarc Homes and Mercer Island Parks and Recreation are excited to be partnering with the local organization YouthBuild. In 2010, YouthCare established a YouthBuild program, an evidence-based affiliate of a national model with over 260 programs across the county. Throughout their six months in the program, participants ages 16-24 earn a high school diploma or equivalent, gain skills needed to join the workforce, and give back to the community by building affordable housing. Approximately 40 students graduate each year with six industry certifications and 38 college credits.

Admission to Adventure Playground is free, but we encourage participants to donate to YouthCare at (d0n’t forget to leave a little note!) or help support the playground be donating building supplies such as lumber, nails, tools and rope. To learn more about donating supplies, contact C.J. Stanford at


Location: Deane’s Children’s Park (5500 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island)

If you are coming to Mercer Island to visit the playground and want to call first to be sure it has not been closed due to inclement weather or any other reason, please call the Community Center at 206.275.7609.

Days/Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday*, June 26th through September 30th*, 1 pm to 4 pm

*In September, the playground is open only on Sundays. The facilities will be closed July 15th and September 2nd.

Ages: The minimum age to participate is 5 years old. Children under 12 must be with a parent. Children must be 12 years of age to be left unsupervised. Parents are encouraged to stay and play with their children.

Required: Closed toed, hard soled shoes are required. No one will be allowed into Adventure Playground wearing open toed shoes such as sandals or crocs.

Recommended: Even though Adventure Playground will provide a toolbox and supplies, they strongly encourage participants to bring their own hammers during public openings. Also encouraged is sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water.

Download Adventure Playground Rules.



We are happy to be collaborating with Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and supporting the local Seattle organization, YouthCare.

4 Tips When Buying Your Dream Home Property

Categories: Home How To's | Posted: June 7, 2018

You want to build your dream home, but don’t have the property to do so. Here are four tips when buying your dream home lot.

Gary Upper JayMarc Homes


Written by: Gary Upper, JayMarc’s Development & Permit Coordinator. Gary has been in the new home construction industry for 39 years.



1. Oil Tanks and Asbestos.

Chances are you will be purchasing a lot with an old house on it that needs to be torn down. Even though you will not care about the condition of the old home there are a couple of things to look for:

First, many older homes have old oil tanks either above ground or more likely buried underground. Some converted to gas years ago, but the tanks are still there. Assume that oil tanks eventually leak and that there may be leaked oil in the ground that will need to be cleaned up. This can be a serious issue costing tens of thousands of dollars to clean up during construction. There are services available that can test for the existence of a tank and contamination as part of your due diligence on the lot. It is highly recommended to do so.

Oil Tank Removal

Second, before a home can be demolished, any friable asbestos must be removed by a licensed contractor. There are contractors who test for the location of asbestos and others who do the removal. Typically, this is a $2,000 to $10,000 process. We often use NVL Labs for our asbestos report.

2. Review the Title Report.

The first thing to do is obtain your preliminary title commitment to see everything that has legally and officially been recorded against the lot. This will include any easements that you may not be aware of, neighborhood covenants that may pose some restrictions on what you can build and any underlying debt instruments that the current owner will need to pay off at closing.

3. Survey the Property.

This is a must! A topographic survey is required as part of your building permit application and also is critical in planning how your new home will fit on the lot. Typically, an architect will require a topo before starting the design of your new house. We often use Terrane for our land surveys.

Topographic Survey Example

Example of a Topographic Survey

4. Get to Know the Rules.

Visit the local jurisdiction and determine the zoning and utility rules that you will need to follow to design and build your home. These things vary from city to city, so it is important to find out what will apply to your specific lot. Most cities are helpful in this way and will be glad to talk to you about your specific lot. These days there are regulations that pertain to allowable building size, building height, lot coverage and tree removal that can all have an impact on your design.

Here are good places to start for cities we build in most often:

Bellevue, WA

Clyde Hill, WA

Mercer Island, WA


If you have any more questions about purchasing property, please email our team at

JayMarc Receives Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Marseille Home Design

Categories: Recognition & Awards | Posted: May 24, 2018

Gold Nugget Awards logo


The entire JayMarc team is thrilled to have received a Gold Nugget “Award of Merit” for the Marseille home design in the category “Best Single Family Detached Home — 3,500 to 4,500 sq. ft.“. Big shout out to all of our trades who helped build this home, architect Donald Ruthroff of Dahlin Group Architecture and Planning, interior designer, Mariel Ramos and photography group, HD Estates. We are looking forward to seeing if the Marseille takes the Grand Award at PCBC on June 28th.


Marseille Exterior Marseille Master Suite Marseille Master Suite Bath Marseille Master Suite Bath Marseille Kitchen Marseille Great Room Marseille Great Room

JayMarc Takes #108 on PSBJ Largest Private Companies List

Categories: Recognition & Awards | Posted: May 22, 2018

We are excited to have been recognized on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Largest Private Companies List for three years in a row! This year we took position #108. Congratulations to all of the companies who are recognized on this list. Well deserved!


PSBJ Largest Private Companies

PSBJ Largest Private Companies

For more Book of Lists, visit Puget Sound Business Journal.

The Ultimate Guide to Custom Home Construction Loans

Categories: Home How To's | Posted: April 26, 2018

Information provided by Umpqua Bank, JayMarc’s preferred custom home construction lenderUmpqua Bank Logo

You’ve been dreaming, planning, designing — and now you’re ready to build your dream home. Umpqua Bank’s all-in-one custom construction loan will provide the financing you need in one easy step. And when your project is complete, the loan will automatically convert to permanent financing.

The Best Parts: Anytime throughout this process, your loan officer will be available to meet with you and your builder, to answer questions and explain the process. In addition, our custom construction team is available to you as a specialized resource.

  • Construction and permanent financing with a single closing
  • Adjustable rate loan for conforming and non-conforming loan limits
  • Borrow up to $3,000,000 (loan limit varies by State and County)
  • Up to 18 month construction period
  • Primary residence and secondary home financing available
  • Financing also available on new manufactured homes
  • Your land equity and pre-paid costs can be credited toward cash to close

Document Checklist: Here is a handy list of items that will be needed from your builder to ensure that the process runs smoothly and that there is no delay in getting started.

Document ChecklistBuilder Acceptance Information

  • Completed Builder’s Resume
  • Completed W-9 Form
  • Acknowledgment of insurance requirements
  • Copy of general liability insurance with a minimum $500,000 per occurrence. Umpqua Bank will be added as certificate holder prior to your first draw.
  • Copy of worker’s compensation insurance (if applicable)

Project Approval Documentation

  • Complete set of working plans, signed and dated by you and the builder to include the following: foundation plan, framing plan, site plan (plot plan), floor plan, all four elevations and well and/or septic, if applicable.
  • Construction contract, signed and dated by you and the builder to include the following: fixed price, scheduled dates for commencement and completion (event dates are acceptable), all change orders will be in writing and bank will be notified prior to any change implementation, payment method compatible with Umpqua Bank’s line-item disbursement method and subject property numerical street address or full legal description.
  • A detailed description of materials, signed and dated by you and the builder
  • Line item budget signed and dated by you and the builder
  • Subcontractor and supplier list for the project
  • Land purchase and sale agreement (if applicable)



For more information about the lending process, review the Custom Construction Loan FAQ HERE.

Document Checklist – download HERE


If you have any further questions about the custom construction lending process and would like to start a conversation, contact Billie Jo Cusack or Kevin J. Knudson from Umpqua Bank in Bellevue.

Billie Jo Cusack | NMLS 208640 | 425-732-4756 | |

Kevin J. Knudson | NMLS 924939 | 425-732-4755 | |

7 Landscaping Tips to Kick Your Spring Garden into High Gear

Categories: Home How To's | Posted: April 12, 2018

Spring has clearly sprung and foliage is starting to wake up from its winter nap. Now is the time to start prepping and planning out your gardening goals. Here are 7 landscaping tips so you have the Best in Show garden in your neighborhood.

Tips provided by: Classic Nursery & Landscape Company (Woodinville, WA)

Dust off the lawn mower.

It is better to start early in the season with the mower set high than to tackle wet thick grass. Leave the clippings on the ground to break down and provide some free nitrogen for the soil. Don’t forget to fertilize, de-thatch and aerate! Classic Nursery & Landscape Company recommends 18# Gardner & Bloome Organic Lawn Fertilizer.

Clean out spent window boxes.

Spring is the perfect time to brighten your window boxes with colorful, hardy annuals and early blooming perennials. While cleaning out the boxes, check for plants that did not survive the winter. Also, check for rootballs for overcrowding or girdling.


Keep your plants safe from these vegetarian lovers by using Sluggo (not harmful to pets or birds). Take care of them before they attack your garden and hard work!

Wise with water.

Even though it is still raining a lot in the Seattle area, it is still a good idea to get back into water gardening habits! To efficiently use water consider mulch, water deeply and less frequently, water early in the day, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation system and don’t set sprinklers so high that they give off a mist (the mist is useless and just evaporates away).

Painting the roses red – be on the lookout for black spot and powdery mildew.

Take a walk through your entire rose garden and analyze for black spot and powdery mildew. If you spot any, it’s good to catch it before it sets! Classic Nursery & Landscape Company recommends Green Light Rose Defense. If you see any black spot or powdery mildew, remove the diseased leaves and discard them in the trash bin to decrease the chance of it spreading.

Resist the urge to cut down.

Foilage like tulips and daffodils should not be cut down or tied up after they have finished blooming. The bulbs extract and store the nutrients from the leaves for next year’s growth and bloom, so by cutting back too soon you risk next year’s flowers and by tying them up you decrease their ability to photosynthesize and create the food they need to store.

Time to come out of hiding.

Cut fuchsias and geraniums back (down to the rim of the container, if in a hanging basket). Lift them out of the container and repot with fresh soil, no need to change containers as long as the plant isn’t root-bound. Feed with an organic, slow-release fertilizer.


For more monthly gardening tips, visit Classic Nursery’s website at


Classic Nursery & Landscape Company was founded in 1985 and is family owned. Classic Nursery offers creative and flexible, budget-based solutions specifically tailored to fit your site. The staff is a team of professional horticulturalists with a passion for plants.  Think of their 10 acre Woodinville garden center as your local horticultural resource center.

For more information on landscape design and installation, contact Alan Burke at Mention you read this article and receive a free on-site consultation with a continuing nursery discount after your project completion!

Classic Nursery and Landscape Company: 16215 140th PL NE Woodinville, WA 98072

Phone: (425) 885-5678 |

Premium Windows Without the High Costs

Categories: Home Trends | Posted: March 22, 2018

Windows Inspire Idea House Visitors to Create a Dream Home of Their Own

Idea House Andersen 100 Series Windows

Idea House in Bellevue, WA with Andersen 100 Series Windows

Author: Andersen Windows and Doors

Andersen is proud to once again support the Northwest Idea House with 425 Magazine and JayMarc Homes. Working in partnership with Western Pacific Building Materials, our 100 Series windows are the perfect complement to this beautifully designed contemporary home defined by clean lines, sophisticated amenities and stunning architectural details. The marriage of beauty and functionality found in the Idea House design is one that homeowners across the area can replicate no matter their home’s style.

The style of the Idea House windows is amplified with the choice of color, featuring dramatic black interior and exterior finishes. This sets the tone from the curb and continues to impress the quality of workmanship throughout the home. Each room was carefully thought out and designed to take in the gorgeous views of Downtown Bellevue and Whaler’s Cove that surround the home, making Andersen 100 Series the perfect choice to frame each and every vantage.

The beauty of the 100 Series windows goes deeper than what you can see. Built into each unit is durability, sustainability, and energy efficiency that delivers the performance homeowners will enjoy for years to come:

Interior Windows Andersen 100 Series

Interior Windows of Dining Room in Idea House

  • Andersen 100 Series windows are made with a patented Fibrex composite material, making 100 Series windows and doors twice as strong as vinyl. Because color is added in the manufacturing process, the depth of pigment and durability mean Fibrex finishes won’t flake, peel, or weather as rapidly as vinyl.
  • Designed for all four seasons, Andersen 100 Series windows maintain their stability and rigidity in the face of weather conditions that could cause vinyl windows to bow and rack over time. That same rigidity and stability help deliver dramatic sizes and shapes that vinyl windows cannot support.
  • 100 Series windows also support energy efficiency goals in a home. A variety of glass options can be specified to meet energy needs in any region of the country and the sustainable materials used to make these windows help meet Energy Star requirements.

The beauty, quality, and durability of Andersen 100 Series windows offer all the benefits of a window upgrade without the high costs many associate with a window upgrade. To sum it up, Andersen 100 Series is the smart alternative to vinyl.