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Whatcom Homes: Fun house for kids

The rear of a south Bellingham home built by Moceri Construction features a covered patio and an outdoor, wood-burning fireplace.
The rear of a south Bellingham home built by Moceri Construction features a covered patio and an outdoor, wood-burning fireplace. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Many people start with a home in which to raise their kids, then move later to a house with a view.

It was a different story when a Bellingham resident told Tony Moceri that he wanted to leave his house with a view of Lake Whatcom and build a new home on a flat parcel so his children could have a large yard to play in and he could have extra room for his cars.

“He really sacrificed his view for a flat lot, which is rare,” says Moceri, vice president of Moceri Construction in Bellingham. “He wants his kids to grow up there.”

Finding a large flat lot in Bellingham isn’t easy, but he found one in south Bellingham and Moceri finished construction two years ago.

The 3,500-square-foot home features modern design, striking decorative tile work, a children’s room with a rubber-tile floor that’s soft and easy-to-clean, and a spacious recreational room above the garage with a large-screen TV, a wet bar, and a pool table.

“He really wanted what I would say is a fun house,” Moceri says of the owner, who asked to remain anonymous.

The exterior features Hardie composite panels that are easy to maintain.

“It’s a way to give it a modern, clean look,” Moceri says.

Inside, high ceilings with tongue-in-groove cedar paneling provide a light-yet-warm feeling.

A heat pump; forced-air heating with natural gas; spray-foam insulation; and a large ceiling fan to circulate air, all combine to keep heating and cooling costs low, Moceri says.

Tile specialist Debbie Dickinson incorporated art into the house, itself, with a large design of a chambered nautilus shell in a bathroom floor, and silver birch trees adorning a floor-to-ceiling facade around a natural gas fireplace. The nautilus and trees were made out of limestone, and the fireplace facade is basalt.

At the rear of the house, the owner frequently uses an outdoor fireplace that provides a comfortable place for wood fires. The rear patio is under cover, but otherwise open to the elements and the big backyard.

“He wants to live there forever,” Moceri says.

Home makers

Home and interior design: Domistyle Design, 360-756-0296, domistyledesign.com

General contractor: Moceri Construction, 360-671-3381, mocericonstruction.com

Specialty tile work: Debbie Dickinson at Tile Girl, 360-920-5633, gridcraft.net

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