Designing your Ultimate Dream Home

When Azita Soraya first moved to Omaha more than three decades ago, she found herself captivated by a neighborhood of homes located on 96th and Pacific Streets. At the time, she told herself that she would live in a home in that exact locale someday. Nearly 30 years later in the fall of 2019, her dream came true.

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From the moment Soraya entered the home, she knew it was “the one.” While the home needed a lot of work, Soraya did not shy away. As she and her husband, Tim Martin, put in an offer for the home, design ideas were already dancing through her head.

Upon closing on the home, Soraya wasted no time getting started on the complete remodel project—which ended up taking three years to finish. Bringing her vision to life was quite enjoyable for Soraya, who owns an interior design company that focuses mostly on the healthcare industry. “I just envisioned what I wanted and then I created it,” she said. “And my husband, owner of Martin’s Countertops, sees a lot of amazing homes through his work. So, the two of us had a vision to make this house very special with quality work and top of the line features.”

On the outside of the home, distinct columns with stone marble offer an elegant first impression. The pristine landscaping doesn’t go unnoticed, either, and the home’s deck—which spans the length of the house—demonstrates the grand opportunities for outdoor entertaining before ever stepping foot inside the property.

Once inside the front entrance, details such as intricate floor tile with complementary wallcoverings indicate the charming style that awaits. The dining room is spacious on its own, but a picturesque window stretching across the wall allows the space to appear particularly expansive and bright.

The spacious theme continues into the living room, thanks to an open floor plan that didn’t exist before Soraya and Martin moved into the home. The focal point of the room—a three-tone stone fireplace with a wine cellar and dry bar situated on either side—is another new addition that the homeowners passionately designed.

A special feature in the kitchen includes the Corian cabinet doors that were crafted by Martin. While the previous kitchen featured wood paneling and darker tones, the new homeowners incorporated special touches like a stylish backsplash, high-end appliances, and a contrasting color scheme to enhance the now modern style of the home.

Even where darker colors are used throughout the home, Soraya noted the natural light from the oversized windows ensures the space always remains open and airy. The master bath and walk-in closet were another undertaking that turned out precisely how Soraya intended. The spa-like details in the space create a retreat at the end of a long day.

The carpet throughout the six-bedroom, five-bathroom home is commercial grade, and custom commercial wood floors span the main living spaces. The walkout lower level features an expansive family room, bar, full kitchen, and two marbled bathrooms.

Soraya said every element of the home has a story, and each room was designed with both aesthetic and functionality in mind. For example, a second laundry room was conveniently added downstairs so that guests do not need to haul their laundry upstairs.

The location was one of the biggest selling points for Soraya and Martin, who have enjoyed being within walking distance of Countryside Village and Regency Shopping Center. They have especially appreciated the mature landscaping and well-established, safe neighborhood.

Yet, it’s the moments spent within the walls of the home that have meant the very most to the homeowners, who have celebrated birthdays, engagement parties, Sunday family dinners, and holidays with friends and family in the house. In some instances, there have been 60 to 70 guests in attendance at these gatherings, further illustrating that the home was intended for entertaining.

According to Soraya, the home has always been full of joy, celebration, and fun. “We hope the next homeowners receive all of the love and happiness that we had in this house,” she said. “Our advice is to enjoy the incredible neighbors and the neighborhood, and use this spacious home to create memories by hosting friends and family as often as possible.”

For more information, or to schedule a private showing, contact Teresa Elliott, realtor at NextHome Signature Real Estate at 402-690-1573 or

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