Building dreamy custom homes for clients has been Brian Falcone’s livelihood and passion for 29 years. Over the course of the past three decades, the Falcone Homes team has brought countless visions to life and gained a steady customer base who aren’t shy about referring the builder to others. With years of experience and an exceptional eye for detail, it comes as no surprise that Falcone’s own newly built custom home is exquisitely spectacular in its own right.
Sitting on more than an acre lot in Bluewater, a Valley, NE, lakeside community with nearly 250 acres of water and over seven miles of sandy beaches, the California-contemporary home is what many might consider a modern masterpiece. With an abundant amount of indoor and outdoor living space, the home boasts four bedrooms and five bathrooms along with endless entertainment spaces, including an expansive sandy beach with almost 300 feet of lake frontage. While the pristine details inside are certainly worthy of recognition, the outdoor living is equally breathtaking.
“When my wife Laura and I first came up with the design for the home, we knew we wanted to incorporate a lot of indoor-outdoor living, which is why we have two sets of 18-foot panoramic doors extending throughout our kitchen and great room that can open up to the patio and pool area in the backyard to give us a really unique entertaining space,” Falcone said. By opening up the doors, the Falcones gain an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor living.
The patio space includes a pergola with built-in bar, large sport pool with an 18-foot sun shelf, hot tub, built in grill and service area, two fire pits, and an 85-inch TV. Especially convenient is the home’s cabana bath. Instead of tracking in water or sand, the Falcones and their guests can enter the designated bathroom right from the pool and patio area. The room even includes a shower and washer and dryer—perfect for wet suits and towels after a day spent on the lake. Another important outdoor element for the Falcones is located right above the patio off the second story loft—a 1,000 square foot uncovered concrete deck with glass railing, which includes a 12-foot long firepit situated around an expansive seating area and a bar overlooking the water.
While some people in Nebraska might believe they can only use outdoor living space a few months out of the year, Falcone said this couldn’t be further from the truth. “If you do it right, you can use your outdoor living year-round. We have phantom screens to keep the bugs out and heaters and firepits to keep us warm in the winter. We can use our space during every season.”
Although there are the standard kitchen and master bath trends that clients desire, Falcone said maximizing outdoor living and entertainment is by far the most popular trend among his clients who often share his same style and preferences. In fact, many of his clients have some of the same features he incorporated into his own custom home, like the automated patio screens and panoramic doors opening up to the poolside. “People want to use their outdoor space and enjoy the outside view as much as possible,” Falcone said. Especially when they live somewhere as beautiful as Bluewater, which Falcone said is certainly one of the most alluring aspects of his own property.
Since moving into the custom build in December 2021, Falcone has become especially fond of one area of the home in particular. Dubbed “the man cave,” Falcone’s garage houses a pool table, TVs, video games, and a dart board, providing the perfect hangout spot. Equipped with a glass garage door at the back of the mancave, the lake is once again within sight. While entertaining friends in the space, Falcone enjoys rolling up the back door to let the fresh breeze in.
When it comes to his business, helping others build their dream home is Falcone’s main goal. The process involves a lot of brainstorming with clients about their dreams, wants, and needs to come up with a finalized plan. “When I first sit down with a client, I remind them that this is a partnership. I emphasize that this will take a year to build a home and at least another year to take care of warranty stages. I try to prepare them for what the project will entail.”
Approaching a monumental 30-year anniversary, Falcone looks forward to tackling each new large-scale custom home project that comes his way, while enjoying his own beautiful home, too. For more information about building a custom home, visit falconehomes.com or call 402-510-9797.