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KEARNEY — Price was a prime con- sideration as Lisa and Liam Mendoza went shopping for a home. For the young couple, it was important to stay on budget. “We’d been looking for quite some time,” Lisa said, and considering their budget, buying a fixer-upper appeared as the only way to make the numbers work. What didn’t figure in the fixer-upper equation was Liam’s time-demanding job. Working his 60- to 80-hour-per-week schedule as operations manager for Sozo American Cuisine and Angus Burgers & Shakes leaves little time for home projects. As a result, Lisa and Liam needed to look into home ownership strategies that didn’t involve time-consuming do-it-yourself projects. Liam simply didn’t have time to work out the kinks in an older house. Their answer came in a new east Kearney neighborhood, Millennial Estates, where Star Homes is helping new owners shave costs off new homes without compromising quality. Working with Star, Lisa and Liam chose the base design for their new home and added optional upgrades to personalize the place while remaining within their budget. “The price point and what we could get really fit our needs,” Lisa said about their success in acquiring their dream home. Houses start at $204,900 in Millennial Estates. The Mendozas bought their home for $250,000, Liam said. The house has a ground floor and finished basement, two-car garage, three baths and an assortment of upgrades offered by Star. Lisa and Liam splurged on a few dec- orative selections, such as custom light fixtures, granite counter tops in the kitchen, and a clever dining room arrangement. Rather than having a bedroom close to the kitchen and living room areas, they’ve designated the space as a dining room. An elegant long table fills the space, and a bev- erage compartment caps the look. Guests enter the dining room via glass barn doors that slide conveniently aside. To contain costs, Star Homes is building Millennial Estates with smaller lots and narrower 32-foot-wide streets. Liam said their lot measures 52 feet by 115 feet, but it’s enough for their Mike Konz Hub Enterprise Editor Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub AS LISA AND LIAM travel around the globe, they return home with ceramic bowls to decorate the master bedroom and remind them of adventures abroad. VAULTED CEILING, romantic fireplace and modern, comfortable furniture make the living room a perfect place to relax and converse with guests. AT RIGHT, Lisa and Liam Mendoza have creatively decorated their home with items that possess sentimental value and flare. BELOW, THE Mendozas selected distinctive exterior siding, shingles and stonework to make the house stand out. M endozas’ dream comes true CUSTOMIZING THEIR home was easy, said Liam Mendoza. He and Lisa selected granite for the island and kitchen counter tops. ABOVE, THE Mendozas appreciate the convenience of an island where they can chat while sharing a quick meal. New Millennial Estates residents find house they want for price they can afford CONTINUES ON PAGE 5C Kearney Hub Weekend May 4-5, 2019