We had the good fortune of connecting with Brendan and Jillian Bader and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brendan and Jillian, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Seeing as we are a husband and wife team and a small business, there is a unique dynamic that needs to be balanced. We find it is very important to have our priorities in order to do so effectively. One thing we have never been willing to do is grow our business at the expense of our family. Family always comes first. However, because we love what we do and we are able to do it together, to an extent it all blends together. We sometimes feel that although we are always working, it never feels like actual work! When we first started the business, we didn’t have children so we certainly have had to adapt over the years. In addition, the natural progression of a growing business is that as you grow, the demand for your time will grow as well. Therefore as our business evolves and our needs and capacity has evolved as well, we find its best to embrace the change and be willing to adapt with the times. That is part of the fun of a small business; no two days are alike!

What should our readers know about your business?
We are a husband and wife build and design team specializing in luxury spec homes in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. We feel blessed to be able to do what we love every day. We are so passionate about our business and our hope is always that our passion shines through in our homes. We believe it is critically important to pay attention to the finite details , not just in the build or the interior design but all the elements involved: engineering, architecture, construction, design, staging, branding, etc. Each one of our homes tells a unique story. We are big believers in blending high style with functionality. We are building homes for families, not just show pieces. We spend countless hours thinking through how the home will be lived in and thus allowing the home to function as good as it looks! What are we most proud of? Maybe not so much proud but thankful that we have this incredible family business that allows us to be creative, share ourselves, our family and our faith with so many wonderful people. Getting to where we are today certainly was not easy. Brendan started this business in the depths of the recession of 2008 and started by boarding up windows and cleaning up distressed bank owned properties all over the valley. Twelve years later, we are designing and building the homes of our dreams but those years in between were filled with many bumps and bruises. As we said before, that is all part of being a small business owner. We believe in embracing the difficulties and with A LOT of prayer taking on those challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. The world is so vast, and we are just a tiny part of it. That being said, we hope what we create brings joy and inspiration to others while most importantly glorifying God!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Eat/Drink: Hush, Luci’s at the Grove, Cibo, Pomo, Obon McCormick Ranch, Mora, Kaleidoscope, Press Coffee, Crumbl Cookie, Lou’s at Papago, Craft 64, PHX Beer Lakeside Dinner, Patio dinner at Lons at the Hermosa Inn Visit: Sedona, Uptown Farmer’s Market, hikes throughout the city.

Hangout: a summer concert at Ak-Chin Pavillion lawn seats, Omni Montelucia Joya Spa/Pool, Fairmont Princess for family pool time in the summer or Christmas at the Princess in the winter

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my, there have been so many people that have been instrumental in helping us start and grow this business. We have always been open about the fact that our business is all about family. From a young age, Brendan fell in love with building design and architecture while watching his artist mom draw her own plans and sketches for their family home remodels. Jillian’s dad has been a mentor to Brendan since the early years. He himself has been a Commercial Contractor for over 35 years and has played an instrumental role in guiding many of our business and investing principles. Brendan’s dad has worked hand and hand with us since the beginning to make this business what it is today. From his real estate background and expertise to his remarkable personal touch with people and clients. For those looking for more practical tips on how to handle the difficulties of growing a business and managing people, we highly recommend reading the book The E-Myth by Michael Gerber.

Website: modernnesthomes.com
Instagram: modern_nest

Image Credits
Kate Nelle Photography