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Meet Brendan and Jillian Bader of Modern Nest in Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brendan and Jillian Bader.

Modern Nest started more organically than it might seem. Brendan was doing small house flips around the Valley and Jillian was teaching kindergarten in Scottsdale. Little by little, Jillian was giving Brendan more and more of her design opinions. After losing their daughter, Eva, shortly after her birth, Jillian left her teaching career to spend more time with Brendan and helping him with his home construction business. During what was a very difficult time in our lives, we quickly realized how much we enjoyed working together and started becoming really proud of the work we were creating. What blossomed from that devastating time in our lives was a sense of strength in our marriage and our business. We focused on buying and remodeling homes and pushing ourselves to do better each time.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No business owner can truly say it has been a smooth road. We’ve had our share of bumps, but never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be building and designing the homes we are today. We are truly blessed.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Modern Nest – what should we know?
We are a husband and wife custom home build + design team located in Scottsdale, Arizona. We focus on building timeless homes for the modern family. As we start designing a new home, we ask ourselves a few key questions:
1) How can we make this home functional and comfortable for any family?
2) How can the design shine while creating a space for everyone to live in?
3) In what ways can we surprise potential homebuyers while remaining timeless and sophisticated?

We take extreme pride in our work and the quality to which it is done. We focus (sometimes too much) on the details and always strive to impress anyone who enters one of our homes with the meticulous planning and quality of work that is seen.

As a small company, we try to make our team feel important and valued at all times. They are like family to us and we appreciate that everyone is willing to roll up their sleeves and help out where needed no matter their role. Our team is passionate about home building and design and we’re extremely thankful for that.

If you had to start over, what would you have done differently?
Is it too cliche to say nothing? Even the bumps in the road have played a role in who we are today. We are so content and feel blessed to wake up every day and do what we love and do it together.


  • Spec home sales: $1M+
  • Custom home building: $1M+

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Kate Nelle Photography

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