Estes Builders is an award winning custom home builder. They are building and designing distinctive custom homes in western Washington since 1989. Their design team has inspired hundreds of people to imagine their dream home. Check out their blog for case studies, inspiration, and a wealth of information about the design/build process, building on a budget, whether to build or buy, and more.
Building a custom home? Need to find the right builder, but not sure where to start? Here are three reasons why Estes Builders has earned a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder.
You probably know that in the restaurant business there is something known as the Michelin star. Restaurants have to go through an incredibly rigorous process to be awarded even one Michelin star and very few restaurants ever achieve recognition of this elite level of excellence.
Well, the building industry has a similar way of recognizing excellence. It’s called the National Housing Quality Gold award. Like a Michelin star, it’s an incredibly rigorous process in which industry leaders audit every detail of a builder’s business.
Estes Builders is the only builder in the Pacific Northwest to have received the National Housing Quality Gold award. And we received it twice.
(We’re not typically ones to brag but if you owned a restaurant and had earned a Michelin star, you’d brag too, right?)
We all know someone who built a custom home and the whole thing went way over budget and was a complete nightmare, right? Yeah, we hear those stories all the time, too. But not from our customers. That’s because as part of our award-winning process, we actually guarantee that your home will be completed for the price we give you before we begin construction.
Here’s why that matters:
Typically the design and build process can take anywhere from nine to twelve months (or longer). During that time the market can experience lots of price fluctuations. Everything from lumber shortages to labor shortages to the price of gas for material delivery. The list goes on and on.
Our Fixed Price Guarantee means that we absorb any price fluctuations during the construction of your home without passing them on to you. Instead of putting you in the position of assuming that risk, we do it for you. Pretty cool, right?
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Now you might be wondering, “How can they do that? How can they make that guarantee?” One of the ways we avoid cost and completion overruns is that we have an entire in-house team working together. You’ll never have the headaches of trying to coordinate between your architect and your construction foreman or trying to navigate scheduling the clearing of your lot and the start of your construction. Our team works together seamlessly so you have less work, period.
When the Asignacions came to us in March of 2017, they didn’t need to be convinced to build in the Pacific Northwest. They were already living in Silverdale and raising a family… and running out of space! They needed a bigger home for their growing family.
The Asignacions had a few ideas about the design of the custom home in Silverdale. Because they needed more space, our architect worked with them to design a home that was more than 2,300 square feet. The home includes three bedrooms and three baths. The Asignacions’ specific design requests included a large kitchen, open concept kitchen and living room, a vaulted ceiling in the living area for a greater sense of space and to allow in more natural light, and a bonus room / office located over the garage.
Maximizing every dollar was important without compromising their wish list or their incredible sense of style. Here are a few photos of the finished home as well as features that make this home something special.
The bright, open kitchen beautifully blends a modern aesthetic with classic style. Features include stainless steel appliances that provide a sharp contrast to the white countertops and blue cabinetry, classic subway tile and a farmhouse sink.
The kitchen includes a large island that’s ideal for large gatherings or quick breakfasts. In addition to multiple windows that look out over the natural views the kitchen also includes a French door with direct access to the back deck – perfect for grilling or indoor/outdoor entertaining.
The master suite includes an oversized shower, modern soaking tub and classic black and white tile. The sliding barn door adds to the modern classic look.
One of the things that we enjoy most at Estes Builders is that every person, every story, and every home is completely unique. Some of our customers dream of retiring in a sprawling home far away from the noise and congestion of the city. Still others dream of giving up a sprawling home for the simplicity of less square footage and moving closer to the city where a great meal and a night out are just minutes away.
The latter was definitely what our homeowners envisioned when they came to us to design and build a custom home in Cape George, a private residential neighborhood just a few miles outside of Port Townsend. Located on Discovery Bay, Cape George had the perfect location and access to amenities that our homeowners were looking for.
But designing and building the home had some challenges.
The 1,400 square foot home was a tight fit on the lot so we worked on a design that maximized every inch of the interior of the home. Building up wasn’t an option due to the height restriction of the neighborhood. Our mission was to design a two bedroom, two bath home with an office that felt open and spacious within the strict guidelines.
In addition to the design restrictions, we wanted to build a home that included all of the features our homeowners wanted. Their wish list included an open concept living area, large garage, covered rear patio and a big kitchen that would be a perfect gathering space.
The result? A charming, classic modern design that incorporates style and substance. Custom built-ins in the great room and open shelving in the kitchen make storage a snap. A large island in the kitchen doubles the workspace and Caesarstone® counters keep maintenance to a minimum. We also scaled the design so that the shallow room pitches looked appropriate.
What’s your idea of the perfect home? Let us help you create it. Our full-service team can manage every aspect of the design and construction of your new home. Schedule a free Project Analysis today to find out more about our award-winning process and our industry-leading Fixed Price Guarantee.
When the Hemenways came to us last year to build a custom home in Hansville, WA they had decided, like many of our customers, to leave the noise and the crowds and the traffic of the city behind and retire somewhere more quiet. So when they found a lot situated just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, they knew they had found the perfect place to build their dream home.
The Hemenways envisioned a spacious but cozy home for their secluded waterfront setting. They wanted a fireplace with stone surround for chilly Northwest evenings, a large covered porch for leisurely mornings with a cup of coffee looking out over the water, and a two-story vaulted ceiling with large windows in the living and dining room to bring in lots of natural light (even on the cloudiest days).
They had purchased the land and envisioned their home, but there were a few challenges to overcome to bring their dream home to life.
First, the lot had tight setbacks from the bluff and property lines which meant that the larger home they wanted had to be designed to accommodate a narrow footprint. Next, the lot had a pre-existing drainage system and an off-site drainage location which presented issues that had to be resolved before construction could begin.
We worked with the Hemenways to design and build a 2,048 square foot home with three bedrooms, two baths, and all of the items on their wish list. Now they can leave the hustle and bustle of city living and trade in their morning commute for a morning of fishing or kayaking just outside their front door.
Ready to begin designing and building your own home in the Pacific Northwest? Contact us for a free Project Analysis. A Project Analysis is a smart way to start because you can talk to a custom building expert about your ideas for your new home including budget, design, lot selection, and more.
With more than 100 custom home builder testimonials and nearly two dozen video testimonials, you might be thinking, “I wonder what really happened behind the scenes.” And we think that’s fair. The truth is that almost every customer we work with has some aspect of their custom home plan that is challenging. And, if we can brag just a little, that’s where we really shine. Our team has rarely met the sloped lot, wildlife permit issue, community regulation, or design challenge that we can’t handle.
So since we love a good behind-the-scenes as much as anyone, we’ve gathered up some recent customer testimonial videos and are giving you the dirt that you don’t see on the video.
A “Lot” of Challenges
When the McFarlands came to us to build a beautiful Craftsman home, the house itself wasn’t the problem. It was the lot that had two key challenges. The first was that the lot was located on a bluff (no easy flat ground to build on). The second was that the community they wanted to build in had a strict 17’ height limit for each home which made maximizing views more challenging.
The McFarlands are not the only ones who faced challenges building on their lot. When the Kings came to us with their idea for a 2,500 square foot home that would include 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a rec room we loved the idea… and the views. But the extreme slope of their lot meant that we had to get creative to find a way to build their home as they envisioned it.
Sometimes the behind-the-scenes challenge isn’t about building at all. Sometimes it’s about trying to manage the design build process of a home that is completely unique… while living more than 7,000 away. That was the challenge for Buddy and Estelle. They were living in Hawaii while their new home was being built in Washington.
Ready to begin your own story with Estes Builders? Contact us today to schedule your own Project Analysis. During your complimentary new home analysis you’ll meet with a custom home consultant to discuss your ideas, your budget and your timeframe. You’ll also learn more about how our award-winning process and our Fixed Price Guarantee give you the freedom to design and build your dream home without worry of going over schedule or over budget.
White modern farmhouse kitchens may be all the rage on Pinterest when it comes to custom home kitchen design trends, but we think there’s something special about kitchen design that bucks the trend in favor of black counters.
Black counters can give a kitchen a high contrast, modern look that is neutral enough to look great with white, dark, or natural cabinets. But beyond the sleek design black counters have a practical side, too. They resist stains more than lighter counters (so you can let that red wine spill without worry).
You can choose black counters from a variety of surface materials depending on the look you want and your budget: granite, quartz, and even tile are all durable surfaces that shine as part of a modern kitchen look.
Here are just a few homes that we recently built for customers that chose black counters to create a kitchen that pops.
A common misconception is that black counters will make a kitchen too dark… not true! As you can see in this home, black counters can provide a high-contrast look with lighter cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a stunning paint color.
Another creative idea for black counters is to mix and match with other surfaces to create a distinct look. Choose a different color or material for the island, as this customer did, to add more visual interest. Butcher block is another great surface to provide a strong design aesthetic (that’s functional, too).
Another great way to add create a beautiful kitchen with black counters is to choose a surface with flecks of color, like this kitchen for a home we recently built in Poulsbo.
What does your dream kitchen look like? Our team of experts can design and build the perfect kitchen (and every room of your home) just as you imagine it. Not sure where to start? Our free Project Analysis is a great way to get advice from our experts. Simply bring us your ideas, your budget and your timeline and we can help you create the home of your dreams.
One of the most popular design requests we’ve received this year is designing a custom home for multigenerational living. In fact, many customers are choosing to build a custom home based largely on a need for a better alternative for multigenerational design than what is commonly available. The truth is that designing a custom home for multigenerational living does not have a cookie cutter solution. Everyone has different needs.
Here are a few creative solutions for designing a home for multigenerational living that maximizes freedom, privacy and independence.
Two First Floor Master Suites
Traditional multigenerational design can include a master suite on the main floor and another upstairs. The idea is that the first floor master can be easier to navigate and more accessible for older family members. This means that the owners often choose the upstairs suite.
However, dual master suites on the first floor can provide privacy and convenience for other members of the household too. A split design, which places the two master suites at opposite ends of the first floor with main living areas and kitchen in the middle, can be a smart solution for privacy and accessibility.
Separate Mother-in-Law Suite
Another solution to multigenerational living is a mother-in-law suite that is located in a separate building from the main home. This gives family members (or guests) more privacy without giving up accessibility. This can be a great alternative for an older family member who wants to garden or just prefers the added solitude.
You can even create a separate building with a mother-in-law quarter on the first floor and an office, workshop or art studio upstairs.
Take the idea of a separate building one step further and create a sense of independent living with a mother-in-law suite that includes a full kitchen and living area in addition to a bedroom and bath. Create a sense of freedom and independence that’s just a stone’s throw away.
How do you envision the perfect home for multigenerational living? Our team of design and construction experts can help you create the perfect home for your unique situation. Simply schedule a free Project Analysis and tell us about your needs, your ideas, your budget and your timeframe. We can help you create a plan to bring your ideas to life.
When the Gervaises came to us earlier this year to design and build a custom home in Poulsbo, we knew the project was going to be a lot of fun. In fact, customers like the Gervaises are what make our job so fun. They had a wishlist of features in their new home and their site that would have been impossible to find in a ready-built home.
Their vision included a home that would be comfortable enough to accommodate a multigenerational family. We worked with them to create a mother-in-law suite that would create more privacy in the home. We also worked with them to create a home theater, another item on their wish list, and we used mineral wood insulation and soundproof drywall to help keep the sound contained – even while watching an action-packed blockbuster.
The Gervais family also included a loft area with a cozy gas fireplace and home gym.
Design finishes inside the home included high contrast black trim for a modern look and feel, custom tile in the master shower, and a kitchen that mixes modern and classic with black counters, a modern farmhouse sink, and dual ovens.
The entire home was designed to maximize views of their gorgeous lot from almost every room of the home.
We also worked with the Gervais family to prepare for future additions to their home. Work included site preparations for a future equestrian center that will include a barn and riding arena.
What’s on your wish list for the perfect home? Let us help you create the perfect design plan for your own custom home. Schedule a free Project Analysis to talk with our team about your ideas, budget, and timeframe.
Let’s face it, some things were just not designed for the DIY’er. Experts are the ones we count on to save us money, save us time, and give us the confidence that we’re making the best decisions.
If we want to be healthy, we might consult our doctor or trainer. If we want to get the best returns for our investment portfolio, we’ll probably consult with a financial planner. Getting information ahead of time means that you will save the frustration of costly, time-consuming mistakes. Getting advice early and often gives you the best chance for success.
It’s the same when designing and building a custom home. Meeting with a custom home builder early in the process means that you can get guidance and advice from the experts.
Here are a few ways that meeting with an expert can save you time and money:
Review land you have purchased (or plan to purchase) to estimate land costs and identify and troubleshoot possible challenges
Review your wants and needs and help you estimate a realistic budget
Provide cost-effective alternatives to help you stretch your budget further
Discuss design ideas and offer ideas
At Estes Builders we offer a free, no-hassle Project Analysis that gives you the opportunity to discuss your design ideas, your budget and your questions with one of our experts. It’s just one of the ways we go above and beyond for our customers.
Let our experts help you discover the possibilities of designing and building your own custom home. Schedule a free Project Analysis with a member of our team in person in our offices in Western Washington or by Skype if you live out of the area. During your free Project Analysis you can ask our experts anything about designing and building a custom home. We’re here to simplify the process and who knows? We may even save you some time and money.
When the Pinders bought land in Sequim more than a decade ago they dreamed of building a home for retirement there one day. They improved the lot, which includes a lavender farm, with a separate shop years ago. When the time came to leave their home in Everett, WA and retire in Sequim they came to us with a floorplan in hand.
There was just one problem.
The floorplan they loved was a perfect fit for their lifestyle but not a great fit for their budget. Our challenge was to recreate everything they loved about the original plan – vaulted ceilings, plenty of light, open concept design – in a home that was right-sized for their needs and budget.
From the start, we focused on a collaborative design process with the Pinders to recreate the floorplan they loved at a price and size that worked for them. Working with our design team, the Pinders were able to veto design ideas that didn’t work in favor of the final designs that felt like a perfect fit. The open communication with our design team created a positive experience that ensured the Pinder home was exactly what they envisioned.
The Pinders were able to add custom design elements to give their home a unique, one-of-a-kind look and feel. Some of their favorite design features are a stone shower surround that gives the master bathroom a “grotto” feel, a custom fireplace surround, and rounded windows that maximize natural light. The open kitchen includes a breakfast bar, skylights, and a separate prep sink.
Watch the video below to meet the Pinders and hear more about their experience working with Estes Builders.
New Custom Home with Open Floor Plan and Lots of Natural Light! - YouTube
Ready to discuss your project with our team? Schedule a free Project Analysis today to learn more about how our collaborative design process can help you design a home that’s the perfect fit for your lifestyle and your budget.