It’s best not to stand out too much when building a new home. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a “cookie-cutter” approach to the home you build.
Q: I’m thinking about building a new home in the Seattle area, but I don’t want the house to stick out like a sore thumb. Is there a “Seattle style” for new homes built in the area?
A: You’re right — it’s best not to stand out too much when building a new home (and in some cases, HOA ordinances can dictate the parameters of what can be built in an area). However, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a “cookie-cutter” approach to the home you build.
Throughout the Puget Sound region, you’ll find a variety of home styles. You’ll see modern homes, contemporary Craftsmans, Victorians and traditional styles. You may even find homes that don’t fit a particular classification, but are constructed to take advantage of views or to meet the requirements of the lot on which they’re built.
Here’s something else to consider: If the homes in the neighborhood where you’re looking are mostly traditional, you can still build a home that looks traditional on the outside, but is open and light on the inside. We recently built in Burien. It’s a brand-new house with an exterior that looks “well established” (and fits the neighborhood), but has a beautifully modern, open floor plan on the inside.
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Even inside, you have lots of choices. Conventional thinking among builders used to be that homeowners would pick one style that would apply throughout the home. These days, it’s not unusual to see home interiors that mix and match styles freely — and tastefully.
Is there a “Seattle sense of style” when it comes to building a new home? If there is, the word that might best describe it is “eclectic” — like a lot of other things in the Seattle area. In other words, the Seattle style is whatever you make it. And the good news is that you don’t have to stick out like a sore thumb to make a unique statement when it comes to your new home.
Brooks Powell is the general manager of Powell Homes and Renovations and a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, and HomeWork is the MBA’s weekly column. If you have a home improvement, remodeling or residential homebuilding question you’d like answered by one of the MBA’s more than 2,800 members, write to email@example.com.