Rainier Custom Homes Newsletter Summer 2016
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Welcome Project Manager David Anderson!


We are pleased to announce that David Anderson has joined the company, in the role of Project Manager, and he’s jumped right into start a new construction project in Carnation. David shares that he most enjoys three parts of his construction career: client and team relationships; the incredible construction technologies like CAD and BIM, because the benefits to scheduling and budgets are tremendous; and the rewards of knowing that people are using what he’s helped to create—everyday. David sums it up “It is satisfying to see projects that I’ve worked on almost everywhere around the area.” Architecture and land use planning have always been, and continue to be, other key professional interests.

David has lived in the area nearly his whole life and he loves to build things! It makes sense that he chose a career in construction, when you learn that his favorite toys in childhood, were Lego® building blocks. Miniature building block play evolved into actual neighborhood treehouse construction, which led to his first teen job as a laborer with a neighborhood contractor.

Beyond his work life, David shares that he enjoys the hobbies of boating, sailing in particular, and snow skiing. Through the years, he has instructed new skiers. When he was younger, he crewed on some of the big sailboats and raced them around the Puget Sound on the weekends. Not surprisingly, David’s adventures also include a love of airplanes, as he grew up around them, and may plan to become a licensed pilot in the future.  He is a Pacific Northwest adventurer by sea, land and air! 

Travel is also an important to David. Last winter he visited family in the heart of the Mayan region—Merida, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, 200 miles west of Cancun, Mexico. The rich Spanish & Mayan cultures and history captured his interest—right down to the buildings and amazing architecture. He trekked through Mayan ruins and Spanish structures which were built out of old temples. We can tell that David’s appreciation for land use and planning carries into his free time! David’s next trip is planned for a return to Hawaii.

David grew up in Seattle, his wife Mary was born and raised here too. They met in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, he says “a long time ago!” The Andersons have an adult son, who lives in the area and works selling cars along with going to school. Their daughter is a sophomore at Western Washington State in Bellingham. Though the kids are grown and out of the house, David and Mary aren’t empty nesters; Calvin their 13year-old lab/collie mix is adjusting to the recent addition of two cats to the household.

Being results driven, and also goal and team oriented, David makes a great addition to the company. Welcome to RCH David!

An Eastside Home From the Ground UP!

Why Build a Custom Home?

A custom home allows you the occasion to define each aspect and feature of a dwelling: specific architectural design, size, shape, fit & finish—you can build exactly what you want! Some of the benefits of new construction can include: modern floor plans, energy efficiencies, health, possible tax breaks, and low/deferred maintenance. Ultimately, a custom home can express your individual living lifestyle.

PreCon: AKA Early On

Financing Determine how you will finance your custom home build project. Many local lending institutions provide construction loans, lending information and options. Expect to provide builder validation, inspection reports, and verifications prior to phased payouts.

Excellent Planning Building the right construction team, which typically includes a builder, architect, interior and landscape designers, and subcontractors is another key to project success. Professionals present the expertise and wisdom to bring your project to fruition. Start with the builder early on, when forming your design-build team, to maintain balance of design with desired budget. Builders can help match you with the perfect designers and architects for your budget. 

Reach out to Professionals If you desire a fully custom home, one that is made for you and designed for your lifestyle, one which meets your specific needs and interests, find a qualified custom home builder who can provide expertise and exceptional skills in project management, construction, and design to successfully bring to bear a phenomenal countenance to your new home. Start asking around today, to find a great fit with a custom home building firm. In addition to realtors, architects, and designers, your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors are a fantastic resource for referrals and introductions to custom home builders. In addition to accolades, state licensing boards, Master Builders Associations and the Better Business Bureau also post license status and can be crucial indicators of a firm’s ethics. The due diligence to verify a professional firm’s business standings is another key step to a successful building project!

Start the Permitting Process Once you have acquired an existing lot, begin the work of gaining project permits with local government agencies. Permits can be procured once designs are finalized. Your design-build team can coordinate this process. The lead time with permits can be anywhere from a few months to the better part of a year. Application for project permitting is a healthy indicator to building professionals, that you are serious about your construction project—that it is more reality than a dream alone. This is a time saving step! 
Patience & Stable Lifestyle Because the duration between contract signing and moving day is typically a longer process than that of buying an existing property, determine if your lifestyle will be able to withstand the myriad of decision making required during a custom building project. If you are in a rush, buying an existing home might be a better option. Prepare to run through the gamut of blood, sweat, tears, and emotions during the project. Yet, building your own custom home can be a rewarding experience—one which can yield years and years of wonderful living!
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