Start Your New Home in 2020 – Step 1 – Let’s Get Started!

Thank you for so many great responses to our “How To Start Your Custom Home” email.

Overwhelmingly, folks shared that they’d like to learn more about the homebuilding process – custom homes, pre-designed homes & homes already under construction.

For today, I’d like to start with the Custom Home Process – which can oftentimes feel intimidating and challenging to understand where and how to start.

Our team employs a 7 – Step project launch process for all custom homes designed to seamlessly guide you through your homebuilding journey.

  1. Let’s Get Started
  2. Home Concepts & Land Selection
  3. Project Launch
  4. Design
  5. Construction Package & Fixed Price
  6. Finance & Building Permits
  7. Start Construction

Step 1, Let’s Get Started,  We encourage clients to make a list that will help guide the rest of the process. There is a lot to consider so we recommend starting with:

  • Wishes, features, goals, priorities and aspirations for your new home.
  • How you plan to use your home? Full-time, part-time, income producing?
  • How would you and your family like to interact with your surroundings?

Getting Started can look different for everyone. Whether you find yourself at Step 1 or Step 7, rest assured we are poised and ready to join you in the homebuilding adventure, and to partner as a resource to help guide you in making decisions that align with your vision, values, schedule and budget.

To learn what getting started looks like for you, reply to this email or call me directly at 206.459.3490. I’m here to help!

Sean Northrop
Founder, CEO

P.S. We have offices in Seattle and Cle Elum, or are happy to meet somewhere in between for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

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Founder & CEO

Sean has worked in real estate development and place-making since 1993. He is passionate about the outdoor lifestyle and sharing it with others. Sean is a visionary leader – having assembled a team of like-minded individuals with skills and talents that span the spectrum of home and land development, architecture, interior and landscape design – and more. He is a creative, flexible and collaborative partner who is truly invested in delivering your dream of the perfect mountain retreat. Away from the office, you can catch up with Sean exploring with family and friends in the Cascade Mountains, the San Juan Islands, or discovering the many neighborhoods throughout Seattle.


Marketing & Customer Relations Manager

Having spent most of her life in Seattle, Sarah is proud to call the Pacific Northwest home. With an extensive background in Sales and Customer Service, she is extremely accommodating and is driven by results and client satisfaction. Sarah enjoys meeting new people and celebrating milestones which makes helping those seeking to build a custom home or buying a newly completed, move-in-ready home, a perfect fit. Prior to joining Trailside, Sarah most recently held the position of Sales and Marketing Manager for a luxury King County homebuilder, responsible for land acquisition, sales, and marketing. Professionally and personally, Sarah is known to build lifelong relationships with those around her. She spends every ounce of her free time with her husband, two lovely children and likes to unwind by exploring new recipes or planning events with her friends and family. Whether traveling or working in her local community, you are sure to find Sarah with a welcoming, cheerful spirit and smile on her face.

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