Your New Home in 2020 – Step 2 – Home Concepts & Land Selection

We are humbled by all of the great responses and questions to our last message regarding the first step of the custom home process.

Now, let’s dive into Step 2! At this stage of the envisioning process, you may already own your land, or have begun your search for the perfect homesite, or perhaps you have already started to design your home.

  • Let’s Get Started
  • Home Concepts & Land Selection
  • Project Launch
  • Design
  • Construction Package & Fixed Price
  • Finance & Building Permits
  • Start Construction

Step 2, Home Concepts & Land Selection, is an exciting stage as you’ll start to see your hard work and preliminary planning from Step 1, take shape – your vision is getting closer to a reality!


  • Continue refining your list of goals, priorities and aspirations from Step 1. Keep this list handy and reference it often. It should become the guiding document in all of your communications to ensure the home that’s built reflects what’s most important to you.
  • Start thinking about when you’d like to move into your new home.
  • Start a vision or Pinterest board of ideas to use as an aggregate of your likes and dislikes.
  • Start selecting trade partners who align with your custom home goals.

Using your conceptual plans, we’ll develop a realistic and achievable budget and schedule for your project.

How We Can Help

  • We consult on land before an offer is made and/or during the feasibility period to ensure the home and budget you envision will work on the homesite selected.
  • We partner with you and your architect at the early stages of architecture to advise from a construction and budget perspective.
  • We study the limitations and benefits your lot will have on your site layout and home design. Our team offers a powerful methodology called Design 360 that helps to seamlessly integrate the location, land, architecture and interior of your home to create the very best in NW living.
  • We assist in further articulation of your goals in anticipation for Step 3 – Project Launch.

Have you thought about what Step 2 looks like for you?  

Reply to this email or call me directly at 206.459.3490 – I’m excited to learn about your project and the different ways we can partner together!

Sean Northrop
Founder, CEO

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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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