Building a Home in Snohomish

May 6, 2024
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Building Your Dream Home in Northwest Washington State

A Comprehensive Guide with Lexar Homes of the Upper Northwest

Crafting Dreams, Building Homes and Embracing Communities in NW Washington state with Lexar Homes

Are you considering building your dream home in Snohomish, Washington, or the surrounding areas? Look no further! Lexar Homes of Upper Northwest is here to guide you through the process and make your dream a reality. Tracy Ryhnes, owner and project manager of Burlington and Snohomish (Marysville) locations, is providing valuable insights into the top places to live near Snohomish, popular custom home plans, regional challenges, and the benefits of choosing our local team.

Top Places to Live in Snohomish and Surrounding Areas

#1 Snohomish

Snohomish, Washington, is a wonderful place to live. It perfectly blends modern amenities and small-town charm, creating a serene and welcoming community atmosphere. The town’s historic downtown area is full of character, with quaint shops, local eateries, and cultural attractions. Additionally, Snohomish’s proximity to nature is a major draw, with picturesque parks, scenic trails, and the stunning Snohomish River offering endless outdoor recreation and exploration opportunities. It’s an ideal choice for commuters and families looking to create lasting memories.

#2 Monroe, Stanwood, Arlington 

These neighboring communities provide a serene country feel with spacious properties and scenic landscapes. Despite their rural charm, they offer convenient commuting options to major employment centers in the greater Seattle area, making them ideal for those seeking a peaceful lifestyle without sacrificing convenience. Many people looking for this type of rural lifestyle opt for homes in Monroe, Starwood, and Arlington—finding solace in owning their own slice of acreage heaven.

#3 Whidbey Island, Anacortes, Bellingham, Blaine, San Juan Islands

If you’re craving breathtaking natural beauty and a laid-back island lifestyle, these destinations are perfect for you. Don’t believe us? Take Travel & Leisure’s opinion. From stunning waterfront properties to lush forests and pristine beaches, the Pacific Northwest’s islands offer a unique and idyllic setting for your dream home.


Want to know more? Here’s a more detailed description of each of these idyllic locations:

Whidbey Island:

Known for its stunning landscapes, charming communities, and vibrant arts scene, Whidbey Island provides residents with a tranquil island lifestyle just a short ferry ride away from the bustling Seattle metro area. With its scenic beaches, lush forests, and sweeping views of the Puget Sound and Cascade Mountains, Whidbey Island offers unparalleled natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.


Nestled between the San Juan Islands and the Skagit Valley, Anacortes offers a picturesque waterfront setting and a laid-back coastal vibe. Boasting a thriving arts and culture scene, a vibrant downtown area, and access to world-class boating and outdoor adventures, Anacortes attracts residents seeking a relaxed yet active lifestyle amidst breathtaking natural surroundings.


Situated between the rugged Cascade Mountains and the serene waters of Bellingham Bay, Bellingham is a dynamic city renowned for its outdoor recreation, progressive community, and thriving local economy. With its diverse neighborhoods, bustling downtown district, and proximity to scenic parks, hiking trails, and ski resorts, Bellingham appeals to individuals and families seeking a vibrant urban lifestyle with easy access to nature.


Located along the northern border of Washington state, Blaine offers residents a tranquil coastal setting with stunning views of the Salish Sea and the Canadian Gulf Islands. With its charming marina, scenic waterfront parks, and proximity to the US-Canada border, Blaine is a haven for boating enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and those seeking a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

San Juan Islands:

Comprising a stunning archipelago of over 170 islands, the San Juan Islands offer pristine natural beauty and abundant wildlife. From the serene landscapes of Orcas Island to the charming villages of Lopez Island and the rugged coastlines of San Juan Island, each island offers its own unique charm and opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and discovery.

It’s not a hard sell—living and building a new home in destinations like Whidbey Island, Anacortes, Bellingham, Blaine, and the San Juan Islands provide residents with unparalleled access to nature, vibrant communities, and a relaxed coastal lifestyle, making them highly desirable destinations for those seeking to embrace the beauty and tranquility of the Pacific Northwest.


Photo of the San Juan Islands at sunset from Bellingham, WA

Navigating Regional Challenges: Building in the Upper Northwest

Building in the Upper Northwest comes with its own set of challenges, including navigating the permit process and addressing environmental concerns such as wetlands. At Lexar Homes, we understand the importance of thorough planning and preparation to ensure a smooth building process.


“One of our challenges in building in the Pacific Northwest is taking into account the wetlands,” says Ryhnes. “We have a permit specialist who will evaluate the property before it’s purchased to understand some of the limitations that might be caused by local issues such as wetlands. Call us before you buy the land— we will do a site visit to save you the headaches of the unknowns.”


Because wetlands overlays are commonplace, there are other issues to address when building in Washington state. The permit process is long and varied—covering a host of regional concerns. “In my area it’s not just a building permit,” says Ryhnes, “it’s also looking into surrounding wetlands, the biology on the property, geotech, and septic design.”


Knowing details about your chosen property is essential—and after that, it’s time to discuss the budget. “Everyone needs to know their budget,” says Ryhnes.

“We have a process to help understand land, house, and development costs. Our team will help everyone understand how building budgets work. We simplify it!”

After addressing land and budget challenges, the next step is to address the project’s timeliness. “When do you want to move? From the time you sign a contract with us, the average time it takes to build a home in our region is 18 months to 2 years.”


By proactively addressing property challenges up front, Lexar Homes of Upper Northwest aims to streamline the home building process and minimize headaches for our clients, ensuring a stress-free building experience from start to finish.

Benefits of Choosing Lexar Homes Upper Northwest

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At Lexar Homes Upper Northwest, we pride ourselves on providing personalized service and building strong relationships with our clients. Tracy Rhynes, owner, and project manager, along with our experienced staff, are committed to guiding clients through every step of the process, from initial consultations to final inspections.


The Lexar Homes of Upper Northwest building package offers a comprehensive approach to home building, providing homeowners with everything they need to bring their dream home to life. Here are some key components typically included in the Lexar package:


  1. Customizable Home Plans: Lexar Homes offers a wide selection of customizable home plans to suit varying preferences and lifestyles. From single-story ranch-style homes to expansive two-story designs, homeowners can choose from a range of floor plans to fit their needs.
  2. Premium-Grade Materials: Lexar Homes uses high-quality materials and products throughout the construction process, ensuring durability, longevity, and superior craftsmanship. From foundation to finishing touches, every aspect of the home is built to the highest standards of quality.
  3. Energy Efficiency Features: Lexar Homes prioritizes energy efficiency, incorporating features such as insulated windows, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and energy-efficient appliances. These features reduce energy consumption and help homeowners save on utility bills over time.
  4. Project Management: The Lexar Homes team manages every aspect of the home-building process, from initial consultations and site evaluations to final inspections and walkthroughs. With decades of experience, the team ensures that the project stays on track and on budget and meets or exceeds expectations.
  5. Builder Warranty: Lexar Homes stands behind its workmanship with a comprehensive builder warranty, providing homeowners with peace of mind and protection against defects or issues that may arise after construction is complete.
  6. Design Assistance: Lexar Homes offers design assistance and guidance throughout the selection process, helping homeowners choose finishes, fixtures, and features that reflect their personal style and preferences.
  7. Permitting and Regulatory Compliance: Lexar Homes assists with the permitting process, ensuring that all necessary permits and approvals are obtained before construction begins. The team also ensures compliance with local building codes and regulations to ensure a safe and structurally sound home.

Overall, the Lexar Homes of Upper Northwest process is designed to provide homeowners with a seamless and stress-free home-building experience, delivering exceptional quality, craftsmanship, and value at every step of the process. With personalized service, attention to detail, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Lexar Homes helps homeowners turn their dream homes into reality.


It’s important for homeowners to discuss their specific needs and preferences with the Lexar Homes team to ensure that their project scope and budget align with their expectations. Lexar Homes of Upper Northwest offers flexibility and transparency throughout the home-building process, allowing homeowners to customize their dream home while staying within budget.

Popular Custom Home Plans in the Snohomish Area

Some of our most sought-after home plans include the Graystone, Oakhurst, and Foxtail designs. These versatile floor plans offer spacious layouts, modern amenities, and customizable options to suit your lifestyle and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a cozy single-story home or a sprawling two-story residence, we have the perfect plan to bring your vision to life.


The Graystone offers 2830 square feet of living space in an open-concept floorplan, providing ample room for families or those who love to entertain. The gourmet kitchen is large and inviting, with tons of counter and cabinet space, a spacious dining area, and large windows for natural light. A vaulted ceiling opens the home up and makes it feel much larger than it really is! A separate family room and stand-alone office also allow for privacy and easy work-at-home options. The 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths are designed for quietude and ease of living. Not to mention the 3 car garage! It’s no wonder the Graystone is a favorite. 


The Oakhurst is professionally designed to live big! Featuring 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths all in 2573 square feet of living space, all on a single story. The heart of the home is the open-concept living area, featuring a gourmet kitchen with a central island, a spacious dining area, and a vaulted great room. When it comes to the bedrooms, homeowners enjoy the benefit of separation of space. The primary suite offers a peaceful retreat, complete with a luxurious ensuite bathroom with both a shower and tub and a walk-in closet. The Oakhurst also features covered porches—perfect for all PNW weather!


The Foxtail is small but mighty. It offers 1748 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths. The open-concept living area features a corner-placed gourmet kitchen with tons of storage and a pantry, a dining area with natural light and access to the covered back porch, and a walk-through mud room/laundry. Homeowners love the covered front porch and the ability to customize the floorplan to fit their needs.


These floor plans exemplify Lexar Homes’ commitment to quality craftsmanship and thoughtful design, meeting homeowners’ unique needs and preferences. With spacious layouts, premium amenities, and customization flexibility, the Graystone, Oakhurst, and Foxtail floor plans provide the perfect foundation for building your dream home.

Get Started on Your New Home Today


Before embarking on your home-building journey in Snohomish or surrounding areas, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Understand your property’s restrictions, know your budget, and be prepared for the timeline involved.  


If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry – our team is here to help!

“Our team is emotionally connected with our buyers —we want to truly get to know each homeowner we build a home for,” says Tracy Ryhnes. “It’s a relationship that often will last up to two years, so it’s important that we like each other.”

Working with Lexar Homes Upper Northwest


At Lexar Homes Upper Northwest, we are deeply committed to delivering the highest quality homes to our clients. As a leading custom home builder, we carefully select premium-grade materials and products, prioritize health and energy efficiency, and exceed minimum building requirements. With decades of experience, we possess the knowledge and expertise to guide you through every stage of the home-building journey, ensuring a smooth and successful realization of your dream home on your land. 


With Lexar Homes of Upper Northwest by your side, you can rest assured that your dream home will become a reality. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward building your dream home in and around Snohomish, Washington!