Building a Home in Washington

May 6, 2024
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Discovering the Charms of Washington: Building Your Dream Home with Lexar Homes

Are you dreaming of building a new home in Washington? Look no further than Lexar Homes of Centralia to turn your vision into reality. Washington State is a fantastic place to live—from the people you’ll meet here to the endless outdoor wonders—it’s a popular destination.


Lexar Homes of Centralia is the premier choice of quality on-your-lot home builders dedicated to helping you live your best life. Serving Southwest Washington with a commitment to excellence, owners Brian Reynolds and Dave Topel, along with their experienced team, bring years of expertise to every project. With a focus on bringing your vision to life, they are dedicated to building customized homes that meet all your needs: comfort, sustainability, and affordability. 


Lexar Homes of Centralia takes building your dream home seriously, offering an outstanding Limited Lifetime Warranty for product and workmanship. Lexar Homes utilizes premium-grade materials, prioritizes health and energy efficiency, and exceeds minimum building requirements. 

When you choose Lexar Homes of Centralia, you’re choosing quality, reliability, and a commitment to lasting satisfaction.

Top Places to Live in Centralia and Surrounding Areas


Washington State offers a unique blend of big-city living, small-town charm, and the great outdoors—making it an ideal destination for families, professionals, and retirees alike. Living in the heart of the Pacific Northwest offers residents unparalleled access to nature preserves, national parks, and waterways, all while still connecting to state-of-the-art tech, artisan coffee, and cultural treasures. Here are some of the top areas where Lexar Homes Centralia is currently building:

Living in Yelm:

Yelm is a vibrant community located southeast of Centralia, known for its small-town charm and scenic surroundings. Situated at the foothills of Mount Rainier, Yelm offers residents breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains and easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, fishing, and camping. The downtown area features quaint shops, local eateries, and community events, making it a bustling hub of activity. With its friendly atmosphere and convenient location, Yelm is a popular choice for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Living in Shelton:

Nestled along the shores of Oakland Bay, Shelton is a picturesque waterfront community located northwest of Centralia. Known for its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant arts scene, Shelton offers residents a tranquil retreat amidst the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of parks, hiking trails, and water activities available in the area, while the downtown district boasts charming shops, galleries, and restaurants. With its waterfront charm and laid-back vibe, Shelton is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful coastal lifestyle.

Living in Ocean Shores:

Ocean Shores is a coastal gem located west of Centralia, offering residents a seaside paradise with miles of sandy beaches, lush forests, and breathtaking ocean views. Known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, Ocean Shores is a haven for beachcombers, birdwatchers, and water sports enthusiasts. The town features a bustling boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as numerous parks and nature reserves for exploration. Ocean Shores offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, whether you’re seeking a weekend getaway or a permanent seaside retreat.

Living in Olympia:

As the capital city of Washington state, Olympia offers residents a dynamic urban experience with a laid-back Pacific Northwest vibe. It’s also on best-of lists, like this one, from Travel & Leisure Magazine. Located northeast of Centralia, Olympia boasts a thriving arts and culture scene, diverse dining options, and a wide range of recreational activities. The downtown area features historic landmarks, eclectic shops, and waterfront parks, while nearby attractions include the scenic Capitol Lake, the Olympia Farmers Market, and the Washington State Capitol Building. With its vibrant atmosphere and convenient amenities, Olympia is a popular destination for families, professionals, and retirees alike.

Living in Chehalis/Centralia:

Chehalis and Centralia are twin cities in Lewis County’s heart, offering residents a blend of small-town charm and modern conveniences. Situated along the I-5 corridor between Seattle and Portland, Chehalis and Centralia provide easy access to urban amenities while maintaining a relaxed pace of life. The area boasts a rich history, with attractions such as the Centralia Square Antique Mall, the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum, and the historic Fox Theatre. With its affordable housing options, friendly community atmosphere, and scenic surroundings, Chehalis and Centralia are popular choices for families, retirees, and commuters alike.


These areas offer a diverse array of amenities, attractions, and lifestyles, making them desirable destinations for those looking to build their dream home in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you prefer the coastal charm of Ocean Shores, the small-town vibe of Yelm, or the urban amenities of Olympia, there’s something for everyone in Centralia and its surrounding communities.


Top Home Plans: Holcomb, Magnolia, Pinehurst, Maple, & Custom


Holcomb: This 3 bedroom, 2 bath floor plan is perfect for small building envelopes, couples, or families seeking to grow. Its expansive great room allows natural light to fill the center of the home, illuminating the delightful kitchen and dining area. You’ll love the corner kitchen layout for the plentiful storage space it allows and the bright window above the sink. The Holcomb’s primary suite features a nice walk-in closet and privacy from the two additional bedrooms on the other side of the home. The Holcomb feels good from the moment you step under the covered front porch: this is a welcoming home!


Magnolia: The Magnolia by Lexar Homes offers versatility and adaptability in its 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath, 2723 square foot floor plan. Upon entering, the spaciousness of the main floor is evident, featuring two flexible rooms that can serve as a den, study, or additional bedroom. The main floor also boasts a generously sized primary bedroom and bathroom suite with access to the outdoor living area, as well as a large great room connected to an open-concept kitchen and dining nook. Upstairs, a junior suite and two additional bedrooms are complemented by a stunning open-to-below area, creating a dramatic visual effect in the great room. A defining feature of the Magnolia plan is its expansive covered back porch, embodying the essence of modern farmhouse living. Additionally, the plan includes a standard 3-car garage with options for customization, such as additional garage bays or RV storage, allowing homeowners to tailor the space to their specific needs and preferences.


Pinehurst: The Pinehurst is meticulously designed to offer a sense of spaciousness and comfort. Homeowners love this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. The vaulted ceiling and open floor plan seamlessly connect the great room, dining room, and kitchen—creating a central living area that serves as the heart of the home. With ample space to customize the flow of this area, homeowners can create a family gathering space, a cozy library, or a fun gaming area to suit their lifestyle. The kitchen is perfect for entertainers and features a functional island that adds valuable prep and storage space while serving as a focal point for socializing. The split floor plan places the primary suite on one side of the home, offering privacy and tranquility. The spacious bedroom provides an opportunity to create a relaxing sitting area, while the luxurious five-piece bath and roomy walk-in closet add a touch of indulgence to the private retreat. On the opposite end of the house, two additional bedrooms and an office provide plenty of space for the family to spread out and find their own comfortable corner. Additionally, the home plan includes an inviting covered front porch and a two-car garage.


Maple: The Maple floor plan by Lexar Homes epitomizes single-level living with its thoughtful design and open-concept layout. As part of the Designer Collection, the Maple’s exterior aesthetics and interior features are adaptable to various architectural styles, including contemporary, traditional, or rustic. The angled garage design enhances curb appeal and offers extra space with the potential for additional garage bays or an RV garage. The wide patio and covered porch at the back of the home provide a perfect outdoor retreat, seamlessly extending the living space. Inside, the layout is professionally designed to maximize functionality and comfort, with a vaulted great room drawing you in from the moment you enter. The primary suite is a private oasis, complete with a spacious bathroom and walk-in closet—while a flex room near the entry offers versatility to suit your lifestyle needs. With a plethora of customizable options available, such as en-suite additions, jack and jill bathroom conversions, and expanded porch covers, the Maple floor plan offers endless possibilities for creating your dream home.


Custom: Lexar Homes goes beyond offering pre-designed floor plans by allowing homeowners to create their dream home from scratch through custom home designs. With a dedicated team of experienced professionals, Lexar Homes collaborates closely with homeowners to understand their desires, needs, and preferences, ensuring that every aspect of the home reflects their unique vision. From the layout and architectural style to the choice of materials and finishes, homeowners have the freedom to let their creativity run wild and truly make their mark on their living spaces. Whether it’s maximizing natural light or optimizing flow and functionality, the possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing a Lexar home.

Most Popular Home Plans for New Home Builds on the Washington Coast


If you are looking to build in Ocean Shores or the surrounding coastal area, two standout plans deserve your attention: Holden and Foxtail.


Holden: The Holden plan by Lexar Homes seamlessly blends contemporary design elements with practical functionality. From the outside, its modern lines and strategically placed windows make it a true showstopper. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by an open-concept living space flooded with natural light, thanks to the expansive windows that adorn the interior. The spacious family room and dining area offer endless possibilities for customization, while the well-appointed kitchen, complete with a breakfast bar, caters to both style and functionality. The three bedrooms provide ample space and privacy for relaxation. Lexar Homes understands the importance of maximizing space without compromising on design, making the Holden plan the perfect choice for those seeking a compact yet stylish home. 


Foxtail: The Foxtail is all about thoughtful design. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home offers big living in a small square footage. At the heart of the home lies an inviting open-concept layout, where the great room, dining area, and island kitchen effortlessly merge to create a welcoming environment for both everyday living and entertaining. The primary suite serves as a private retreat and includes a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a second full bath provide family members or guests space. The two-car garage includes a versatile area that can be utilized as a workshop or studio, adding to the functionality of the home. With popular upgrades such as a three-car garage, covered outdoor space, and a luxury tiled shower, the Foxtail plan offers an array of possibilities for customization.

Regional Challenges and Expertise

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One of the biggest regional challenges in the Centralia build area revolves around land development and regulatory compliance. Lexar Homes of Centralia has particular expertise in navigating these challenges. Here are some of the things we can help our clients overcome: 


Wetlands: Wetlands play a crucial role in Washington’s ecosystem, providing habitat for wildlife, filtering water, and preventing flooding. However, building in or near wetlands requires careful consideration and compliance with state and federal regulations. Developers must conduct thorough wetland assessments to identify any wetland areas on the property and assess potential impacts on these sensitive habitats. Depending on the extent of wetland impacts, developers may need to obtain permits and mitigation measures to offset any environmental harm caused by the development. It’s a good thing that we deal with this every day, and we are more than happy to walk you through it.


Jurisdictional Rules: Navigating location-specific jurisdictional rules can be particularly challenging, especially in specialty areas like Ocean Shores, which have unique zoning regulations and building codes due to their coastal location. Builders and homeowners must be aware of setback requirements, height restrictions, and other regulations that may impact the design and construction of their homes. Additionally, we need to take into account erosion control, stormwater management, and floodplain management to ensure the safety of every home we build.


Septic Regulations: Septic regulations vary depending on the property’s location and characteristics. In rural areas where municipal sewer systems are unavailable, homeowners must rely on septic systems to treat and dispose of wastewater. Washington state has strict regulations governing septic system design, installation, and maintenance to protect public health and the environment. Developers and homeowners must obtain permits and adhere to these regulations to prevent contamination of groundwater and surface water sources. Easy? Not always. But we are always here to get the job done correctly the first time.


Overall, understanding and complying with wetland regulations, jurisdictional rules, and septic regulations are critical aspects of the home-building process in Washington state. Our Lexar Homes of Centralia team is an expert in home construction and land development, ensuring a clear building process.


Benefits of Choosing Lexar Homes of Centralia for Your Custom Home

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Lexar Homes of Centralia prides itself on its commitment to customer satisfaction and quality craftsmanship. With a dedicated team of owners, operations staff, and sales professionals, they offer personalized service and a streamlined process to make the home-building experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. Whether you’re building a custom home or choosing from a popular pre-drawn floor plan, you can trust Lexar Homes to deliver exceptional results.


Washington State offers a wealth of opportunities for those looking to build their dream home in the Pacific Northwest. With its charming neighborhoods, diverse amenities—and the expert team at Lexar Homes of Centralia—you can confidently embark on your home-building journey. Contact Lexar Homes today to start turning your dream into reality!