Custom Home Builder Review: “You Treat Everybody Like Family”

Posted on January 10, 2017 by Kevin Estes

Custom home in Port Townsend, WA

“A thousand foot house and a 42,000 square foot garage.” That’s what Mr. McFarland jokingly told us when we first asked him and his wife about their vision for their dream home. From the beginning we knew this would be a fun project for this empty nester couple that wanted to move away from the busyness of the Seattle area. Their new custom home in Port Townsend, WA was the perfect getaway.

See what the McFarlands had to say about designing and building their home with Estes Builders.

A Personalized, Collaborative Design Plan

The McFarlands came to us with a few design ideas in mind. First, they wanted to take advantage of the fantastic views from their property from several rooms, including a uniquely shaped breakfast nook where they could enjoy views from every window. They also wanted enough room in their main living area for a grand piano. They wanted the whole home to have a universal, age in place design that would be comfortable for many years to come.

On the outside they wanted a classic Craftsman look and feel.

We worked with the McFarlands to design a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with 2,800 square feet of living space that includes this stunning open concept great room with spectacular views.

Key Challenges

There were two key challenges for the McFarland home. The first challenge was that the lot they owned is located on bluffs, which presented unique challenges for geo-technical information and engineering prescriptions.

The second challenge was that the community had a strict 17’ height limit which made capturing views more difficult. To overcome this, the team incorporated scissor trusses to enable higher windows on the view side while giving volume to the main living areas.

The Results

We were excited to deliver this home to the McFarlands just in time for the holidays. According to Mr. McFarland, “Estes has just been beyond our expectations… It’s more than a professionalism. You care. You treat everybody like family. We feel like your family. We couldn’t be happier. All this is beyond my expectation.”

A big thank you to the McFarlands for trusting us with their dream home.

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The design has turned out to fit our lifestyle just right.


The plans were drawn better in one week than another designer/builder did in two months.


From the start of this process to the completion, it has been fun.


Our sketches and ideas were translated into a viable floor plan, and adapted perfectly to the slope of the lot


Your in-house design team made it a snap with their knowledge and expertise


Estes took care of things that we didn't even think of.


We have a “showplace” home delivered on budget and on time. We could not have asked for more.


Honesty, integrity and genuine interest to listen.


Our home was completed on time with no surprises.


Each of our concerns was yours too. Once again Thank You for this endless consideration


My mother in Ohio loves checking up on our home via the website! What a good idea!


We have a "showplace" home delivered on budget and on time. We could not have asked for more.


Exceptional choice, quality, delivery, service and value describe our experience with Estes Builders


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