Are you dreaming of building your own home in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest? If you’re looking for a reliable partner to make your dream a reality, look no further than Westlake Development Group! As seasoned experts in the custom home building industry, we understand how important it is to choose the right features that will truly make your home your own. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the most popular features for custom-built homes in the Pacific Northwest, from outdoor living spaces to sustainable energy solutions.

With Westlake Development Group by your side, you can rest assured that your custom-built home will not only meet but exceed your expectations. Get ready to be inspired, and let’s dive into the world of custom home building!

A wide range of floor plans and options

When you’re looking for a custom home, there are many factors to consider. Choose from one of the many floor plans built and tested by previous customers, or you might prefer an architect-designed plan. Either way, plenty of options are available for you to customize your dream home with upgrades like better appliances and lighting fixtures or even more specialized choices such as finishes and styles that can give your new home a unique look.

The number of materials available is also something worth noting–for example, if you’re interested in building with wood framing but aren’t sure which type will best suit your needs (timber frame? post & beam?), we can help! Our team has extensive experience working with all types of building materials, so whether it’s concrete walls vs. steel beams vs. masonry blocks, we’ll be able to recommend what works best based on cost-effectiveness alone without sacrificing quality construction methods just because they happen not to be as popular among homeowners today.

Flexible building methods

There are several methods for building a custom home. The most popular are traditional stick-frame, modular construction, and timber framing.

Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks:

Stick-frame houses are built with 2x4s or 2x6s that are nailed together to form the walls of your house. This is considered one of the most cost-effective ways to build because you don’t need as much lumber as other methods require (though this may vary depending on where you live). However, it can be time-consuming since every piece of lumber must be cut individually before assembly begins

In addition, there’s no insulation in between each stud, so there will likely be gaps between boards where airflow could escape through cracks if not properly sealed at all times (which means more work later).

If you have any pets who might chew through wires while they’re bored at home alone during winter months, then consider using sturdier materials like metal instead!

Custom-made features and furniture

Custom-made features and furniture are a great way to add character and functionality to your custom-built home.


Fireplaces are a timeless feature that adds warmth and creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere. With the right design, your fireplace can become a focal point in your living space, and you can enhance the ambiance by adding candles or music.


Kitchens are another popular area for custom-made features and for good reason. A well-designed kitchen can make cooking easier and more enjoyable, and an open floor plan can make entertaining guests while preparing food easier. Custom-made kitchen cabinets are available in various styles, from traditional cabinetry to modern designs with glass doors that allow you to see what’s inside without opening them all up first. And for a unique touch, consider installing beautiful granite countertops that resemble marble but are more durable over time.


From luxurious spa-like showers to elegant soaking tubs, the options are endless. And with the help of Westlake Development Group, you can customize your bathroom to fit your personal style and preferences.

Overall, custom-made features and furniture are a great way to add functionality and personality to your custom-built home. Let’s work together to design and build a custom home that perfectly fits your needs and lifestyle.

Outdoor features

We know that your home’s exterior is just as important as the interior when it comes to making a statement. That’s why we want to help you take your love of the great outdoors to the next level with these fantastic outdoor features for your custom-built home in the Pacific Northwest!

Decks and patios

Not only do these features provide additional living space, but they can also make your home look amazing. Whether you prefer the classic look of wood, the durability of composite, or the natural beauty of stone, our team of experts can help design and build a deck or patio that perfectly fits your style and needs. Westlake Development Group can help design and build a deck or patio that fits your personal style and needs.

Landscaping and gardening options

A well-designed landscape can greatly enhance your home’s curb appeal and value. The Pacific Northwest offers a wealth of native plant species that can be incorporated into your landscape design for a more natural look. Westlake Development Group offers a range of landscaping and gardening options, including plants, shrubs, trees, and hardscaping elements such as walkways and retaining walls.

Outdoor cooking and dining areas

Outdoor cooking and dining areas can provide a fun and functional space for hosting gatherings or relaxing with family and friends. Options for outdoor cooking areas can range from simple built-in grills to fully-equipped kitchens with features like pizza ovens and refrigerators.

Whether you’re a BBQ aficionado or a gourmet chef, our team can help create the perfect outdoor kitchen for your needs. Imagine hosting friends and family on a beautiful summer evening in your very own outdoor dining area – pure Pacific Northwest magic!

Energy-efficient features

When it comes to building a custom home in the Pacific Northwest, energy-efficient features are an essential consideration. Not only do these features help reduce your carbon footprint and benefit the environment, but they can also save you money in the long run. At Westlake Development Group, we offer a range of energy-efficient solutions to help make your custom-built home as sustainable as possible.

Solar panels and other renewable energy sources

By harnessing the power of the sun, you can reduce your dependence on traditional energy sources and enjoy cost savings on your energy bills. But why stop at just solar panels?

Other renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and geothermal systems, can also be explored to make your custom-built home as sustainable as possible. Let’s work together to find the perfect renewable energy solution for your custom-built home and help reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

High-quality insulation and weather sealing

In the Pacific Northwest, insulation is one of the most effective ways to reduce heating and cooling costs while also preserving comfort. There are several types of insulation available today–from fiberglass batts (still one of the best) to spray foam insulation–and each has its own pros and cons.

When choosing an option for your custom home design, be sure it’s properly installed so that air leaks don’t occur at joints between different parts of your structure (such as walls). This can lead to significant drops in efficiency over time if not addressed early on by professionals who know what they’re doing!

Energy-efficient appliances and fixtures

In addition to renewable energy sources and high-quality insulation, upgrading to energy-efficient appliances and fixtures can have a big impact on the energy efficiency of your custom-built home in the Pacific Northwest.

By choosing appliances and fixtures that are designed to use less energy, you can reduce your energy bills and benefit the environment at the same time. Westlake Development Group offers a wide range of energy-efficient products, including lighting fixtures, HVAC systems, and kitchen and laundry appliances. From LED lighting to Energy Star-rated appliances, we can help you make smart choices that save energy and add style and functionality to your custom-built home. Let’s work together to design and build a custom home that meets and exceeds your expectations for energy efficiency and sustainability.

Custom-built homes are one way to get the perfect house for you and your family

Custom-built homes are one way to get the perfect house for you and your family. In addition to being able to choose from a wide variety of materials, styles, and designs, custom-built homes are also typically more energy-efficient and comfortable than standard homes.

Whether you’re looking to save money on energy bills or want a home that perfectly fits your lifestyle and preferences, custom-built homes are the way to go! Don’t hesitate to explore the many options and benefits of a custom-built home with Westlake Development Group.

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Contact us online today or call us at (503) 327-8351 to get started!