Custom Build vs. Buy? Some friends ask, why not just buy a ready made house?
We really wish we could have bought a ready made house that we could move right into.
However, finding a modern, green, cozy home that met our requirements on the East Side was pretty much impossible. Especially if you have budget constraints. There are many desirable and affordable modern homes in West Seattle and a few scatterings in Kirkland. We needed to stay within a reasonably close commute to and from our work and have a good school system among other things.
We searched in Bellevue (mostly Enatai), MI, Lakemont, and the Issaquah area. Our builder actually was in the process of building an enclave of modern homes near Factoria (very close to Newport HS). However, we chose Issaquah Highlands for its community feel, tons of parks, good walking score, good schools, close to family, close to shopping, and very close to bike and walking/hiking trails.
Custom building is not for the faint of heart. It is very stressful and time consuming. We can see why many people run out to the subdivision to buy, being scared away by the process. However, it may be the only way to get reasonably close to a home that you dreamt of. Reasonably being the keyword here. Feature creep and budget constraints will limit some of your dream home features for sure.