Rob and long-time partner, Jeff Pantier of Hatton Godat Pantier have designed every neighborhood that Rob has developed & built.

As the area’s largest and most experienced builder, Rob Rice has developed 43 new homes communities in the picturesque South Puget Sound since 1985. His communities include nearly 4000 new homes in Olympia, WA as well as in the nearby communities of Lacey and Tumwater and neighboring Pierce and King Counties.

For more than 30 years, whether building his first home or his latest, the respected builder has taken personal pride in his work and has stayed connected to his communities. Often seen walking through a home or driving through his neighborhoods to keep a watchful eye on building progress, his passion for excellence is matched by his care for the people that buy his homes.

The local builder’s stellar reputation has attracted home buyers from across Washington State and the U.S., as well as internationally. Retired and active military personnel who want a home near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, are often thrilled to settle in a Rob Rice Community.

Those homeowners trust Rob Rice’s attention to detail, superior construction and unmatched customer service. It is why many of them are repeat buyers and the reason he has been voted the Best of South Sound builder for the last six years in a row.

Rob got his work ethic and integrity from growing up in small town and working on wheat farms in Eastern Washington. He attended Washington State University and earned degrees in both construction management and architecture.


Rob and Helena Rice, owners of Rob Rice Homes.

Rob loves the community where he and his wife Helena have lived for many years and where they enjoy raising their two sons, Alex Michael and Carson. As a co-owner and an integral part of his business, Helena Rice oversees the stunning selection of design choices for all of Rob’s many homes. As a family business, each model home warmly displays a portrait of Rob’s family.

Committed to supporting the region, the Rice’s are major sponsors of the local Hands On Children’s Museum and make significant contributions to the YMCA, Saint Martin’s University, Concern for Animals, the Chambers of Commerce and the Olympia Master Builders.

Rob is a board member of Commencement Bank, Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation, Thurston Economic Development Council and a lifetime board member of Olympia Master Builders. He enjoys coaching his sons athletic teams and still finds time to participate in numerous homeowners associations in his communities.

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Each member of the Rob Rice Homes family is a separate limited liability company or corporation. Each of the Rob Rice Homes communities is developed, constructed, sold and warranted by a separate limited liability company or corporation. Builder reserves the right to make changes to plans & specifications without notice. Features vary by plan. Buyer to verify square footage. Some photos used are artist rendering or virtually staged.