Find a Home That Meets Your Standards at Steilacoom Ridge

“I think we visited new homes being built by every builder in town,” said Charles K., a First Sergeant in

Charles and Dana are delighted to have found the home that meets their high standards

Aviation stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), who with his wife Dana recently moved to Lacey, WA from Anchorage, AK.

After an extensive home search, the couple eventually chose the Alder plan built by Rob Rice Homes at the new community of Steilacoom Ridge.

“Dana and I had totally gutted and renovated a duplex in Alaska,” said Charles. “So, when we looked at a home, it gave us an eye for craftsmanship. You want it done perfectly, you want it done right. What we saw in other homes didn’t compare to this Rob Rice Home.”

The couple had even been under contract for another home, but when they grew frustrated with the building process, they cancelled their contract. While they lost money, it was more than worth it to get into a Rob Rice Home that truly met their standards.

“It is obvious Rob Rice cares about quality. His name is on it, it is his product,” explained Charles. “I was taught growing up if you are going to do it, do it right the first time.”

Charles and Dana reflected on how the Rob Rice Home building process was so different.

“We visited once or twice every week while our Rob Rice home was being built,” recalled Dana. “The people who were working on it had much more pride in their workmanship, not just ‘get it done’ and ‘it’s good enough’. You can really tell that they have been with him a while and hold to his standards. You can just tell it.”

Through the building process, when they had concerns, they were immediately addressed.

“There was one small concern that we had with the tile backsplash and the next day they fixed it and that was it,” said Dana. “With Rob Rice Homes, the building process has been a very pleasant experience.”

The couple also noted that that their new home has a bigger lot than most new construction in the area. The floorplan they picked has a larger garage with extra storage space. And, another real attraction to the community of Steilacoom Ridge was the home’s beautiful, yet easily accessible location.

Charles and Dana love the beauty and convenience of the location.

“We are excited about the mountains, water and trees in the area,” said Charles. “It is close to the beauty of Alaska that we enjoyed.”

Dana is a flight attendant for a major airline and finds her once or twice a week commute relatively easy. Charles says it is 10 minutes to get onto I-5 and to JBLM and also finds it a lovely location for his retirement from the military.

The couple decided on their new home early enough in its construction process to get in on the local builder’s unique pre-sale program. They were able to customize their new home with their choice of upscale standard features that are offered by the Best of South Sound builder.

The end result is beautiful and they love it, delighted it suits their personal tastes. But Charles and Dana said a big part of their decision was based on many things you can’t always see.

The couple’s spectacular kitchen reflects their design choices and personal tastes.

“We made our choice because of the quality of the home and the amount of attention to detail we found,” Charles noted. “We walked in and we knew it was our home in a couple of hours.”

“Things can look all shiny and pretty on the outside, but it is what is behind the walls that convinced us. The quality of the 2X6 construction, the systems, the finishes, the bones of the house, the workmanship, all those things really impressed us.”

Be in Your Rob Rice Home by Spring

Like Charles and Dana, more and more homebuyers are discovering the superior homes of Steilacoom Ridge and the new community is buzzing with activity.

The Pine rambler on Lot 33 awaits a discerning buyer’s design choices and is one of 8 homes that can be ready by early spring!

With more than 10 available floorplans, many of which are highly-desired ramblers and downstairs master plans, you will find the one that fits your lifestyle.

If you are looking for a completed home, the Redwood and the Pine are ready right now to view.

To get in on our fabulous pre-sale program and choose your granite or quartz counters, hardwood flooring, cabinet finishes and many other luxurious features that come with the price of our homes, there are six more homes under construction to be ready to have you in your home by early spring!

Lot 10 – The Augusta (1895 sq. ft.) a rambler and the only one of this plan in the community.

Lot 33 – The Pine (2457sq ft.) a main floor master plan that we will wait to finish until a buyer can make their design choices. We will complete it 30 days following your purchase.

Lot 70 – The Magnolia (2598 sq. ft.) a beautiful two-story plan.

Lot 71 and Lot 75 – The Juniper (1732 sq. ft.) – another two homes built with this luxury rambler plan.

Lot 72 – The McKinley (2360 sq. ft.) – a gorgeous two-story home.

Come on out and see the quality construction and beauty of a Rob Rice Home. Open House hours at Steilacoom Ridge are Friday thru Tuesday from 12:00-5:00 pm.

For more information, please contact Christina Janis at or call (360) 888-2295 or contact Lucia Arroyo at or call (360) 489-7478.


Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.