Gorgeous Space to Live, Great Space to Store

Do you want a luxury rambler home with the master suite downstairs yet plenty of flexible living and storage space and a place for visiting family and guests? Look no further for a new home.

The Rob Rice Homes floorplan known as The Aspen is now the model home at Evergreen Heights and has what so many of today’s buyers are looking for.

This stunning home, with its huge “wow” factor the moment you walk through the door, is also available at the new Rob Rice Community of Steilacoom Ridge and the Puyallup Community of the Villages at South Hill.   Its bright and spacious floorplan with it downstairs master suite has high appeal, especially to empty nesters and retirees looking to downsize but still need flexible space for their new lifestyle. Some can’t believe their eyes when they see all the home’s possibilities!

And, with the Aspen and a similar plan known as the Cottonwood, Rob Rice Homes has added another unique feature that is a top priority on these homebuyers’ wish lists.


This home has storage galore with plenty of flexible space for all kinds of possibilities.

Adequate storage.

Many empty-nesters have told us they need storage for the things they just can’t bear to throw out before they move from their large family home. Baby books, yearbooks, their kids’ hand molds from the first grade, are just not things they want to toss. Also, because retirees today are more active than ever, they often need accessible storage for their golf clubs or outdoor gear rather than the typical hard-to-reach crawl space.

“Storage is one of the top features desired by the 55 and over crowd according to recent article in Builder Magazine,” says Rob Rice, the builder voted Best of South Sound for three years in a row. “I respond to what buyers want, so I incorporated the concept into my latest downstairs master floorplans, the Aspen and the Cottonwood.”

Aspen Has Flex Space & Storage in Spades

Realtor Christina Janis, who represents Rob Rice Homes at both Evergreen Heights and Steilacoom Ridge, says that a flex storage space upstairs is one of the top selling features for this new home model.

“It is one of those things people love, love, love about the home because of the possibilities of what that room can do. The flex space can be what you need it to be. Right now, you could use it for storage, but in 5 years, it can be converted to something else.”

And, the 2492 square feet of the Aspen has other storage and flexible space galore.

Visit the model at Evergreen Heights and Christina will point out the huge master suite walk-in closet, the spacious laundry room storage, the large kitchen pantry and front hall closet, an exceptionally large walk-in closet in the extra bedroom upstairs and the two linen closets, one just off the bonus room upstairs, as well as one in the 2nd floor bathroom.


The Aspen has all the luxurious features of a Rob Rice Home, as well as loads of flexible storage and living space.

From the moment people walk in the door, they “ooh and aah” at the stunning architectural detail of the entry and they admire the Aspen’s upscale features like rich hardwood floors, white millwork, stainless steel appliances and slab granite or quartz kitchen counters. They are amazed when they find out they are all included in the price of the home.

There is a window-lined great room with vaulted ceilings, open to the nook and gorgeous kitchen. There are French doors to the large main floor master bedroom and a 5-piece designer bath. An additional bedroom on the main floor provides another option for a home office or den.

There is more space for flexible living on the second floor with its oversized loft for relaxing and an additional bedroom to host family and friends when they visit.

So Many Possibilities

Christina had a recent client looking to downsize from their more than 5500 sq. ft. home where they had raised their family but could no longer physically negotiate or maintain. But, the couple needed more than the typical 1900 square feet of other ramblers they had seen.

“They wanted to keep it realistic at 2200 to 2500 sq. ft. The Aspen is the perfect home for them,” says Christina. “There are so many possibilities. You have a beautiful bedroom and bath upstairs for guests or company, or for even later on in life if a homeowner needs live-in care. It can also be a multi-generational home so that an elderly parent could have a personal suite upstairs with lots of storage.”


Take a 3-D tour of The Aspen and be sure to come out to Evergreen Heights to experience its gracious living.

“I hear it every day in the comments by folks who stop by to view our model. They start imagining all the possibilities of how they would use the flexible space here. And, the storage space is a big bonus for every one of those living options. People need to experience this new home. Those who have are simply amazed.”

For a 3-D Virtual Tour of the entire home simply go to our Aspen page and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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