Building Stories: The Lohse’s Custom Home in Maple Ridge

New Westfield residents, the Lohse’s, share what life in their new custom home in Maple Ridge is like. Hear why they chose to build in Maple Ridge with Old Town, what their favorite part of their home is and how their building experience compared to previous homes they’ve lived in.

What initially made you want to build in Maple Ridge?

Jeff: We love the convenient, easy access to the Meridian and Keystone business and retail corridors, even 465. However, when you turn down Oak Road, there is a wonderful sense of peace and quiet. Maple Ridge is a smaller community and the beautiful wooded lots and ponds scattered throughout make it even more special. We spent a long time debating about buying or remodeling but I just kept coming back to Old Town and this area and it eventually won us over.

What do you like most about living in Maple Ridge?

Lois: This is a friendly, active neighborhood, which I love. I see neighbors walking their dogs or riding bikes. There is definitely all age groups here with kids, college age kids or those whose children are fully grown, like us. There is a great variety of people here that bring a real sense of community. We look forward for this warmer weather to get out and meet them.

What’s your favorite thing about your home?

Lois: My favorite feature of our home is our wooded backyard and the privacy our porch offers. We love how easy it is to take some time each day to enjoy sitting outside. I also love the layout of our house – the easy, open flow and all the beautiful, custom finishes.  

Jeff: I really like all the large windows that are placed to allow lots of natural light into every part of our home. Even the basement windows provide an open and airy feeling. 

Tell us about the building experience with Old Town Design Group.

Jeff: We really appreciated the creativity and flexibility that Old Town provided during the building process. Whenever we had a change order, Old Town always figured out a way to make it happen – which made the building process so much easier. It’s always “how can we?” instead of “it’s not going to happen”. They were clearly focused on providing a great customer experience.  It was an excellent journey from beginning to end. The staff clearly communicated expectations, time lines and home owner responsibilities.  They made the process fun and were very professional while giving great advice. 

Could you describe the feeling when you both walked into your finished home?

Lois: I was really proud of Jeff because he was the one that got us through the whole process. I was worried about leaving our former home of 35 years to walk out that door. But I walked out very easily and was ready for this next chapter. I remember walking in the front door and feeling like I was home… there isn’t a better feeling.  

Jeff:  I had a real sense of  pride and excitement – seeing  the final culmination of this year long project was amazing and very satisfying. I have a genuine sense of happiness here.

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The Lohse family found the home design and location that was right for them. Make the move and write your own building story with Old Town Design Group at our newest Westfield community, Maple Ridge.