How did you get started in homebuilding?
Curt Swanson grew up in the homebuilding industry as his father, Harold Swanson, founded Swanson Homes in 1965. Today Curt and his son, Blake Swanson, look to take their custom homebuilding legacy to new heights with a modern blend of experience and technology. They are passionate about bringing their clients’ blueprints of ideas to life.
What inspires and influences your work?
We are showcasing some new 2021 home trends in our Artisan home that we are excited about—organic textures like reclaimed oak wood accents and natural stone—both full of character and natural beauty. We are also featuring new advances in home technology, distinctive design, and a thoughtful two-story floor plan.
How would you describe your team’s approach to a new project?
The key to a successful build is all about the approach—one that is time-tested, transparent, and easily enables the transformation of ideas into action. It’s for these reasons that our hard-working team is consistently chosen to serve as a reliable partner for our past and present clients to help bring dream homes to life.
What you can expect from us:
- We methodically price every aspect of our projects with time-tested contractors that have proven their quality and expertise.
- We pride ourselves on our upfront and accurate specifications we provide our clients in regard to their budgeting.
- We view the builder-client relationship as a transparent partnership and ensure that our clients have all of the same information as we would expect if we were building the home for ourselves.
What are the most important elements of a successful build team?
A successful build team is able to thoroughly understand the client’s vision for a new home and serves as a trusted partner and open communicator throughout the entire design and build process.
What sets your company apart?
Distinctive residences at an attractive value—how do we do it? In short, controlled volume by a talented small team. The volume of homes that we take on annually provides the perfect balance of steady work for us and our industry partners, yet gives us the opportunity to give each of our homes the individual attention that each deserves.
What this means for our clients:
- Their dollar goes further
- Consistent quality and craftsmanship
- A close relationship with the builder—before, during, and after the build
- A home that embodies their lifestyle
- Sound real estate investment
How do you bring a client’s vision to life?
To design a new home, we partner with local architectural designers to bring our client’s blueprint of ideas to life with an actionable plan. We have thorough experience with building homes of this caliber and scale, and have acquired the best industry relationships to get the job done effectively and efficiently. The Swanson team provides a professional set of eyes to help with spotting potential design issues and proposing innovative ideas to overcome challenges or enhance the design of the home. From the floor plan to the exterior, we are involved in each design meeting to assist with the client’s questions and to keep their project and budget on track.
What are some of your favorite trends and styles in new construction?
We appreciate the shift toward crafting practical spaces with optimal functionality. By providing an intelligent and well-defined floor plan with rooms that will not go unused, we build homes with no wasted space. Well-designed and functional backyards have increasingly become a priority with our clients as well. We’re seeing more requests for upscale outdoor entertainment areas, built with custom grilling and dining spaces—and, of course, swimming pools!
What makes you proud to be a builder?
Our biggest accomplishment is our ability to provide a unique and personal building experience for our clients. We value creating relationships that last long beyond the client’s move-in day. Additionally, we are proud of the relationships we’ve built with our local and national industry partners. Our Swanson Homes team is fortunate to have been recognized for multiple industry awards of excellence over the years, providing a testament to our hard work and commitment to quality craftsmanship.
How do you define an Artisan home?
An Artisan home should be distinctive and tell a story. When we build an Artisan home we are looking to reflect and enhance the lifestyle of the homeowners, providing an expression of their style and personalities. We believe an Artisan home will have consistency and feature a variety of luxury design elements that will make it extraordinary and unforgettable.
Photography by Meghan Doll