Posted on July 26 2010
In this sad time for the construction industry, we were more than pleased to see this pair of houses go up in our neighborhood. We have noticed a few semi-mods built in our area in the past year, but we've gotta say that they often fall short on the quality. A shed roof only goes so far. But this pair, built by Seattle's Soleil Development, was impressive to us from the first days of foundation pouring. The same week that these footings were going in, another house down the street from us started pouring chunky, ugly, coarse foundations that looked sized for a supermarket. By comparison, Soleil's fastidious and clean workers did masterful work, which continued through every stage. Their building site was clean, their workers friendly, and their quality admirable. They invited us in a couple of times to see the progress they made, and we were impressed. For relatively modest single-family homes, they were well planned, light-filled and livable. We also really liked that they didn't insist on pushing the houses to the lot lines, and each has a serviceable yard plus a few deck areas. So: nice work, Soleil. We'd be happy to see more developers work with this attention to detail rather than superficial modern glosses. Oh, and of course they used Spore doorbells (Delight).