Suncadia: An Architect’s Perspective

Welcome to Suncadia: The Perfect Locale for Your Custom Home

Suncadia is not your standard city. A 6300-acre planned community and resort nestled in the East Cascades along the Cle Elum River, this breathtaking location is the ideal spot to build a dream home. The Cascade Mountains, lush evergreen forests, scenic rivers, and natural seclusion attracts adventure seekers from across the US. The area is comprised of mostly seasonal dwellers and a few permanent residents who care for their land with unparalleled gratitude. As Suncadia continues to evolve, we’re honored to serve as both architects and community design advisors.

Surrounding Area

Suncadia sits directly between the towns of Roslyn and Cle Elum. It is just a short drive to visit both of these endearing mountain communities and indulge in their historic attractions. Both cities contain charming reminders of their origins as turn of the century trading posts. Shops, restaurants, bars, bakeries, and various shops give new life to repurposed original buildings. Day trips for antiquing and nights out for cocktails in a 100-year-old saloon repurposed from an old bank are available options for those who seek.

Suncadia Architects Share Their Favorite Highlights

  • Idyllic retreat: Suncadia sits distant from any major population center, giving a quiet atmosphere to the cozy town. Residents enthusiastically embrace the solitude and breathtaking beauty of the area. With a reputation for safety, cleanliness, and spectacular scenery, Suncadia is a delightful place to build a home.
  • Exclusive community: Set in the mountains and removed from the city, Suncadia is an ideal place for vacation homes, retirement living, and remote-work lifestyles.
  • Ample recreation: Suncadia is home to a myriad of parks, trails, accessible mountains, and bodies of water. The daily encounters with wildlife and beautiful wooded forests are unavoidable and, with Snoqualmie Pass a quick 45-minute drive away, it’s a hiker’s delight. The Cle Elum River, Lake Cle Elum, Kachess Lake, and surrounding land offers year-round beauty and plenty of opportunities for hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and river rafting.

Suncadia Architects Provide Home Design Suited to Your Tastes

This area was essential in the early days when pioneers were traveling from the Eastern Cascades to the Puget Sound. The original architecture of the surrounding communities was based around wood structures that highlighted function. Suncadia architects call to this important piece of the city’s logging and trading past in many of their designs today, and most Suncadia custom homes closely resemble luxurious cabins.

With so much space to develop, design, and build, Suncadia architecture draws on luxurious and innovative of design taste rooted specifically in mountain architecture. Suncadia architects find themselves no shortage of inspiration from clients seeking to make their mark on the landscape.

Custom home designers are always in high demand from residents seeking to establish a seasonal home in this premiere development. Suncadia luxury architects have made their mark with spectacular homes from the shores of the lake to the highlands.

Featured Projects

Woodland Vista

Woodland Vista is an architectural exercise in simplicity. At 1,877 square feet, this Pacific Northwest vacation home highlights the best of luxury mountain design on a human scale.

The rustic contemporary great room creates a sense of fluidity between living, dining, and kitchen spaces while using distinct wall textures to set each room apart. An open gas fireplace with stone surround lies at the center of the main living area and anchors the home. Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the house, from common spaces to private rooms, inspiring the occupants with views into the forest and the abundant wildlife. Inside and out, texture abounds.

Corten steel roofing, rugged timber siding, and stone accents draw inspiration from the region’s historic mining roots. Every material exists to age with beauty and imbue a sense of ever-evolving discovery. From summer sun to winter snow, the home’s natural browns and grays will deepen, as the metal patinas and the wood grains weather. At every turn, Woodland Vista merges color and texture, form and function, new and old.

Mountain Retreat

Nestled in Washington State’s Suncadia planned community, Mountain Retreat embodies alpine design with a contemporary flair. Architect and homeowner collaborated to design this 2,511 square foot getaway suitable for retirement living, artfully incorporating the region’s mountain and mining style themes into the heart of the home.

As such, Mountain Retreat boasts luxury at an intimate scale. Every inch serves a purpose, and interior spaces intermingle to create multifunctional rooms on a small footprint. The central great room flows out of the kitchen and into an integrated dining and living room, anchored by a stunning stone fireplace. Staggered ceiling heights create a sense of distinct rooms while maintaining a unified hub. A dramatic wall of windows peers out into the surrounding forest.

Outside, the home weaves stone, steel, and glass into a hearty masterpiece suited to the landscape. Steep rooflines and natural ground gutters equip the home to withstand the winter snows and spring rains with minimal maintenance. Inside and out, every angle, inch, color, and corner of this home honors and reflects the essence of its setting.

Suncadia Architects for Your Home

As local Suncadia architects, we constantly pursue the art of architecture as the calling for our work.  The constantly evolving community of Suncadia provides us with an endless opportunity to answer this calling in original and dynamic ways. We delight in the process of merging the preferences and imaginations of our clients with the distinct character of the Suncadia location that they select to build their dream home.

Every project presents a new opportunity to consider more deeply how we merge form with function, and to paint a portrait in architecture of our clients’ unique lifestyles.  Serving that purpose is our life’s work and greatest honor. To learn more about designing your dream home, contact us.