1976 From the Beginning...
When Beth met John he was thinking about building a cabin in the woods. Together we designed and built a special getaway with exposed beams, a granite fireplace, hearth stone harvested from Rocky Reach Dam and a spiral stair to the balcony loft. We spent two years constructing our first home which was 600 square feet of vaulted space, our sanctuary. In the early morning we watched the squirrels float from tree to tree. It was a joy. And we had done it together.
By 1976 we had built our second home and deep in the process of discovering a new vocation. John became registered as a Contractor General. Beth and John started John Riebli Construction.
Our first clients were teachers for whom we created a home on Puget Drive with panoramic views of the Seattle skyline. The work was rewarding. The design was ours. And the satisfaction of finishing a project went beyond imagination. We were off on a journey that would construct approximately 80 individual homes or significant remodels between 1976 and 1997..
The Design Process...
If you could dream it, we could translate it to plans.
John and I became a design team. We worked with our people at the dining table. Together we would probe and listen, then collaborate.
Because our learning styles are different, we make a great team...challenging each other to find the best solutions for our clients.
When you build a home you have a chance to change your life. No one can afford all of their dreams. Our job was to sort the priorities to create affordable choices.
We were fortunate to work with some amazing people and place landmark homes on awesome properties.
During those years we probably produced 200 design concepts and around 60 blueprints. And, we never did the same home twice.
Sometimes we would take short inspiration road trips to view fresh homes, to broaden our palette.
Building a better home.
Quality became our mantra.
During the great recession of the 80's we tried and failed to sell solar. But we could sell wood windows, high quality trim work, 2x6 exterior walls, quality design work, and a truly unique home building experience.
We changed the business name to Riebli Built Homes. After all, the business was a family venture with me playing a major role in the design, in making color decisions, and in coordination of finishes, flooring and positive client communication.
During this time we raised three wonderful children, had opportunities to work with many truly gracious clients and created work we are extremely proud of.
Eventually John returned to the classroom to teach architecture as the century closed out and I began my quest of looking for more meaningful work outside the family home.
Migrating to Real Estate
Not everyone starts with the job they are intended to do. I tried retail sales, I worked for a while in the women's prison at Purdy and I taught classes at the community college level. I enjoyed all of these stages of development but was never really there satisfaction wise.
And then I had that "ah ha" moment. I could learn to sell real estate and go back to that role of helping individual clients realize their life style dream: Finding the right property to match the life goals of individual clients. We had discovered so much enjoyment in that formula during the construction business era. I knew design, I love working with people, and I am experienced with all phases of construction. And it is a calling I can share with my husband as we discuss the many aspects of shelter.
My real estate career started in Allyn. I caught the beginning of the big down turn in land value in 2008. The market had shifted and the learning curve was steep.
Two years ago I moved to Belfair to gain a mentor I love. After learning a new system I just made another move.
I am now with John L. Scott working with people I have admired from a distance and am looking forward to learning and building more friendships in a field I love.
How could you ask for a better job?