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The Next Color Trend for Your Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 14, 2014

This entry is the perfect example of staying on trend with the new Color of the year.

This entry is the perfect example of staying on trend with the new Color of the year.

Radiant Orchid has been announced as

the “2014 Color of the Year”

replacing last year’s color which was Emerald Green.

This bold new color is an ideal way to greet spring and make a statement in your home. The “Color of the Year” is announced annually by Pantone, which is considered the global authority on color. Radiant Orchid is Pantone 18-3224.

Also a bold choice to paint the entire dining room.

Also a bold choice to paint the entire dining room.

While Radiant Orchid is the Color of the Year, all things purple are on-trend: violet, wine, amethyst, plum and lilac. Small doses of these colors sprinkled throughout your home add surprising pops of color that will make your home feel up-to-date. If a purple sofa or two walls painted eggplant are too much for you, think accent pieces such as pillows, throws, area rugs, artwork and lamps.

As the neutral of choice begins to drift towards lighter brown tones such as sand and camel, safe colors which make the space feel bigger and brighter, designers are also seeing gray emerge as the new neutral. Big ticket items such as carpeting and sofas are beginning to show up in colors ranging from soft dove gray to dramatic charcoal, all pairing well with violet, burgundy and orchid accents.

Shades of purple also pairs well with last year’s color, emerald green and another on trend color cobalt blue – think of the colors in a peacock’s tail. Bold statement colors with lots of energy that can really make your home pop.

American Classic Homes offers custom Feng Shui designs to ensure every new home meets our buyers’ needs. Buyers also have the option customize their interior selections including the latest color trends. If a peacock blue or Royal Orchid accent wall is on your list of must haves, American Classic Homes can help. This is what makes us a top homebuilder in Washington. Our communities and custom homes can be found throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

What is a Multigenerational Home?

Categories: Real Estate News | Posted: May 1, 2014

Whether prompted by a job loss, a house foreclosure or other financial challenges, grown children and their elderly parents are increasingly sharing housing. According to a Pew Research Center (a fact tank that tracks trends shaping America) approximately 51 million Americans live in a house with at least two adult generations, or a grandparent and at least one other generation. The term for three generations under one roof is known as multigenerational housing.

Three generations under one roof is multigenerational housing.

Three generations under one roof is multigenerational housing.

“It used to be the older people whose money had run out who were living with their children, but now it’s the next generation that can’t keep up,” says Louis Tenenbaum, a founder of the Aging in Place Institute, which promotes “multigen” living. A 2012 survey by a national home builder found that 32% of adult children expect to eventually share their house with a parent.

While many families came together out of economic necessity, they are staying together by choice. Multigenerational housing can offer the perfect blend of built-in child care or elder care as well as assistance with cooking and other household chores. An additional benefit is the close connections that families living together can maintain.

Some builders have begun offering two master suites, a first floor that can be converted into a guest suite, and other flexible spaces that can change with family needs. American Classic Homes of Puget Sound is one of these home builders offering floor plans specifically designed for multi-generational and extended family living.

Multigenerational living represents a housing model that social scientists are paying a lot of attention to these days. It grows out of a phenomenon that economists call “shrinking households” or “missing households.” The terms refer to an arrangement that is very common today among some ethnic groups and viewed as a positive throwback to the way many families lived decades ago.

Mulitgen housing is common today among several ethnic groups.

Mulitgen housing is common today among several ethnic groups.

American Classic Homes, a top home builder in Washington, has many innovative multi-generational floor plans. Some with up to seven bedrooms and others with first floor suites consisting of a bedroom and bath. “These elegant floor plans are customizable to meet the needs of our buyers.” says Robet Gladstein, American Classic Homes partner. Check out new floor plans in their newest community Saddlebrook in Renton and coming soon Tarrington Place on the Sammamish plateau.

American Classic Homes' Winthrop plan is ideal for multigen living.

American Classic Homes’ Winthrop plan is ideal for multigen living.

Communities and custom homes by American Classic Homes can be found in Puget Sound throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

New Community to Open in Sammamish

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 16, 2014

American Classic Homes is pleased to announce that our newest community, Tarrington Place, will be opening in Sammamish late-summer 2014.

Tarrington-COMINGSOON with Logo

This brand new neighborhood will feature 21 beautiful multi-generational homes. Each home will located on a large and fully landscaped lot. This community is served by the award-winning Issaquah School District, including: Discovery Elementary School (which just opened in 2013!), Pine Lake Middle School, and Skyline High School.

American Classic Homes’ popular Broadway home plan is currently under construction and will serve as the community’s furnished model home. This spectacular floor plan will feature 5 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths in 3,593 square feet. It has an open floor plan with a spacious open island kitchen featuring high end stainless steel appliances & slab granite countertops. Other amenities that come standard at Tarrington Place include large covered outdoor patios, extensive millwork details, solid hardwood floors, and extra thick carpet padding. Tarrington Place is conveniently located near Pine Lake Middle School and affords easy access to shopping and dining as well as a gateway to all the recreation that the cascades offer.

For more information on this community visit and check back often for updates.

For additional information, please contact our listing agent, Thuan Howard, at 425.445.3252 or email her at:

Another Sale at our Saddlebrook Community

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 18, 2014

We have exciting news! We just had another sale over the weekend at our beautiful new home community in Renton, Washington -Saddlebrook.

These buyers chose to go with the Madrona floor plan, which features 3,462 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, a 3 car garage, two story entry, large master suite, and covered patio with huge backyard! This is the same floor plan as our model home at Saddlebrook.

This sale leaves only 15 homes left for sale at Saddlebrook. Saddlebrook, located in the Renton Highlands, features some of the biggest lots for new homes in the City of Renton. All homes will feature large covered patios and 3 car garages. In addition, many of the new homes will have views of Mt. Rainier. Buyers can choose from six different floor plans, including the Alki B, Broadway, Cambridge, Madrona, and two new floor plans about to be released.

Visit the model home at Saddlebrook and fall in love with the quality of an American Classic Home. Our standard features list goes on and on, and includes rich millwork, 10′ ceilings on the main floor,  high end stainless steel appliances, slab granite countertops, real hardwood floors, and so much more. The model home, located at 6619 NE 1st St Renton, WA 98059 is open Thursday to Monday, from Noon to Dusk.

4 Model Homes Now Open!

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight | Posted: January 23, 2014

Have you heard the news?

All 4 of our brand new communities (Cornerstone Estates, Lakeside Estates, Pine Grove, & Saddlebrook) have model homes open!  These communities are located in various Seattle metro-area cities including Sammamish, Renton, & Mercer Island. Below is a short summary of each community and it’s model home hours!

Cornerstone Estates (Sammamish, WA 98074)

Model Location:
2275 237th Lane NE
Sammamish, WA 98074
Th-M Noon-Dusk

This community is located on the Plateau of Sammamish and features Lake Washington Schools! This neighborhood will feature 7 homes on large and private lots. The tree-lined cul-de-saq will offer great privacy in addition to a community basketball court. All homes will feature covered patios. Click to see more on Cornerstone Estates

Lakeside Estates (Mercer Island, WA 98040)

Model Location:
9948 SE 38th St
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Sat & Sun 1-4PM

Lakeside Estates is a beautiful, quiet, and private street overlooking Lake Washington while being minutes away from downtown Seattle and Bellevue. This community features 5 luxury estate homes (only1  left!), some with views of Lake Washington and Bellevue. Click to see more on Lakeside Estates

Pine Grove (Sammamish, WA 98075)

Model Location:
22406 SE 20th St
Sammamish, WA 98075
Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

Pine Grove, another premier site by American Classic Homes, is a small neighborhood of 3 homes backing to a protected wetland. The homes receive access from a small private lane. Pine Grove homeowners will enjoy having their kids go to the award winning Skyline High School, Pine Lake Middle School, and Brand New Creekside Elementary School. Pine Lake Park is just a stroll away as well as shopping and other Plateau amenities. All homes have amazing greenbelt views, no neighbors behind, spectacular great rooms, 10′ Ceilings, 8′ doors, huge entertaining decks, and tons of natural light. Click to see more on Pine Grove

Saddlebrook (Renton, WA 98059)

Model Location:
6619 NE 1st St
Renton, WA 98059
Th-M Noon-Dusk

Saddlebrook, American Classic Homes’ newest community, is located in the Highlands of Renton and features Renton Schools! This neighborhood will feature 17 homes on some of the largest home sites (10,000+ sq ft) in the Renton Highlands. All homes will feature 3 car garages and covered patios. Numerous homes will have views of Mt. Rainier. Click to see more on Saddlebrook



New Pricing at Pine Grove & Lakeside Estates

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 27, 2013

We have good news for buyers looking for new homes in Sammamish & Mercer Island!


We have just released revised pricing for these two beautiful Seattle, WA metro area new home communities. Will you be one of the lucky few to snatch one of these homes at an incredible price? Come take a look, either by visiting one of our weekly open houses, or scheduling an appointment with the site agent.


Pine Grove- An elegant new home community just North of Pine Lake in Sammamish, WA

Lot 1: $739,950, Fremont Plan, 3,150 SQ FT

Lot 2: $729,950, Fremont Plan, 3,150 SQ FT

Lot 3: $744,950, Camano Plan, 3,260 SQ FT

Site agent: Cory Brandt, 206.419.2679,


Lakeside Estates- A luxury new home community just off E Mercer Way on Mercer Island, WA

Lot 1: $1,399,950, Roanoke Plan, 3,420 SQ FT

Lot 2: $1,598,950, Islander Plan, 3,879 SQ FT

Site agent: Kathy Beckes, 206.618.2586,




American Classic Homes is your first choice when it comes to Seattle metro area builders. We build all over the metro area including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and more!

One Home Left at Panther Ridge!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 21, 2013

American Classic Homes Fairmont

Have you heard the news?

Now is your last chance to buy one of the beautiful brand new quality homes at our Panther Ridge community, located in the Talbot area of Renton, WA.


The last home available is located on lot 16, at the end of a quiet cul-de-saq and adjacent to a small park with play area. The Fairmont plan features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a den, and a bonus room with a closet. The plan features a great room living concept with a spacious open island kitchen with breakfast bar plus  a walk-in pantry. There’s also a dining room with coffered ceilings and crown moldings. The private master retreat offers vaulted ceilings and a relaxing master bathroom with a soaking tub and separate shower, vanity with double sinks, and a large walk-in closet.


Check out more photos of this newly constructed Renton home at

If this home sounds like “the one” for you, please contact our listing agent, Thuan Howard, at 425.445.3252 or email her at


American Classic Homes is a local Washington state new home builder. We build homes all over King County, including but not limited to Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Seattle. American Classic Homes is also your a premier Seattle Washington custom home builder. We build custom homes all over the Seattle metro area.

New Home Construction at 5 Year High

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 23, 2013


Have you heard the news?

According to a recent New York Times article, the number of building permits for new homes reached a 5 year high. In fact, a survey last Tuesday (9/17) showed that confidence among home builders remained near an eight-year high in September, with builders optimistic about prospective buyer traffic.


According to the United States Department of Commerce, construction starts on single-family homes rose 7 percent to an annual rate of 628,000 units last month (August), which is the highest level in six months. On the other hand, construction of apartments and condominiums fell by 11.1 percent. This drop is thought to be due to higher mortgage rates, increased material costs, and labor shortages. The drop in multifamily construction limited the rise in overall housing starts to an 891,000-unit annual rate, significantly smaller than the 917,000-unit rate economists had expected.


American Classic Homes is confident about the real estate market too! We have several actively selling new home communities, along with some new neighborhoods under construction. Check out Lakeside Estates (Mercer Island) with only two homes left!, Pine Grove (Sammamish), Cornerstone Estates (Sammamish), and Saddlebrook (Renton). We also build custom homes. Call Michale Gladstein (206.799.0854), one of American Classic Homes’ partners, for more details.


American Classic Homes, a new home builder in the Seattle Metro area, builds new homes in Seattle, Sammamish, Renton, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Mercer Island.




An Update On Our New Home Communities

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 30, 2013

Here’s a quick breakdown (with photos) of all of our new home communities:

Brookefield North:


Brookefield North is now sold out and the last homes under construction are nearing completion.

Cornerstone Estates:


Cornerstone Estates is almost ready for its debut. All the utilities and sidewalks have been put in, the street has been paved, and landscaping has been installed. In addition, playground equipment was recently installed and construction of the model home has now started. We are expecting the model to be completed in approximately 60-80 days. Call Thuan Howard (425.445.3252), the listing agent for more details.

Eden’s Grove:


Eden’s Grove is now sold out and all homes have now been built.

Lakeside Estates:


Lakeside Estates construction is roaring. 3 of the 5 homes are currently sold. Lot 1 just had drywall installed, Lot 2 is getting interior paint, Lot 3 is getting prepared for hardwood floor installation , lot 4 is getting carpet & landscaping installed, and lot 5 is at the framing stage. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to own a home in Mercer Island’s newest new home community, Lakeside Estates! Call Kathy Beckes (206.618.2568), the listing agent for more info.

Panther Ridge:


Panther Ridge has one home left for sale, don’t miss out! The last homes under construction are nearing completion! Call Thuan Howard (425.445.3252), the listing agent for more details.

Pine Grove:

Pine Grove in Sammamish, WA built by Seattle new home builder American Classic Homes.

Pine Grove is moving along fast. Lots 1 & 2 are having insulation installed and siding should be going up shortly. Lot 3 is currently having its foundation back filled. All 3 homes are available for sale! Call Cory Brant (206.419.2679), the listing agent for more details.



Saddlebrook is almost ready for its debut. All the utilities and sidewalks have been put in, the street has been paved, and landscaping has been installed. An entry monument has also been installed. Construction of the model home has now started. We are expecting the model to be completed in approximately 90 days. Call Thuan Howard (425.445.3252), the listing agent for more details.

Windsor Circle:


Windsor Circle is now sold out and all homes have now been built.

Mirror, Mirror, Where Shall I Place You On The Wall

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: August 2, 2013


American Classic Homes, your local family-owned Eastside Builder, has some simple tips on mirror placement courtesy of Fox News Magazine.

  • Use large mirrors in small rooms. Mirrors add the feeling of depth to a room, making it feel larger. Try placing a large mirror across from a beautiful piece of artwork, or on the wall above a dining room table, making it reflect the beautiful chandelier in its view.
  • Don’t put mirrors on a wall “just because.” Mirrors need to reflect something worth looking at. One of the worst design mistakes is hanging mirrors up reflecting random things. Try to avoid mirrors reflecting any clutter that you may have.
  • Make mirrors focal points. Large free standing mirrors can make a great focal point. Considering leaning a large mirror up against a wall or in a corner to use as a focal point.
  • Use mirrors sparingly in kitchens and bedrooms. Mirrors generally don’t work too well in kitchens, since kitchens get dirty daily, and water can splash everywhere, leaving unsightly water marks. As to mirrors in bedrooms, try to avoid having your mirror reflect your bed, it’s just not a great look. Do you really want to see yourself right after you wake up? If you really need a mirror in your bedroom, hang  a mirror above your headboard.
  • Use Feng Shui with mirrors. According to the rules of Feng Shui, mirrors attract a strong element of water. A great place to hang them is above the fireplace, as fire is balanced with the element of water, bringing good energy to the room.
  • No to mirrors on ceilings. Placing mirrors on ceilings is just plain tacky.
  • Use mirrors in narrow areas. Consider placing smaller horizontal mirrors in narrow places such as hallways and stairwells, as they will make the spaces feel much larger and welcoming.


Now that you have all these great tips,  you need an exceptional home to use them in. If you’re interested in building a custom home, give American Classic Homes a call to schedule a free consultation. We have been building custom homes all over the Seattle Metro area and Eastside. Call 206.799.8504 to schedule a free personal one on one meeting with one of the owners. to talk about your dream home.

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