Sustainable in Seattle

Beau Granger is the leader of Beau Development, known for eco-friendly residential developments in the Seattle area. Below Beau shares the inside scoop on how thoughtful design, sustainable materials and building methods are key to his success.

top: 12" SoCal numbers in matte black / vinyl mailbox decals in green 
bottom left:12" vertical Socal numbers + letters in brushed aluminum 
bottom right: Beau's Team: Kyle, Kennan, Chris and Beau


Hi Beau! You've successfully built your business around sustainable, modern living. Tell us more about your approach.

"I grew up in a family of builders here in the Seattle area. With my knowledge of the industry and the region, I want to lead the way with developments that offer beautiful, energy-efficient homes. Creating living spaces that are healthy for the residents and good for the planet is more than lip service. It's the right way to build."

              Beau's strategies for success:              
   * Be 30% more energy efficient than IBC
         * Use green building materials and methods
         * Consider unit density and open floor plans
   * Use durable and sustainable materials
        * Utilize contemporary design and detailing


 8" Socal Numbers and letters in matte black

What are Beau Development's top three tips for contemporary, eco-friendly curb appeal?

1. Simple, modern geometries.
We intentionally design our projects to maximize the use of materials. Modern geometries give us a contemporary aesthetic while also allowing us to reduce waste. This lowers our material and labor costs and is a whole lot better for the planet. 

12" vertical Socal numbers in matte black

2. Durable, exposed materials.

Our contemporary style integrates durable materials and hardware that can be exposed, with little to no maintenance. We use sustainable materials and suppliers whenever possible, including fast-growth timber and products with recycled content.

Our team has been using numbers, letters and plaques from Modern House Numbers for about ten years now. We like that their products are made from recycled aluminum. We appreciate that everything they make is created by their family-run company, just like ours, right here in the USA.

12" SoCal numbers/letters in brushed aluminum / 5"x16" SoCal address plaques in matte black

3. Bold contrast.

The use of contrast is a consistent design element in all our projects. We use color and materials to create visual interest, especially at the entry. Our favorite greeting includes a bold, modern color and our signature 'SoCal' address numbers from MHN. These eye-catching exterior details really help our projects stand apart.

15" SoCal numbers in matte black


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rick mclain, author

Rick is a licensed architect at Repp McLain Design & Construction. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and an MS from the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When he’s not designing and fabricating he enjoys spending time with Brandy, Jack, Avery & Taylor and restoring his grandfather’s Ford pickup truck. Learn more about Rick on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about Rick on the Repp McLain Website, on LinkedIn, at the AIA Website, or on Facebook.

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