Whether you are pulling into your neighborhood 20 years after you first built your home or entertaining friends for the first time in your brand new home, that wow-factor is there. Form, function, and foresight across all the unique homes in a community, guided by quality design principals that drive architectural value in your home and those around you…that’s the Siepmann Difference. Rooted in our appreciation of the “family feel” of farmhouses across Waukesha County, craftsman quality of bungalows in Wauwatosa, and the unique architectural elements of homes running along Lake Michigan’s shorelines, our approach to developing communities embraces the best in Southeast Wisconsin’s architectural value.
We’re often asked how our approach to architectural foresight differs from the typical developer building requirements, which do little more than require the minimum quality level of the new homes in their subdivisions. There are several distinct features that set our process apart, ensuring the community retains its timeless appeal and architectural value. Here are some of the key differences:
Front Facing DesignMost architectural control processes are centered around approval of the front of the home, ensuring it meets requirements only when viewed from the street.
Four-sided DesignWe value four-sided architecture, ensuring the side and rear elevations are as equally pleasing as the front. Enjoy your patio time with a back yard view that doesn’t skimp on architectural detail.
Diversity in DesignMany developments encourage diversity in home design. But if a second home in the subdivision matches a previous design, they request only minor exterior color or material changes to create diversity.
Exclusivity in DesignThere are no two identical homes in a Siepmann community, at least within sight of one another. We require builders to modify their architectural design to create a unique look for each home.
Landscape GuidelinesLandscape plans are not always required to be submitted for formal consideration. As time goes on, landscape can become unrestricted and left to your neighbor on the ACC Board's discretion.
Landscape ApprovalJust like each home, we take great care in reviewing landscape plans to be sure that all landscaping elements are compatible with the neighborhood and compliant with our guidelines.
HOA ApprovalFollowing completion of a development, a homeowners association is typically granted all architectural and landscaping approval authority which means inconsistent application of the rules.
Perpetual Architectural ForesightWhile many developers transfer the ongoing responsibility of architectural control, Siepmann Realty remains engaged in the architectural approval process which means consistent review of every home in the neighborhood.
We’re often asked how our approach to architectural foresight differs from the typical developer building requirements, which do little more than ensure the minimum quality level of the new homes in their subdivisions. There are several distinct features that set our process apart , ensuring the community retains its timeless appeal and architectural value Here are some of the key differences:
“Over the last 25 years we have built two homes in Siepmann Developments and most recently built a home on a private lot with Ascent Custom Homes. There are several words that come to mind when we think back on our experiences. The first is consistency. We found the same attention to detail, whether in the development of the subdivisions or in the building of our current house with Ascent. The second is communication. Our current house was built on a difficult lot and Ascent embraced the challenge. They made a extra effort to keep us up to date and aware of everything that was going on. The third is honesty. There was never a time in any of our endeavors that we didn’t have complete trust that they were being upfront with us. We highly recommend Siepmann Realty/Ascent Custom Homes and consider each of our experiences as very positive.”
“Siepmann developments bring “HOME” to a community. As a homeowner and a builder, I love to be part of a Siepmann community. The details they put into their subdivisions are second to none! We love the fact that Siepmann strives for the very best architectural standards, because homeowners alike are ensured that the home built next door to them will be of the same high-quality architectural caliber that you come to expect in all Siepmann subdivisions.”
“Using progressive design techniques, Siepmann Realty has achieved its development goals according to local ordinances, while creating much greener neighborhoods where residents can enjoy trails, woodlands, meadows, ponds, and much more. These park-like settings and environmental habitats have stood the test of time, maturing very beautifully and creating great places to live for many future generations to come.”
“In my long experience across the country, I believe that Siepmann Realty is absolutely unique among residential developers in terms of its deep commitment to, and continuing implementation of, its philosophy of conserving quality upland (not just the unbuildable areas) through the subdivision process. While some other firms state this kind of approach among their corporate goals, the leadership and staff at Siepmann Realty take this very seriously, as one of its core guiding principles. This is not idle talk and promises – the proof has been in the pudding, so to speak, with more than 1,700 acres permanently preserved as common open space over the past several decades — much of which would have been converted to suburban lawns by most other developers.”
“I have had many successful transactions with Siepmann Realty in my 27 years as a Realtor. I can always count on good communication, attention to detail on contracts, and great negotiating skills. Siepmann developments hold their value and are sought-after places to live. It is always a pleasure to sell a lot or a home in a Siepmann development.”
“When my wife and I were looking to build our “dream home,” we spent a lot of time looking at various properties and found Siepmann’s developments to be unmatched in the use and amount of open, natural spaces, and high-quality design and construction of common elements. If we were going to build our dream home, then we wanted it to be in our dream neighborhood, which we found with Siepmann. We loved that we could chose our own builder, and we wanted to avoid the “cookie cutter” look that we saw with other developers. Aside from the great layouts and abundance of open space, we chose Siepmann because of the great features they tend to include in their projects, such as paved walking trails, ponds, and clubhouse and community pool. Last, but not least, we wanted to protect our investment by building in a high-quality development, and Siepmann’s developments are recognized as some of the best in southeastern Wisconsin.”
Are you ready to build a new home? Each Siepmann community features different requirements for architectural design, exterior selections, and landscaping. Downloadable guidelines for each of our current properties can be found in our Architectural Library.
Frequently Asked Questions
Searching for that perfect lot and determining your early building needs is exciting, but sometimes it can be a confusing process. We’ve built out a comprehensive list of frequent questions we are asked, but we’re always just a call, click, or text away if you need us.