THE LAKEVILLE LEGACY
In 1976, Susan Ho immigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong with her husband and infant daughter and $20 in their pockets. In 1985, she embarked on a unique journey, driven by a vision to help clients build their beautifully-designed dream homes.
On the shores of Lake Washington, there began a company known as Lakeville Homes.
A minority and woman-owned business was unusual for the time. With each project, Susan faced trials that tested her dedication and resilience. But slowly, Lakeville built a reputation on intricate design and meticulous craftsmanship. The team nurtured trust as sturdy as the foundations it laid.
Susan hired Rick Rahlfs, an eager and hard-working 15-year-old, to mow lawns and sweep out the dust at new project locations. Eventually, Rick went off to Washington State University, earning a degree in Construction Management. He came back to Lakeville where Susan gave him opportunities to grow. Rick is now the owner of Lakeville.
Since taking over in 2022 and establishing SoBella Construction, named after his daughters Isabella and Sophia, Rick has embraced trustworthiness, high quality, and top-notch customer service as the company's ethos. In a tech-dominated era, where personal connections are fewer, Rick emphasizes face-to-face meetings, resisting the trends of automated processes and remote interactions.
Today, Lakeville Homes by SoBella stands proudly as a respected general contractor, renowned for translating clients’ concepts into stunning realities. Recognized by Architectural Digest for our focus on the 'power of human connection' within our projects, we've garnered over 25 industry accolades, including the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Remodeler of the Year, 425 Magazine’s Best Remodeler, and the Best of Houzz Design Winner.
We take pride in our history, but we are driven by innovation, adapting to modern trends while cherishing the timeless values that have defined us for generations.
The people of Lakeville Homes by SoBella are a testament to its enduring legacy. Like a finely tuned orchestra, our team harmonizes with talented and dedicated architects, designers, and subcontractors, creating a symphony of expertise and creativity, and beautiful music for our clients.
Rick is the conductor behind every home venture. From his humble beginnings at Lakeville, laboring on grounds and assisting in budding projects at the tender age of 15, he's ascended to ownership. His composed demeanor conceals a profound desire for client connections, dedicated to delivering excellence. Beyond his earnest façade lies a deep fondness for Tilamook cheddar cheese, rivaled only by his adoration for his daughters, Izzy and Sophia, who inspired the namesake of SoBella Construction. Rick passionately leads, ensuring each project's direction and pace with an unwavering commitment to exceeding expectations.
Kellie assumes the role of the orchestra's esteemed publicist and promoter in the realm of marketing and business development. She operates as the driving force behind the scenes, attracting new clients, making sure current clients have exactly what they need, and creating pathways for Lakeville's growth. Beyond her professional pursuits, she cherishes her trio of kids while savoring her passion for coffee, a devotion to the Seattle Seahawks, and an insatiable curiosity for delving deeper into the nuances of the general contractor world.
Scott, our virtuoso lead carpenter, resembles a seasoned soloist—a maestro whose mastery shapes the orchestra's performance. His illustrious tenure spans over three decades with Lakeville.
Fondly referred to as 'Scotty' by the team, his affable nature resonates as he indulges in Seattle sports fervor and proudly showcases his two remarkable Belgian Malinois.
Scott's instrumental expertise not only defines precision in carpentry but also elevates the achievements at Lakeville, cementing his pivotal role in its enduring success.
Candice is our meticulous bookkeeper and administrator, symbolizing the essence of sheet music. Hailing from the Seattle area, she's honed her craft in office administration/accounting for over 25 years, a seasoned virtuoso. For the last five years at Lakeville, she’s composed our fiscal score, methodically documenting every financial note. Beyond work, Candice finds joy with friends and family, including her three beautiful children. She relishes travel, antique furniture restoration, fixing up old cars, Spartan Races, Mud Runs and camping.