founder & visionary
Michael Burke is the dreamer and visionary for NW Lifestyle Homes. Mike has been designing and building homes to maximize livability for more than 50 years. His innovative ideas provide the creative direction for the company. The greatest compliment you can give Mike is, “Your homes make a difference.” When not working, Mike spends all of his free time on the job site.
founder & designer emeritus
When Lindy Burke began building homes in 1985, she started a family legacy. From interior design to doing the books, Lindy has brought bootstrap strength to NW Lifestyle Homes. She continues to be an inspirational member of the team.
chief operating officer
Megan Atkinson brings leadership, planning, foresight, and landscape architectural design to NWLH. She aligns, prioritizes, and focuses the company strategy, team and systems for the future. Measure twice, cut once. Megan has a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University and an M.L.A. from the University of Washington. At any given moment after work, Megan can be found shuttling a carload of kids around Mercer Island.
As interpreter of Michael’s vision, Matthew Mawer embraces the idea for each project, adds his own unique style, and crafts original home designs for NWLH. Together, Matt and Michael test boundaries and create a new normal for residential design and livability in the northwest. In addition to being fluent in
Michael-ese, Matt has 20 years of architectural design experience, a B.Arch. from Washington State University and a horribly misguided belief of one day joining the professional golf tour.
Mason Mawer is our builder, overseeing the entire construction process with a perfectionist’s eye. Mason has an old-school, hands-on, get it done, tenacious work ethic that he learned growing up with twin brother Matt and their builder parents. With that foundation, Mason has been building homes and delighting homeowners for the last 20 years. Offsite, Mason can be found floating in Neah Bay chasing Chinook and telling stories about the one that got away.
Meg Zook comes to NWLH with a great eye and a plethora of experiences in and around the design world. Having studied at San Diego State University and the London Inchbald School of Design, Meg has the ability to hone in on color, texture, and form as well as develop new combinations and ideas in design. Meg’s years in the fashion industry representing a clothing line and working in retail have contributed to her strong focus on the customer and the desire to build an excellent selection and documentation process. Meg’s mantra in every situation is, “There has got to be a better way.” When not at work, Meg is most likely in her kitchen testing recipes for the perfect old-fashioned chocolate cake – an ongoing quest for the best!
NW Lifestyle Homes creates homes for everyday joy and livability. We are an integrated practice of custom architectural design and masterful building. Our homes are inspired by the characteristics of the site and the context and needs of the neighborhood. NW Lifestyle Homes views every design decision as an opportunity to increase the home’s livability for the future homeowner. Our staff takes particular pride in our integrity, active communication, and especially our ability to create highly livable spaces that are functional, comfortable, and adaptable to a variety of NW lifestyles.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
What is “livability”?
“Livability” is the suitability of a place for positive human experience. At NW Lifestyle Homes, we build our houses to maximize “livability.” A “livable” home is functional, adaptable, comfortable, and fun.
Many new homes are beautiful to look at, but not all are truly livable. The livability of a NW Lifestyle Home is often not fully appreciated until you – well – live in it.
Functionality is the basis of good home design, and at its heart is the floor plan. It is not just the number or size of the rooms that matters. The room relationships, traffic patterns, volumes, view corridors, location of doors, the length and width of hallways, the positioning of baths, and many other features are essential for a functional and livable home.
The adaptability of a home is not often discussed but families come in many configurations and how each uses its home is ever changing. You may host casual suppers for family/friends and more formal dinners for your boss and her husband. Your brother may come for a visit – and never leave! Your children are babies one moment and teenagers the next. Your decorating taste evolves from sleek and spare to comfortable clutter. A livable NW Lifestyle Home, with its combination of private and public spaces and flexible rooms that can be used for many purposes, adapts with you through all of life’s changes.
The most important endpoint in designing a livable home is to make it comfortable and fun. Comfort follows from functionality and adaptability, but it is enhanced by details that please your senses. Abundant natural light and air, aesthetically pleasing architectural features, textures and colors, generous and well-scaled spaces, and outdoor living areas which maximize sun exposure all work together to make you want to come home to your NW Lifestyle Home.