Merle Inc. was founded in 2004 by Merle “Jeff” Schafer. He sought out Cle Elum as our home base because he wanted to build unique homes that showcase the beauty and entertainment of four distinct seasons.

Merle Inc. office conference room invites customers
Cle Elum in the year 2004
Our management team is different when compared to other area builders. Our senior team has more than 140 years of combined experience. We have a large, diverse staff and pride ourselves in quality, accessibility to clients, and financial transparency. Learn more about our processes >
Outside of work, you can find us snowshoeing, playing golf, hiking, fly fishing and frequenting the numerous local eateries. We are recreation enthusiasts with a passion for building that love living in the heart of the cascades.
Outdoor enthusiast relaxing in Washington
Mountain View


From mountain modern retreats to humble hillside oases, our team is ready to help turn your dreams into a reality.

Traditional Suncadia Home


Completed October 2018

Family living space inspired all aspects of this heavy timber Suncadia home. From the open concept living area…
Minimalistic Oasis

Minimalistic Oasis

Completed 2015

Nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Nelson Preserve at Suncadia, this home offers a unique connection with nature…
Lakeside Retreat

Modern Lakeside Retreat

Completed June 2018

Located next to Kachess Lake, this home features floor to ceiling windows that seamlessly blend the beauty of the outdoor…