There are multiple aspects and usually multiple entities when designing
and building luxury log homes, custom log homes, mountain homes, timber
frame homes, post & beam homes or (usually) hybrid homes.
- THE DESIGN, ENGINEERING & DRAWINGS FOR THE HOME :
This normally involves a designer, architect and engineer (if not
engineered by the architectural or design firm). A log or timber home
company can also provide or develop the house plans. The drawings will
start with concept sketches, evolve into more detailed CAD drawings and
result in “permit ready” drawings needed to apply for the building
permit. At this stage the construction and shop drawings usually still
need to be completed.
THE SITE PLAN:
This is the plan for the land and it covers areas like soil types and
load bearing engineering, water management, erosion control, creating
road and utility access and adding elements like ponds. It also shows
the house placement, especially relative to zoning requirements,
challenging elevation issues or passive solar energy, etc. An engineer
and surveyor usually creates this with input from the designer of the
home. Building permit applications usually require a scale site plan in
addition to the permit ready drawings of the house. Then some cities
require “as-builts”, a final survey of the site after the project is
THE LOG OR TIMBER PACKAGE : This is everything needed to create the shell of the home as well as all of the "cool" log,
timber or specialty elements throughout the home. The log or timber frame company normally provides this.
GENERAL CONTRACTING THE HOME(GC):
- This is the process of taking the construction drawings, the log or
timber frame package and the other needed elements like the site work,
foundation, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, finishes, etc., and build the
home. There are times when the architect/designer is hired by the
homeowner as the homeowner's advocate to oversee the general
“FINISHING” TEAM : These are the partners that, working with the GC & homeowner, help “finish” the project.
Examples are the interior designer, home entertainment planner, landscape architect and others.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY was
intentionally not included as an aspect listed above because
it is not a line item but a philosophy that is integrated throughout
every aspect of the entire project. Whenever possible, whether using
alternative fuels to a completely integrated certification process,
we are always conscience of the design, materials and
installation methods in every project to minimize the environmental
impact and maximize the energy savings.
can be daunting! There is a better way to dealing with all the
different professions, issues, personalities and responsibilities. We
call it "single point of accountability" or Design/Build. When all
issues are coordinated through one person/entity there is a reduction
of risk, a co-ordinated master plan, better communication, reduced
conflict and a better outcome. We are a Design/Build Company.
also understand that you may already have some of these areas complete
or currently working with vendors. To help you achieve your goal, we
can work with you or your vendors in any of the areas.
Designing, Supplying and Building Luxury Log
Homes, Custom Log Homes, Timber Frame Homes, Custom Log Homes, Mountain Homes and,
Custom Hybrid Homes all with environmental responsibility.
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