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HomeOwner’s Guide to Managing the Design & Construction of Your New Home (in development)
VIDEOS, PRESENTATIONS, INTERVIEWS:
House with a View – mountain home design
Legacy – Fall 06 –custom home designer
Legacy – Sum 06 – luxury home architect
Pinnacle Sum 07 – timber frame home design
Luxury Log Homes – Sum 06 – log home designers
Country’s Best Log Homes – Sum 06
Elevations – Sum 06 – cashiers nc architect
Laurel – June 05 – log cabin architects
On The Mountain – Spring 06 – house design, windows
On the Mountain – June 05 – home design, foundations
Mountain Home Construction – Siding
Mountain Town Planning – Crossroads Chronicle – Shoppertainment
Mountain Builders & Mountain Home Architecture – Hilds News
Castle Home Design & Construction
HOME ARCHITECTS ® is a Cashiers NC architect, a Highlands architect and provides design services for many locations throughout the USA and the World. This company offers residential design services for Aspen, Denver, Vail, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and in other places.
The articles found on the links above will cover a range of subjects, some of which may be interesting to you, especially if you are trying to make up your mind about what residential architect you might want to have design your proposed house. There are also articles about other subjects, like the wall siding that will cover the outside of your residence.
Other articles, many in professional magazines, featuring interviews of Rand Soellner, covering such topics as windows and how to specify them so that they will not fog, as many do in mountainous regions (but not in this firm’s projects). Other articles discuss foundations for houses, with particular emphasis on steep topography and how to stabilize what holds up your house.
Some articles and posts feature castle design, including the European historical roots of this company’s modern day creations. Other articles and posts discuss “shoppertainment,” the firm’s term for themed shopping at his retail master planned facilities.
There is also information about log cabin design and timber frame construction, specialized details related to these specialized types of assembly and ranges of costs. The company’s custom residential services are also reviewed.
These articles are provided so that you can have useful information to help you make decisions on factual data. This firm urges you to be careful not to fall in love with any particular type of system or material before consulting with your residential architect. Why? Because you may not be aware that some materials and systems cost more than others. As an example, a timber frame house will cost more than a conventionally built home. Also, a heart pine wide plank floor will cost more than a more economical species. A real slate roof will cost a lot more than an asphaltic fiberglass shingle roof. The same concepts follow through in every choice you make.
You may have casually decided that you want all Wolf or Sub-Zero appliances because you think they look nice and you want them. What you may not realize is that decision of yours may result in your appliance package costing upwards of $60,000 instead $12,000. If you have lots of money and what you spend is not a problem, then proceed full speed ahead. If, however, you are like most clients, and what you spend is important, then please involve your architect in these decisions as soon as possible to help you avoid the pitfall of becoming early enamored of too expensive items.
Instead, explain to your house architect what your priorities are: first: square footage, perhaps, then quality of finishes, then finer detail, if that works for you.
One big mistake many people make is to first contact a builder. That decision could cost you over $200,000 in missed value and in actual loss of possible saved money if you had first engaged your residential architect. See this interesting post about this subject:
Residential Architect Saves You Money
Builders build. Architects design. Keep these roles separate and distinct. Don’t blur them together. What comes first? Design. That means your architect is the logical first one for you to contact and he or she can help you determine how best to proceed in your best interests. This company highly respects Contractors in their appropriate role of Construction. Obtain services from those who do it best. And your best designer will be your Architect. That’s what they are trained to do.
Seeing your architect published in various books and magazines can give you a good feeling. Here is a company respected enough in the world for other knowledgeable people to feature their work and opinions in publications for sale to the public across the world. If your projects involves similar materials, locations and systems, knowing that you are hiring a design professional highly skilled in these matters means that you have done your homework and should have a better project.