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10% off – PLUS 10% down
gets you the Timber Frame of you dreams now through November 31, 2016!

Only 10% DOWN saves your spot to have the Timber Frame you’ve always wanted when you want it.

As an added bonus, we’ll take 10% OFF your final Timber Frame cost!  Don’t delay – these savings disappear on November 31, 2016 and spots will fill up fast.
Secure yours today – we’ve made it easy with only 10% down!

Applies to homes, pavilions, barns or anything we can timber frame! The small deposit will hold your project in our shop schedule through December of 2017!

To qualify for this SALE, Homestead Timber Frames, Inc. must receive a signed Production Agreement and the Deposit check no later than November 31, 2016.

Please call now for details – (931) 484-7059! We’re ready to go to work for YOU!

11 Ways to Prepare For Your Initial Home Planning Meeting

The excitement of building a new home is a very palpable thing.  We can feel the joy in the air as soon as you walk through the door and the energy is infectious!  As excited as you are to see your Timber Frame come to life, we’re just as excited to see your dream come true.
home1For all the excitement in the air, there’s plenty of preparation inherent with the process of building a home.  It all starts with a little bit of homework before we even step foot in the conference room.  Here are eleven ways to prepare for your initial meeting with us.

1 – Cultivate a Photo Reference Book:  While a binder or scrapbook of photos and cutouts is still plenty acceptable, this step has gotten much easier with the rise of the digital age.  Houzz and Pinterest allow you to create Ideabooks and Boards that you can share with us long before we meet face to face.  Start an account with both sites and begin gathering everything that fits your vision as you see it.

2 – Wants Vs. Needs:  You may have a budget in mind as you begin the process, but it can easily slip out of your control as the want list begins to pile up.  There are many hurdles when it comes to budgeting but wants and needs will likely trip you up most.  Develop separate lists for each category and begin stripping away the “wants” you feel will inflate your cost the most.  Remember – bigger doesn’t always mean better!

bubblediagram3 – Diagram Your Rooms:  If you have an idea of where each room in your house may be located, that can be a big help to us when we enter the design process.  Create a bubble diagram that indicates the placement of each room before the meeting and bring it with you on the big day.

4 – Make a List of Questions:  Questions are a vital part of the learning process and we welcome each and every one you may have.  It’s only natural when making such a big decision to ask questions about anything from the process of the build to the timeframe from design to raising.  We encourage you to make a list of questions you’d like to ask before we meet.  It helps us pinpoint ways in which we may help you.

5 – Visit Our Shop:  There’s no better way to understand what kind of work will go into your home than to stand side-by-side in sawdust with our joiners.  You’ll get a shop tour the day you meet with us, but you are more than welcome to come in beforehand to meet our joiners, watch them work, and ask questions.

raising6 – Attend A Raising:  Just as visiting our shop will give you a bird’s eye view of a Timber Frame taking shape, attending a raising will allow you to see our joiners at work as they install someone’s frame.  Not only is it awe-inspiring to watch, but it’ll give you an idea of just how quickly and accurately your own frame will go up.  We tend to invite the public to attend select raisings so keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events.

7 – Read Up on the Basics of Timber Framing:  This can go a long way in clarifying a lot of the terms we’ll be using.  We give each client who comes in a list of books we deem essential to learning about the craft of Timber Framing.  If you’d like a copy of the list, click here to contact us.

8 – Follow our Social Media:  If you discovered Homestead Timber Frames through our website, have you visited our social media pages?  There are plenty of wonderful photos and insightful articles to be found on each profile we maintain.  We currently keep a presence on the following sites:  Houzz, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter, with a revamped YouTube page forthcoming.  Follow us for constant updates!

9 – No Need to Rush:  It’s completely understandable to want to jumpstart the process as soon as possible.  However, it’s a good idea to hold off until you’ve crossed two big hurdles:  having a patch of land and knowing the cost of building a custom home in your area.  Until you’ve found where you want to plant your roots and you have a clear figure on how much it may take to build what you want, it’s going to be tough to bring your dream to life.  It’s also important to take your lifestyle into account.  Our homes are tailor made to suit the way our clients live.  If you’re looking to lead a quiet life by the river on twenty acres in the country, your home will look vastly different from the city dwellers who require a great deal of space for guests and entertaining.

10 – Keep A Devoted Notebook:  As you’ll likely be taking notes through the duration, it’s best to keep a notebook solely devoted to the process of building your home.  It’s a great way to keep your thoughts, figures, and ideas organized before you come in to discuss details.  It will also come in handy during the latter half of the process.

11 – Look At the Bigger Picture:  It’s very easy to focus on one or two small details.  It’s much easier to let them overwhelm your project before it even gets moving.  Take a step back and look at the whole idea as opposed to a few small parts.  You may decide that those little details are the most important factors in your eventual design, or you may even see that you don’t need them at all.

Now that you’ve read through these eleven tips, use them to cull a bit of inspiration for your own dream home and come see us.  We’ll be looking for you!

Design Considerations on Building ‘Last Home’

By: Cyndy Gardner, Co-Owner of Homestead Timber Frames

 

If you are one of the more than 40% of Americans ages 50 to 64 planning to move within the next five years (Nielsen’s Demand Institute) and you’re thinking of building a new home, then here are some design considerations before you hire your designer/builder.

This generation is becoming more aware that by being more active in their ‘retirement years’ and planning for one level living, being near good services for social integration and health care all adds up to being happy overall.  Here is a list of our favorites when we begin the design phase for a couple building their ‘final home – their dream home’.

  1. Main floor will be your living area for everything – have all doors at grade level from entering the garage to the bathroom.
  2. Remember four-foot-wide hallways, three-foot-wide interior doors, levered handles on doors, walk-in showers that are large enough for the possibility of a wheelchair down the road, higher toilets, grab bars in the shower and beside the toilets, and attention to kitchen layout for accessibility.
  3. Plan on having two areas in the home for each of you.  These might be work/craft rooms, private office for writing, working from home, etc. but you need a place of your own to create in.
  4. You might consider two master suites – a spacious one for you and the other for adult children/guests.  The second one could be located on another level or even above the garage as an apartment.
  5. Position rooms for the best use of natural light and access to the outdoors.  Remember to plan on outdoor spaces such as covered porches, sunny terraces and gardening areas, and incorporate your interior rooms for easy access.
  6. Ease of maintenance is of prime concern so care is taken with selecting window types, siding, flooring and such.
  7. Remember this is your home, where you plan on living out your life.  Change your attitude and build this home without regard to resale value. That’s what your children will need to deal with – not you.

A new custom home is more economical to build than remodeling and adding adaptive features to an existing home.  It’s much harder to fix later than it is to build for accessibility from the outset.  You can’t make hallways wider.  You have to take space from one area to adapt another.  So choosing a great designer and having thoughtful discussions about your life interests, goals and needs can go a long way.

If you would like to design your project with us, click here to get started.