The idea of building a custom log home can feel incredibly overwhelming. However, at Town + Country Cedar Homes, we believe it’s our job to make the process an enjoyable and seamless experience for our clients. We follow a simple 4-step building process to make their dreams of a cedar-crafted home come true. Below we will explain each step in detail.
Many homebuilders might be perfectly satisfied with building beautiful homes. But Town + Country take pride in building beautiful homes that perfectly capture the essence of our client’s vision. Sometimes it’s hard to put on paper or describe in words exactly what it is you want to create. Thankfully, there are many modern tools available to assist you. Your only option used to be flipping through the pages of Architectural Digest or Better Homes & Gardens to search for inspiration. Today, searching for inspiration has been simplified. And while there is much more content available, specific search terms can easily narrow it down.
Pinterest is a fantastic app for finding images that capture your particular style, likes, and clever ideas you may want to see in your own home. If you know you like a Southwestern style, try search words like ‘Southwestern Log Home’ in the Pinterest search engine and watch all the images come up. Save the ones you like with just two screen taps. No need for dog earing pages or getting out the scissors!
Home design website Houzz is another great tool for inspiration. Houzz.com is a highly visual platform for home design where you can read articles from design professionals and browse through millions of photos. Much like Pinterest, the photos can be narrowed down by search terms and by room. There are different sections for kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, etc.
If technology is not your thing, the old fashioned route of magazines and books is still a great way to seek inspiration. In fact, just keeping your eyes peeled for designs you like in your everyday life can be helpful. Pay greater attention to the properties you visit, whether it be a restaurant, resort, spa, whatever – just be mindful of what you are seeing and how you feel about it as you go from place to place. And snap shots with your smartphone when appropriate.
The design step of the process is so much more than just drawing up plans and creating a visual. In the design process, we aim to determine the overall feeling our client wants their home to project. If you had to sum up the desired personality of your home in just one or two words, what would it be? If you were to give your home a name, what would you call it? In this previous post, we talked about our client’s lakeside home ‘Black Bear’, which has the feeling of a fairytale woodland cottage. The homeowner is a children’s author and her home perfectly captures the essence of her imagination. That’s exactly what we strive for with our clients – to craft a home that encapsulates the mood they want to create.
The craft part of the process involves choosing the materials that will be used to build your home. As wood devotees, we are experts at selecting the best wood type for your home. Sometimes our clients get very involved in this process. Children’s author Claire Ewert walked into her cedar swamps to pick out twigs and branches to incorporate in her cottage, and the results were incredibly unique. Perhaps there is a beloved tree beside your old family home that you would like to see become a part of your new home. We can make that happen.
As with your most memorable meal or, possibly, favorite bottle of wine, it starts with the best ingredients and finishes with expert craftsmanship.
Building a custom home can be complicated. Building a log home or timber frame construction, is even more complicated. But our goal is to take the headache out of it, and even make the process an experience that clients will recall with a smile. The Town + Country Cedar Homes process is client specific and uses an arms-around approach. Unlike most companies that follow a very traditional “rep” program and are not very flexible in their offering and approach, Town + Country Cedar Homes builds networks of people who understand the client’s vision and tailor to the client’s ultimate desires.
If working with Town + Country Cedar Homes on your next custom log home sounds like the right fit for you, contact us today. We’d love to chat with you and help you get started on the right foot!