Many prospects inquire to us wondering where to begin when planning their new home. There is no one correct way to start the process, but below are a few first steps that we, at Davis Timber Frame, find are helpful to start the process.
One of the first steps to building a new home is to find land. Building and design professionals recommend that this step comes first, especially before you start the design of your home as your land will play a big role on your design. For example, your land size, views and site access will influence the position of your home and where the home will be facing. Most homeowners orient their homes to maximize natural lighting and to maximize the efficiency of their home. One example of this is if you have a great south facing view that receives a lot of sun, you may want to position your main living space to take advantage of this. Regarding lot size, let’s say you have a small lot, but want a fair amount of square footage. To get the square footage, you may have to focus on building up, not out to stay within your lot’s small footprint.
The next step in planning your new home is to decide on what type of home you want to build and how it will be built. There are many styles and construction methods, some of which could impact the design of your home. Do you want to build a prefab home of some sort? Timber Frame? Post and Beam? A Log Home? Perhaps, Panelized? Some forms of construction offer lots of flexibility and other types of construction do not. If you decide to build some sort of prefab home like a timber frame, there are various manufacturers in the market and you will want to research and meet with a few to find the right match for you.
After land is secured and you have an idea of what kind of home you want to build, the next step is to start the design process. There are many options for design and many options to consider. You can work with an architect or home designer, or, many prefab manufacturers offer design services with their home packages.
Now for the construction timeline, a big factor in the planning process. From start to finish, you should allow at least a year to build your new home. It can take longer when you factor in the time it will take to design your home, a big variable depending on who you choose to work with on your design and whether you are starting from scratch or a pre-designed plan. We offer design services with our timber frame home packages and in our experience the design process can take as little as a month to several months. As for the construction process, on average our timber frame homes take anywhere from 9 to 12 months. Your timeline could be less or more, depending on the size and complexity of your new home. Also, some methods of construction are faster to build, such as prefab home kits like ours.
We hope you find this article helpful while you plan your new home! Interested in learning more about how Davis Frame can help? Call us today at 800.636.0993.