We offer a totally custom design service for those customers who would like a home built to fit their specification and lifestyle.
Although we charge for the design services, once the plans have been agreed with the customer, we calculate a fixed price for the Timber Frame and Structural materials Package in the same way that we do with one of our standard designs. The cost of a custom design will normally fall within the same square footage price range as a standard home, with the customer just paying the extra cost for plans and Engineering Approval. If the custom design is very complicated, or specifies more expensive finishes than our normal standards, then this will increase the cost, however.
The design Process:
When creating a custom designed home, we start by meeting with the customer and visiting the construction site. We take into consideration many factors, such as location, views, orientation of the building, lifestyle, flow, passive solar energy, the customer's preferred architectural style, budget etc. We then create a 'Wish List' of all the features that the customer would like to incorporate into their home and we start our design process from that list.
The next step in the process is to create a detailed 3D computer model of the house with computer generated representations of the exterior finishes and a design for the Timber Frame. We then present a '3D walk through' of the design to the customer and consult on any changes that need to be made.
When the 3D design has been agreed in principle, we make a detailed costing of the structure and quote a price to the customer. Once any last changes are made and the 3D design is finalised, we proceed to create 2D scale drawings in 11" x 17" format that can be used to apply for a building permit. Where possible, we incorporate one of our standard structural frame designs, but if the project requires an entirley custom frame, then we will have our design drawings reviewed and stamped by our structural engineer, who will approve both the foundation and Timber Frame Structural Design.
Cost of a custom design package:
A custom design and set of drawings will typically cost $2.0-$2.50 per square foot, or $4000-$5000 for a 2000 square foot house (We do not count the basement square footage in the design cost). If it is possible to take one of our standard designs and modify this to fit the customer's requirments, then we just charge for the time to draw the modification, resulting in a lower charge to the customer.
Where a Structural Engineer's stamp is required there will be an extra charge to the customer. An engineer's review for a typical 2000 square foot house would be an additional $1500-$2000.
Jackson Hill Timber Frames Inc. 923A Ch Du Village, Morin Heights, QC. J0R 1H0. Freephone 1-800-263-9554.
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