Stillwater Newsletter – July 2017

View from Stillwater Dwellings home on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Tips for Selecting the Right Builder

We are often asked for tips on selecting a builder. The duties of a general contractor are many and varied. Subsequently, not everyone in the industry has the mix of technical skills and business expertise to assure a successful building experience. A fair amount of due diligence is necessary to find the right builder for your project. But where do you start?

We’ve assembled a short list of the key elements in a successful builder search.

  • Ask for Referrals and Recommendations – Ask friends, relatives and other trusted sources for names of builders with whom they have personal experience.
  • Visit Homes – Visit homes completed within the last two years. Examine the quality of the build, finishing work and fixtures. If possible, see a home under construction to assess how they manage the building process–including worksite neatness and safety.
  • Talk with Past Customers – This is one of the most important steps. Ask about the quality of communications, the management of the budget, the quality of materials and their ability to manage problems and correct mistakes.
  • Check Builder’s Credentials – Is he/she licensed and bonded in the state? Are there any liens on past projects?  Are they members of the local builders association?
  • Be Prepared When Asking for Bids – When requesting a quote, supply a set of preliminary house plans and as much material specification detail as you can. Stillwater Dwellings supplies these materials as part of Phase One of its Three Phase Process.
  • Interview the Builder – Assess the builder’s qualifications and experience. Have they built many contemporary custom homes? Can they manage the project? What is their communication style and philosophy? Do you think you can work with them successfully?

Stillwater Dwellings understands building a custom home is often a once in a lifetime project. We know you have questions and our professional staff is waiting to help answer them.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:

info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

Aging In Place

This term wasn’t around ten years ago, but now it seems to be everywhere. It simply means designing a home to meet your needs both today and tomorrow. It generally refers to making doorways and halls wider and minimizing steps and stairs. If added in the design stage, “aging in place” considerations are simple and inexpensive.

(The Stillwater home pictured here was designed to be barrier free)

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More on Selecting a Builder

There has been considerable study done on the subject of selecting a builder. Below are links to several pieces you might find helpful.

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Builder

How to Choose a Homebuilder (from NAHB)

Guide to Hiring a Custom Home Builder

Stillwater Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

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Stillwater Newsletter – June 2017

Stillwater LEED accredited architects utilize state-of-the-art design systems.

Incorporating the Latest in Design, Building and Environmental Technology

Stillwater Dwellings has built its reputation on cutting edge contemporary design tailored to fit your site and individual style. The flexibility of sophisticated tools, like Building Information Modeling (BMI) and Parametric Engineering Technology, have helped make it possible. This state-of-the-art software uses three-dimensional modeling to produce the most efficient design and fabrication possible while simultaneously managing the client review process.

Not only does this technology provide design flexibility, but also allows for superior efficiency every step of the way. Computer technology, however, is just one of the many elements that goes into making Stillwater homes efficient and sustainable:

  • Stillwater’s prefabricated components are manufactured in a climate controlled environment to meet demanding specifications and quality requirements.
  • The controlled environment allows more efficient utilization of materials while greatly reducing waste.
  • Stillwater homes are sealed by an exterior “envelope,” comprised of framing, spray foam insulation, plywood, building wrap, rain screen and siding.
  • The multi-layered wall creates a tight energy efficient shell. Exterior walls meet a stringent     R-28 energy efficiency rating and roofs are R-50!
  • The panelized, prefabricated construction system allows for quicker on-site assembly, better construction accuracy and fewer costly subcontractors.

The goal of Stillwater is to provide you the best in contemporary design, using energy efficient, sustainable techniques and materials.

What are your building plans? We would love to start a conversation.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:

info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

How Much Does a Prefab Home Cost?

There are a variety of reasons to choose a pre-fab home–energy efficiency, quality control, or a quicker build–to name a few. For many, though, there is great benefit in lower costs compared to a traditional stick built home. So exactly how much does a modern pre-fab home cost? It’s difficult to compare since . . . (read more).

Stillwater Opens New Offices

Stillwater recently moved into greatly expanded space to keep up with current and future growth. John Morgan Co-CEO of Stillwater stated, “We’ve experienced a significant increase in our order backlog, which means greater demand on our architects, production and customer service staff. Our new offices have triple the space and provide a bright, open working environment for our team members, plus room for expansion—all in the heart of downtown Seattle.”

The next time you’re in Seattle drop by and say hello. We’re located at 2111 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Stillwater Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

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Stillwater Newsletter – May 2017

Walls of glass and tall sliding doors blur the separation between inside and outside worlds.

A Blend of Indoor and Outdoor Living

Respecting its mid-century modern heritage, Stillwater Dwellings architects focus on blending indoor and outdoor living spaces. The high ceilings and large expanses of glass, made possible with the butterfly roof design, along with large overhangs, allow for a dramatic pairing of home and environment.

A smooth transition between conditioned indoor space and natural outdoor areas can be enhanced with attention to materials and careful positioning of the home on its site. Stillwater’s high ceilings, combined with wide openings between supports, allow for the use of tall sliding or accordion style glass doors for unobstructed outdoor access. Extending indoor floor coverings to a patio area and including an outdoor kitchen are easy additions to most Stillwater plans.

Since every Stillwater Dwellings home is tailored to meet the specific needs of its owners, finding the right mix of indoor and outdoor space is a basic element of the design process. We would love to hear your custom home dreams. Let’s start a conversation.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:

info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

Attend Stillwater’s Design Webinar

In this live, complimentary webinar, we’ll cover the design flexibility of Stillwater’s “spine and wing” building system and the process architects follow to tailor plans to meet each client’s taste and style. We’ll also detail Stillwater’s exclusive three step planning and production process, from defining site requirements to managing the budget.

No special software is required. More Information.

RSVP for Webinar

Stillwater Opens New Offices

Stillwater recently moved into greatly expanded space to keep up with current and future growth. John Morgan Co-CEO of Stillwater stated, “We’ve experienced a significant increase in our order backlog, which means greater demand on our architects, production and customer service staff. Our new offices have triple the space and provide a bright, open working environment for our team members, plus room for expansion—all in the heart of downtown Seattle.”

The next time you’re in Seattle drop by and say hello. We’re located at 2111 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Stillwater Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

Visit our photo gallery

Stillwater Newsletter – April 2017

Stillwater plan sd 153, highlighting contemporary butterfly roof and spine and wings design.

Signature Butterfly Roof Design

The contemporary Stillwater Dwellings design has its roots in the post World War II architectural movement now known as “mid-century modern.” Mid-century modern architecture, defined by the generous use of glass and the dramatic butterfly roof, continues to influence contemporary design to this day.

Stillwater redefined the butterfly roof by integrating a “spine and wing” building configuration allowing for expansive walls of glass, tall ceilings and dramatic geometric forms. The spine and wings configuration concentrates most of the circulation areas in the “spine” while the entertainment and private areas take advantage of space generated by the soaring “wings”. Stillwater co-CEO Kaveh Khatibloo summed up the benefits, “The Stillwater system allows for great flexibility in floor plans without the complexities of the traditional gable or hip roof configurations. We’ve also eliminated the internal raingutter system that posed a problem in early butterfly roof designs.”

Originally conceived in 1930, by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, butterfly roofs have stood the test of time. Their beauty and simplicity matched with Stillwater’s “spine and wings” generates the best in contemporary home design and fabrication.

We would love to hear about your custom home plans.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:

info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

New Interactive Project Map

 

Stillwater has introduced a new interactive project map highlighting the growing footprint of Stillwater Dwellings along with location, model number, project status and photos.

Visit the Interactive Project Map

Visit the Stillwater Photo Gallery

Want to see more examples of Stillwater homes? Our photo gallery currently features six home and more than seventy photograph.

Stillwater Photo Gallery

Stillwater Newsletter – March 2017

Stillwater home outside of Portland, Oregon modified to fit the building site and an existing foundation

Design Flexibility

Stillwater Dwellings homes are designed to be the ultimate in flexibility. We view the twenty plus plans in our planning guide as a starting place. You are encouraged to start with a plan that offers the relevant size, volume and space you need and we’ll modify it to fit your vision.

The Stillwater “spine and wings” system allows for flexibility in both design and configuration. Stillwater architects and project managers work personally with you to understand your needs, your building site and your budget. This collaborative approach, along with frequent communications, helps ensure a successful project.

Stillwater customer David Knoelke, explains the process.

“One of Stillwater’s designs caught my eye and I began reviewing floor plans on the Stillwater website. I found a plan that was close to what I was looking for and I contacted Stillwater. My consultant took the time to answer all my questions and assured me they could modify the floor plan to match our needs. The journey began. We had multiple discussions and meetings with Stillwater designers and our home took shape. We are close to beginning construction.”

You may have a building site that needs the living areas on the second floor to take advantage of a view, or a sloping lot that lends itself to a daylight basement configuration. Each location is different and each Stillwater home is tailored to fit the site.

We would love to hear about your custom home plans.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:

info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

Stillwater Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Stillwater Dwellings has won “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Stillwater was honored to be chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz stated “We’re so pleased to recognize Stillwater Dwellings, voted one of our “Best of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Stillwater Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

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Stillwater Newsletter – February 2017

Sleek enclosed soffits and metal entry canopies are standard in all Stillwater Dwellings homes. Note the detached garage/workshop on the left.

Simplifying the Design and Building Process

The process of designing and building a custom contemporary home can seem overwhelming. There are numerous styles, materials and building systems to choose from–and no shortage of experts ready to help. The founders of Stillwater Dwellings understood the challenges and developed a method to guide clients through the custom design and building process. From selecting the ideal floor plan to the smallest of details, like specifying door pull hardware, no step is too big or detail too small to be a part of the Stillwater Three Step Process.

PHASE ONE.  Design & Pricing

You work closely with a team of Stillwater architects and project managers to select and develop a plan suited for your site, budget and wish list. Our architects develop complete plans along with a comprehensive specification document detailing materials, options and finishes.  Stillwater then produces a fixed price for the components provided by Stillwater Dwellings and a cost estimate for elements of the project provided by others.

PHASE TWO. Engineering & Permitting

Based on the final fixed pricing, the final design, engineering and permitting begins. Project managers work with your local building department and agencies to apply for customary permits.

PHASE THREE. Fabrication & Construction

Your home will begin production at a climate controlled manufacturing facility. The Stillwater team works closely with your local contractor to finalize all related costs, and fabricated components are shipped to the site and installed per the plans. More on the Stillwater Three Step Process

The Three Step Process was engineered to guide you through the design and building process using proven practices and clear communication.  We would love to hear your custom home dreams. Let’s start a conversation.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:
info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

Attend Stillwater’s Design Webinar

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stillwater Dwellings developed the “Stillwater Advantage” webinar to take the mystery out of designing and building a custom home.

In this live, complimentary webinar, we’ll cover the design flexibility of Stillwater’s “spine and wing” building system and the process architects follow to tailor plans to meet each client’s taste and style. We’ll also detail Stillwater’s exclusive three step planning and production process, from defining site requirements to managing the budget.

Questions will be gathered during the event and answered following the presentations.

Click to RSVP

You’ll receive a link to the live presentation. No special software is required. 

For additional information please call 800-691-7302.

Stillwater Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

Visit our photo gallery

Stillwater Newsletter – January 2017

This Stillwater home was carefully sited on the property to allow a blend of indoor and outdoor living.

Finding the Right Property

There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a building site. Stillwater Dwellings representatives are experts in assessing your property’s feasibility for a pre-fab home. We evaluate your site based on a number of factors, including topography, zoning restrictions, design review board limitations, and utility access. The Stillwater team’s depth of experience helps ensure the home you select is a good fit for both your building site and your lifestyle.

For many clients, the relationship with the Stillwater team begins during the property search. Such was the case with Jay and Dina, who had several properties in Washington State on their radar when they reached out to us. They were guided by Stillwater Co-CEO, Kaveh Khatibloo.

“We chose Stillwater Dwellings to help us plan and build our new home. Kaveh and the team helped us rule out some properties until we found one that we really liked. After we purchased the lot, Kaveh and the team worked with us on siting, planning, pricing, and permitting. We’re not sure how we would have been able to get this far without the Stillwater process and guidance. We plan to start building our dream retirement home in a few months.”

Personalized guidance, from helping clients conceptualize their dreams, to move-in day, is part of what makes Stillwater unique. Wherever you are in the process, we would love to start the conversation.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:
info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

More Helpful Information

Stillwater Dwellings has developed a library of articles to take the mystery out of planning and building a custom home. A partial list of topics and links is below:

How Site Restrictions Could Affect Your Home Design

How Large a Home Do You Need?

Designing For Natural Light and Lower Energy Costs

Five Important Considerations When Customizing a Floor Plan

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Establishing a Successful Homeowner / Building Partnership

More Topics

Have questions about custom building or the Stillwater process?  Give us a call. No question is too small.

800-691-7302

Visit our photo gallery

Click to visit the Gadd residence, outside of Portland, Oregon, featured in the December issue of Dwell Magazine.

Stillwater Newsletter – December 2016

A Home That’s Truly Yours

The Stillwater process is built around exceptional contemporary design, unmatched personal service and efficient, effective processes.  Our mission is to help clients realize their dream of spending time with family and friends in a home that’s truly their own.

Having a home tailored to your personal needs and sensibilities is the primary reason most people decide to build a custom home. Stillwater building systems are flexible and can be adapted for homes of any size. Advanced design systems and uniform construction details add efficiency and economy to help make custom contemporary homes accessible to a wide range of tastes and budgets.

At Stillwater, we often start with a site visit. A Stillwater Dwellings professional visits your site to evaluate the characteristics of your lot and help determine the ideal orientation and location for your home. Next, you work with Stillwater project managers and architects to personalize your selected plan or develop an entirely custom plan based on the Stillwater “spine and wings” building system. Flexibility, and the comprehensive nature of our services, help set Stillwater apart.

We would love to hear about your custom home plans.

Call us at 800-691-7302 or contact:
info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Stillwater Dwellings plans and photos

Click to visit the Gadd residence, outside of Portland, Oregon, featured in the December issue of Dwell Magazine.

Thanks For a Great 2016!

A special thank you to all our Stillwater friends for making 2016 our best year ever. We had the privilege of helping many wonderful people turn their contemporary home dreams into reality and developed lasting relationships in the process.

This year-end greeting would not be complete without recognizing the tremendous Stillwater team. The many talents of our architects, project managers and office staff, and their dedication to serving our clients, is the reason we continue to grow.
All of us at Stillwater Dwellings wish you the best in 2017.

Visit our photo gallery

For more planning tips, and printed versions of Stillwater plans, order the Plans Gallery and Planning Guide.

Stillwater Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

Stillwater Newsletter – November 2016

Stillwater Dwellings Featured in Dwell Magazine

We are excited to announce a beautiful Stillwater home is featured in the December 2016 issue of Dwell Magazine. The piece highlights Peter and Rebecca Gadd’s home (plan sd221) in Boring, Oregon.

When Rebecca and Peter decided to move their web-based business to Oregon and build their dream home, they faced a logistical challenge. How could they oversee a custom home project in Oregon while living in Minnesota? They would have to manage the process remotely, and only make the move to Oregon after the home was already under construction. Their solution—build a prefab home.

After extensive research, the Gadds selected Stillwater Dwellings. They were attracted by Stillwater’s designs and their state-of-the-art project management processes. “We try and simplify the process of building a custom home”, says Matthew Stannard, founder and CEO of Stillwater Dwellings, “Utilizing a combination of a well-defined prefab building system, technology, and advanced project management techniques our clients are able complete the process in less time and without surprises.”

Stillwater architects worked on the details of the building process with the Gadds using two-way online presentation software that allowed them to show and discuss home plans, schedules and budgets in real time, from across the country. Stillwater representatives also visited the building location, situated the home on the site, and helped the Gadds select a qualified builder. See more photos.

The final design features a double height living area open to the kitchen, a loft office, and a unique corner window system that adds a dramatic sense of light and space. The two story home totals 2035 square feet of living area with 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths and a 2 car attached garage. See the floor plan.

Stillwater Dwellings brings contemporary residential design to a new level of sophistication and practical livability. Please give us a call to start the conversation.

Please give us a call to start the conversation. 800-691-7302
info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Tips for Personalizing a Floor Plan

Most Stillwater owners start with an existing plan and personalize it to fit their lifestyle, building site and tastes.

Important considerations when choosing and customizing a floor plan:

1. How much living space do you need?

If your family is growing, include enough floor space to accommodate future family members. A den or office with an attached bath can be converted into a bedroom later.

2.  Working from home?

If you work from home include space for a home office. It should be away from busy rooms such as the family room or kitchen.

3.  Like to entertain?

A kitchen/great room combination can allow space to accommodate a large group. If you don’t entertain much, a more intimate space might be right for you.

4. Open space or privacy?

If you like having the family together consider a great-room concept.  Want quiet? A smaller family room and separate media/game room, and formal den/office provide more solitude.

5. How does your building site influence your home design?

If you have a large lot, a single floor plan might work well. If you want a large house on a smaller lot then you’ll need multiple floors.

Visit the plans library.

 

For more planning tips, and printed versions of Stillwater plans, order the Plans Gallery and Planning Guide.

Stillwater Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

Stillwater Newsletter – October 2016

 

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From Midcentury Modern to Twenty-first Century Contemporary.

Art is influenced by the times in which it’s created and what came before.  Whether architecture, visual, music or performing arts, everything builds from the realities of today and impressions from the past.  Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the evolution of architecture from post-World War II midcentury modern homes, to today’s contemporary residential design.

After the war there was tremendous pent-up demand for housing and a cadre of young architects ready to take advantage of the opportunity—particularly in Southern California.  What became known as midcentury modern architecture was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus movement of the 1920’s and the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Cobusier.  Defined by open floor plans, clean lines, generous use of glass, a blending of inside and outside living spaces, and use of materials new to home design such as steel and plywood.  The midcentury modern esthetic set the tone for today’s contemporary homes.

Stillwater Dwellings embraces this heritage and brings contemporary residential design to a new level of sophistication and practical livability.

To learn more about midcentury modern design:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-century_modern

http://www.frontdoor.com/home-styles/all-about-mid-century-modern-architecture

Please give us a call to start the conversation. 800-691-7302
info@stillwaterdwellings.com

7bfe4139-59bf-4407-8994-5ee8287ac92fUnderstand Your Building Site

There is nothing more important to a successful custom home project than finding the right building site. Whether you already have a site, or are shopping for one, understanding how to get the most from your property can make the planning and building process run more smoothly. We’ve put together a guide to understanding how the unique nature of your site can effect the design and building process. It includes information on:

  • Topography
  • Utilizing existing trees and shrubs
  • Solar Orientation
  • Utility needs
  • Septic issues
  • Maximizing views

Read this article and other helpful planning tips.

We’re here to help. Call 800-691-7302 with any questions.

Stillwater has more than twenty floor plans and three finish packages to start your home design. Explore the possibilities.

Stillwater Newsletter – September 2016

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It’s All About Choice

Building a home requires making choices. It’s choices that shape your project, incorporate your tastes and ultimately make the project a success. Choices range from selecting the right building site and home style to choosing flooring, cabinet style and even house numbers. Building a Stillwater home allows you to define your project down to the smallest detail.

Stillwater Dwellings architects and project managers guide you through the planning and building process with one thing in mind—you have choice. They help you select the floor plan that fits your needs and budget and then custom tailor it to fit just right. Or they can design a totally custom plan. Along the way they suggest appropriate finishing materials, fixtures and hardware to enhance the contemporary sensibilities of your home.

Making decisions and choices can seem overwhelming when designing and building a home. At Stillwater our professional staff guides you through the questions and the options. We pay attention to the small stuff, even specifying the style of house numbers.

Please give us a call to start the conversation. 800-691-7302
info@stillwaterdwellings.com

Attend Stillwater’s Design Webinar

2b4cf4a6-9a88-4836-b1a7-0aa2ca1f6cd2Thursday, October 13

Stillwater Dwellings has developed the “Stillwater Advantage” webinar to help take the mystery out of designing and building a custom home.

In this live, complimentary webinar, founder Matthew Stannard introduces the design flexibility of Stillwater’s “spine and wing” building system and the process architects follow to tailor plans to meet each clients’s taste and style. Chief Sales Officer, Kaveh Khatibloo explains Stillwater’s comprehensive three phase planning and production process from defining site requirements to managing the budget.

Questions will be gathered during the event and answered following the presentations.

RSVP to the October 13 Webinar Today. You’ll receive a link to the live presentation.  No special software is required.

Stillwater has more than twenty floor plans and three finish packages to start your home design. Explore the possibilities.

Stillwater Newsletter – August 2016

Complimentary Sliding Glass Door Upgrade

Sliding Glass Door Upgrade Offer Extended!

We’re pleased to announce that Stillwater’s complimentary window wall upgrade promotion has been extended. All new Stillwater Dwellings orders received by September 15, 2016 will qualify for a no-cost upgrade to a Western Window Systems 20′ or 24′ wide multi-slide door. This state of the art door system features unobstructed glass panels that stack or slide into pockets to provide an expansive blend of indoor and outdoor living.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Western Window Systems, a leader in contemporary sliding wall design, to make this special upgrade offer. Their singular attention to detail and quality make them a good fit for Stillwater Dwellings and our very discerning clients,” said John Morgan, Stillwater COO.

To take advantage of this offer, and save up to $10,000, give us a call today. A Phase One agreement must be entered into by September 15, 2016 to qualify. More information on the Sliding Glass Door upgrade offer.

Please give us a call to start the conversation. 800-691-7302
info@stillwaterdwellings.com

A Remarkable Building Material

newsletter-aug-2016As an architect, I could specify a wide variety of contemporary building materials. But only one is totally sustainable, never rusts, is flexible enough to shift as structures settle, does not expand and contract with the seasons, is energy efficient, is both a structural and finishing material, is easy to work with and repair, and is totally recyclable. Of course I’m talking about wood.

It’s almost a magical material. Trees take energy from the sun, and carbon dioxide from the air and converts them into a totally natural, renewable and recyclable product that continues to evolve.

Matthew Stannard, Founder and CEO Stillwater Dwellings

Stillwater has more than twenty floor plans and three finish packages to start your home design. Explore the possibilities.

How Large a Home do You Really Need?

Everyone contemplating a custom home asks “How big a house do I need?” There are multiple considerations that go into answering this question, besides the most obvious — the budget.

Important elements to consider:

  • The physical limitations of the building site
  • Family members living in the home (small children, teenagers, extended family, etc.)
  • Long term use of the home (family events, aging in place & accessibility)
  • Alternative uses for the space
  • The cost of energy in your area
  • Your personal philosophy

At Stillwater we believe your home should compliment your lifestyle–now and in the future. Too large a space wastes materials, resources and money. Too small and reduced scale increases costs.
According to architect Matthew Stannard, Stillwater’s CEO:

All of our 20+ plans are designed to maximize livability and efficiency without adding expensive extra square footage. Many homes feature 12 foot high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass. Innovative and efficient design can make even smaller spaces feel spacious.

We love to talk about home planning. Call or email us today.

800-691-7302 kaveh@stillwaterdwellings.com

Want to read more about how big is big enough? Below are some helpful links.
How Much Home Do You Really Need?
10 Tips for Smart Home Design

Stillwater Newsletter – April 2016

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Southern California Home Adapted to Meet Neighborhood Requirements

Building in a planned community can mean conforming to unique exterior finish requirements. In the case of a Stillwater home built in coastal Southern California, it meant changing from cedar siding to stucco. Not a problem. Stillwater architects worked with local building officials to customize the home to both fit the community and maintain its contemporary design aesthetic.

All Stillwater homes are personalized to meet your individual needs and tastes. Our proprietary Three Step Process assures your home fits your building site and budget, while taking into account local conditions and regulations.

We would like to help you write your own Stillwater story. Let’s begin the conversation.

Please call 800-691-7302 or email today. kaveh@stillwaterdwellings.com

For more information and photos of Stillwater homes please visit our website.

Complimentary Design Webinar, May 19, 2016

e048c0fe-4116-412b-9173-4470fb60ccb7This live webinar introduces the Stillwater “spine and wings” building system, our three phase planning and production process and much more. Questions will be gathered during the event and answered following the presentations.

You’ll receive a link to the live presentation. No special software is required.

The Guide includes exterior and interior photos along with valuable information on Stillwater building systems, the three phase planning process, finishing options, energy efficiency and sustainability.

RSVP for Design Seminar

Questions about the webinar? Call 800-691-7302

The New 2016 Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

31bdca1d-e2c8-445b-a106-1bff10238b78Stillwater Dwellings proudly announces the release of an expanded Plans Gallery and Planning Guide. The Guide was developed to give homebuyers the tools and inspiration needed to fulfill their dream of building a custom contemporary home. The 48-page Planning Guide highlights 23 contemporary floor plans from Stillwater architects, including four exterior elevations for each plan, room dimensions, suggested furniture placement and more.

The Guide includes exterior and interior photos along with valuable information on Stillwater building systems, the three phase planning process, finishing options, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Learn more about Stillwater’s Plans Gallery and Planning Guide.

 

 

Stillwater Newsletter – March 2016

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Resources For Planning Your Custom Home

Planning and building a custom home is simultaneously exciting, daunting and rewarding. There is nothing like the freedom to create a home tailored to your tastes, lifestyle and building site. The journey to a custom contemporary home begins with understanding the planning and building process.

Stillwater Dwellings has created a series of articles to help you understand the key planning considerations that are a part of all custom home building projects. Topics include:

  • Designing for Natural Light and Lower Energy Costs
  • Important Considerations when Customizing a Floor Plan
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  • Establishing a successful Builder/Homeowner Partnership
  • How Site Restrictions May Affect Your New Home Design
  • Your Building Site Is Speaking To You. What is it Saying?

Stillwater’s Three Phase Planning and Building Process was designed to assure projects move efficiently, and always focus on the client’s needs. The result, a state-of-the art contemporary Stillwater home that fits both your life and setting.

We would love to talk about your home plans. Call or email.

800-691-7302  kaveh@stillwaterdwellings.com

 

The New 2016 Plans Gallery and Planning Guide

31bdca1d-e2c8-445b-a106-1bff10238b78Stillwater Dwellings proudly announces the release of an expanded Plans Gallery and Planning Guide. The Guide was developed to give homebuyers the tools and inspiration needed to fulfill their dream of building a custom contemporary home. The 48-page Planning Guide highlights 23 contemporary floor plans from Stillwater architects, including four exterior elevations for each plan, room dimensions, suggested furniture placement and more.

The Guide includes exterior and interior photos along with valuable information on Stillwater building systems, the three phase planning process, finishing options, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Learn more about Stillwater’s Plans Gallery and Planning Guide.

 

 

Stillwater Newsletter – January 2016

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“Why We Chose Stillwater Dwellings”

Below is a letter recently received from Stillwater clients building their “forever” home this spring.


Dear Stillwater Team:

We were so excited when the time came to begin thinking about building a home for our blended family.

Nick has been a builder and fine craftsman for upwards of 40 years. His father was a builder, his grandfather too. When we began to plan our new home, the third home Nick will build for his family, we knew we needed to find a company that shared Nick’s sense of place and our desire for a clean and light-filled home. Nick believes strongly in selecting the best material, and never taking shortcuts that almost always compromise quality and longevity.

I found Stillwater Dwellings on the Internet and couldn’t wait to show Nick. I knew right away they would be a match and, upon seeing their designs, he was as excited as I to learn more about the company. Honestly, even at that point, we felt we had found a kindred spirit in terms of design, vision, and attention. Within days, we were in Stillwater’s offices. We were absolutely delighted.

Nick has worked with many fine architects over the years, and we knew what we were looking for in terms of design. We wanted long clean lines and a minimalist design with high ceilings and as much natural light as we could bring in. Stillwater created this for us, beautifully.

We have been working with Stillwater for approximately one year and remain as thrilled today as we were after our first meeting. Kaveh, Matthew and Jana are exceptional listeners and implementers, and continue to provide us with valuable feedback and ideas. Most importantly, they too believe in thoughtful design that is going to last.

We are building this house as our forever home, to someday leave to our children and their children.  We couldn’t be happier with our decision to use Stillwater Dwellings. The plans are complete, permitting is underway and we look forward to a spring groundbreaking.

Warm Regards,
Heather and Nicholas Paradis


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We would like to help you write your own Stillwater story. Let’s begin the conversation.

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Stillwater Dwellings Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

e4d087e5-322f-47ab-8ed0-bf822d0479d9Stillwater Dwellings has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Stillwater was honored to be chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz stated “We’re so pleased to recognize Stillwater Dwellings, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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Stillwater Newsletter – December 2015

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Free Webinar Takes the Mystery Out of Building a Custom Home

Many people dream of building their own home—a home that fits their tastes, their lifestyle, and in the perfect setting. How to get started on fulfilling that dream can seem overwhelming. To help take the mystery out of the design and building process, Stillwater Dwellings developed the “Stillwater Advantage” webinar.

In this live webinar, founder Matthew Stannard introduces you to the Stillwater “spine and wings” building system, its design flexibility, and the process architects follow to tailor plans to meet each client’s taste and style. Chief Sales Officer, Kaveh Khatibloo details Stillwater’s comprehensive three phase planning and production process ranging from defining site requirements to managing the budget.

Questions will be gathered during the event and answered following the presentations.

Please RSVP today.  You’ll receive a link to the live presentation.  No special software is required.

RSVP for January 14, 4 PM (PST) Seminar

RSVP for January 14, 7 PM (PST) Seminar

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All The Best in 2016

bddb28ac-c40a-4fc8-8d18-7d25dec53f8dI would like to personally thank all of our Stillwater friends for making 2015 our best year ever. We had the privilege of helping many wonderful people turn their contemporary home dreams into reality, and developed some great long-term friendships in the process.

This year-end greeting would not be complete without recognizing the tremendous Stillwater team. Their talents, teamwork and dedication to serving our clients is the reason we continue to grow.

All of us at Stillwater Dwellings wish you a Happy New Year!

Matthew Stannard
Founder and CEO

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Just What is Prefab?

 

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The New York Times recently published an article on Revolution, a company founded by Robbie Antonio that sells precrafted tiny homes and pavilions. This article got us thinking about the definition of prefab. Mr. Antonio, a 38 year old Stanford MBA, has a taste for contemporary art, luxury brands, and big ticket architecture. Yes, these homes and pavilions are gorgeous and pre-built, but the designs are so idiosyncratic it’s hard to imagine their production with any efficiency.

I was especially drawn to the bimorphic moon pavilion by Daniel Libeskind (see above photo). It appears to be a bisected blob of molten gold, and shows the hand of a master designer–“blobs” are not as easy to create as you may think.

Likewise, Gluckman Tang’s art pavilion, made from lacquered wood and translucent polycarbonate, is a sweet, well controlled minimalist structure and the closest of all of Revolution’s “precrafted properties” to the reality of typical building methods.

There’s a lot of talk about the notion of prefab, but in actuality the dwellings in this article are more like prefab prototyping, and prototyping is likely to be the way they will stay. After all, one of the fundamental tenants of prefab is that its supposed to be affordable, mass production housing, not a couture dwelling.

Stillwater Newsletter – November 2015

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Understanding Building Regulations—a Good Idea

Nearly every building site faces some sort of regulatory hurdle. Often it’s just a matter of understanding the rules and adapting the home design to fit both the site and the regulations. However, knowing the most common types of regulatory restrictions is always a good idea.

Common Zoning Regulations:

  • Setback requirements: how far from the front, side and rear lots can the home be built.
  • Lot coverage restrictions: how much of the site area can be covered with the structure and with impervious (e.g. asphalt drive, tennis courts) surfaces.
  • House size limitations: some local zoning restrictions limit the size of houses or the height of houses.
  • Utility restrictions: if your site will require a septic system or a well, several regulations may apply.
  • Wetlands designations: some sites contain wetlands or are near enough to wetlands to affect the site.
  • Coastal Regulations: building near the ocean can involve special permits.
  • We would love to hear about your home plans. Call or email today.

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Every Stillwater home comes with personalized support to help you navigate the unique requirements for your building site. Our professional architects and project managers have years of experience working with municipalities and building departments. We look forward to helping you with your project.

Give us a call or email today.

800-691-7302  kaveh@stillwaterdwellings.com

Introducing a New Addition to Our Team

3f8de79f-9ff5-4350-b715-519ecb9d264dStillwater is pleased to announce that Camian Larson has joined our team as Sales Manager for Oregon and Washington. Camian brings a wealth of experience to her new position. In her 16 years in the custom home world she has done everything from project management to general contracting.

Camian is excited about the opportunity to guide Stillwater clients through the design and building process, and ultimately, to the completion of their new home.

Call or email Camian today:
206-547-0565
camian@stillwaterdwellings.com