Stillwater Dwellings Featured in Dwell Magazine
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.
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.
For more planning tips, and printed versions of Stillwater plans, order the Plans Gallery and Planning Guide.