The Latest from Stillwater
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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—now and in the future (family events, aging in place & accessibility)
- Alternative uses for the space (home office, craft room)
- 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.
Want to read more about how big is big enough? Below are some helpful links.
Attend a Design Seminar
Stillwater Design Seminars take the mystery out of building a custom home. Matthew Stannard, Stillwater’s founder, will introduce you to his design philosophy and the process to assure plans meet each client’s individual preferences. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and Stillwater staff will be on hand to meet with you personally.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
12:00 – 2:00PM
San Francisco Area
Saturday, November 2, 2013
10:00AM - 12:00 PM
Please call 800-691-7302 with any questions.
It's All About Design and Function
Architect Matthew Stannard, the CEO and a founder of Stillwater, has spent much of his professional life developing contemporary custom homes for upscale clients-- in his birthplace of Wellington, New Zealand, and in Seattle where he spent fourteen years as a senior associate with Olson Sundbert Kundig & Allen. In that time he came to realize that thoughtful design, careful selection of finish materials and fanatical attention to efficiency can make owning a premium contemporary home a reality for many more people.
On Types of Architects
"I tend to think of myself as a product designer rather than as architect "sculpting" one-of-a-kind custom homes. A home that works for its owners requires the right mix of aesthetics and function. A product designer pays equal attention to both. A home should be livable and beautiful—there is no need to compromise."
On Founding Stillwater Dwellings
"Today's custom building industry is extremely fragmented and terribly inefficient. Custom homes are more complex with higher end finishes and challenging budgets. However the process of sourcing materials and construction methods have changed very little in the last fifty years. I saw firsthand the inefficiencies that come from constructing a complex structure, piece by piece at a challenging site, with weather related delays and numerous on-site changes. There is a better way.
At Stillwater we're able to oversee the design and construction process from first conversation to move-in day. Our clients pick from more than 20 floor plans, choose a finish package and then modify it to fit their needs. They select the accessories and we build the home in a tightly controlled environment to meet their specifications. Construction timelines are not affected by weather delays, subcontractors schedules, or last minute changes. It's all highly efficient—and very rewarding."
Lets talk about your home plans. Call 800-691-7302 or email email@example.com.
Below is a list of helpful planning sites.
Pintrist.com - Game changing site that makes gathering ideas from web sources easy. Its a great tool for saving examples of design elements, furnishing, window coverings and everything else that goes into a new home.
Houzz.com - Similar to Pintrist but focused only on house design and decorating. An excellent place to gather ideas and review supplier catalogs
home-designing.com - For those interested in home design from an international perspective.
Happy New Year
All of us at Stillwater Dwellings wish you the very best in the new year. We're bullish on 2013, and believe it will be one of the best years to build in nearly a decade There are many reasons for our optimism.
- The election is finally over and the economy is continuing to show slow but steady growth. (We don't think congress will let us fall off the fiscal cliff—at least not for long)
- The housing market is recovering, with prices up in nearly all of our marketing areas.
- Land prices are relatively low when compared with pre-recession levels.
- Mortgage interest rates are at or near historic lows.
- Inflation is virtually non-existent.
If you're like most Stillwater clients, you've been thinking about building a custom home for years. You want a home tailored to your interests, esthetics, values and geography. You're tired of the many compromises you've made with your existing home. It's time for a home that fits—perfectly.
We believe that designing and building a new prefab home should be exciting and rewarding, not stressful and open ended. For most people building a custom home is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Stillwater's highly experienced consultants personally guide you through every step of the process—from feasibility study to final assembly on your lot.
All journeys start with a single step, and now's an ideal time. We urge you to contact us and start the conversation.
The Stillwater's Signature "Butterfly Roof"
There is no feature more distinctive than Stillwater Dwelling's soaring butterfly roof design. The modern soaring roof line is more than an attractive design element, it allows for ceilings heights up to 12', adding volume—and the ability to add dramatic window-walls blending inside and outside living areas.
In addition, Stillwater's unique modular building method allows rooms as large as 20' x 40' free of any interior support posts ideal for the great room concept.
Tips on Shopping for a Building Site
Shopping for a building site is a bit different than shopping for an home. Like home shopping there are lots of variables to consider, but some very different.
We found several sites that provide useful tips. Please let us know if you have found others and we'll add them to the list.