The Latest from Stillwater
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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.
Stillwater Dwellings' Bend, Oregon sd231 & Portland, Oregon sd133 were included in a Houzz feature article titled "
Regional Modern: Oregon Homes Respond to the Landscape"Read it here
Stillwater Dwellings was featured in the recent Wall Street Journal article on prefab homes and Sherri Koone's "Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid" book.
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Stillwater Dwellings' Portland, Oregon home is featured in Sheri Koones' new book "PREFABULOUS + Almost Off the Grid". Sheri has published two other books, "PREFABULOUS + Sustainable" and "Modular Mansions", both exceptionally well-received. The book features a forward by Robert Redford. Thanks Sheri... we're honored to be a part of your book!
The book is available for purchase now at your local bookseller, Amazon.com, etc.
Residential Architect magazine recently named us one of 5 prefab companies poised to ramp up.
See the whole story here: http://www.residentialarchitect.com/prefab-design/revisiting-modern-prefab.aspx