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

Energy Efficiency & Sustainability in Prefab Homes

Prefab Home in Portland, OR

One of the primary advantages of purchasing a prefabricated home is that they are more eco-friendly, energy efficient, and sustainable than the majority of traditionally constructed homes. There are many reasons why prefab houses are better for both the environment and your energy bills. Here at Stillwater Dwellings, our commitment to helping the environment has a huge impact on the way we build our homes. Here are some of the ways that prefab homes are built to be better for the planet.


First of all, prefab homes are much better insulated than homes built with traditional on-site construction. Building some or all of a home within a factory means that insulation can be installed more easily and more efficiently. Better insulation goes a long way in improving energy usage. Joints are tighter and air infiltration and escape are both minimized. You’ll see the great insulation of a prefab home reflected in much lower energy bills.

Less Waste 

Prefabricated homes also generate less waste during construction, which is helpful for the environment. For homes built using traditional construction, having leftover materials is inevitable. In fact, from a contractor’s point of view this makes sense, because having to re-order a material holds up construction. However, this extra waste is bad for the environment.

Continue Reading →

4 Benefits of Building a Prefab Home

4 Important Advantages of Building a Prefab Home

People sometimes have misconceptions when it comes to prefabricated homes. Opinions tend to take on one of two extremes – the low-end, mass produced “manufactured homes” or the impossibly expensive custom home. In reality, prefabricated homes are becoming more and more common, as well as more accessible to many different budget levels. There are several advantages to choosing a custom prefab home over one made with traditional construction processes.

Here are four of our big-ticket benefits of prefab homes:

  • Quality Control –  Because custom prefab homes are built in a controlled environment, according to specific standards, you can be confident that your home will be built with uniform quality.  Site built homes are subject to the schedules and often varied skill levels of independent contractors—not to mention the effects of inclement weather.     On the other hand, prefab homes are built by an experience crew in a protected factory   and the homes are inspected many times throughout the construction process.
  • Energy Efficient – Prefab homes are also applauded for their energy efficiency and sustainability. In traditional construction, extra materials often lead to extra waste. However, because prefab homes are made (at least partly) in a factory, any extra materials are recycled in-house. This is a huge improvement over the traditional construction strategy of sending the waste to a landfill. The controlled environment in which prefab homes are fabricated makes it easier to assure construction is accurate, joints are tight and that air infiltration and escape is minimized.  This allows prefabricated homes to be insulated to a higher level than site built homes, and subsequently, often more energy efficient.  Continue Reading →