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Meet the Architect: Jayson Thoemke, AIA LEED AP

ThBlueprintsey say that God is in the details.  In the process of home design, it’s the architect who does the detailing. Check out this video outlining the architectural process by Jayson Thoemke, AIA of Thoemke Architecture:

Schematic Phase:  Based on your likes/dislikes, here’s where the overall concept for your new home is determined.

Design/Development Phase: Now we flesh out the details – the interior, floor plans, elevations and how the whole project will go together.

Documents Phase: Your chance to finalize things.  Documents are created which will be used for the permitting process and by your builder to bid on your project.

Construction Phase:  FINALLY!!!  We’re at that exciting moment when the building of your home commences.

Post-Construction Phase:  Review and final inspection prior to the completion of the project to ensure it meets your standards.

This list makes renovating or building a new home look like an easy process, doesn’t it?  You know better – and so does Timberlake Design/Build!  While it is a complicated process, we work alongside your architect doing what we can to smooth it out into manageable steps.  We believe that an informed client is our best client so we’ll guide you the entire way and in the end, you’ll love your new home!

 

Meet the Architect: Marta Hansen, AIA LEED AP

“People come to me at the best time of their lives,” says Marta Hansen an award-winning architect that Timberlake Design Build (TDB) has had the pleasure of working with.  Hansen Architects specializes in waterfront, green and historic architecture.“The process starts with you – understanding your dreams, needs, likes and lifestyle,” says Dave Lunden of TDB.

“When the foundation of work starts with thoughtful design and creative problem-solving, the end result is a home that exceeds our client’s expectations,” continued Lunden.  Watch this video for an idea of how Hansen Architects helps their clients visualize design options while maximizing their building site’s potential and respecting the budget.The Creative Process  Starts with a Visual Concept

 
The Creative Process Starts with a Visual Concept

Design Trend: The Coming-Of-Age of the Bathroom

We’ve been preaching this for some time, yet three quarters of our customers don’t put bathtubs in their master bathrooms. If resale is important to you, at least one bathtub, located in a secondary/hall location, is usually sufficient.

This recent Houzz posting has some great information about what bathroom features are popular — and the differences by age group.  What do you think?  Does your age reflect what the study found?

General contractors, home builders, and more ∨

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As you get ready to host an event, be sure you have enough dining benches and dishes for dinner guests, as well as enough bakeware and kitchen knives sets for food preparation.

What’s Cookin?

Its winter and we’re spending more time inside our homes.  Friends and family gather for the holidays.  And your kitchen is a focal point of these festive gatherings.  If your kitchen needs a makeover, here are some things to consider:

YOUR ULTIMATE KITCHEN

Today’s kitchens are increasingly part of an open-floor plan and there is a move towards simplicity, energy efficiency, and natural materials.  Check out the helpful Kitchen Planner by the National Kitchen and Bath Association www.NKBA.org which is available as a free download.

Here’s how you can get started:

  • What is currently working and not working in your kitchen?  How will you use the kitchen? Do you like to cook and entertain in your kitchen?  Is there more than one cook in your house? Does your kitchen need to serve as a multi-purpose area –friends gather and relax, kids do homework, etc?
  • Take inventory of everything you need to store and the efficiency of the kitchen layout.  Cabinet makers are focused on organization and streamlining how you use your cabinetry so there are thousands of options to meet your requirements.  You’ve probably heard of the Kitchen Triangle – stove, fridge and sink at the points of the triangle – we can help you with various layouts that can make the space organized and efficient to use, taking into consideration specialty appliances, islands, work stations and more.
  • What’s your budget? NKBA says you can expect cabinetry and hardware to run about 29% of your investment, appliances and ventilation can be 14%, countertops typically run 10%, and installation is about 17% of the total project cost. Set aside 10% or 20% of your budget for contingencies.

Visit our new website to get inspired by looking at the kitchens we’ve created!

Old and Drafty… But You Absolutely Love It?

We see this all the time.  Older homes in great neighborhoods with everything you want in a community – wonderful neighbors, convenient location, close to schools, shopping and more. But that amazing home with “great bones” is showing signs of wear and possibly costing you much more than it needs to in wasted monthly expenses.

As outdoor temperatures begin to cool, many homeowners in older residences are anticipating the escalation of their heating bills to compensate for chillier days and nights. Mounting energy costs are a key element in why many Timberlake Design/Build clients choose to renovate, making their homes not only more comfortable for their current lifestyle, but more energy efficient.  Some of these homes may have had no change to their mechanical systems in over 20 years!  Yikes!! That’s enough to put a chill in the air, just thinking about it!  The fact is, older systems are significantly less efficient than units available today. And, let’s not forget the gaps and cracks in a foundation, walls, roof, doors, windows, and especially “holes” in the attic floor that can contribute to increased energy costs by allowing conditioned air to leak outside.

Need that sweater yet??

The reality is that newly-constructed homes tend to be more efficient than older homes with respect to energy use, particularly as measured on a per square foot basis. Upgrading your older existing home to include more energy-efficient features can save you money.

We’d be happy to come out and review how an energy efficient remodel can enhance your life, and your wallet!  Give us a call – we’ll bring the hot chocolate!!

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