There are many timber frame companies who ask you to choose one of their plans and sign a full contract before moving forward. You are asked to commit a large sum toward building a home, before you even have a chance to fully realize your floor plan concept. This process causes pressure to find an existing floor plan that is "perfect" as-is, so you can feel confident enough to make the investment. Riverbend offers a less stressful and more complete solution for achieving the "perfect plan."
Achieving the "Perfect Plan"
With Riverbend, our design process is separate from the rest of the building project. You start by signing a Design Development Agreement to work with Riverbend Design. For a modest fee you receive design services that allow you to see what your home will look like and understand how much it will actually cost to build. This approach delivers your perfect plan, and peace of mind, before you make the commitment to build.
During the Riverbend Design Process you work one-on-one with your designer to create a plan that fits your site, budget and style. This plan may be based on one of our design concepts, or created from scratch. Either way, we provide 3D color renderings of four sides of your home - usually drawn on a photo of your site - in addition to a full set of floor plans, elevations, and a model of your timber frame skeleton.
Photos of homes which were based on a specific plan are very useful in helping you get a better understanding of what your own home might look like, however, they can also be misleading. Below are some samples of how past clients have updated two of our plans. Although you can see the similarities, there are some obvious differences as well. It is our job to capture your unique vision and translate it into a custom plan. At the end of the design phase we want to show you your home, not a photo of someone else's interpretation.