Total Home Solution® is Riverbend's process for guiding our clients seamlessly through all stages of their timber home project. We work directly with you to create a custom home, not just a timber frame package. This overview illustrates the entire process for building your home and how Riverbend contributes during each phase.
Click the steps on the right to find out what happens during each phase of the process. Click and drag the screen to move up and down.
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As you step through the process this box will display how the members of your Riverbend team will be interacting with your project.
The content in this box will give you a better understanding of payment schedules and financing options at each stage of the process.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of lead time if you have a designated move-in date. The process - from design through construction - can vary greatly but will take at least 9 months. Here are some guidelines to help you along the way:
Your Riverbend Client Representative is available at any time to answer your questions, without any pressure. Your rep can give you a breakdown of the cost to build in your area and help you determine if your design goals are in line with your expected budget.
If you plan to use a construction loan for any part of your project, you should speak with a financial institution or advisor so that you understand what is required for construction loans in you area. Many banks are asking for a larger percentage of cash down than they have in the past.
Before the design process can begin, you should have already purchased your land. It is far easier to design or modify a plan to fit a lot than to find a piece of property to fit a design. Factors affecting the design include:
Your client representative is available to answer any questions you may have about land choices.
Once you choose your property and start the design process, your designer will take all of the above factors into consideration as they create your plan.
When choosing a piece of land, keep in mind any additional costs that may be associated with that property such as site improvements (wells, septic, roads, electrical) and excavation (slopes, dense rock, water tables).
The final step in designating your budget is to secure financing. Although you can move forward into design without it, if you don't know for sure what you can spend you could end up designing too much into your home. This could result in costly changes later on. Things to consider:
Riverbend has relationships with financial institutions that specialize in wood home loans. If you are ready to start the design process, you can ask your rep for a reference.
It may take some time for you to get pre-approved and decide on a final budget. Make sure that you allocate enough time up front for this process.
Once you are ready to start the design process with Riverbend, we ask that you sign a Design & Development Agreement (DDA) which commits you to the design process, nothing more. Before your design meeting is scheduled there will be a few things going on:
If he hasn't already, your representative will visit your site, take photos of the property and discuss any specific requirements or questions you may have. He will take this information back to your architectural designer in preparation for your design meeting.
Riverbend charges $1.50 per square foot (based on your layout goals) for the DDA to start the Conceptual Design phase. You are not committed to purchase any materials.
The Conceptual Design Process starts with your design meeting. During this initial meeting and the weeks that follow your designer will:
At this stage, your architectural designer will begin to take the lead on your project as they work to create the ideal plan for your home.
Your rep will attend the meeting and remain available for questions.
You are introduced to your PM and he begins to learn about your project in preparation for the next stages.
The goal of the design phase is to show you what your home will look like, prior to requiring any commitment to purchase materials from us.
Once you feel confident that your design matches your vision and budget, you will then sign a contract for the materials and any construction services. This will move you forward into pre-construction. During this time frame:
Your designer will be making minor modifications and working to finalize your construction documents. Shop drawings are then produced.
The role of your PM will depend on your choice of construction solutions. From helping you find a builder to coordinating with our manufacturing plants, your PM will be begin to take primary control of your project.
When you are ready to sign the contract we require 10% of the total contract price before we can move forward with construction documents.
If you have not already, you will sign a contract with your builder.
Riverbend works hard to time the manufacturing of your timber frame and SIP materials to coincide with the completion of your foundation. During the manufacturing phase:
There is a lot to coordinate at this stage and your PM will work diligently to maintain your schedule as they work with our plants and your builder to meet the delivery date.
We provide your builder with our detailed construction drawings and he begins the excavation/foundation work in preparation for delivery of your materials.
40% of the total contract price is required before we begin manufacturing. Once this payment is made, we can solidify your place in the manufacturing schedule.
Once the foundation is complete and a Riverbend crew is ready to go, your materials will be shipped to the job site in preparation for installation. We time the shipments so that:
Coordinates shipping and works closely with the team lead for installation.
Our professional installation crews prepare by familiarizing themselves with the project and setting a diligent schedule for the raising.
Prepares for delivery and installation, with the goal of the materials arriving "just in time" for the next stage.
Prior to shipment, we require 45% of the total cost of the contract.
Installation of your timber frame structure by our professional crews insures:
Remains in contact with the installation crew and is available for questions from you or the builder.
Our professional installation crews know our product better than anyone and work hard to erect the frame quickly, while maintaining the quality.
The final 5% of the contract price is due after installation is complete.
An integral part of our building system is the SIP enclosure. Here are some of the advantages of incorporating panels supplied by our sister company, Insulspan:
The SIP panels are delivered "ready to install" and with a little guidance from our advisor, the panels can be installed within a few days.
Your builder's crew will be responsible for installing the SIP panels per the construction documents and the advisors instruction.
Payment for the advisor is covered in your contract price. No further payments are owed to Riverbend, even if the construction solution you chose includes further interaction.
From here is up to you and your builder to seal your envelope and finish the house. We do, however; offer select finishes to our clients at a vendor's rate:
Coordination of any finish sales will be done through your project manager, who remains available to you and the builder for the remainder of the process.
Finishes your home and hands you the key to move in.
Congratulations on choosing to build a quality, energy-efficient, timber frame home that will not only save you money to heat and cool, but will remain a strong investment for years to come.
The Design Process