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Designing the Timber Frame Home of Your Dreams

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could walk through your future home to make sure it is exactly what you envisioned?

At Riverbend, we want to give you the best preview of what your home will look like. When your design is presented you will receive a detailed artistic rendering and a virtual reality walk-through. These unique tools give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in your future home.

Initial Design Meeting

To start designing your home with Riverbend, you will sign a Design Development Agreement (DDA). This agreement is for our in-house firm to create your timber home design for a small fee. It is not until you are happy with your design that you sign a contract for the construction of your home.

After you sign a DDA, you will have an Initial Design Meeting with a Riverbend timber home designer. At this meeting, you will discuss how you want your layout to function, what kind of timber frame you envision, and how you want your home to look. Your designer may sketch a few ideas, and once they feel like they understand your vision, they will end the meeting and begin working on your design.

Design Drawings Presentation

In a few weeks, your designer will complete design drawings and schedule a meeting with you to present them. Your design drawings will include the following:

  • Floor Plan – a detailed layout of your home’s interior and exterior space, placed on your site;
  • Isometric drawings – line drawings of your home’s timber frame and Structural Insulated Panel structure;
  • Artistic Rendering – a full-color, computer-generated image of your home’s exterior, placed on a photo of your site, if available;
  • Virtual Design Tour – Your designer will prepare a 3-D model of your home’s design so you can ‘walk-through’ it via a computer and set of virtual reality (VR) goggles. If your design meeting occurs at one of Riverbend’s U.S. offices, you can virtually tour your home in person. If the meeting is done remotely via the web, your designer will present a pre-recorded virtual tour of your home.


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Design Refinement

Riverbend’s virtual tours are among the first in the timber frame industry. This unique design tool gives clients an almost lifelike experience of walking through their dream home. As you walk through your VR home design, your ideas and sketches come to life before your eyes. You will be able to get a feel for your home’s layout and see the timber trusses and rafters that will surround you in your future home. If something you see is not quite right, then your designer can refine your home’s design.

By giving you many different ways to evaluate your design and a chance to make adjustments, you can be sure that your timber frame home’s design matches your vision. Then, you can move forward into the pre-construction phase of your project with confidence.

For more information about the design process, contact a Riverbend Client Representative.