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PerfectFit™ Ready-to-Build Process

Riverbend’s architectural team has created a new series of plans designed as Ready-to-Build. This is our PerfectFit™ series. These plans feature distinctive designs with signature timber framing and creative layouts that make the most out of smaller spaces. By selecting a PerfectFit™ floor plan, you move directly into the Preconstruction phase which speeds your overall project timeline and enables you to start building your home more quickly. Also, check out our PerfectFit™ Webinar.

PerfectFit™ Ready-to-Build Process - Find your land

Before You Start

Before you are ready to start the process of choosing your perfect timber frame home, there are some important factors for you to consider. Finding that perfect piece of land, determining when you want to build your dream home, and, of course, how you intend to finance it. Here are some things to consider in each of these areas as you begin your custom home journey.


When searching for land, here are some factors that you may want to consider.

  • Topography (slopes, nearby natural features)
  • View Corridors (which views do you want to capture)
  • Size and Shape of Lot
  • Sun Patterns
  • Location of Neighbors
  • Road Access (where your driveway will be located)


The process of building a timber home can vary greatly. By selecting the PerfectFit™ process, you can significantly reduce your project’s timeline. Until you are ready to start building, keep these guidelines in mind:

1 Year or More Before You Start: Gather ideas and start to develop your design and layout preferences. A lot can change over time, so don’t worry about the details at this point.

6 Months – 1 Year Before You Start: If you have not already, now is the time to set an overall budget for the cost of the home, purchase land, and create a list of must-haves and wants for your design.

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PerfectFit™ Floor Plans

Visit our floor plan gallery and filter the plans by PerfectFit™. Browse the renderings, layouts, and signature timbers to find the plan that best fits your style and needs. PerfectFit™ designs feature hybrid timber home construction.

Contact your Client Representative to discuss your project goals and get a quote for your chosen plan.  We will also discuss your overall building budget and which of our construction services is the best fit for your needs.

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PerfectFit™ Base Contract

Once you have chosen a plan and construction solution (see step 6), you will sign your PerfectFit™ Base Contract and move into the Preconstruction Phase, which includes design refinement and the creation of plans that you can use to get bids from potential builders.

PerfectFit™ Base Contract Price includes one round of design refinement

  • No Charge design refinement within the existing design footprint only includes modifications to: interior layout, timber configuration, roof style/slope, window/exterior door configuration and locations, mirrored layout, or addition of a full or partial basement or crawlspace. This refinement is limited to one round of changes.
  • All of the above changes must be made within the existing footprint.
  • Additional rounds of changes within this scope are billed and paid in advance at a rate of $180.00/design hour.
  • All design refinements that alter the footprint will be billed and paid in advance at a rate of $180.00/design hour.
  • PerfectFit™ Base Contract Price is subject to change, based on:
    • Jurisdictional code requirements such as snow loads, wind loads, seismic loads, etc.
    • Soil and site conditions.
    • DRB/HOA requirements, reviews, approvals, etc.
    • Other project/site-specific requirements outside the control of Riverbend.

Note: Design changes can impact the timber and SIP materials and result in a change to the PerfectFit™ Base Contract price.

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Construction Drawings

At Riverbend, design congruity is very important. The best way to ensure the consistency and quality of your design from original plan through construction is to create a full set of detailed, engineered construction drawings. The Riverbend Design team will create the construction drawings for your home. Our manufacturing team will use these drawings to fabricate the timbers and SIPs. Then, your builder will use them during the construction of your home.

During this phase, the following steps also occur:

  • Your Riverbend project manager works with you to select windows, doors, and other materials.
  • Riverbend works with a third-party structural engineering firm who reviews and stamps the plans to independently verify the structural integrity of your home.
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Timber and SIP Fabrication

Manufacturing starts with Riverbend’s fabrication of your timber frame and structural insulated panels (SIPs). During the manufacturing phase:

  • The timber frame is fabricated precisely to the specifications set out in the engineered construction drawings.
  • The timber frame components are pre-fit at our facility prior to shipping to ensure the highest quality.
  • The SIP panels are manufactured at our facility according to the specifications set out in your engineered construction drawings.

Foundation Construction

Meanwhile, at your build site, you and your general contractor will:

  • Excavate for your foundation
  • Install Riverbend’s Advantage Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)–an integral part of Riverbend’s highly energy efficient structural shell
  • Pour concrete, backfill, and install the main floor deck, completing the foundation
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Construction Services Available For PerfectFit™

PerfectFit™ Base Contract (Fixed Cost)

The Riverbend Base Contract for PerfectFit™ includes:

  • Engineered Construction Drawings
  • Mechanical Energy Evaluation and Drawing Schematic
  • Materials including:
    – Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
    – Timber Framing
    – Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
  • Two days of technical assistance for installation of timbers and SIPs

Add-On Construction Service Available

Shell Construction (Optional – Fixed Cost)

Materials and Installation of:

  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Wall and Roof Installation
  • Timber Framing
  • Interior Bearing Walls
  • House Wrap

Need More Information?

Whether you’re looking for more information or would simply like to learn more about us and our services, don’t hesitate to contact us. Please follow the link below to access our online form or call us at 888.486.2363 in the US or 888.999.4744 in Canada. We look forward to hearing from you.

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