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Designing to a Budget

An important part of the design process is Riverbend’s whole home cost estimate which contemplates all aspects of your home design before and during the design process. This way you will know that you can afford to build the home we design for you. Simply put, it is not enough to have a design you love if you cannot actually build it.


Riverbend Pathways To Best Fit Your Budget

Riverbend now offers different pathways to work with us on your timber frame home journey. Born out of a desire to meet our client’s needs for a faster construction time, Riverbend Timber Framing is proud to introduce its new PerfectFit™ Ready-to-Build process. This series features distinctive plans with creative layouts and unique signature timber framing in smaller footprints. With a PerfectFit™ plan, you move directly into the preconstruction phase which shortens the overall project length and enables you to starting building your home more quickly.

Riverbend continues to offer our Custom Design Total Home Solution™ (THS) process for those who want to create their own custom design, whether you are starting from one of our customizable designs or from scratch. With the THS custom design process, you can be assured that we will meet the specific look and feel you want in your home. As part of this process, we create a layout that matches both your aesthetic style and your budget.


What Factors Impact Home Cost?

No matter which design path you choose to pursue with Riverbend, there are many different factors that can ultimately affect the cost to build your completed home. Here are some of the things you need to take into consideration when designing and building your timber frame home and how we address each within our PerfectFit™ Ready-to-Build and Total Home Solution™ custom processes:

Size of Plan

The square footage of your timber home is the most influential variable and has an impact on each of the other variables.

Our PerfectFit™ Ready-to-Build Designs feature smaller footprints and are designed with creative layouts that maximize the usefulness of every space in the home.

Our Total Home Solution™ Custom homes are designed to meet our clients’ needs and oftentimes have larger footprints.


Design Complexity & Balance

The number of corners, roof ridge lines, and roof valleys add interest to your design but also impact your home’s overall cost.

Our PerfectFit™ Ready-to-Build Designs include just enough complexity to offer architectural interest while keeping costs lower.

Our Total Home Solution™ Custom homes are designed to meet our clients’ needs and oftentimes have more complexity to the design. Your designer will identify your home’s ideal balance of design complexity within your budget parameters.

Choice of Materials

Part of the design process is choosing the density, size, and style of timber framing that works best for you project.

The signature timber framing in our PerfectFit™ Ready-to-Build Designs beautifully complements the architectural styling of each home. The distinctive character, creative connections, and incorporation of metal as bracing and chords delivers an upscale look within a smaller budget.

The structural timber framing in our Total Home Solution™ custom homes also beautifully complements the architectural styling of each home and is a true reflection the client’s style. Your designer will help you choose a frame system that fits your style and is within your specified budget.


Level of Finishes

The finishes you choose for your project have a huge impact on the final look and feel of your new timber home. We can provide cost estimates and guidance to help you choose finishes that match both your budget and your unique style.


Additional Cost Factors To Keep In Mind

In addition to the home design, there are factors that need to be addressed in order to accurately estimate the cost to build the whole home.

Build Site Conditions

Site conditions such as accessibility, slope, snow loads, and availability of services will be unique for each build location. If your build site presents any issues, your design team is available to meet you at your site and incorporate your specific site information into your plan, allowing costs to be estimated more accurately.

Build Site Location

Different geographic economies create variances in the average cost of labor and local materials. When we look at your project as a whole, we evaluate the location and look at current building prices.

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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