A meeting of the minds on structural engineering

We had a meeting of the minds today at the DLK Engineering offices. Dana wanted to share his initial structural plans with the team to answer some outstanding questions and go over a few options we have for the roof over the great room. Dan from Best Custom Homes and Deb from Caribou Ridge Architecture…

Stucco, stone, and timbers, Oh my!

We hadn’t had Deb do any work on our floor plans since around the time we received our preliminary bid from Dan and Derek, but now that we decided to keep moving forward it was time to have her make another round of changes before we sent the plans off for structural engineering. Most of…

We’re finally ready to get pricing!

We think our floorplan designs are at a point now where we are ready to send them over to Best Custom Homes to get a preliminary pricing quote. Deb recommended that we add as much detail to the plans as possible to make our quote more accurate. So we went through and specified plan notes…

Garage switcheroo

Deb told us moving the garage to the other end of the house wouldn’t be as disruptive as we originally thought it would be. She actually liked it better and thought it solved some other issues we were struggling with – specifically those related to the breezeway that we no longer needed. We also got…

The early versions of the floor plans

Deb took the feedback from our space planning meeting and went right to work on creating the floor plans. We are happy with how all of the outdoor decks are coming together. We feel like we will have plenty of outdoor living space and the outdoor fireplace that we wanted from the very beginning. The…

Space planning with Caribou Ridge

After signing the contract, reviewing our programming list, and touring the site – Deb went right to work on a space plan for Knotty Bear Lodge. During the site visit, we had discussed the driveway coming in from the East corner of the lot and having the three-car garage connected to the house with a…

Site walk with the architect

Today we met with our architect, Deb, and Dan from Best Custom Homes at our lot for a site visit. We walked the property and showed them the general area where we wanted to place the home. We talked about the features of the lot that were important to us – preserving the large rock…

Who will design our home?

We interviewed four different architects for our project. Most of them were referrals from the builder, but we did some of our own research on Houzz to find a couple other options as well. We drafted our wish list and gathered our inspiration photos in preparation for each meeting. It was clear that some would…

Wish list for our new home

In preparation for meeting with potential architects we put together our wish list and specifications for our new home. It will be interesting to see how many compromises we have to make along the way. Hopefully not too many! Overview Main level ranch Walk-out basement foundation 3 bedrooms 2 ½ baths 1 indoor gas fireplace,…