Archive for November, 2014

DC Building’s Process for Designing a Man Cave

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Custom Barn Home

Taos Man Cave

Dedicated design specialist. If you choose DC Building for man cave design, we’ll assign a design specialist as a single point of contact throughout the planning process. Once the plans are complete, they belong to you entirely. If you select us as your contractor, we’ll credit all design fees to offset your construction costs.

Budgeting. Our structures range from $60 per square foot, to $300 or more per square foot. We are committed to working within our clients’ budgets, regardless of whether they’re building a barn home or a man cave.

Construction Time Span. We can have a crew on location in as little as four weeks; once they’ve arrived, our basic barn structures require four to size weeks for completion. Living quarters generally require more time to construct; you can expect our building process to take three to six months in those cases.

Location Planning is included in the DC Building process. Should your man cave property feature a magnificent view, we can help you maximize the vista’s impact with proper location and design. To that end, site visits are integrated in our design process.

Permitting. Let’s face it—regulations and red tape are no fun. If you are unable or unwilling to obtain construction permits, let us do it for you. While there is a fee associated with having us obtain permits, many of our customers discover that we can save them money in the long run, as we have many years of experience working with permitting procedures.

Ultimately, regardless of the project, we are ardently dedicated to collaborating with our clients to create their ideal spaces.

What is Your Ideal Barn Design? Features and Structural Styles

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Gambrel Barn

A Gambrel Style Barn

When it comes to barn designs, we can offer custom creations or pre-designed packages. Across all of the barns we’ve built, there are certain recurring structural styles. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at the features and attributes of structural layouts we’ve worked with over the years. If you’re dreaming about potential barn designs, read on to discover a few basic formats that can serve as the backbone of your dream barn.

Gables. If you appreciate classic style, gable barn designs could be your best bet. Gables boast dual-pitched roofs that come to a central point, for a triangular structure. We can add dormers for more flexible second-story designs. The timeless appeal of gables is only strengthened by this barn design’s cost efficiency.

Monitors represent a classically American barn design style. Imagine a simple gable triangle with an additional raised section running down the middle. A second gable roof protects the elevated monitor section. Many of our clients place generous windows in the monitor, for added natural light.

Gambrel. The traditional red barn most people envision is of gambrel design. Gambrels continue to enjoy popularity, as they feature generous head room on upper stories. A gambrel barn roof features two pitches. An external, steep roof pitch is combined with a shallow central pitch, to create a more rounded profile with plenty of extra storage space.

Shed Row barns are easily adapted to any property. They are the simplest option for housing equines and their nourishment. A shed row barn is comprised of a simple box, with a slanted roof. There is no central pitch on a shed row barn—instead, the roof slants downward in one direction only. We can add a covered entry walkway to create protection in damp locales throughout the Pacific Northwest.

At DC Building, we are passionate about building barns with personality. The design structures listed here are a great place to start with your next barn project—but don’t be afraid to add personal touches! Our designers are happy to work with you to create the perfect barn for your family.

Barn Homes: Modern Amenities With a Rustic Design

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When building barn homes, we combine the modern amenities today’s homebuyers expect with the rustic charm of a traditional timber-framed building. As experts in custom construction, our in-house designers have created dozens of breathtaking commercial buildings, equestrian facilities, and homes. We offer ready-made floor plans, as well as custom design services. Because we have always focused on custom work, we can handle everything from simple framing to top-to-bottom design, construction, and finishing work. Let’s take a look at the process we follow to create world-class barn homes.

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Custom Barn Home In Newnan, Georgia

DC Building’s Process

Understand the Client’s Goals. Our goal is to go above and beyond your expectations. We carefully research what each client hopes to accomplish. Our design suggestions will be rooted in the clients’ visions. For example, we helped our client, Patty Meyer, build the dream barn home she first envisioned as a budding equestrian, when she was in the third grade. We recognize that our clients’ hearts are invested in their construction projects, so we begin the building process with an in-depth interview to make sure our results are in line with the customer’s preferences. Our aim is for the end result to reflect the client’s spirit. As our client Brian Sonnenberg puts it, “[DC Building] really did give us something that is a true reflection of who we are.” From selection of building materials to floor plan options, we reflect clients’ preferences from the ground up.

To that end, we offer several different delivery methods:

  •  Plan Only. We can provide a pre-designed plan, or custom design floor plans for your project. This is a great choice when you already have a contractor in mind.
  • Materials Package. Throughout our decade in the building industry, we’ve cultivated close ties with Pacific Northwest lumber mills and other manufacturers. Choose our materials package to leverage our experience for better prices. Floor plans are also included in this option.
  • Shell. Timber frame construction is an art form. Allow us to create your building’s shell, leaving the interior work for the contractor of your choice.
  • Turnkey Services. Let us handle everything, from floor plan to final delivery of the keys to your new home.

Match the Barn Home to the Location. “We’ve lived here 22 years, and it’s a spectacular piece of property with terrific views. This barn just looks like it should have always been here.” That’s another quote from Brian Sonnenberg, owner of Portland Bolt & Manufacturing Company and happy DC Building customer. We appreciate that custom projects demand a special awareness of place. The final edifice should look at home on the location. Our designers can create structures that maximize and perfectly frame your favorite views.

Add Personal Touches For Unique Charm. Our barn home designers are happy to include specialized features at the request of the client. Here are a few examples:

  • Custom cupola. Brian Sonnenberg’s Last Chance Ranch barn features a custom made cupola where a loft would traditionally be located. The stunning cupola features unusual framing support, motorized windows, and a custom copper weathervane.
  • Concrete floors with radiant heat. This luxurious feature is a highlight of the Jerseyville Barn Home, which DC Building completed in 2013.
  • One-Of-A-Kind Framing. For Rancho Milagro in Taos New Mexico, we created a stunning triangular framing design that is carried as a theme throughout the property. Our extensive experience in framing allows us to excel in custom timber frame design.

Whether you have a fully formed vision of your dream barn home, or you’d like our designers to “do their thing” as Rancho Milagro owner Ed Healy puts it, our designers and builders will exceed your expectations.

How Timber Framed Home Plans Benefit the Buyer

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There is a long history of timber frame construction, and for good reason. For thousands of years, humans have tapped into the impressive strength of wood to support buildings. Today, modern technology allows homes to be framed with milled lumber, but prior to industrialization, builders had to hew timbers themselves, via labor-intensive woodworking. In timber frame construction, each timber fits perfectly with its neighbors thanks to the mortise and tenon joints seen in wood furniture.

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Apartment Barn in Fairplay, Colorado

Zones between timbers were infilled with a variety of materials, according to time and place. For instance, the Romans infilled with wattle and daub, or with stone rubble. Half-timber edifices in Europe may be infilled with brick, plaster, tiles, or even adobe. The proud history of timber framed construction lead to an artisanal approach, with craftsman seeing framing as an art form, and creating special meaning in certain timber designs.

Since the 1970s, there has been a revival of timber frame construction in North America. Modern timber frame builders combine ancient techniques with modern capabilities, resulting in more affordable, timely construction. For instance, while designing timber frame home plans, we may utilize mass-produced timbers and steel joinery, rather than the hand-hewn timbers and wooden peg joints of days gone by. This allows us to deliver the beauty and stability of traditional timber frame construction, without the extended timeframe and high labor costs associated with traditional approaches.

Timber-framed home plans are popular among buyers, for the reasons outlined below.

Timber-Framed Home Plans: Benefits for Buyers

Environmentally Sound. Wood is renewable, recyclable, and free of VOCs. Moreover, a well-built timber frame building boasts a tight envelope, so less energy is leaked out through exterior cracks. Finally, the air pockets within wood’s cellular structure makes it an excellent insulation material.

Energy usage is at the forefront of modern homebuyers’ minds. Timber framed homes are more energy efficient, returning greater energy savings in the long run. Moreover, many of today’s homebuyers are enthusiastic about green building approaches. Eco-friendly timber framers select sustainably harvested wood. After the building’s lifespan has ended, timbers may be recycled and reused.

Sturdy in a Storm. Wood’s flexible strength is another characteristic that makes it excellent for framing. When stressed, timber can flex, bend and warp, and later return to its original shape. As such, timber framed buildings can better withstand earthquakes, high winds, and heavy snows than their light-frame counterparts. Indeed, timber frame buildings are well known as some of the safest structures to occupy during earthquakes. The cross bracing in timber framed homes provides lateral stability to withstand the earthquakes’ horizontal shaking. Homebuyers are looking for long-term stability, which timber-framed houses are strong enough to offer.

Charming Aesthetic with Design Flexibility. In addition to being easy to work with, wood is warm to the eye. It has a cozy feel and unique texture that most people find quite appealing. Moreover, timbers can support the soaring open spaces that contemporary homebuyers crave. Because timbers bear the weight of the overall building, interior walls need not provide as much support. This allows homebuyers more freedom in wall placement. Additionally, the strong support structure of a timber framed home allows for larger windows (and more natural interior light) than available in other support systems.

The more one reads about wood, the more amazing this ancient building material appears. In addition to the benefits listed above, timber frame buildings are more fire resistant, as heavy timber does not easily catch fire. Homebuyers can’t help but feel drawn to timber framed buildings, and it’s easy to see why.