Why You Should Involve Your Builder in Your Meetings with Your Architect

Why You Should Involve Your Builder in Your Meetings with Your Architect

One of the very first steps of any custom home project is for the homeowners to assemble the right team to make their dreams a reality. Most homeowners ask themselves what comes first: “architect or builder?” Many homeowners start by hiring an architect or an architectural designer [we’ll refer to both as “designer” for simplicity] to draw up plans before seeking a builder to execute those plans. While this is an acceptable approach, designers don’t always know the potential costs of the homes they are creating. A better approach would be to include your builder in your meetings with your designer at the beginning of the project so that there is an expert in the room who can speak to cost and execution. We enjoy working with designers and being involved in the design process, even if we aren’t doing it ourselves. There are many incredibly talented designers in the Denver area and if that is who you feel most comfortable doing the designs for your home then that is the way to go!

 

As a design-build contractor, we would argue that the best approach would be to work with a design-build firm such as Timber Ridge Properties. A design-build contractor brings the designer and the builder together from the first design meeting through the end of the project.

 

By developing a partnership with a builder who will also help throughout the design process, you eliminate the risk of designing a home that is beyond your price range. As the one doing the actual construction, your builder will have incredible insight into the execution of the plans your designer is drawing in terms of cost, feasibility, and timeline. We’ve experienced the unfortunate circumstance where a designer draws up plans that the client falls in love with but ultimately cannot afford. When your builder is involved from the planning stage onward you know that your plans will be affordable and feasible.

 

Architect vs. Architectural Designer

You may be wondering, “What is the difference between an architect and an architectural designer?” Both professionals went to school for architecture. The main difference is that an architect passed the AREs and acquired a license. A good architectural designer has the same expertise as an architect, but they are not licensed. Without a license, the architectural designer commands a much lower fee to produce construction plans. If the neighborhood HOA where you purchased land allows, hiring an architectural designer to design your home could save you some money. A design-build firm can help guide you to the best professionals for your home. At Timber Ridge Properties, we work with several extremely talented designers in the Denver area that we are more than happy to recommend to our clients.

 

One Common Goal

Your designer and your builder should have one common goal: making YOU happy! During this collaborative project, you should all agree on the vision and consistently communicate about the budget, logistics, and plans. When your designer and builder collaborate from the beginning stages of the project you will avoid issues related to budget, change orders that impact your project timeline, and accomplish your vision for your dream home.

 

Timber Ridge Properties is a custom home builder and remodeler in the Denver area and has been working with designers to bring dream homes to life since 1985.

3 Ways to Maximize Your Return on Investment

3 Ways to Maximize Your Return on Investment

With home prices rising all around the foothills and into the mountains, now is a great time to think about remodeling your home. Prices in Denver have risen by as much as 21.3% in the last twelve months, making it one of seven U.S. cities to record their highest-ever 12-month gains. You may be looking to remodel your home to add value for a future sale or just to update your space. Either way, you’re probably wondering how you can get the best return on your investment, or ROI. Read on for 3 tips to keep in mind to maximize your ROI when remodeling your home!

 

#1 Remember why you’re remodeling

There are two main reasons why you might want to remodel your home. You’re either interested in improving the livability of your current space, or you’re interested in capitalizing on today’s hot market. Depending on your reasons for renovating, you’ll have different priorities.

If you’re planning to sell as soon as possible, remember that today’s remodel is tomorrow’s project. Your kitchen might look fantastic after a remodel. However, 5 years later, a prospective buyer might think it seems dated. In a hot market like Denver, that timeline could be even shorter than 5 years. It would be beneficial to collaborate with an experienced contractor to help maximize your RIO. Timber Ridge Properties has been building and remodeling custom homes for decades, so we can help your home’s hardscapes stand the test of time. We’ll make sure your design is on-trend, but also future-proofed. We focus on emerging trends, rather than trends that have almost run their course.

However, if you plan to stay in your home for a while, you might have a more flexible schedule. In this instance, consider what changes to your home will make you happiest and find a contractor who is client-centered and willing to work with you, like the talented people here at Timber Ridge Properties.

 

#2 Keep the budget in mind

Remodeling can be expensive. If you’re investing in an updated living space, you want to be sure your money is adding value to your home. You might see the price tag and wonder if you really need to update your space. In moments like these, it’s best to think long-term. Break down your project costs by the number of months you plan to live in your home, and you can easily see how this is an investment in the value of your home as well as your happiness. The increased functionality and esthetic of a remodeled space might just be worth that monthly cost, especially if you’ll be in the house for 5 or 10 years.  In Denver’s flourishing market, it is very likely you will make back the cost of your remodel or more!

On the other hand, if you’re remodeling to sell, there are different ways to approach your remodel. You might focus on surfaces and fixtures with the intent of making your home cosmetically pleasing to potential buyers. Another approach is to focus on certain rooms of your home. A primary bathroom remodels or kitchen remodel can result in a dramatic return on investment.

This is where it’s important to consider project scope. A complete structural remodel, which can involve adding or removing walls, will affect your budget differently than a pull-and-replace approach. When planning your project, consider whether your home has a good structural foundation and would benefit from a pull-and-replace or if it needs more serious structural changes. In fact, with some homes, it may not be worth remodeling. If you’re thinking of tearing everything out and starting fresh, you might consider just building a new home instead of investing in a remodel. Your home should suit your needs. Remodeling is just one of the ways to achieve that.

 

#3 Pick the right contractor

It’s important to find a contractor who understands the market, offers years of experience, and has a finger on the pulse of design. While this might sound like a lot, thankfully you’re in the right place! Timber Ridge Properties is perfectly positioned to help you get the most out of your remodel. Our full-service team—with their broad-based knowledge of construction, design, architecture, finance, and real estate—is relentless in our pursuit of excellence at every turn. We create an uncompromising reflection of YOUR vision. Our excellent customer service is about more than just answering your questions. We want to understand the end goal for your remodel and find the best possible way to achieve it. Whatever your remodel looks like, we can help you maximize your budget and get the best possible ROI. Family-owned and operated in the Denver area since 1985, we can make your dream a reality!

13 Most Popular Home Styles Across the U.S.

13 Most Popular Home Styles Across the U.S.

No matter where you live, you’ll likely encounter a wide variety of architectural home styles just by driving through your neighborhood. From extravagant to quaint, homes across the U.S. hold their own unique beauty and characteristics just like the people who inhabit them.

So, what are the most popular home styles in the U.S.? From New York, NY to Portland, OR, you don’t have to be an architect to appreciate the range of stunning house styles available on the housing market. So whether you’re in the market for a new home or just love browsing homes on your favorite real estate app, check out the 13 most popular home styles in the United States right now.

What Are the Most Popular Home Styles?

1. Ranch-style homes

Dating back to 1932, the ranch-style home grew in popularity during the 1950s and 1960s and is still popular today. The iconic ranch architecture is known for its simple, single-story floor plan, low-to-the-ground look, often with an open layout and occasional basement. This style of house typically has a smaller yard, attached garage, and a low-pitched roof. The ranch-style home often features large windows and sliding glass doors, encouraging an indoor-outdoor living style. A ranch can also be called a ‘rambler,’ depending on which region in the country you live in and local terminology. 

Looking locally, ranch-style homes currently have the highest sale-to-list ratio in a handful of cities,  meaning this style of house is more likely to sell above the list price. These cities include Portland, ORPhoenix, AZChicago, ILSan Francisco, CA, and San Diego, CA. Each of these cities favor the rambler, with a current sale-to-list ratio of over 100%.

2. Craftsman-style homes

The beloved craftsman-style home became increasingly popular in the 1900s by architect and furniture designer Gustav Stickley and has remained popular throughout the 21st century. This staple for American Architecture adds charm to any neighborhood with its exterior features, including shingles, low-pitched roofs, and covered front porches. Craftsman homes also feature recognizable interior details such as thick trim, prominent ceiling beams, and built-in shelving and seating.

Craftsman homes are a desirable home style all across the U.S., but they are often sold above list price in Oakland, CASeattle, WAAtlanta, GA, and Portland, OR.

3. Contemporary-style homes

Contemporary architecture is often used interchangeably when describing modern style architecture. A wide range of recently built homes are built with Contemporary-style architecture. These homes have inventive designs and simple forms without elaborate ornamentation or detail. They usually have geometric lines, large windows and doors to bring in light, and open floor plans. They often incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly building materials, textures, and components, exposed roof beams, and flat or low-pitched roofs. 

Contemporary-style homes see the highest sale-to-list ratio in Oakland, CADenver, COPhoenix, AZSan Francisco, CASan Diego, CAChicago, IL, and Atlanta, GA.

4. Modern-style homes

Emerging in the 1920s to embrace minimalism and reject the more ornate home styles, modern house styles typically include progressive elements such as asymmetrical exteriors, flat roofs, and integrated outdoor spaces. Many modern interiors also feature minimal molding and trim, neutral color palettes, and metal accents.

You’ll find the highest sale-to-list ratio in Denver, CO.

5. Cape Cod-style homes

With roots dating back to 1675, the quaint and charming Cape Cod-style homes are reminiscent of the classic American cottage style. This type of home design migrated from England to the United States, maintaining its symmetrical design and central chimney. Cape Cod-style homes feature a steep roof to keep snow from accumulating, dormer windows for added light, wood siding and shutters to keep the heat in, and hardwood floors for comfort and practicality.

This style of house is prevalent in the northeastern part of the United States, commonly found in the New England region.

6. Colonial-style homes

Dating back to 1876, East Coast architecture has maintained its allure in many parts of the United States. These classic homes are known for their old-world charm, decorative doorways, and symmetrical window placement. Many colonial-style homes will have two or three stories, fireplaces, and brick or wood exteriors.

Colonial-style homes are similar to the Cape Cod-style home because of their symmetry and side-gabled roofs, but Cape Cod-style homes are typically one story rather than two or three. Colonial-style homes can be found in the northeastern part of the United States.

7. Tudor-style homes

Originating in the 15th century during the reign of the House of Tudor, this style of house is fairly easy to identify with its unique features. Tudor-style homes typically have a combination of brick, stone, or stucco exterior and decorative half-timbering on the second story to create the well-known striped exterior. They also feature a steeply-pitched roof, cross gables, and tall, narrow windows. Today, Tudor-style homes are prominent in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States.

8. Cottage-style homes

Inspired by the medieval styles of the English countryside, American architects designed cozy cottage-style houses during the 1920s and 30s. This style of house typically has a steep, thatched roof, arched doorways, shuttered windows, and a warm storybook character bringing to life old-world charm.

9. Mediterranean-style homes

Mediterranean-style homes are suitable for warmer climates, which is why this style of house became prevalent in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s. Influenced by the architecture of countries in the Mediterranean region, they often have low-pitched red tile roofs, vaulted ceilings, arched doors and windows, and a stucco or adobe exterior. The floor plan is typically U-shaped, creating a central courtyard for a garden or fountain. Today, this style of house remains popular in California and Florida.

10. Farmhouse-style homes

The farmhouse was designed back in the early 1700s, built as housing for farmers, and all about practicality. Modern farmhouses still exhibit many of the same features that the original design included, like large, wraparound front porches, clapboard siding, large fireplaces, wood floors, eat-in kitchens, and oversized kitchen sinks. 

11. Mid-Century modern-style homes

Mid-century modern style is part of the modernism movement and dates back to post-World War II, and remained popular throughout the 1970s. A mid-century modern design is characterized by minimalism, clean lines, and floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll often see open layouts, and a mix of natural and manufactured materials for the interior elements like wood, stone, steel, and plastic.

 

Mid-century modern style homes are most popular in Oakland, CADenver, COSan Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA, with a sale-to-list ratio as high as 131.5% in Oakland.

12. Victorian-style homes

Victorian-style homes were first seen during the Victorian Era from around 1860 to 1900. This house style is best described as a colorful dollhouse with romantic and distinctive features. Victorian-style homes have elaborate detailing in just about every part of the home, from the intricate wood trim, ornate staircases, stained glass, and decorative woodwork. They have steep gabled roofs, a front-facing gable, patterned shingles, bay windows, a round tower, and a front porch.

Victorian-style homes remain popular in Boston, MA, and San Francisco, CA, with a sale-to-list ratio of 98.5% and 101.1%, respectively. 

12. Townhouse

Originating in Europe and eventually migrating to the United States, townhomes are most commonly found across cities in the United States. With the convenience of spacious layouts, townhomes offer more amenities than the condo styles and are lower maintenance than most residential homes. They’re typically two or three-story homes, usually sharing one or two walls with adjacent properties, and a rooftop deck to enjoy sprawling views.

Home styles with the highest sale-to-list ratio in the largest 12 US metros:

Metro Home Style Sale-to-list ratio % active listings
Phoenix, AZ Ranch 102.3% 4.0%
Contemporary 101.8% 2.0%
Atlanta, GA Craftsman 100% 1.9%
Ranch 99.9% 2.0%
New Construction 101.9% 3.0%
Portland, OR Ranch 105.4% 2.2%
New Construction 103.5% 11.2%
Craftsman 101.5% 2.0%
Oakland, CA Mid Century Modern 131.5% 1.2%
Craftsman 128.4% 2.2%
Contemporary 112.5% 4.4%
Boston, MA Victorian 98.5% 1.0%
Craftsman 99.1% 1.0%
Penthouse Unit 103.3% 1.0%
Chicago, IL Raised Ranch/Ranch 100.2% 1.0%
Contemporary 99.1% 1.3%
Elevator Building 99.0% 1.0%
Denver, CO Contemporary 101.5% 7.9%
Mid Century Modern 105.1% 1.0%
Modern Architecture 103% 1.1%
San Francisco, CA Mid Century Modern 122.8% 1.0%
Contemporary 102.6% 6.5%
Ranch 104.7% 2.4%
Seattle, WA Mid Century Modern 110.9% 1.0%
Craftsman 108% 3.9%
New Construction 105.4% 28.0%
San Diego, CA Ranch 102.5% 2.3%
Contemporary 100.7% 3.3%
New Construction 101.2.% 1.2%

*Per home trends listing data on Redfin.com, as of May 2021 

Individual results may vary. This is not intended as a substitute for the services of a licensed real estate agent or licensed and bonded home services professional or appraiser.

Old House Trends You Want to Bring Back

Old House Trends You Want to Bring Back

Written on behalf of Timber Ridge Properties by Paramount Management & Realty.

In life, everything changes.

Some changes are inevitable; like discovering that eating veggies will not make you a superhero. Some changes are saddening; like your best friend moving out of town or experiencing your first breakup.

But there are a few changes that are completely unnecessary and it is hard to explain why they ever happened. Many home design trends from when we were kids fall in this last category.

As a child, you could not wait to grow up because growing up meant the freedom to do the things you could not do. But then, you grew up and found out that adulthood was seriously overrated.

That is when you start to look around for little things that can transport you back in time to a place where you can relive the careless joys of being a child. One of the things our minds return to is some of the quirky features of our childhood home that we barely paid any attention to back then.

Suddenly, as adults, we start to recall with nostalgia some of these home design trends and wonder why they went away. According to ParamountPMR.com, we may even go as far as to wonder if we can revive those features in our modern home.

Thankfully, we can. In this post, we list some of our favorite home design trends from the past that still make perfect sense in homes today.

1.   Built-Ins

A built-in is the general term for a range of home design features. A built-in is a recessed space carved into the interior walls of the home. They serve as bookshelves, storage areas, or open displays. They let homeowners maximize space without using up floor space. They reduce the amount of clutter in a room while maximizing wall space.

 

2.   Clawfoot tub

A claw foot bathtub used to be the quintessential luxury item for bathrooms in the past. These freestanding tubs are a lot deeper than modern ones and being unattached or close to a wall, they made the bathroom feel roomier. Their ornate designs also made a clear fashion statement. Original claw foot tubs are hard to find, but if you do find one, it will usually be worth its price. 

3.   Infuse bright colors

Bright colors – a standard feature of older homes – are making a major comeback in modern homes. Previously this trend was restricted to wall paint. Now bold bright colors for kitchen and bathroom cabinetry are gaining popularity. At the same time, there is a growing preference for brightly colored tiles, along with tiles that mimic the natural look of marble, wire-brushed wood, concrete, terrazzo, or polished stone. 

4.   Double pocket doors

Double pocket doors let you have the best of a closed floor plan and an open floor plan. These doors retract completely into the walls. When entertaining guests, they can be opened to transform the living room and kitchen into connecting space. Other times, they can be closed to confine access to just one area of the home.

 

5.   Dutch doors

Dutch doors or stable doors are a door and window rolled into one. These doors have two sections – an upper and lower half – which can be opened independently. With a Dutch door, it is possible to keep the top half of the door open to let in light and air, while restricting pets and children indoors by leaving the lower half-closed.

 

6.   Laundry chute

It is hard to understand why this old house trend went out of fashion. A laundry chute eliminates the ordeal of hauling dirty clothes from the upper levels of a home to the laundry room below. Dirty clothes just need to be chucked into the chute and they are delivered without fuss to the laundry room on the ground floor.

 

7.   Mudroom

A mudroom is another highly functional feature of old homes that should be restored to modern homes ASAP. Vestibules or mudrooms are an ante-room just outside the living room, where visitors and the home’s occupants can shed their dirty clothes and shoes before entering the home. Apart from lightening the burden of cleaning the home, they also serve as a buffer to keep out the street noise.

8.   Walk-in pantry

Our modern kitchen storage solutions do not even come close to the effectiveness of a walk-in pantry. This old house feature made it easy to store massive amounts of food and still be able to organize them in a way that made managing them extremely straightforward. A walk-in pantry lets you store food, linen, and other items without creating clutter.

 

9.   Wrap-around porches

As the name suggests, these go right around the home, instead of being restricted to the front. A wrap-around porch is a cost-effective way to increase the home’s square footage. It gives all members of the home a chance to enjoy the outdoors without getting in each other’s way.

 

10. Wall niche

Wall niches are similar to built-ins. They are commonly used for recessed lighting, displaying art, or a prized collection. They may be used to break up expanses of a bare wall. If designed into the kitchen or bathroom, they offer a nifty way to store small items that are used often and therefore need to be accessed easily.