Why should we choose Westwood Custom Homes?
"…more than thirty years of experience offering the highest level of professional services makes us your best choice in a builder.
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We want Westwood Custom Homes to build our home—how do we begin?
It all beings with a conversation, so whether you are just starting to put your ideas and vision together, or whether you have purchased your lot and have plans ready for permits and construction, give us a call.
You can start by sending us your plans or by meeting us on your building site to discuss the plans and vision you have for your home. We will review the details of your project with you, prepare your bid and deliver a contract for your review and approval.
Once we get started with Westwood Custom Homes, how long until we can move in?
We prefer to give you a realistic estimate for your specific project rather than a generalized cookie-cutter answer as there are many factors to consider.
- First is the location of your project. For example, higher elevations require longer construction times as weather is an important factor.
- Second is size and complexity of your project. Where a small simple home on a flat lot could be completed in 4 to 6 months a larger more complex home with the challenges of a sloped lot and complicated foundation could require more than a year.
- Third is the scheduling and coordination of all trades people. We offer experience, strong management and personal attention to your project which can save you time.
- Next is the detail of finish. Again, a simple home with minimal trim or details of finishing will take less time than more ornate finishes and extensive detailing.
If your question really is, can you rely on our time projections, we say “yes!” Let’s talk!!
Do you have any references?
Yes, and we are pleased to share them with you. Click here to contact us for a list of references.
Where can we see a Westwood Custom Home?
Contact us We can usually arrange to show you a home that is currently under construction or one that has been recently completed. We maintain good relationships with our clients and they are often eager to show off their beautiful home.
How much does it cost to build a timber frame home?
This can vary depending on local building costs. But, typically 15 to 25% more than a custom designed conventionally built home of the same size with the same quality of finish.
Does Westwood Custom Homes provide whole-house construction?
Yes. Our role is normally that of a general contractor or project manager. If you wish, we can also supply and/or raise your timber frame or log structure as a separate contract. We also offer the opportunity for the homeowner to be involved in the project in the form of sweat equity. Click here to let us know what you need. Remember…we’re your builder!
What style of houses do you build?
Timber framing is our primary focus. We are also experienced in log construction, steel and conventional framing, and panelized construction as well. Most homes we build utilize Hybrid construction methods where two or more of these styles are used in building the home. Hybrid construction has several advantages. The primary one is to reduce costs.
Do you have standard plans?
We're your builder. Our expertise is in constructing custom homes and light commercial buildings. If you'd like standard plans contact us, we have relationships with companies that offer plans and homes in kit form. We also can recommend architects if you'd like to start from scratch and design a custom home.
Want to know more about timber frames and logs?
Do timbers or logs ever warp or twist?
Solid, natural wood timbers and logs are not typically kiln dried. Traditional timber frames and log frames have always been crafted from green timber and a certain amount of movement and shrinkage is to be expected. Some species of wood react differently than others. Some manufacturers address this differently than others .
What is "checking"?
Checks are the grain separations that appear on the surface of the timbers. They are caused as the timbers dry and shrink, are quite natural, and do not effect the strength of the log or timber. We believe they give the structure character.
What are structural insulated panels (SIPs)?
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are used to enclose and insulate most modern timber frames. They consist of a core of rigid foam insulation laminated between interior and exterior sheathing materials. The panels are manufactured in one piece in sizes from 4' x 8' up to 8' x 24' and are nailed or screwed to the outside of the frame. SIPs are a common feature in timber frame construction and are also used in log homes as part of the roof system.
What are the advantages of structural insulated panels (SIPs)?
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) wrap the entire frame in a continuous blanket of rigid foam insulation permitting easy installation of drywall (or other interior sheathing materials) and exterior siding in a fraction of the time required by other methods. Sips speed up the building process and offer superior insulation. They are a common feature in timber frame construction.