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What does it take to create a perfect home?

A perfect home can be a large spacious house or a compact cabin. To get it perfect requires a building team capable of harnessing the chaos of ideas and develop them into a series of patterns that create a pleasant abode.

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How long does it take to create a home?

The process of design is a subjective experience and their personal expressions involved can be conveyed to an architect or our own design build team. The ability to communicate ideas and execute them can take months or years. You decide.

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How do you get affordable quality?

A budget that delivers on price alone cannot be supported without style. There are many factors affecting quality. You can achieve affordable results with quality oriented professionals.

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Why does it cost so much?

Here in Northern Vermont, we are at 45 Latitude N. That is half way between the equator and the North Pole. It can get mighty cold in these parts. Our first order of business is to assure a properly prepared building site with all considerations to southern exposure and building orientation. In our area, many of the good building lots are gone. The resulting lots are hilly, on ledges or wet. A carefully developed site plan can save thousands of dollars later. The frost protection required is significantly more expensive to develop than on some homes further South. We like to use closed cell foam to insulate troublesome roof valley and wall areas. We will only use the finest materials available for the job. We like to do it right the first time. Northern New England Homes is committed to providing a positive impact on the lives of our employees. Our team is compensated with a top wage based on their outstanding performance.

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How much does it cost?

The square foot analysis is often used to quote new homes and renovations. This process provides a broad-brush approach to job costing. Specifics are often lacking and uninformed consumers are often shocked at what details can do to a budget. One person's groceries can have chop meat while the other filet mignon. So, before cost comparison can be made objectively, one needs plans, finish schedules and significant detail understanding. The finest homes in our area are currently being constructed for $200 +/- per square foot.

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How about post and beam construction, it is more expensive than conventional stick building?

The medieval art of post and beam construction offers a unique approach to modern building. The cost differential is offset by the comfort of large beams and strong visual columns supporting your home (nest). The cost of this labor-intensive method can add 20-25% to a typical home. The cathedral like results of this type of building offer a safe refuge from the turbulent world outside.

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Are old timberframe houses and barns practical for reuse in a new home?

Many of today's properties here in Stowe are being developed with a connection to the past. The adaptive reuse of old buildings is not a new concept. This practice has been in use since the colonial times. A large number of Vermont barns and homes are being recycled into outstanding structures linking us with the past. It can be humbling to enjoy time in such an old structure. If the walls (beams) could talk!

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Why is historical architecture so visually attractive?

From the ancient Greeks pedimented roofs supported by solid columns to Pallidio's arches, the patterns of history are reflected in our homes today. The architects and builders of old employed a sense of balance developed from nature. This proportion is often expressed in a mathematical formula known as the golden triangle. It's the sense of proportion that treats our eyes and triggers our positive visual response.

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How busy are you?

All projects come to a close, without new projects pending we wouldn't be able to continue doing what we love best-building and remodeling exceptional homes in Stowe!

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When can we meet?

Hours by 'chance' or appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment by email, click here. Or, call Tim directly at (802) 253-9365.