Interesting how things seem to balance out. The Atlanta Log and Timber Frame Show this weekend drew a smaller crowd, but they had bigger ideas. Not bigger in scale but bigger in scope. People want a lifestyle that is manageable, honest, and affordable. No more “impressing your neighbors”, but more providing for your family, their safety, security and significance. So why a log or timber frame home? Well what you see is what you get. You can hide poor craftsmanship behind drywall but not in a log home. You know the structural integrity of your home because it is staring you in the face, in a beautiful way. We also want something that is permanent, well crafted, and comfortable. If this resonates with you, then come speak with me. We can create your vision into a home you will be proud of for generations. Michael Grant www.modernrustichomes.com
Where else but in America
Saturday morning I watched four “boxes”, which are what we call systems built housing modules roll into Gilmer County on specially designed flat -bed carriers. Waiting at the job site was a 90 ton crane positioned in place to pick up each box to sit it on the foundation we prepared two weeks before. Prior to this day, we spent many hours with our customer to design, and then specify finishes and fixtures for an 1800 square foot cabin in the woods. With two bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, loft space, laundry room, pantry, large kitchen, vaulted ceilings and an open plan design, this cabin is exactly what the clients wanted. The boxes took eight days of production time to manufacture in our Nationwide Custom Homes Plant in Martinsville, Virginia.
The cabin is called “Mountain Cove”, respecting the natural setting surrounding it. By 9:30 a.m. the first box was prepped to be picked up by the crane and positioned onto the foundation. Fast forward four hours and all four boxes are now assembled.
My clients and I walked through the cabin to check it out. What we saw were floors that were level (I mean level, not just sort’a level), plumb walls, square corners, drywall in place, cabinets, bath fixtures, lighting, electrical, plumbing, duct work, all were where they needed to be. Behind the drywall and paneling was spray foam insulation to provide high performance energy efficiency. Needless to say, I also saw a lot of smiles and nods of approval.
Over the next 30 days we added the porches, completed the exterior siding, and mended the mating walls. The painting has just been finished and the result is terrific.
This is America at its best, figuring out a way to do something better and doing it. It is our mission at www.modernrustichomes.com to provide a better solution for our clients. Allow us to show you what we can do that is a better solution for your housing needs.
I continue to look for ways to distinguish my business and align myself with like minded people and to provide a service that is above and beyond. At the same time I must keep the cash flowing, satisfy demanding schedules, work within projected budgets and continue to win new business.
The most rewarding way for me to differentiate, to reinvent, to stay relevant is through a process of engaging my client for inspiration. Over the years I have been privileged to have many clients that “get it” and we have become creative partners in the proces of designing their home. It is like communion in that there is a spiritual connection that results in an inspired solution.
Should we have the opportunity to create together, I will do my best to be your design partner, learning from you and guiding decisions that represent the home that represents who you are, what you are about and how you choose to live. To make the end result look good is the easy part.
Oh and by the way, the end of the project is just a beginning for a lifetime of friendship.
Michael Grant, Design Partner