Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Good Day Jeremy,
First let me commend you on the wisdom of taking your time and doing a smaller structure first. I specialize in vernacular timber, stone and earth folk architecture of the Americas, Middle East and Asia, particularly timber frames. Cob, and it's many types, is the oldest "infill method" and/or building material, other than plant plaiting or animal skins, in the world. My feedback on size, it all depends on you stamina, (heed R. Scott's advice,) this is very hard work. As a designer, when ever I see a "cookie cutter" building plan being sold I become uncomfortable. A building sit needs to be considered thoroughly before planting a piece of architecture on it, especially one that is to work in concert with the surrounding biome; seldom is homeostasis reached with a "cookie cutter." You would be better off reading, learning, waiting, and designing your own home, than trying to make a "cookie" fit your needs. I will also admit, the building you shared does not hold to any of the "golden mean" of architecture, roof lines are out of balance, too low to the ground, etc., but that is my own bias, in as such, I like traditional architecture and have not seen too much of the modern stuff that surpasses what our elders did before us. Modern man spends way too much time "reinventing the wheel." Good luck and keep learning.
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Hi Jeremy,
I'm relatively new to this forum, and using my time here to help where I can and gather information for a manuscript on traditional timber framing methods. In as such I would love to be at your service where ever you find my skills aid you. I will take your last post and try to address each of your questions and thoughts. As we discuss your building plans, hopefully you will find the discourse facilitating your concepts for a well thought out home.
"I don't want to go with cookie cutter, but I don't see what option there is. We are in a permit/code heavy area and they require us to submit plans for approval. "
You are most correct that some areas are much easier than others when it comes facilitating a piece of architecture. With that said, it would be helpful to know where you are located so I can address any possible challenges that I may know of for your area. Then I can go further into details, if I am able. Even in some of the most burdensome areas you can still have owner/builder drawn blueprints and/or G.C. projects.
"What would it cost to have someone like you come and design something that makes sense for the "biome" and keeps within the golden means of architecture."
It all depends on your needs, location, and local demands, (environmentally and political-i.e. zoning.) Most architects charge a minimum of $15 to $25 dollars per sq foot for developed plans and the cost goes up from there to as high as $100. (I work in metric so I'm converting from sq meter concepts, numbers are approximations.) You may be able to find a locale design/build firm that will give you a package price, or you can develop the plans yourself and save considerably. It all depends on the level of involvement you would like to have or feel comfortable with. I work out of Vermont facilitating frames but I'm also brokered in other regions and have contacts across North America and outside the country.
"Traditional or not I don't care, as long as it fits our needs, but it has to be one story (wife thinks stairs make the house disconnected). "
There is much to be said for single story living, with that I agree. However, if you think there is a potential for resale at a later date, the site you have chosen may be better suited for multiple levels. More than half of all domestic architecture, now and through history, has had several floors. This grew out of the economy of heat, and roof space over living space. We can delve into that further if you wish, but for now I will assume you only want to consider a single floor living arrangement.
"Can you give me some pragmatic advice vs. "reading, learning, waiting and designing my own home" what exactly does that mean? "
Since I am not familiar with your level of understanding about domestic architecture I only meant that more you learned and the longer you could take developing you plan for a home, that happier you would be in the end. As I learn more about your needs the more I could possibly be of assistance.