Common Industry Terms
Pedestal homes are homes that are built on a small foundation yet cantilevers 10 ft in each direction. This allows you build in locations that are otherwise unavailable due to terrain or cost. Pedestal homes make less of an environmental impact and make it easier and more affordable to build on locations like mountainsides and coastal areas.
Timber homes are made with post and beam or timber frame construction, using heavy timbers instead of 2x’s or roof trusses. There is nothing like looking up at the ceiling of a timber home with its real wood beauty.
Post and Beam Construction
Post and beam construction is a term used for building home frames with large timbers. Typically steel plates often tie members together. This allows for a home to have much more clerestory space to enhance the beauty of wood.
Panelized construction simply means that we build your home panel by panel in our controlled factory setting. This allows for the highest quality construction and therefore a precision fit on the job site.
The term ‘green building’ represents a way of building that’s kinder to our environment. It’s also a way of building that saves energy, and saves you money. Ultimately, it is a practice that includes creating structures and using processes that are responsible and efficient. From the start, we only utilize lumber mills that adhere to (SFI) Sustainable Forest Initiative. We practice sustainable manufacturing in our facility, conserving electricity, striving towards zero waste, and using renewable energy like our roof top mounted solar panels.
Cantilevers are beams that are anchored only on one end. This allows for overhanging structures without having to have external bracing giving your home a clean unique look. Foundation savings can be realized with this approach.
Prefabricated Home (prebuilt prefab)
Also known as prebuilt homes or prefab homes, are homes that have pre made pieces, like walls, gable panels, roof panels, etc. We build your home wall panel by panel in our controlled factory setting. This allows for the highest quality construction and therefore a precision fit on the job site.
Raised home (elevated home)
Raised homes, like stilt homes are built on foundations that are raised above ground level to protect against flooding, build in a difficult location or for extra space. Also referred to as an elevated home.
Kit homes are prebuilt homes that come in a standard floor plan. They are pre made in pieces so they come together quickly.
Slab on grade or shallow foundations refer to a type of foundation that is very near to the surface. It is a more affordable foundation that is very durable and used mostly in warmer places where freezing and thawing are less of a concern.
Stilt home (Piling home)
Stilt homes are homes that are built on raised piles that serve as a foundation for the home. They are poles that resemble stilts that the home sits on top of. The main reason stilt houses are built is to protect against flooding, but can also be used to keep out vermin. The space underneath the house can be used as storage or a work space. Stilt homes are also referred to as piling homes.