According to a survey done by the NAHB in 2005, the “typical” home built in America is approximately 2200 square feet, 2 stories, 3 – 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, powder room built on a concrete slab, uses gas forced air heat, is stick built on site (vs. modular), has a 2 car garage, vinyl siding (second place stucco), porch and a fireplace. Many “typical” practices are unique to each area of the country, such as a typical basement in the Northeast vs. a slab in the Southwest, but the overall Numbers Show the Above Example.
My Definition of A Custom Home Is:
A unique home built according to the custom plans and specifications of an architect or designer known as the earthship house, working with a client, for a unique piece of land.
This plan takes into account the clients wishes and dreams, the unique environment, and how to set a particular budget to renovate an old house or making a new. All materials are delivered and assembled on site by a unique set of craftsmen consisting of 200 or more unique trades, suppliers and specialists. This home is built one time!
Although we predominately build homes of “stick frame” (meaning 2 x 4 or dimensional lumber), there is growing interest in special homes built of new materials and it is important to have your own important tools even as the entire house is done.
The most typical type of construction of earthship house by far – the stick frame is largely composed of “dimensional” lumber or “engineered” lumber (I-joists or other types of framing that are comprised of various solid and plywood combinations)