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Arts & Crafts & New Garage

I think it's time to dust the cobwebs of this old blog and update y'all on what's new with Tiny Timber.  To summarize our activity over the last four months: we finished the last two homes on our Ellis Hollow subdivision, are currently working on three homes in the city of Ithaca on Hector Street, one of which is about to be finished, and will be moving on to a new Ellis Hollow subdivision in the next couple weeks. For anyone driving in and out of town on Hector Street, our homes under construction can be seen to the south up on the ridge like a big Tiny Timber beacon. The feedback that we have been getting from the Ithaca community has been wonderful and we appreciate it very much. To say that we have been busy is putting it mildly. We are currently booked through the end of the year and are working on figuring out just how to keep up. 

The last home that we completed was our final home on the Ellis Hollow subdivision. The model is called the Arts and Crafts Home. Arts and Crafts refers to a design and architectural movement that occurred during the late 19th and early 20th century. Click HERE if you're curious about it and like to be distracted by esoteric history. Arts and Crafts in this context refers to the roof line that we incorporated into the design. The roof slopes down in the front and back of the home with dormers that peek out from the top. Without further ado, here are some images of the home. These images and more can also be found on our galleries page.

I only uploaded one picture of the exterior of the home because to be honest I wasn't happy with how the photos were coming out. Ithaca looks a little bleak at the moment in my opinion. I'll upload more exterior shots once we start getting a little greenery around here. This home is the first slab on grade home that we have built and we are delighted with how it turned out. The sealant we used for the concrete gives the floor a nice sheen and radiant floors on the first level will make for some happy feet.

We also for this job built our very first two door garage! It's essentially a very small Tiny Timber house with the same aesthetic just with a pared down wall system. We now offer one and two door garages as a standard option for all our builds provided there is space on the lot. The clients for this job opted for glass front garage doors which I think look wonderful. Take a look below.

That's all for now and thank you for reading and checking out our latest and greatest. Also, keep an eye out for this sign coming to Varna soon on the corner of Freese Road and Dryden Road!

 
 

The Cottages at Fall Creek Crossing

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new website for The Cottages at Fall Creek Crossing (at www.cottagesatfallcreek.com) formerly known as Varna Tiny Timber. These homes are now officially on the market and ready to be sold! I urge anyone who is interested to peruse the new site and the listings posted on Brent Katzmann's Warren Real Estate page. We are very excited about what we have put together and hope you like it as well.  Thank you to those who have been waiting patiently for this news. It turns out that site plan and storm water management take a bit of time to iron out.

We have also significantly updated our model selection. Take a look! We added a few new models and phased out models that we don't think work as well. The "Models" tab has been changed to "Example Models" because the list of models is an ever evolving list. We don't want to give the impression that we are restrictive with model options and interior layout.

To be honest, the naming of models has become surprisingly difficult. We want to keep things as straightforward as possible in the way that our model options are organized and separated into series. There has been so much design overlap that it is difficult to categorize what we have. The easy thing to do would be to name our models arbitrary names like "The Charlotte." I'm not too fond of the idea but there are only so many iterations of cube names that we can come up with. It does make me very happy that we have a model named "Cuboid." It sounds like an 80's arcade game character.

We have posted two new galleries of completed homes on the Tiny Timber website. You can view them HERE. We are proud of the craftsmanship of our crew and the finishes on Tiny Timber homes continue to get better and more refined. I continue to be impressed by the way that our stairs are coming out. The big wooden homemade block treads, homemade railings, steel spindles, and steel stringers all come together so nicely. In the words of our fearless leader Buzz, "dude, these are cool."

There are a couple of new building methods that are also worth mentioning. Firstly, we have started doing our basement ceilings a little differently. Instead of using traditional floor joists and dry-walling the basement ceiling, we have started using rough cut hemlock beams with hemlock boards on top to create the same aesthetic as the ceiling on the first floor (see top right). Secondly, we have just started fabricating entire wall and roof sections in our mill (see bottom right). The wall sections will then be shipped to the job site to be assembled using picks and a crane. We are really excited about this change in method because we think (fingers crossed) that it will be much more efficient and save everyone time and headache. Our crew is pretty happy about it too because they get to work in the warm mill and not in the freezing cold out on the man lift. Win, win!

That's all for now. We here at Tiny Timber hope you all had a lovely holiday season!

We Completed a Big Cube & Varna is On The Way

Hello all! It’s good to be writing some news again. It’s been a little while, I know, but it’s hard to get to writing when there are so many homes to be built! Since my last post we have finished our first Big Cube and three more are under construction. We have been working hard to keep up with everything. Tiny Timber houses are the hotcakes of homes apparently. Subsequently we have brought on board an electrician and a plumber as partners in our company. We now have the capability of building a home from start to finish all with our own people. Sub-contractors? Who needs ‘em!

Here are a few images of the Cube that we have recently completed. Out of respect for our client’s privacy, I have omitted photos showing most of the interior. She needed to hastily move into her new home and situate her belongings in the house after construction was finished. Take a look!

LED recessed light

Cherry floating tread stairs

There are a couple of features we are very excited to show. The first being the recessed LED lighting in the cross beams as you can see above. We feel that this really adds some class and a nice ambiance to the space. The second being the floating tread, cherry staircase that we installed. This will from here on be the standard for the staircases that we build. As with many of our construction details, we weren’t keen on doing the traditional method of construction so we decided to do something a little different and make a unique looking style of stairs with our own Tiny Timber flair.

A couple images of the exterior:

Big Cube exterior east view

Big Cube exterior north view

 

Big Cube porch view

Sadly, I was not fortunate enough to spend any time in that hammock with a cold beverage but life goes on. In the image to the right you can see the long driveway that we needed to build leading to the home. We had to set the house far back on the property to avoid the wetland at the front. The road across the street is named “Shudaben Road.” So our client decided to unofficially name here driveway “Isa Road.” This is the kind of humor that we appreciate here at Tiny Timber. I very much hope she makes her own sign to stake at the end of her drive.

In other news, we are very close to releasing a full site plan for Varna Tiny Timber! We have finally received approval from New York State for the Home Owners Association. We have everything in place to move forward. We are in the process of working out the final details of the project before we list the lots and publicize. We want to have a fully comprehensive plan for which models we will use for the pocket community and which models we will place on which lots. Our intent is to create a site plan with a diversity of models. We want to incorporate models with varying numbers of bedrooms, sizes, and styles. Here is a rough sketch of what the community will look like upon completion.

Varna Tiny Timber render

You may notice that there are some unfamiliar roof lines in this rendering. This is because we are also on the verge of releasing seven or so new models and floor plans! Many of these models are designed with Varna Tiny Timber specifically in mind. Buzz continues to think up new models and expand our library. He’s insistent on keeping our friends at STREAM busy! We are continually evolving and responding to the needs of home buyers and creating homes that will fit these needs. Here is a sneak peek at the models that we will be releasing on the website soon:

It’s worth mentioning that two of these models are already listed on lots on Hector Street in the City of Ithaca. You can find these listings HERE.

Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that we will be participating in the Green Buildings Open House organized by the Cooperative Extension on September 30th. We are excited to offer our support in raising awareness about the importance of green building. Please check it out. They will be releasing details about the homes that will be included in the tour soon. Hope to see you there!

Tiny Timber Updates & Energy Star Testing

The grass has grown! This is honestly the most exciting part for me, when the old construction site turns green and really feels like a home. I think this calls for some Bocci Ball and grilling!

Tiny House prototypes with new grass

We've been working away out here. The third and final prototype is underway and we really feel like we're getting a hang of this process. Construction on this new house is very similar in style and floor plan from the previous prototype, just with some refinements. We did add a new covered front deck feature to this prototype which we are working on now. This will be included in all future Tiny Timber homes. Here you can see a glimpse into the deck building process.

Tiny Timber deck construction with forklift

Tiny Timber Prototype 3 deck construction

Our approval process for our communities keeps moving along... slowly but surely. Navigating the bureaucratic tedium of getting approval  takes a little time. We have gotten final approval for the Quarry Ridge Cooperative from the Dryden Planning Board and now all that is needed is state approval before we can start marketing. The Varna Tiny Timber community is still awaiting final approval from the board. Building is imminent!

We also had an Energy Star rater come do a blower door test yesterday:

Energy Star blower door test

We were a little over the allowed air exchanges for the rating but we are going to be diligent about plugging those air leaks and making our homes as air tight as possible! We want to be as efficient as we can. Our goal is to earn the highest Energy Star rating available which involves making our homes not zero ready. This means that our homes will have the ability to produce as much energy as they use by incorporating renewable energy in their design (ie solar panels). It turns out this is great for the environment and great for your wallet. In other words: win, win!

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know about the gallery night happening in Ithaca this Friday, October 7th between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. There is an architecture theme to this gallery night and there are a ton of firms showing their projects, drawings, and ideas. Tiny Timber will also be featured in the gallery displayed by our partner Stream Collaborative. It will be a lot of fun.

Thank you all for reading!