FAQ

What is the Lindal Building System?

Our homes are pre-engineered, Post & Beam structures, with all of the materials for the structure delivered to the site for assembly and finishing by local contractors. Each home is designed and engineered for the specific conditions of the site, making efficient use of resources and materials.

What is included in the Lindal Materials Package?

We provide all of the design, engineering, architecture, dealer services, and all of the materials for the structure, including lumber, architectural-quality posts & beams, siding, windows, exterior and interior trim, exterior and interior doors & hardware, stairs, railings, decks, and many other related materials. The materials are packed efficiently in rail containers that are offloaded and trucked to your site (delivery is included).

What materials are used?

You have many choices in the types of siding, windows, trim, hardware, etc. For example, there are several different styles of siding, ranging from Composite or Metal to Lindal’s beautiful Western Red Cedar. Windows can be vinyl, cedar, or clad wood. The architectural grade Posts & Beams are fir; the structure uses a combination of dimensional and engineered lumber. Our subfloors are high-grade plywood, and we typically use plywood instead of OSB or other man-made materials for roofing and sheathing.

How are these homes designed? Do I need to hire an architect?

We start with gathering your ideas as to the type of design and size you want to build, and reviewing the features of your site (always with an eye on the budget!) A great way to get going is to review the Lindal Planbooks, which are available as free downloads on Lindal.com, or we have hard copies for view/purchase here at Atlantic Custom Homes. While most of our homes are designed by you working with Atlantic Custom Homes, Lindal’s in-house design team and Lindal’s architect partners, such as Turkel Design and the participants in the Lindal Architects Collaborative, we often work with our customers’ architects, who produce the concept sketches and we take it from there.

What are my design choices?

Literally infinite! We offer the timeless Classic Lindals, and the modern Lindal Elements, Lindal Architects Collaborative, and Turkel Design for Lindal Cedar Homes. Because of the Post & Beam design and efficient delivery system, the designs of our homes are not constrained by “road width” or structural limitations like pre-fab or modular homes. We can create walls of glass soaring into the sky and open floor plans that maximize living enjoyment. Our philosophy is based on a belief that the human spirit thrives in a highly personalized home that reflects the passions and priorities of the homeowner.

What is the process?

We start with a preliminary design session to learn about your objectives, where you plan to build, and your budget. If you don’t yet own land, we will help and guide you in making a smart purchase decision, including visiting the potential site with you. Once your land choice is made (or if you already own the land), we will review the particular characteristics of the land to suggest optimal designs, best locations and orientation for the home, and will review the local rules and regulations that will apply to your project. We believe that the design must respect the land and make the best use of it.

Once the land is set, we can proceed with the design. If you choose a Classic Lindal or Lindal Elements, the design is developed with you, Atlantic Custom Homes, and Lindal’s design team. If you opt for a Lindal Architects Collaborative home, Lindal interfaces with the architect to make changes that you desire (and that will work best with the site). If you choose a Turkel Design, there is an interactive process among you, Atlantic Custom Homes, and Turkel Design.

Once the design is set and you have chosen the materials specifications (e.g. siding, windows, trim, etc.) we can price the Lindal Materials Package, and develop a budget to estimate all the expected building costs. If you decide to proceed with an order, we take a 15% deposit on the cost of the Lindal Materials Package, and Lindal prepares all of the plans and construction documents. Once the order is in, we also start bidding the project to local contractors.

When you are ready (building permits, foundation and financing if applicable), you can order the materials delivered to the site.

How long does it all take?

The design process takes as long as you need it to, but once the order is placed you can figure on about 10-12 weeks for Lindal to prepare the plans and deliver the materials on site. The construction phase has many variables, but will typically be 5-12 months depending on the weather, size, and complexity of the home.

Who will build the home for me?

As part of our dealer services, we maintain a database of qualified contractors, and if none is available where you will build we help research local contractors. We often use an out-of-state framing crew very experienced in Lindals to come in and frame and side the home, with the finishing work done locally. If you have a contractor that you know or who has been recommended to you, we will interview him/her, go over the Lindal plans, and help ensure that they are capable. We review all bids with you, and do our best to help you obtain the lowest price for quality work.

Can I select my own finishings (appliances, counters, cabinets, fixtures, etc.)?

Yes! We think that is part of the fun – everything in your home will be an expression of you and your tastes.

Are your homes Green?

Absolutely, Lindal is “Green from the Ground Up” in our efficient use and delivery of sustainable materials, smart placement of the home on the site, use of modern construction techniques, advanced HVAC technology and insulation methods, and if desired, alternative energy. Building your Lindal is an opportunity to create a highly energy-efficient home that will reward you with comfort, lower utility bills, and increased value. As Certified Green Professionals, we guide you through every step of the process, and show you how you can be Green without spending a lot of it.

Many of your modern designs feature flat roofs? Are those efficient in a snowy climate?

Yes, except in a very severe climate. Many Lindals with flat and low-pitched roofs have been built in cold locations throughout North America (and the world). Each home is specifically engineered for the local conditions, including snow load, so Lindal’s engineers take that into account when they determine the sizing of the posts and beams. And no roof is truly “flat”; the roof is framed flat, but Lindal provides a tapered insulation that allows water runoff while appearing “flat”.

OK. So what does it cost?

The “Turnkey” cost of a Lindal home is the cost per square foot of living area for everything that goes into and under the home, including foundation, the Lindal Materials Package, construction, HVAC, fixtures, cabinets, countertops, appliances, etc. – we mean everything needed to build, power and finish a quality home with quality details, except for the cost of the land and preparing the site.

The Turnkey range for an average size (2500SF) nicely done home will be: Classic Lindal or Lindal Elements, $245-$275/SF; Lindal Architects Collaborative, $290-$340/SF, Turkel Design $300-$390/SF.

The range depends on the design (e.g. number of windows, siding/window types) and the finishing choices you make. Before we will accept an order, we develop a construction cost estimate with your input, making sure that you are comfortable with the scope and cost of the entire project.

What are your upfront fees?

Zero, if you are building a Classic Lindal or Lindal Elements. Atlantic Custom Homes offers free consultation and design services (within reason). Experience has shown us that the more our customers learn about our process and products, the more likely they are to place an order, so we are willing to spend our time making site visits and designing your home with you. For a Lindal Architects Collaborative home, there is a very modest upfront design fee of $1.50/SF, to make limited changes to the architect’s designs as shown in the Planbook. For a Turkel Design, there is an upfront design fee of $5.00/SF for changes to the designs in the Turkel Design Portfolio, or a $10.00/SF fee for a completely custom design.