Ever wondered what it’s like to have a home custom built for you? At Wind River, we are fully committed to your customer experience from start to finish, and beyond. We pride ourselves in our collaborative design process because we believe a home should be a reflection of the people who live in it. We love working with each of our clients on their individual designs, and we believe the journey doesn’t end when you receive your home. It’s just the beginning, and we’re invested in setting you up for success! We get asked a lot about our design and build process, so here’s a breakdown of what you can expect when you build with Wind River.
When you reach out to us about your project, we take the time to speak with you on the phone, get to know you, and build out a custom quote for your home. We do our best to accommodate your “must-haves” list and allow for small changes in the floor plan where possible—maybe you want to add a loft or a bump-out, or maybe you have a cooking appliance that is really important to you. We’ll work hard to make sure your home fits your wants and needs—a home should fit a life, not the other way around. We’ll also take into consideration your overall site plan, including utilities and the way your home will be situated on the land. Once you’re in our build schedule, we’ll have a full design consultation with you to go over every detail of both the exterior and interior of your home. In this phase, you can still make changes if you decide you want to do something different than the original quote. Don’t worry if this seems overwhelming! Our design team does a fantastic job at intuiting people’s styles and aesthetics. Whether you have a vague concept of what you want, such as “rustic or scandi modern,” or a full Pinterest board you’ve been compiling for years, they’ll help you design a home that’s a perfect fit.
After the initial design consultation, the design team will create a design board just for you, complete with exterior elevations, color palettes, and material samples, all pulled together so you can visualize how your home will look and feel.
Once everything has been approved, we’ll order materials and get everything ready to begin production on your home. While your home is being built, we’ll send you weekly photo updates so you can see it at every stage and have the chance to comment or ask questions. And if you ever want to come see it in person, we love welcoming our customers!
Prior to completion, we’ll provide you with a site plan of your home showing all of the water and utility connections so you can prepare for its arrival. We’ll also certify your home with Pacific West Associates upon completion and apply the plaque prior to shipment or pick-up. Our team will request quotes from our trusted third-party shippers and present them to you with information about each company so you can choose who you want to transport your home.
You’ll also receive a customized QuickStart guide for your tiny home. This includes everything from how to properly level your home and utility set-up, to appliance and material maintenance. Do you have butcher block countertops? We’ll tell you how to care for them. We’ll provide information on the paints and stains used in your home (in case you want to do touch-ups), the user manuals and serial numbers for all your brand name appliances, and even walk-through videos of us personally demonstrating how the systems in your home function! All of these resources are to help ensure easy installation and care of your tiny home on site. We want you to feel confident from the start. (You can also check out our article on How To Feed And Water Your Tiny Home for information on taking care of a tiny home.)
And last but certainly not least, we include a 1-year warranty on the workmanship of our homes. We take great pride in the work we do, and we only build homes we’d all sign our names to. Additionally, there are many other warranties that pass through to you as the owner, including the trailer, roofing, siding, windows, mini split, and appliances.
Our homes are built for a lifetime and built for freedom. And we love to hear about our clients’ tiny home journeys along the way! Customer interviews (such as this one with our client and friend Alex) are great for aspiring tiny home dwellers, and they give us a chance to catch up with you and maintain a relationship with the people we build for. Your success is our success!
Have you been thinking about going tiny for years? Want a home that’s truly unique to you? Get in touch with us for a custom quote.