The more you learn, the more convinced you will become that the Lindal Warm Modern Experience creates beautiful, personalized homes that inspire a relaxed lifestyle, using a disciplined building system and planning process. Here we will help you create a warm, efficient home of beauty, quality and value.
The term Pre-Fab is a catchall for all systems-built houses that are manufactured to some degree in a factory, and includes kit homes, panelized homes, and modular homes. Lindal’s pre-engineered Post & Beam homes are essentially “Kit” homes where Lindal provides all the materials for the structure to be assembled by a local contractor, not built in a factory and shipped complete or in large sections. The advantages of a Lindal home over a Pre-Fab or modular home are many. To start with, we – as the local Lindal Dealer – visit the site to evaluate the best design to take advantage of the site’s natural features and for cost and energy efficiency. We then create the design with you to make sure it works for your site, lifestyle and budget. Our designs typically have open concept floor plans and walls of glass, features that are not possible with Pre-Fab because of their very nature of production, and by the fact that room sizes are limited by road lane width. Also, Pre-Fabs often can’t be delivered to your site due to physical limitations, while our homes can be brought to the site in manageable pieces.
Quality control, cost and energy efficiency are also advantages of a Lindal Cedar Home. Lindal uses premium grade lumber, plywood (not particle board), engineered components, architectural quality posts & beams, and, unlike most Pre-Fab companies, Lindal offers a wide range of exterior finishes, windows and doors, including beautiful Western Red Cedar siding, windows and trim. Our homes are engineered for your specific local conditions, such as wind and snow loads. Only Lindal offers a Lifetime Structural Warranty. Delivery costs (included in the price of the Lindal Package) are usually less than Pre-Fab because of instead of shipping empty “boxes” the Lindal materials are packaged very efficiently and shipped by rail and truck to your site.
Pre-Fab often come with pre-installed appliances, counters, cabinets, etc. With our homes, you are free to select any interior components, so, like the design of the home itself, you have complete control and can have exactly what you want within your budget.
Lastly, no other company that we know of offers you the full services of a local dealer, such as Atlantic Custom Homes, knowledgeable about local building issues to guide you through the entire process of designing and building your beautiful home.
We’ve seen the cost of building materials and labor rise in the last few years, as demand has increased and contractor availability can be an issue. Natural disasters and tariffs have made wood more expensive, all other materials needed to build and finish your home have increased in price, and labor has become more expensive and in greater demand.
You could wait a few years in hopes that costs come down, but in our experience, they never do, and you’ve lost that time to enjoy your home. Since all our homes are custom designed for you, your site and your budget, here’s some ideas to save money when you build your custom home.
Efficient Design: Since the ultimate cost of your project will depend on size, consider layouts that are more space-efficient, i.e. rooms only as big as they need to be, and circulation space (hallways) kept to a minimum. Multi-story homes are more cost-efficient than ranch designs, since the roof area is the same and wall area is reduced.
Listen to the Site: Your building site may offer ways to reduce building costs. For example, if the site is sloped, it’s a great idea to build a daylight, or walkout lower level that can be used for any purpose even bedrooms. It is much less expensive to build than the above-grade space, and uses the same roof area (saves on energy costs as well). Speaking of energy costs, we also look for ways to place the house on the site and orient it to maximize passive solar and the best placement of solar panels.
Keep it Simple: While a multitude of corners and complex roof systems add architectural interest, they also add cost. Modern designs, with flat or low-pitched shed roofs are less expensive to build. The Lindal Elements series are examples of combining efficient design and beauty.
Plan for the Future: In designing your home, we can “build in” the ability to add to the home in the future, in ways that will not disturb the use of the home during construction.
Build Off Season: Contractors like to stay busy year-round, so we often suggest timing your build over the winter months. Concrete can be poured in any season, and having the Lindal materials delivered late in the year allows the contractor to frame the structure to give his crew a sheltered place to work.
Atlantic Custom Homes works with you through all phases of the project, from finding and developing land, though design, construction and finishing. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, so call or visit us.
Working with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin, Lindal offers the Lindal Imagine Series, seven striking modern designs ranging from 780SF to about 2850SF inspired by the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The new effort unites the enduring design principles of Wright’s Usonian homes with current developments in technology, construction and design theory.
This effort responds to the surge of interest in mid-century modern homes that are affordable and aesthetically pleasing. These homes will meet that demand; they are unique, are integrated with nature, and have the feel of a much larger home. The principles that guided Frank Lloyd Wright, such as “organic architecture” of harmony, sustainability and integration with nature, are celebrated in these homes. Per Wright, “the natural materials, open floor plans and walls of glass work synergistically together to achieve the sense of spaciousness and vista we desire in order to liberate the people living in the house.”
The result of the new series is a harmonious synthesis — a beautiful, functional home that accommodates and expresses the way people live today. The homes are aesthetically beautiful, modest in size, yet spacious and filled with light. They are thoughtfully designed to blend seamlessly with their surroundings, whether in a rural, urban or suburban setting.
“Usonian” describes approximately sixty homes designed by Wright in the 1930’s and 1940’s, including those in the Usonia Historical District in Pleasantville, NY, a National Register of Historic Places site. The new homes share six design principles with the original Usonian house plans: each has an open floor plan, a strong horizontal emphasis, and is integrated with nature. Additionally, each home emphasizes an interplay with light and shadow, is energy efficient, and has flexible floor plans. Homebuyers can add basements and garages, or alter the angle of the roof or its pitch.
According to Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, “The Lindal Imagine series reflects a modern embodiment of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles; sensitive to the attributes of Usonian design while meeting the demands of contemporary living.”
The designers for the new series are Aris Georges – who taught on faculty at the School of Architecture at Taliesin for many years, and Trina Lindal, a graduate of the School.
A classic view of the Catskill Mountains – as revered by Frederick Church and the Hudson River School of painters – is seen through sliding walls of glass in this example of the partnership between Dowling Studios and Lindal Cedar Homes. The design was adapted from a prior home by Leslie Dowling, to reduce its size and maximize windows and doors for the dramatic view. It features 3-4 bedrooms, a large open kitchen/dining/living area, and a large cantilevered, beamed overhang with firepit and hot tub, so that the outdoor area can be enjoyed year round. The owners chose dark stained clear Western Red Cedar siding to enhance the modern simplicity of the home.
It was a pleasure working with Leslie, who understood, and utilized, the Lindal Building System to design this masterpiece. The Lindal Architect Collaborative program afforded the owners the benefits of Leslie’s talents at a fraction of the cost of engaging her or another architect, combined with Lindals’ quality materials and proven systems approach to home building.
We at Atlantic Custom Homes would be delighted to show you how our process produces beautiful, custom homes with predicable costs and results.
When I am shopping for a product or reading about it, my first question is the cost. When building and finishing a custom home, that should be your first question, since the entire project will depend on your budget. We believe we serve three clients: you, your site, and your budget.
There is a short cost answer and a long one. First of all, while we can predict what it will cost to build, equip and finish any of our Lindal Cedar Homes, we don’t know what you will be paying for the land, and we can’t estimate site work costs (excavating, driveway, septic, well) until we know the property. There is also leeway in finishing costs that will depend on the choices you make.
Back to the short answer: the total cost of building, powering and finishing your home, or “Turnkey” cost, will range from $245/SF for a typical 2500SF house. With our homes, that estimate includes everything needed for a nicely done house – the design, architecture, engineering, Lindal Materials Package, foundation, construction, HVAC, appliances, cabinets, countertops, fixtures, etc., except the cost of the land and site work.
The long answer: factors that affect cost include location, design type, choice of materials that are provided by Lindal (such as siding, windows, trim, doors, hardware), your choices of interior elements such as flooring, tile, cabinets, countertops, appliances, fixtures), and size. Size matters because the larger the house, the more square feet to spread the cost of everything in the house, including the big ticket items such as foundation, kitchen & HVAC. Conversely, smaller houses have fewer SF to spread the cost, so the cost of each item that goes into the house has a greater effect on SF Turnkey cost. For example: a $1,000 refrigerator in a 2000SF house costs $0.50 per SF; in a 1000SF house it costs $1.00 per SF.
The most cost-effective of our designs are the Classic Lindals and the Lindal Elements, all allowing virtually unlimited customization. Our Lindal Architects Collaborative and Turkel Design Lindal homes offer greater architect involvement, generally at a higher cost, including up-front design fees. All of our homes share the same beautiful, high quality materials, and all are covered by the Lindal Lifetime Limited Structural Warranty.
As your local Lindal Dealer, once we learn more about your project we can drill down and more accurately predict total project cost. It’s our objective to help you build exactly what you want within your budget, so we guide you every step of the way – from finding land through finishing your home. We’re happy to discuss your project and visit your site, please call, email or visit us in Cold Spring.
When he founded Lindal Cedar Homes in 1945, Sir Walter Lindal offered “kit” homes that customers selected from a catalogue, and which included all the plans and materials for assembly by local contractors. Everything for the structure was figured out and delivered to the house site. This concept had been done successfully by companies like Sears Roebuck as early as 1908, but not many people know that Frank Lloyd Wright carried it further to modern homes one hundred years ago with his 1917 creation American System-Built Homes, see https://www.curbed.com/2016/12/16/13984492/frank-lloyd-wright-prefab-american-system-built
Customers could choose from seven models, and plans and pre-cut materials (for quality control and to save waste) were delivered to the house site for construction. The homes were sold through local dealers, unlike Sears’ mail order homes. Wright’s methods and mission are strikingly similar to Lindal Cedar Homes’ modern designs, such as Lindal Elements and the Lindal Architects Collaborative (of which the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin West, is a participating architect): open layouts, an “instinctive connection to the outdoors”, the use of many windows to bring the outside into every room (“Wright managed to fit 33 windows within the 805-square-foot B1 model”), and local dealers such as Atlantic Custom Homes. The systems approach ensured purity of design, quality of materials, and predictability of results for Wright as it does today for our Lindal homes.
Unfortunately for Mr. Wright’s company and prospective homeowners, American System-Built Homes ran into the economics and materials shortages of WWI, and only a handful were built (and much prized today). By contrast, Lindal has delivered over 50,000 homes worldwide in its 72 year history, using the same systems built approach to home construction.
A home should be responsive to your lifestyle, budget and site. By creating the design with you and providing the plans and materials for the structure, Atlantic Custom Homes is able to control costs and eliminate the disconnect that often occurs between design and building. This seamless approach ensures that your project will be predictable as to cost and result. It is your house and your money, so you are always in control at every step.
Here is one of our modern Lindal Elements projects in construction in the Hudson Valley. This Post & Beam home was designed with the owners after reviewing some of the many designs in Lindal’s planbooks (to view the planbooks go to Lindal.com), a great way to focus ideas and get the design process started. Like many of our homes, walls of glass let the outside in and enlarge the space. No design fees were charged to create these unique homes.
Home with a Hudson Valley View
The owners, NYC residents, wanted to create a house that celebrates the beauty of the Hudson Valley, with large windows displaying the views from every room. The first and loft floors of this custom Lindal Elements home total about 2100SF, with an additional 1000SF plus garage in the walkout lower level. The Great Room boasts a 21’ high window wall that brings in the view and the sky; the Master Suite and four season porch have wall-to-wall windows and glass doors. There is an ensuite Guest Room in the lower level, and while the Loft will be used as an office, it could easily be a second Master Suite with a very large Bath for a soaking tub.
A Westchester Family Modifies a House Plan to Build a Secluded Getaway.
We would like to share the Upstate House magazine article about one of our beautiful custom Lindal Elements homes in New York. This home started out as the Sargasso 1620 (as seen in the Lindal Elements Portfolio on Lindal.com), which we customized and expanded to about 1900SF, creating a simple but interesting one-level design that is perfect for the owners’ activity-filled lifestyle. We are grateful to the owners for telling their story, happy to help make their dream home become a reality and to Upstate House for featuring Atlantic Custom Homes. Read the article here.
Lindal Cedar Homes’ Classic and Modern small homes emphasize quality over quantity
We are increasingly designing homes for customers who recognize that large quantities of square feet are not necessary for comfort and gracious living, and that pride of ownership includes satisfaction that you have built what you need, not the biggest house you can afford. Although we see a trend towards smaller, more space-efficient homes, smaller doesn’t have to mean cramped, or confining. Our customers often marvel at how a small home smartly designed with an open floor plan, lofts and walls of glass can seem so large. Our Post & Beam system of on-site construction permits – and we encourage – customization by you to your exact requirements.
Lindal offers many home designs under 1500SF, and accessory structures (like guest houses and studios, such as the Mod Fab) under 500SF. Each of our homes carefully uses the space and multiplies it with high ceilings and lots of windows to create an “inside/outside” effect.
You can view Lindal’s Small Treasures brochure, and all the Lindal Planbooks: the Classic designs, Living Dreams, the modern Lindal Architects Collaborative, Lindal Elements, and Turkel Design Lindals, all for free by registering on Lindal.com and going to the Bookstore. At the bottom of the description of each planbook click on View free digital book.