Building | Timberstone construction goes green and modular | SierraSun.com

Building | Timberstone construction goes green and modular

Timberstone Construction's crew of skilled local carpenters, finish carpenters and masons nail down the details of a green, modular home in Northstar. The home should be ready for occupancy early next year " less than a year from start to finish " for a 5,000 square-foot custom home.

Timberstone Construction, licensed in California and Nevada, is shaking the foundation of custom home design and construction. “Modular green building is definitely our niche,” said Greg Francis of Timberstone Construction. “We started four years ago, and found building off-site is perfect, it keeps costs down and offers a short building season.”

A recent example of Timberstone’s design and manufacturing savvy is a home in Northstar. It will be Green Point and Energy Star-rated and use green materials such as FSC lumber, low VOC paints and recycled material.

Seventy to 80 percent of Timberstone’s modular homes are built at highly efficient, California-based, climate-controlled factories, while the home’s foundation and garage are simultaneously built on-site. Factory building cuts down on the labor issues that plague traditional builders, including managing and coordinating subcontractors who often create delays, costing time and money.

Modular indoor building also cuts back on waste, saving even more by recycling building materials and conserving resources. And because the majority of the home is factory-built, Timberstone can avoid weather delays prominent in the Sierras. Timberstone’s innovative, cost-effective, greener alternative to traditional on-site building can actually reduce construction costs up to 20 percent and construction time up to 50 percent.

“Modular homes have been around since the ’40s, developed in war-time when housing was needed quickly,” said Francis. “Some people may think it’s outdated, but system-built housing is the way of the future.”

About Timberstone Construction: Timberstone Construction is the first high-end, custom modular homebuilder in the Sierras that provides design and construction services under one roof. They practice low-impact development, working with engineers to build high quality, energy efficient, green homes in the Lake Tahoe area. Timberstone Construction is a licensed contractor in both California and Nevada. Visit timberstontahoe.com or call (775) 833-9177 for information.