Timber & Stone focuses on projects that make our community more unique, beautiful, and viable while having as much fun as legally allowed. This often brings us projects in the landmark parts of the city, renovations to historic homes, downtown buildings, or projects that bring something unique to Manhattan and the surrounding community. You can also get to know us by what we don’t do. We don’t like to take on projects that…
You will never meet more down to earth people. You will never feel like you should be more than you already are, need more than you already have, or know more people than you already know. Clients come to us with a need (hopefully only architectural ones, but occasionally we have been know to act as marriage counselors). But when they do come to us with a need, we desire to be a source of ideas for them when they do. Connecting them to the right contractor, engineer, etc… and coming up with ways to keep their budget but still make their vision come to life. You will never be judged for a messy house, a low budget, or that you should have called months ago. No, you are accepted here and that is that. There is never a day where you…
The culture of a company is not something that happens by accident - it is intentionally created and protected by its company. At Timber & Stone, we want to be driven by our core values and make decisions based on them. By building a matrix to filter our decisions, we believe we can deliver better results internally and for our clients. These values shape our dreams, actions, and determine what risks we take. We recruit and hire based on them. And of course, we hope to attract clients who share them. They are the heart and sole of our company. We would like to introduce them to you…
It all started with a question: Where did architecture begin? Any firm is of course influenced by the unique experiences and tastes of its owners. For Timber & Stone, this means an avid appreciation for and an unquenchable thirst for understanding history and it's architecture. If you could break down architecture into periodical elements, what were they? Also, what sounded cool? After many considerations like, (Rock & Wood, Wood & Stone, and Stone & Stick), Timber & Stone was born. We could have named the company…
For once, I have a pretty easy answer here… just like sales tax, architects will cost about 8% - 15% of construction costs. So on average if you are planning to build a $300,000 house, your architecture fees will be somewhere between $24,000 to $45,000 for a set of house plans and administration during construction. Typically, the larger the project, the lower the percentage. So million dollar projects will have 5%-10% fees while smaller $100,000 projects will have 10% to 15% fees. This is due to the start-up costs that are involved in beginning any architectural project. A bigger question is however….
I wish I could give you a straight answer here. This question depends on many factors like intricacies and size of the project, architect’s time, and your time. But before we break those down, I want to start with a sign you may have seen hanging on the wall in a variety of businesses from an auto repair shop to a graphic design firm, but this sign would also be right at home in any architecture firm….
Each architectural firm will have their own spin on specifically what their client experience is like, but we would like to at least introduce you to some terms. This process ensures we get you from where you are now, to us handing you the keys to your space that meets (and hopefully exceeds) your dreams and expectations.
Once your architectural agreement is signed and ready, these are the steps that you typically go through to produce good design and start building your project. Before design can happen, we start with what we call Pre-Design…
So you have a project that needs an architect - where do you begin? Most people don’t have an existing relationship with an architect, but there are a couple ways to find one that will be a great fit for your project, or maybe even more important, a good fit for you and your project. Design of your building or home and the construction of it can represent one of the larger time and money investments you will ever make. You will want to make sure you mesh well with this person (and their team) as you share your hopes and dreams, and personal financial details along the way…
Every client starts off in a different place (no ridiculous architecture pun intended). Some have a clear vision of where they want to go, and others are not sure where to begin. They know they have a need - perhaps more space for their home or business; or a vision for how they want to live based on images they see online or in magazines. Or, it might be that they wonder how the characters on Friends can afford such swanky apartments in the notoriously expensive New York City. Either way, we suggest you should call an architect when…
It's amazing the number of choices we make everyday. What to eat, what to do, what socks do I wear today? Occasionally we face larger decisions like what house to buy or where to live. Some people are quite decisive, while others need more help. It's amazing how much time we can spend on a relatively small decisions throughout the day. When it comes to building or remodeling your home or business, the number of decisions needing made and moving parts involved are endless….
What we love about our town…
We have been asking lately what is Manhattan’s greatest strength. It is something we sense but it can hardly be put into words. I think essentially Manhattan has a unique personality which attracts those who live here. It is a small town with exceptional amenities. It has this energy, youth, and brain trust from the University. It has several economic engines (Ft. Riley, KSU, and others) that inject investment and vitality. And it is full of outdoor venues to enjoy and appreciate the Kansas Flint Hills….
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Why do we as humans love wood as a building material so much? I have a theory, and it is that trees are so much like us it’s uncanny. At first glance, the same species of tree looks very similar, but upon closer visual inspection you can see that no two trees are quite alike, and their branches divide and grow in a way that distinguishes each tree from their neighbor. Further study will reveal that each tree’s fate and visual presence is further distinguished by the life it leads. Lightning might strike it or its animal neighbors may alter it. It might have a few scars from a hard drought or a particularly nasty storm.
Trees vary by location, their environment, and their fruit. Some mature slowly over time, others sprout and grow quickly. It’s fun and so easy to draw parallels between our personalities and those of trees. One thing is clear, that although there are so many types of trees, each one is uniquely beautiful and contributes to the environment around it.
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After we get your attention, our job isn't to win you over through a value proposition or sales pitch, it's more akin to a courtship where we both evaluate if we should get married.
The relationship between Client and Architect is defined as an "agency", which means we as professionals have an obligation to represent the interests of our clients as if we were an extension of you. We take an exorbitant amount of time before we even start designing to understand your wants and needs. And we will work tireless hours trying to make you as happy as possible. Much like a marriage, if one person isn't happy, it’s almost impossible for the other person to be happy.
This means that perhaps the single most important factor in our relationship is the single most important factor in any relationship: trust. You will be trusting us to create a design, trusting us with your finances, trusting us to lead a team, trusting us to meet your deadlines, and trusting us to have your best interests at heart the whole time.
This is why, once we get your attention by strutting our stuff, or perhaps a friend of yours recommends us, the proceeding process is more akin to a courtship than a product evaluation. We will be working together for a long period of time on perhaps the largest financial and stressful endeavor of your life. That’s why before you sign anything, we want to get to know you. We want to start with a conversation, and build a strong foundation of trust.
This time it was only right next door! However, we are excited to have our own in-office bathroom and conference room. We are working toward building a kitchenette in the office as well!
Timber & Stone Architecture and Design LLC
403 Poyntz Ave Suite D
Manhattan, KS 66502
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Timber & Stone Architecture is excited to welcome our fourth full-time team member - Ian Hartsook! He hails from Emporia where he gained considerable design and construction experience through 4 years at a design-build firm. A graduate of Kansas State University, Ian is excited to be back in Manhattan. His skills and passions include drawing, woodworking, powerlifting, cooking, working on his American Foursquare home with his wife Gretchen, and playing with their two Yellow Lab buddies Finnegan and Fiona. His skills and personality have already proven to be a great fit with the Timber & Stone culture. Through a fun and creative culture of excellence, Timber & Stone delivers interesting projects to interesting people in the pursuit of making the Manhattan area more unique, beautiful and viable.
Timber & Stone is excited to welcome a new full-time member to our team - Chris Chamberlin! His skills and passions include attention to detail, superb 3D modeling, and a penchant for creativity that extends into cooking, construction, gardening, and a passion for sustainable living. He has already had a huge impact on Timber & Stone with the graphic design of our new logo, and his skills and personality have already made him an indispensable addition to our team.
He has gained notable construction and graphic design experience since graduating from K-State in 2009. There he studied abroad in Italy and graduated with a Master of Architecture and published an article for his concentration on philosophy in a professional journal. He has whole heartedly taken up the Timber & Stone challenge of riding his bike to work whenever possible, and he can be seen cycling to projects on a vintage 1960's Schwinn that weighs almost as much as he does. When he's not toiling away on one of his intricately detailed Sketchup models, he might be home with his wife Emmy teaching their new son Parker their love of gardening.