Hi, I’m Noah… and it is a pleasure to meet you!
If you have found your way to this site, it’s likely because you are seeking your dream home.
Maybe you don’t have a clear vision of that future home now, but you do know that you want it to be… well… perfect.
And, different from “the norm”… not a cookie-cutter home… but rather something…
Handcrafted… yeah! that’s it!
No vinyl covered box for you!
No way! You want… a Handmade House!
And so, you begin searching online for inspiration and guidance to help you discover that home, but instead you discover that there is an overwhelming amount of conflicting and confusing options, and opinions, to be considered.
Even a quick online search on “how-to-swing-a-hammer” reveals 56,000,000 results!
How does anyone wade through all that and hope to discover their true dream home?
Such “information overload” can make the process of discovering a unique handcrafted home overwhelming for even the most experienced of home-builders.
I can help you with this process of discovering and achieving the Handmade House that you want to have.
I’ve been doing just that all my life, for myself, and hundreds of satisfied clients… and now I’m reaching thousands here online.
The shortest definition of a “Handmade House” is a home in which it’s owner plays an intricate part in it’s design and construction… the result is a home that doesn’t look like it came off of an assembly line… but rather one that should be on the cover of a book or magazine.
The range of involvement that you take in the design and construction of your future home can be huge… from 100% hands-on… to perhaps becoming a team player alongside your builder. Regardless of the degree of involvement that you choose, remember the critical key element in achieving your dream home… is you. The more you discover the details of your home beforehand, the more involved you become involved in it’s design and construction, the more likely the home will be an expression of you, and, the more it will feel like home.
Is it challenging? Yes.
Is it fun? Oh YEAH!
Together, we can do this!
Let me tell you how I can help you… by first telling you a bit about myself…
I began my building career at the young age of 15 while helping my father hand-build his own home. My dad was not a home-builder by trade, nor an architect… he was a “suit-and-tie” businessman who simply had a dream of building his own home. By working alongside that great man I learned many of the foundational secrets on how anyone can build a home that is tailor fitted to who they are.
A few years later, at the age of 20, I acquired an unquenchable desire to build my own house, and I did just that, while at the same time pursuing a college degree and working a part-time job. I started out by finding a piece of rural wooded land with owner-financing and then went on to draw the plans for a rustic-style home with natural wood siding and a metal roof. When Spring arrived the following year I began digging the foundation by hand, and would over the coming months undertake every phase of the construction of that 1,400 square-foot home, which would cost me less than $20,000 to complete.
Here is a recent aerial image of that home, now nearly 40 years old… pretty cute isn’t she? 🙂
And then, five years later, at the age of 25, along with my “newly acquired bride” (who still lovingly puts up with me), we sought a simpler lifestyle and so we pursued homesteading. The two of us relocated to the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee where we lived in a tent while clearing our land with a team of horses and building our new home using vintage materials that we had salvaged from an old house, a barn, and a schoolhouse… all of which were in various states of disrepair. Life was good then, our days were carefree; we hiked, we tended our garden, and we helped our neighbors (who we must confess, helped us even more).
As our family grew in size we would eventually relocate to the rural countryside surrounding Charlottesville, Virginia and in 1988 we founded Blue Mountain Builders, a company that specializes in building new homes that are traditionally designed and that incorporate the use of antique, and locally sourced, materials. These new houses and cabins are designed to compliment the landscape. Each of these unique homes looks upon completion as if they had always been there.
The very first log home that my newly found company built (seen above) was featured in a lengthy article (and even made the cover) of Country Living Magazine (as well being featured in multiple other publications as the years have gone by). For the next 30 years our skill and craftsmanship only improved with each and every project that we undertook and many of these other Handmade Houses were also featured in multiple publications including…
- Financial Times
- The Washington Post
- This Old House
- Log Home Living
- Country Home
- Hands-On Log Homes
- Early American Country Homes
- The Farmhouse Book
- Mid-Atlantic Country Living
- Better Homes and Gardens
- Timber Home Living
- Wilderness Dispatch
- Energy Efficient Homes
- Rural Living
- and… many, many more.
Now, I tell you all of this not to impress you… but, to impress upon you… that, as an experienced builder, I know that you too can design and build your own home. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your level of experience, nor the thickness of your wallet… you too can achieve your dream home!
I’m no Superman (trust me on that one… lol… just ask my wife!). I’m just an average guy who has walked the walk. Someone who has been through the process of designing and building a handmade house over and over again… someone who has “tried it all”… someone who has “discovered the best, and left the rest”. And yes, someone who has learned from their mistakes.
I’ve been driven for decades to discover how to achieve the best handmade house possible and the list of publications seen above merely demonstrates that I have achieved some level of success in reaching that goal. But, the greatest reward in my career has not come from this world-wide recognition, but rather from the satisfaction of going back to these wonderful homes that I have the privilege to build, some now nearly 30 years old, and being greeted by those same homeowners who still to this day express their continued appreciation and strong affection for their Handmade House that we created together.
Now, that I have reached the age of 60, I am slowly shifting away from the joy of hand-building one or two houses at a time for individual clients, to sharing the insights and secrets that I have acquired from a lifetime of building truly unique homes. I have over the many years of my career carefully explored and experimented with nearly every form of construction including: alternative methods, historical techniques, and modern construction. I have never lost track of “the big picture” while at the same time have kept my focus on the smallest of details. I have embraced the best of what each niche has had to offer and then combined each of these elements together to create some truly amazing homes, each one of them… unique and special.
Now, I want to help you!…. by sharing with you as much as I can.. here… on this site!
Without a doubt… there is a LOT of free and valuable information to be found on this site.
But, if you want more…
If you want the best I have to offer…
If you want your dream home to become more than a just a dream…
Then you need what the Handmade House Guild has to offer!
All Handmade House Guild members have lifetime access to the The Handmade House Academy course… an eight-part video series where I share all the trade secrets that I have garnered over decades of building unique homes. Anyone can design and build their own amazing home… and in the Academy I tell you how.
This is essential information that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Insights that you simply don’t want to learn the hard way.
Throughout my career I have assisted a wide variety of individuals who have all had in common the single desire to have a home that is handmade. Every one of these clients has realized that in order for them to achieve their perfect home, whether they hand-built it themselves or not, they first had to discover their dream home and that discovery process is the essence of the Handmade House Academy course… to help guide anyone from their first imagining of a special place, with only a vague vision of what that future home might be like, and then walking beside them through it’s design and construction.
We promise you, the Handmade House Academy course won’t overwhelm you with technical details. There will be no “how to install a water heater” demo, but rather you will gain the deeper insights that you will need in order to achieve your own dream home.
What would The Handmade House Academy be worth to you if it is what was needed in order for you to achieve your dream home?… a home similar to the ones seen on this site?… a course that will also show you how to save thousands of dollars in the process of designing and building that home?
I would ask you to consider how far will you be a year or two from now in the realization of your dream home if you don’t take advantage of this course.
The current offering of the Handmade House Guild which give you access to the Handmade House Academy course and so much more is only $597.00 and we now offer a payment plan for those who are interested … that’s a fraction of what it will cost in the future ($2,000). A typical builder charges 15% of the cost of a home to oversee it’s construction… and an architect will easily cost you well into the thousands of dollars. In comparison, the cost of the Academy seems minimal doesn’t it?
So, let me tell you more about the full Handmade Academy Course…
I’m going to walk you through the features that make up a great home and point out why some homes leave us breathless, while most homes are soulless boxes. I’m going to share with you how you can play a major part in the creation of your dream home. You will learn how and where to look for inspiration so that by the end of the course you will be more qualified to design and build your home than anyone else. Perhaps you want to build your home hands-on, or maybe you just want to sit back and watch it happen, either way, the more enlightened you are as to how a handmade home comes together, the more amazing your new home will become.
Learn how you… yes, you… can draw plans to your future home, a house more attractive than any in your area. Even if you don’t want to draw the complete detailed set of plans yourself, you need to at least make some preliminary drawings before you ever visit your architect. Let us show you how!
In the Academy you will gather insights into many of the alternative forms of construction, the steps involved in building a home regardless of which form of construction you choose, and learn multiple ways that you can save substantial amounts of money, while creating a higher quality home.
Where else can you get an overview like this?… Taught by someone who has tried it all, and is now noted as the best in his field.
My work has been featured in countless publications. For decades clients have sought me out to design and build wonderful homes for them, and during that time I’ve built a few for myself. My competitors have tried to learn my secrets and gain insight in why the homes I have built stand out, but all have failed as they continue to build cookie-cutter homes and McMansions. My success hasn’t come from any great ability on my part, other than I have sought to learn the secrets of homes that have stood the test of time, and to get better with each home that I have built, while paying attention to every detail, and learning from my mistakes, as well as my successes.
Now, of course you can choose to go ahead and spend the next several decades of your life building a hundred or so handcrafted buildings, and reach the same point that I’m at, or you can join us in the Handmade House Guild and move to the front of the line. I would have leapt at such an opportunity decades ago if such information had been available to me.
For those who want the “highest level of personal service” in the realization of their dream home, I am also available for private consultations. And, on a very limited basis, I am available to build a few more spectacular handmade houses. Prices and availability vary with the scale and location of the project. For those interested please direct any inquiries that you may have by using my contact form or by directly emailing me at Noah@handmadehouses.com (the more information that you the provide, the more detailed my response can be)
Finally, I want to thank you, for taking the time to visit this site and allowing me to share my passion with you. Your time is precious, the most valuable thing you possess, and if you have shared some of it here with me today… I am most grateful.
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All of the images below are a sampling of my previous work… and a hint at what I hope you will one day build for yourself!