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At Lindal, we strive to support our homeowners, potential clients, and independent local dealers. Our Lindal Cedar Homes FAQ list answers your questions about estimating costs, construction, financing, and more. Please browse our frequently asked questions and click on the resource links below to learn more about Lindal and our outstanding homes.

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Building Your Home

Can I make an addition to my Lindal home after it is built?

Absolutely! In fact, many customers have. It is best to work with Lindal for your addition, as we are familiar with your home and its post and beam structure. Your Lindal dealer will be able to make sure your addition blends with the original structure and does not look like an afterthought.

Do you provide details including HVAC and electrical on your drawings?

Because of local building codes, it is best for you to take your completed plans to someone local. For example, the electrician you choose to contract for your house would be able to assist you with the electrical details best. Of course, your dealer can assist you in resourcing these services.

Do you provide foundation drawings?

We provide foundation drawings that outline the walls and locate point loads. For an additional fee, we can also size the pads and footings with an engineered foundation, if required. However, additional information on your building site, such as topography and soil conditions, would be required.

What is included in the Lindal package?

  • Your Lindal package includes:
  • Design services
  • The entire weather-tight shell (framing, connectors, fasteners, siding, windows, doors, and trim)
  • Any of our vast list of quality options and material upgrades
  • Freight and other local services, as provided by your local dealer
  • Lifetime Structural Warranty

Can you provide lateral engineering and shear wall analysis?

Yes, it is available at an additional cost to the basic package. However, your Lindal is designed and engineered stronger than conventional engineering, so most customers find this is not a necessary step in the planning process. We have association with engineering firms familiar with our system who have most state stamps available.

Can I get the same building materials locally?

The quality of materials used in a Lindal home cannot be purchased at your local lumberyard. From the forest to the building site, our strict quality control standards and grading system begins where industry standards end. By kiln drying the lumber to reduce and control moisture content, we also decrease the chance for twisting and warping that often occurs with green or air-dried lumber. Kiln-drying also reduces the weight while increasing strength, making your construction easier and freight costs lower. We also specify select structural grades that are typically not available in local lumberyards.

Once I order a Lindal home package, how long does it take for delivery to my build site?

Once you approve the final drawings and sign the authorization to ship paperwork, we usually ship your home within four to five weeks. The development of the plans depends on many factors including the style and complexity of the home and the engineering requirements of the site. Consult your local dealer for real-time estimates based on those factors and today’s production process.

How is my Lindal materials package delivered to the build site?

We ship via flatbed truck to areas in the Western United States and Canada. Piggyback containers via railway take our homes to Eastern North America and overseas.

Who will be at the build site at the delivery?

Your local dealer will be at the delivery site to supervise and inventory the shipment. At that time, they will report any missing or broken pieces to Lindal for immediate reshipment. Your contractor should be there to offload and place the materials on the site, as the truck driver does not provide this service. You should be there also to celebrate the event and enjoy the beginning of the construction process.

What equipment will I need to unload the delivery?

Your dealer will advise you and work with you to get your new home unloaded properly and safely. The site and road requirements will dictate the type of offloading process to anticipate.

How long does it take to unload the delivery?

Your dealer will work with you to get your home unloaded. Generally, it takes about four hours.

What do I do if something arrives broken or missing at the build site?

Your dealer will be there to inventory and inspect the materials. They are responsible for communicating any replacement pieces to Lindal for immediate reshipment. Lindal sends a detailed parts list with the materials and every piece of lumber has a specific part number to verify. A digital photo can quickly help illustrate damage concerns to our Customer Service department.

How do I know you will ship the home I ordered?

We guarantee it! In our 74- year history, the wrong home has never been shipped. If this ever happens, we will promptly reship the correct home.

How will I find a builder to build my new Lindal home?

All Lindal home packages are sold through local dealers. Each local dealer can provide a list of several qualified builders in your area. Some dealerships have their own crew also, but it varies depending on the dealership.

Can I deal directly with the factory?

We only sell through local independent dealers. They are more readily available to meet your needs, and they are more knowledgeable about local conditions that affect the ability to complete your dream home. We have service teams dedicated to assisting the dealer on the local level, as well as internal representatives available to assist your dealer with your dream home project. The success of your project is our top priority.

Is there a construction manual or guide?

Prior to delivery, you will receive a very detailed new home construction guide to share with your general contractor. Each part of your package is also numbered to match the guide and make the building job more efficient. We do not sell a “wood pile,” but rather a detailed plan that keys all the part numbered pieces into place.

How do I find a good contractor to build my home?

When you are evaluating contractors to build your home, make sure they are bonded and insured. Also, ask for and check references and talk to your local Lindal dealer, who will have a list to from which you can start the interview process.

Can I build my own Lindal home on my lot?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it. Building a house is a very specific, time-consuming project. A builder is trained and experienced to make sure you are happy with your new home.

Does it take longer to build a Lindal post-and-beam home than a conventional stick built home?

The Lindal post and beam home takes about the same amount of time for a builder to complete as a custom conventional home. Although, more care is typically required due to the vaulted cathedral ceilings.

Can a Lindal home have a ducted central heating and cooling system?

Yes! It is possible. Just make sure that you specify this request at the beginning of the design phase.

What’s the difference between a Lindal post-and-beam home and a conventional stick built home?

Lindal post and beam construction is designed to carry all of the weight of the home on the post and beam structure, limiting the weight on perimeter walls and interior partitions. This allows large open spaces and rooms to be modified more easily. Conventional construction bears weight on interior and perimeter walls, making modifications more difficult.

 

Sunrooms & additions

I’ve heard that sunrooms get too hot to sit in. Is this true?

It can be, if you don’t use the correct type and the right amount of glass. The technology that is applied to glass today is far superior to the glass that was available just a few years ago. Our dealers are trained to visit your site and determine the correct specification and the right amount of overhead glass that will work best for your specific situation. By using the correct type of glass, you should be just as comfortable in your Lindal sunroom at noon on the 4th of July as you are on Christmas morning.

What is a skywall?

A SkyWall varies from a sunroom in that it is in line with the rest of the roof line. A sunroom tends to protrude from the house.

Is there an advantage to using tinted windows?

Whether you choose to tint your windows or leave them clear, you will see the same benefits with a Lindal window. They are energy efficient, with highest industry rating for their ability to prevent air and water infiltration under the toughest test conditions. State-of-the-art low-E argon glass is our standard for comfort, energy efficiency, and reduced fading of draperies and furniture fabrics.

Does Lindal offer room additions other than sunrooms?

We sure do! We actually have two other types of additions that are different from our sunroom products.

One of the rooms is called our patio room. This great-looking addition utilizes a traditional solid framed, rafter roof system with insulation and your choice of interior ceiling finishes. The perimeter walls can be sided with the same siding as is currently on your home. The windows can also be the same as—or similar to—those in your existing home.

The other style of room addition, which is called our post and beam addition, looks similar to a Lindal Cedar Home. We use architectural grade glulam posts and beams to support the walls and roof. As with our other rooms, we offer a variety of roof pitches, siding options, and window styles.

Can You Install a Hot Tub in a Sunroom?

Lots of our customers install hot tubs in their sunrooms. If not initially, then sometime after the room is built. It is a magical feeling to be able to enjoy the outside while you are snug and secure in a glass structure, like a Lindal sunroom. You can rest assured that every Lindal sunroom is engineered and designed so that the moisture and condensation will escape and drain to the exterior of the room. The drain design (on both the vertical glass and sloped glass) is critical when thinking about an addition that will contain a hot tub or even lots of plants. Without planning for this moisture and humidity to exit the room, within a short time, the wood framing members will start to rot, and the insulated glass seals will fail.

 

Design and Planning

What is Lindal’s copyright policy on designs and images?

All Lindal designs and images will give you ideas about how your Lindal home will look. They are protected by copyright law, and you may use them only to design and construct a home using Lindal’s premium building materials. Any other use, including without limitation the preparation of new plans based on Lindal’s plans, is strictly prohibited. Renderings and photographs may show premium upgrades available from Lindal. The scale of floorplans varies. Consult your local independent Lindal dealer for updates and pricing. All rights reserved.

With so much glass, are your houses expensive to heat in the summer?

No. The Lindal windows are energy efficient with highest industry rating for their ability to prevent air and water infiltration under the toughest test conditions. State-of-the-art low-E argon glass is our standard for comfort, energy efficiency, and reducing fading of draperies and furniture fabrics.

Are your homes expensive to heat?

No. Relative to heating prices in your area, it is usually lower than comparable homes. Due to the quality of materials, construction methods, and custom-made windows, a Lindal home addition is an energy-efficient home.

Do you have one-level homes?

Yes! We have several options. You can even search the plans online. First, be sure to register, and then search our home plans to find the floor plans that meet your search criteria.

When is the best time to order a home?

No matter when you are thinking of delivering your package, start today! The more time you have, the easier the decision process and the less stress on you. Historically, we try and maintain the same schedule throughout the year, and the “best time” to start is today.

If I order a home out of the plan book without making changes, will I get it faster?

If you order a plan book model “as is,” it will shorten the time from when you place your order until you sign the authorization paperwork that prepares your home for shipment. We have developed the Lindal Favorites program, in which you choose one of the most popular Lindal home plans. You take advantage of personalizing your home while shortening the planning process. Otherwise, the time it will take to put your package together for shipment will depend on the choices you make and the amount of custom work to be done. Your local dealer can assist you in this assessment.

Do I own the floor plan once I’ve paid my deposit?

As with all house plans, the drawings are copyrighted property of the designer. So the drawings will always remain the copyright property of Lindal Cedar Homes. You own the right to build your plan on a single-use basis, with our home package materials.

How many changes can I make to my home design?

Until you authorize us to ship the home, you can change floor plan as many times as you want. Our typical production system allows for a preliminary plan and one amendment to produce the permit plans. However, we have a design track that accommodates additional work when required. Once we have “frozen” the design with your authorization, we put our pencils down, and the floor plan design work is done.

Can I buy floor plans from Lindal?

When you decide to invest in a Lindal home, you invest in a complete package. We sell quality homes, not just floor plans.

Can my architect design the home and have you build it?

Your architect will need to work with the design team at Lindal to create your floor plan. Due to our unique patented building process, detailed part numbering system, and lifetime structural warranty, your local architect will not be able recreate our system. We work with architects on a regular basis, and your project will benefit from that symbiotic relationship.

How do I get started?

Your local representative is the best overall resource to help you get started! Also, take a look at our home design plan books.

Can you convert measurements to metric?

All of our Lindal home plans show both metric and imperial measurements.

 

HOME BUILDING SYSTEMS

How Are You Different From a Local Custom Home Builder?

Lindal Cedar Homes has been producing custom homes for more than 70 years. The post and beam building technology we employ has virtually limitless design flexibility and cannot be duplicated by the local custom builder. In addition, our home design library includes thousands of classic, modern, and traditional home plans to meet every lifestyle. We also welcome your own ideas, as one-of-a-kind projects are no stranger to our company.

 

Is a Lindal Home a Manufactured Home?

The major differences are quality, choice, and service.

  • We provide industry-leading quality materials, backed up with our Lifetime Structural Warranty.
  • Lindal also has more than 70 years of experience providing custom homes with a multitude of options and material choices. First, you will choose from thousands of floor plans that can be modified to fit your lifestyle. The entire home package is assembled at your home building site.
  • Our flexible post and beam system is supported by our experienced dealer network, providing local support and services.

 

Are Structural Panels Used in Lindal Homes?

Structural panels, when required by local codes, are used as prescribed by engineering, and they work very well with our naturally-strong system. Lindal post and beam construction is a system that readily withstands onslaughts of extreme weather on its own. We have had great success in our homes overcoming hurricanes and earthquakes.

Are Your Homes Prefabricated (Prefab) Kit Homes?

Our homes are custom designed and crafted around a building system incorporating post and beam construction technology. We further detail the plans and high quality materials with a part numbering system, where every piece of lumber has a place. So, our system differs from true prefab. But our system provides a flexible and accurate approach to building a custom home not found at your local custom builder or in the prefab market.

Are Your Homes Kit Homes?

When you purchase a Lindal Cedar Home, you are buying a complete home building materials package that is delivered to your build site. This package is customized to fit your needs, your site, and your budget. After all, it is not a wood pile, it is a lifestyle.

Why is LIndal’s post and beam construction different from that of other companies?

Lindal uses a unique grade of architectural glulam posts and beams. Compared to conventional post and beams, the glulam post and beam is more stable and does not shrink and twist. Our beams also use a white glue, which provides a more finished look, adding to the beauty of your new home.

Why Do You Use Glulam Posts

A glulam post is more dimensionally stable, providing a major advantage over dimensional lumber: it will not warp and twist. The posts also match our glulam beams for aesthetic harmony.

  • Home Building Systems

    • Is your design capability any more sophisticated than using a local custom builder?

      Lindal Cedar Homes has been producing custom homes for more than 70 years. The post and beam building technology we employ has virtually limitless design flexibility and cannot be duplicated by the local custom builder. In addition, our home design library includes thousands of classic, modern, and traditional home plans to meet every lifestyle. We also welcome your own ideas, as one-of-a-kind projects are no stranger to our company.

 

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