P. Lee & T. Place
– Built on Gambier Island, BC – Custom Hybrid Timber Frame
“We had our remote Gambier Island property for eight years prior to building. During that time we designed our dream home on the back of a napkin. We also saw many of our neighbors builds that went on for years and ending two or three times after the builder’s original estimate. To add to the challenge we were on a high bank waterfront with narrow gravel roads and limited contractors that serviced our Island. We first looked at prefab so we could build offsite but were restricted in design by our access. Next we looked at kit homes but our style was west coast contemporary or the “Dwell” look so the designs didn’t fit. We were unwilling to start a build that might prove to be a disaster. A neighbor introduced us to Tamlin. Tamlin worked with our ideas and created a custom home that was exactly what we envisioned. Paul and Chris were professional and transparent from the start, creating a building timeline that was like an “Extreme Home” build in order to create a high quality home at the most efficient cost. From blasting and excavation to move in our custom 2600 sq. foot home was built in less than 10 months….a record for an island build. Each step of the way we knew exactly where we were in the building process and what to expect cost wise. Chris was onsite everyday managing the job site and working alongside the crew. We have been in our home for just over a year and our house is a finalist for a Georgie Award. The quality and cost of our build was critical to us, however our #1 reason why we would recommend Tamlin is their integrity. Throughout the entire building process Tamlin always had our best interest in mind. They went above and beyond to meet our expectations and delivered on all promises. No matter where your property is if you want a contractor who can deliver on design, quality, cost and one you can trust, Tamlin is your choice.”
-Built in North Vancouver
“We absolutely love our Tamlin built laneway home in North Vancouver. Everyone who comes to visit loves it too. Total strangers stop in the lane and ask us how we did it. It is so expensive these days to buy or rent on the North Shore. We bought our land and primary home 25 years ago, when things were much more affordable. The cost of building our dream home on our property was about 2/3 the cost of purchasing a condo with the same space. The laneway offers so much more – a gorgeous space with a shared garden, proximity to our son, who lives in the other house, future options to rent any or all of the units and…. no strata fees. Smartest decision ever! Our expectations were well exceeded in all areas. A friend (your client) recommended you to me and I had no idea where to begin. I told you what my vision was, you listened to my wishes and made them come true. I still can’t believe what we accomplished together. Thank you. We absolutely love our laneway home. I encourage everyone who has the opportunity to build one to just do it.”
M & S Tanahara
– Built in Burnaby BC – Custom Hybrid Timber Frame Home
“Tamlin Homes worked with us from start to finish to design and build our house. We are now living in our DREAM home. Our dream has now become a reality thanks to Tamlin. We had started the project with no prior experience or knowledge of what it would take to build a house. After our first meeting with Paul and Chris, the owners, we knew that Tamlin would be our builders. This was based on first impression, their attention to detail and their expert knowledge in all aspects of design and build. From then on they walked us through step by step. Randy was our designer and he impressed us right away with taking our vision and putting it to paper. The great attention to detail and craftsmanship by Tamlin’s Project manager and crew was nothing less than superior. Our home was completed with care and precision. In addition we received many, many compliments on how neat and tidy our work site always was and I know that Simon takes great pride in that. We feel that communication and trust was huge in undergoing such a project but we never once felt left out of the loop and we were in constant communication about design, build and budget. Simon is super knowledgeable, has an eye for perfection and was always available when needed and is all around a great guy. We feel very lucky to have worked with Tamlin and will always be grateful to them in helping us through the process of building our home. It has been a pleasure working with Tamlin as a whole and especially with the group of individuals that make up the team. We truly feel that they became like family to us and would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.”
– Built on Galiano Island, BC
“…Some things take a long time. Longer than we think they should. Long enough that it makes waiting a trying game of calculating how much longer one should wait. Things like an international flight to a sunny destination, filling a hot tub, building a house. And… a thank you.
Some things are worth the wait and keep paying off long after… Like how good it feels to have carefree days in the sun, or a soak in the hot tub or walking the halls of your perfect house, gazing at each detail, savoring the joy of being home. And… finally getting that well deserved, long overdue thank you.
Every time I open the door to our home on Galiano Island I exhale. It is such a harmonious, light filled space, well built and welcoming I am overcome with the tranquil, relaxed feeling of knowing that there is nowhere I would rather be.
As I head over to Galiano to experience our second Christmas there, I am deeply thankful. I am thankful for this beautiful space that functions so well in every season. I am thankful for all the efforts big and small (mostly big!) that make up each and every detail. I am thankful for you generous, creative, and dedicated work.
I am reminded of the many ideas and concepts that fill our conversations. I am reminded of the intense and purposeful discussions about materials, volumes, lines, and costs. Ultimately, I am reminded of how much I enjoyed the process, even the tough moments. I remember arriving one weekend to this wonderful surprise: a stepladder affixed to the tall shelves in the living room. It was like being a kid at Christmas time, opening up that gift you hoped you would get and finding that it is every bit what you hoped for! I remember asking for a concrete feature, wondering how it could be accomplished and then marveling and the finished structure, and feeling like it was the most perfect expression of my Brazilian roots. I remember declaring in dramatic fashion that no house on the island would be complete without an outdoor shower and not realizing for a moment how deeply true that is, how much that singular experience can restore you. I remember coming up with an idea and having exact drawings delivered via email. I remember looking up at the finished house from a lower vantage point on the lot and thinking how lucky I was…
It is a wondrous thing to envision something and have it realized. For this, I thank you.
Thank you for making it happen – from listening to us, to conceptualizing it all on paper, to managing crews and resources, to delivering a beautiful house – you made it happen!“
Haruyo S. and Neil A.
– Built on Texada Island, BC – Post & Beam – Roundhouse
Haruyo says…”Our cottage at Texada Island has become a landmark of the village of Van Anda. We say “we built the round house” and most everybody says, ”Oh I know where it is!” People know because of its unique design and the beautiful cedar exterior finishing. The house, thanks to Tamlin, is round (to be precise, 24 sided), with a 15 ft ceiling and a large round sky light supported by four impressive Douglas Fir log posts at the center of the house… a tasteful combination of wood species is also a characteristic of this house… from the planning stage to the finishing stage, Paul and Peter at Tamlin provided excellent communication with us, explained in detail, helped us select materials and always showed us clearly the cost information…”
From Neil… “The house is very nice and was built very efficiently… It even ended up costing a bit less than the earlier estimates… I would recommend Tamlin to anyone. They came up with the design for what they called and “Irish round house” (because they had built one already in Ireland). Peter and Paul answered every question we thought of and many that we didn’t think of. The service was always excellent… it’s true that the house has become something of a local landmark and not just on Texada Island… Tamlin is a very good company… I don’t think you could go wrong working with them…”
Rodney & Myrna B.
– Thetis Island, BC – Major Renovation
“We were very pleased with all the services and the products that Tamlin supplied during our renovation. Chris came out, looked around, took some pictures, listened to our wish list and budget and then came up with this amazing design. Paul and Greg then put it all together. We were able to make changes as we went along. The materials were better than most of the products that were available on Vancouver Island and none of the material was damaged during shipping. We often get comments from our guests on the quality of the doors. I think for someone planning a building or a renovation that lives on an island Tamlin is the best way to go.”
New Creation Homes Ltd.
– Custom Timber Package for Home in Fort Langley, BC
“Tahra at Tamlin Custom Timber Frame asked me to write a reference letter outlining our experience working together on a custom built residence now nearing completion in Fort Langley. Our firm specializes in constructing high end homes for demanding buyers with exacting standards. This particular couple’s vision for their new home centered around a “lodge” theme that would showcase many of the materials indigenous to the area and handcrafted by local artisan’s. After my initial research of several timber companies throughout BC, I contacted Tamlin and met Chris and his team in their office to discuss our initial plans. As we worked together on the design it became obvious that their knowledge had been gained through years of hands on experience. This was supported by the presentation we were shown of previously completed projects. They confidently assured us that they would take our ideas and create a timber structure that would turn our vision into reality. A large deposit check has handed over and we waited with anticipation and some trepidation. We were not disappointed. When the first truck arrived full of timbers and Tamlin’s experienced crew started the process of placing and fitting the many intricate pieces we were elated. We had been very particular during the design process in exactly what we wanted and how it should look. Once the center portion of the roof and ceiling structure was complete we knew we had made the right choice in choosing Tamlin Custom Timber Frame. I would not hesitate to use them again and more importantly the homeowner’s are extremely happy.”
Howard Zatwarnitski and Jeanne Zimmerman
– Built on Sunshine Coast, BC
“…Tamlin International Homes provided us with peace of mind home building. From the design phase to selection of materials we felt we were getting a quality product with a custom built touch… the staff at Tamlin are knowledgeable in all ends of home building and were a wonderful resource in helping us choose the products that best met our budget and personal tastes. I would not hesitate to use Tamlin Homes in the future…”
– Built on Bowen Island, BC and has worked closely with Tamlin over the past 30 years
“…I have worked with Tamlin Homes as a builder and client for many years and I have the greatest respect and admiration for the level of professionalism they bring to the table. They have a highly skilled design team who bring clarity and functionality to the ideas and projects that are presented to them. They take the time to listen and honor the client’s needs. I am especially impressed with the detail, quality and design of their timber frame components that make every project of mine a success. The Tamlin team were partners in 12 of the projects I’ve worked on over the last number of years, including the Gleneagles Golf Course Club House renovation and restoration, which is a jewel in the West Vancouver Municipality. Kudos to Chris and Paul for their dedication and leadership in the industry…”
– Built on Sunshine Coast, BC
“…thank you for all that you have done to help us realize our dream home. From our first phone call, when we began to realize that a Tamlin timber frame home could be a possibility, to the present as we continue with construction, your company has been accommodating and patient. Thank you for your time, patience, expertise and your understanding that this was an adventure for my family, sometimes a little scary, but your company has actually made the whole project fun.”
Pam and Peter K.
“Tamlin International Homes Ltd. assisted us to attain our dream. They took our house plans, finessed and engineered them into a home. The standard of workmanship and quality of materials was exceptionally high. The Tamlin Team followed the progress of our project and helped us over the learning curves. We highly recommend Tamlin International Homes.”
Chris and Lisa L.
“Truly professional partners in every aspect… The Douglas Fir timber posts and beams really take the design to another level. Our house is by far the most beautiful on the street because of the natural materials and the way they were suited to the design… Tamlin cared about our build being successful and set out to make sure they assisted in any way they could to make sure that happened. There really isn’t a better process you could hope for…”
“Tamlin Homes (Paul and Chris) built us a great house in Whistler BC. We have been in the house for 3 years now and continue to be very happy with it. The house was done on time and came in under budget; I have recommended Tamlin to friends and will continue to.”
“In our search to find an affordable and practical way to create a comfortable living situation for a multi-generation family, we decided to build a laneway home on our existing property in North Vancouver. The rules and regulations seemed clear enough, but I can tell you, it isn’t as simple as it seems! Friends referred us to Tamlin Homes to get help with the design and build. I wondered if they would be flexible enough to meet our budget and if they would allow us to hire some of our own favorite sub-trades. Our expectations were far exceeded. From the initial design meeting to the payment of the final bill, everyone that we worked with went above and beyond.
The experience, knowledge and patient guidance provided by Tamlin has helped to make our vision a reality. It is a beautiful, functional and wonderful place to live. The neighbours comment that it is humble, yet attractive and that it makes our alley look welcoming. The interior trades always commented on the unique design and the finishing touches. Even the planners, engineers and inspectors from North Van City have given us two thumbs up. Everyone loves the cedar beams and trusses. I will recommend Tamlin to everyone. P.S. we came in under budget!”
David T. and Erin J.
Tamlin Homes custom designed and built our fabulous hybrid timber frame cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario.
We are thrilled with the service and integrity of all the staff at Tamlin. The house which is located on a very steep lot was designed perfectly for our 180 degree lake view. We were consulted at every stage of the project and kept up to date on budgeting and building schedules which exceeded all of our expectations. We would highly recommend Tamlin to anyone interested in building a custom home, especially where building in a remote area is a concern. Their experience in planning, prefabrication and construction was critical to keeping the project moving smoothly from start to finish.
Our post and beam cottage with specialty timber frame components from B.C. really provides us with a unique and wonderful retreat!
Patty & Teresa
“We are the proud owners of The Gambier winner of the 2013 Georgie Award for best custom build. Our home is located on a water access only property. We waited 8 years before building as we were afraid of the potential of significant cost overruns experienced by others we knew. A neighbour found Tamlin. Chris walked our property, listened to our concerns, reviewed our design ideas and came back with a detailed budget and timeline. From breaking ground to receiving our occupancy permit we were kept informed each step of the way and had an excellent transparent working relationship with Tamlin. Our house was on time, on budget and exceptionally well built. If you are looking for a contractor who is exemplifies honesty, integrity and professional expertise call Tamlin.”
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“Tamlin homes have been great while working with us to build our new home. They spent a lot of time on the design to get it just right. They have a positive attitude and employ good and experienced craftsmen and use premium materials. The house is in progress now and is moving along in a timely way.”
“Our home is located on a water access only property. We waited 8 years before building as we were afraid of the potential of significant cost overruns experienced by others we knew. A neighbour found Tamlin. Chris walked our property, listened to our concerns, reviewed our design ideas and came back with a detailed budget and timeline. From breaking ground to receiving our occupancy permit we were kept informed each step of the way and had an excellent transparent working relationship with Tamlin. Our house was on time, on budget and exceptionally well built. If you are looking for a contractor who is exemplifies honesty, integrity and professional expertise call Tamlin.”
“We hired Tamlin to design and build our house. It is now our dream home! Tamlin has a great team of people behind them from the owners, designers, site manager and sub trades. They helped us step by step throughout the entire process to ensure they met our needs and expectations. They not only met our high expectations but exceeded them. Best of all, they care about you and the end result! We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone!”
“Tamlin designed the changes to our existing home, supplied all the material and gave the contractor any assistance that was needed. All the material was of very good quality, arrived on time and was packaged very carefully to avoid damages in shipping. The finished product has turned out better than we expected. Our contractor says that the products that Tamlin has supplied are such a joy to work with. We would highly recommend Tamlin for designing and supplying the materials. We would certainly use them again.”
“We hired Tamlin to design and build our house. It is now our dream home! Tamlin has a great team of people behind them from the owners, designers, site manager and sub trades. They helped us step by step throughout the entire process to ensure they met our needs and expectations. They not only met our high expectations but exceeded hem. Best of all, they care about you and the end result! We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone!”
Architects, Builders, Trades and Suppliers
“My experience with Tamlin Homes has been very positive. Their professional approach and attention to detail is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend them.”
“We have worked with Tamlin on numerous projects across Canada over a period of several years. In each occasion, they have demonstrated the highest level of quality and customer service, from the planning stage to delivery and construction. I often recommend Tamlin to my customers looking for a package home or cabin and will continue to do so.”
“Professional. Personal. Great communication. Great workmanship. Clean & safe job sites. It was a pleasure to partner with Tamlin Homes recently on two new construction projects. I highly recommend Tamlin and look forward to future projects together.”
“Tamlin has a long history with a great track record of providing good design advice and quality components. The company has stood behind its quotations and products; has conducted itself with integrity and been a pleasure to deal with.”
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