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Studio Kamppari Case Studies offer information on design and insight into our work. They combine a concise background with anecdotes to give you better understanding of how things work. 

How to build a custom log cabin?
Case Study #1: Custom Log Cabin Design

How to design a house with an architect?
Case Study #2: Small Project Design Process

How much will my custom house cost?
Case Study #3: Construction and Project Costs

How to get a building permit?
Case Study #4: Permit Process and Codes

How to select and buy a lot?
Case Study #5: Site Selection and Purchase

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How to select and buy a lot?

Case Study #5: Site Selection and Purchase

To find a good site, empower yourself with a strategy. Define project goals to narrow your site selection criteria. Eliminate unsuitable candidates by studying public records and zoning codes. Conduct due diligence that allows you to back out of a sale. A vacant $125K waterfront lot in Seattle caught the attention of our client. Our client wanted a site feasibility study to find out if he could build a house there.

BONUS: Perkins Lane Site Feasibility Study

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How to get a building permit?

Case Study #4: Permit Process and Codes

Codes define standards of what, how and where you are allowed to build. Only once you have demonstrated that your design is code compliant, will you get permission to start construction. The permit process can be highly bureaucratic. Starting Cabin K, we first had to learn the Finnish code and permit rules. Collaboration with the local building authority enabled us to be creative with the space while complying with local requirements

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How much will my custom house cost?

Case Study #3: Construction and Project Costs

Building a custom house is expensive. By understanding what goes into costs, you may be able to negotiate a better price and set a realistic budget. For us, Cabin K was an exercise in smart cost choices to yield a beautiful, custom project with unique details and non-standard spaces on a limited budget

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How to design a house with an architect?

Case Study #2: Small Project Design Process

An aesthetically pleasing, functional, and structurally sound design makes a good building, but what makes a good design process? A well informed client is key. Learn more about the process we used to make Cabin K a beautifully crafted, custom cabin for a client who had never hired an architect before

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How to build a custom log cabin?

Case Study #1: Custom Log Cabin Design

Contemporary log cabins can be voluminous and light filled. Logs are a structural material that can be left exposed to reveal the beauty and warmth of natural wood. Log structures require more up-front coordination compared to timber framing and special details to accommodate for settlement. Learn more about the tricks we used to make Cabin K a modern twist on the traditional cabin while also keeping the project on-time and within budget

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