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Tamlin Coquitlam Head Office Addition

Over the years Tamlin has always tried to make its offices showplaces for the products that go into our prefabricated house packages and full builds. It allows our employees to work in beautiful timber frame offices and is an essential tool for our sales team to be...

Langley Owner-Builder Artist Studio

The city of Langley is rapidly expanding with new developments and housing. For Tamlin, this means Langley is a popular area for clients planning their future homes or additions. For this project, the “owner-builders” of this west coast contemporary style rancher...

How Does Design Affect Costs?

There are many factors that affect building costs of a home (such as site preparations, services, code requirements, and so on) but let’s focus on the “building” design in this article.      Flat Ceilings vs Vaulted Ceilings: If you want the ambiance,...

Family Home on Bowen Island

The owners of this contemporary family home on Bowen Island in BC, approached Tamlin a few years ago with an idea of moving to the island to raise their family. The proximity of Bowen Island to the mainland (20 minutes by ferry) allows for easy access to the City of...

BC Energy Step Code

What is the Step Code for British Columbia? The new “Step Code” which has already been implemented in a number of municipalities across BC, is the new “energy efficiency” buildings must meet (per zone or location). The overall gradual mandate is to get all new built...

Washington State Traditional Hybrid Timber Frame Home

Normally, Tamlin’s prefabricated house packages are custom built as they are ordered. Because each package is customizable and must be engineered to meet the building code for the area it is going too it is not practical to manufacture beforehand.  However,...

Gambier in USA West Coast

Finding the perfect piece of property can take weeks, months, or years.  Figuring out what to build on it and the perfect spot to situate your home can take a long time as well.  We always encourage our clients to pick the property first not the plan. ...

First Nations Project – Pitt Meadows, BC

In 2016, Tamlin International Homes partnered with a local first nations band, as the general contractor to design, manufacture, and built a custom licensed Daycare Facility with Administration Offices in Pitt Meadows, BC. The building was a total area of 6,000 square...

Remote Home in Sechelt, BC

Designing for the best ocean views from all areas of the house was the focus from the very beginning of this project. This 1,800 square foot modern contemporary home, now at the drywall stage of construction,  is complete one level living at its best.   For...

The Gambier

Curb appeal, essentially “exterior” decorating, is a term you hear a lot in real estate.  What does the outside of the home look like?  How does it make you feel?  Is this “exterior” attention to detail necessary when you have a remote property that...

Jordan River West Coast Contemporary Home

Jordan River is a small town on the beautiful rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. What once started as a logging town is now known as a hidden gem for surfers.  Our clients have a beautiful property just under 3 acres in this beautiful spot so our West Coast...

Owner-Builder Pender Island Custom Home

Pender Island in the British Columbia Gulf Islands is a good island to build on because of ease of transporting goods due to regular ferry service and availability of trades people on the Island.  Even with these advantages, a pre-fabricated house package still...

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