The sooner a person has finalized their own thoughts the sooner the plans can be produced. Actual document preparation will take about two or three weeks. Meeting with the homeowner and working through details of the house, depending upon the design and the tastes of the owner, can take days or months.
Yes. In designing your home it’s best to begin with what you do know. If you have a preference to size, budget, the extent of your entertaining, privacy concerns, location noise, number of household members, these are all useful points to begin with. Your age, your future plans, investment purposes, will all affect the direction your plan will go. We often can look at several architectural styles and see where your preferences take us.
Every building site has advantages and disadvantages. We recommend you do your best to select a site before you select a stock design or create a custom house plan. Many people find the “perfect house plan” prior to purchasing a lot, and in doing so fail to capture the best aspects of their building site. If you know exactly what kind of lot you’re considering and the dimensions associated with your preferred site, it’s feasible to start the design process.
Most design companies in our region do not provide site visits. For a relatively small fee, it can be very helpful to have your designer look at your lot before you buy it.
Not necessarily. Often when people design a home they include "bonus rooms" and then request that a design be created for future construction. This makes it possible to incorporate the plumbing, heating, and electrical items in advance of the completion of that space. When we design the area as finished area, it is such in our fees. However, in these cases we will print your plans to reflect such spaces as “unfinished” as you want them and can provide you with a floor plan sheet not to be included in your submitted documentation that will help make future remodeling possible. Understand that it is in your interest to always obtain building permits and have your work inspected by your local building department’s inspector.
We provide you with the documents an experienced builder needs to get permits. These are the items you will need:
Window and Door Schedule or Window and Door text notations on the Floor Plans.
The following documents can be produced on a fee basis or may be included in your plans depending on the design characteristics and what is agreed to in your work order.