Custom Home Designs
Uniquely designed to cater to your dreams, one-of-a-kind designs that reflect whom you have become and where you are going, a custom-designed home may be what you are in need of to check the boxes. Everyone has a story to tell and a home should be a reflection of you and your journey.
We begin the process by hearing your desires in a home. Is there an ideal layout that you desire to look at? Do you have precious keepsakes that you wish to incorporate into the design of your custom home? This is the development of the wish list, and programming for your home begins. Here we will also ask that you share any photos of spaces that have been inspiring to you and let us know what you love about these.
Schematic design is the initial design phase that seeks to define the scope and conceptual design of your project. During this phase, the program begins to translate into efficient building design. Concepts begin to develop and a general idea and vision of what the project could become begins here. You will soon receive an initial proposed floor plan, diagrams, and when applicable, an elevation sketch of the exterior of the proposed home design. To assist in visualizing the size, shape, and relationship of spaces, the client will be presented with visualization tools in the form of hand sketches, digital renders, models, and inspiration images, all when necessary.
We will review the proposed schematics together with you. This can be done in person, over the phone, or via video conference. During this conversation, you will note and express what you like and may not like in the design and proposed plans. We will strive to answer all early design questions as clearly as possible to make the best decisions for you. If revisions are needed, we will hit the boards and revisit the next proposal. Upon receiving the green light and approval on these designs, we will move into the Design Development phase and keep your project rolling.
Design development involves significant design advancement based on the floor plan and conceptual designs from the previous phase. This is an important phase in the project to develop enough information and specifications to show potential contractors for preliminary cost estimating. It is important that any adjustments that need to be made to the project scope in line with the construction budget, should be done so sooner rather than later. After confirming we are on the correct track, material and finish selections will be discussed more specifically. This is typically the phase that clients begin to see the project take shape. By the end of the design development phase, the floor plan, interior layout, and dimensions of spaces shall be finalized, and most materials should be selected. at this time, any necessary engineering, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, or electrical consultation will take place depending on the complexity of the project. The deliverable of the phase will be a more detailed set of drawings that communicate the overall layout and volume of the space, as well as significant equipment, and the type of material or finish for every surface of the project.
The developed design is now fully digital and annotated appropriately to communicate full intentions clearly to anyone bidding the project. The window and door schedules, dimensions, necessary details, roof and foundation plans, and exterior elevation drawings are developed, noted and sent for pricing.
After cost estimates are received and you are content with the numbers you are provided. the drawings and specifications will be fully developed and have all details, dimensions, and notes necessary to communicate the entire design intent to the builder. This shows how the building components should be connected, specify all final materials, finishes, fixtures, equipment, and appliances to be installed.
The construction document phase is a critical step to accurately execute the design that the client has invested in. Some decisions may still need to be made during this phase, and the client should be prepared to continue to make decisions during this time. It is our job to make recommendations and educate the client about any options, but ultimately you will be the one occupying and maintaining the home.
Once completed, the drawings will be passed to your builder for appropriate permits and construction of the design.