THE PROCESS

GET TO KNOW THE HOMEOWNER

Getting to know the homeowner(s) is crucial to the design process – who are the family members (including pets), what is a typical day like, where are the bottlenecks in your current home, what do you do for fun, what is your style, your likes/dislikes, are there special storage needs, what are your energy efficiency goals

GATHER SITE INFORMATION 

Location, setbacks, zoning or HOA requirements, lot topography, vegetation, sun orientation, views, constraints & opportunities

DESIGNING A HOME IS AN ITERATIVE PROCESS

Initial plans typically go through a couple iterations as homeowners consider options and adjust the plans to their needs and preferences Sometimes the design process begins with simple conceptual drawings to illustrate the room locations, their approximate sizes and connections to one another; the pathways through the home and the indoor-outdoor connections

MODEL THE HOME FOR 3D VIEWS

House plans are no longer 2 dimensional. Camera tools allow the homeowner to visualize their new home, inside and out, before any construction begins

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT

The construction document includes all the information and details for a building permit and constructing the home. At this point, the focus is on the contractor and the trades to make sure they have the information they need to focus on building your home efficiently

Construction documents typically include the floor plans for each level, foundation plan; basement plan if the interior is finished; wall, floor and roof assemblies; thermal resistance calculations (R-value) of these assemblies; roof slope, stair cross sections, cross sections to illustrate ceiling heights, plus site plan

ELECTRICAL PLANS

Good lighting is an important element of a well designed home, improving efficiency and safety, but equally important, creating ambiance and interest. Use of dimmer and 3-way switches are often overlooked

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