In response to this dilemma we have developed a special process that we call our $10k Custom Home Design Solution. We figure that anyone that is going to invest several hundred thousand dollars on a new home ought to have high quality design available to them; and that somewhere around $10,000 (based on a $400K house) is a reasonable investment that nearly everyone should be able to justify. So we took our experiences working directly with many individual clients and identified the most important elements in the design process - and put it together in our special design package. Below is a brief summary of that package:
PROGRAM REVIEW- This begins with a meeting where we discuss your building program in detail. We discuss your list of space needs, important adjacencies, interior and exterior aesthetic goals, views, site orientation and other site issues. Then we take what we learn from this meeting and summarize it into our Building Program document. This document serves as our guide for beginning the design of your project. For an example of a completed building program see the following link:
SCHEMATIC DESIGN - This is where we look at preliminary design solutions for your project. We look at plan and exterior image sketches which describe possible options for the layout of your new home. After meeting with you to review the options we refine them into a cohesive design. For an example of a completed schematic design see the following link:
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS - This is where we put all the detailed pieces together that explain to the contractor the elements of the house so that they can complete the bids and begin construction. In the end we provide you with plans, elevations, sections and specifications which together describe the project to your contractor. For an example of completed construction documents see the following link:
The $10K Custom Home Design Solution may not be right for everyone. You may have a little more or a little less to spend. Don’t fret - we can nearly always put together a package that meets your design budget needs. So please contact us and let us know your thoughts.