1. How much will it cost to design a custom home?
Each project is different and fees may vary, influenced by site conditions, where it is to be built, design review process, size and complexity of design, level of detail required, etc. After an initial meeting get to know each other and your project, a more precise fee can be proposed. It will be moderate, not based on a percentage of construction cost but on the amount of design work to be done.
2. Should I have a site selected before beginning the design process?
Most of the time, yes. It is difficult to take a stock design and just place it on site. The best designs are created with the specific site in mind, with your needs and desires in mind. The exception to this rule is for production house plans prepared for a builder which are not site specific. A site survey with existing topography and natural features is usually required for most sites. In addition, a soil report is usually required (except for some mountain locations.
3. How does the design process work, and how long will it take to complete drawings?
The entire process from start to finish usually takes from 23 months, but can be streamlined if necessary and if you are well prepared. The initial design and preliminary concept phase usually takes 23 weeks. At that time, you will have floor plans and an elevation proposed and we critique the plan together. Then the design development phase begins and hand drawn plans are revised and put into AutoCAD for hard line floor plans and exterior elevations. This phase takes 23 weeks. Then after review and input from you we move to the final plan preparation phase (working drawings) which takes 34 weeks. After plan completion, the plans go to engineering which takes 23 weeks, and plans are finalized. More complex plans will take longer, as will those that must go through an extensive design review process.
4. What other professional services will be required?
I will refer you to several professionals to work with, or you may use your own. A licensed engineer to prepare structural drawings is required, a soil engineer to prepare the soil report, a surveyor to prepare a site survey with topography, possibly a landscape architect. You may also wish to use an interior designer &/or kitchen designer, lighting consultant, audio/visual consultant or others. You may contract with them directly and we will work together as a team to create a custom home that meets or exceeds your expectations.
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