Before you start the design process, it is important to look at some house plans, magazines, and take pictures of houses you like. It’s also important to bring in the legal site plan so we know what the characteristics of the lot are. We will then sit down and you will be asked a series of questions which will determine exactly what you are looking for in a home.

The next step is for the designer to compile all of the information about you and your home and start the preliminary design process. Using computer software, this design usually incorporates basic floor-plans, and a front elevation view. This design is then presented for discussion. You are welcome to make changes and suggestions and have a general discussion about the plan.

The designer will then use this discussion to make changes to the plan and present you with an updated design. This process will repeat until you agree on a final plan but usually is finalized on the second or third preliminary. An option at this point is to get a full color, photorealistic, 3D rendering of your home. You can choose your colors and see the house as it would look like finished.

The next step is for the drawings to be converted to working drawings. We will complete the side and rear elevations first and send them to you for approval before proceeding. Once approved, we will finish the working drawings, show all dimensions, structural beams and joists, elevations, cross sections and site plan with zoning calculations. This ensures that your house will be built efficiently, cost-effectively and on schedule.

Once the final set of drawings is finished, you can then have a look over the final plans to make sure everything is what you envisioned. We will then print out five sets of drawings at our in-house print shop for you to begin the building process.

Check out our downloadable diagram, showing each step of the process. (link to progress flow chart) Click here to open.