This first meeting with your designer/architect is often called the “Programming” meeting. Your design firm will ask thought provoking questions and collect information about your wants and dreams. The goal is to establish foundational logistics and the vision for your new home. To help you prepare for this first meeting, read our detailed guide here.
Step 2: Preliminary Design
Equipped with the “Program” and goals established in the first meeting, your design firm will begin to produce rough drawings of site plan, floor plan and exterior elevations to illustrate the basic concepts of the design. Drawings will typically include spatial relationships between rooms and desired architectural elements. At this stage, initial cost estimates can be established based on project size, materials and complexity.
Based on additional meetings and feedback from you, the homeowner, preliminary drawings can be transferred to the computer where realistic 3D model “renderings” are created. The vision comes to life. You get to visualize exterior and interior details alongside samples of building materials. Final decisions are made and preparations are made to submit plans to design review committees.
Step 4: Design Submission
By now, you’ve likely interviewed and selected your builder. We collaborate with your designer to coordinate the submission of final plans to design review committee and also city and county permitting offices. We review the final plans with your designer that now include notes, schedules, and engineering schematics. Our team is ready to begin site excavation the day we get final approval and we’re off to the races. This phase is where a veteran builder with over 25 years of experience dealing with design committees and city inspectors will save you precious time and get your project off on the right foot.