The most important part in planning the Construction of  a new home is choosing the perfect design.  You must consider you present and future needs, as well as the size, shape, location, orientation and views of your building lot.

The most unique and personal way to achieve the perfect design, is to start from scratch, (see Design Process section).

The next best way which will reduce time and design costs is to find a preliminary “design inspiration” from a plan book.  This can be a good place to start, but you should still invest some time in altering the design to make it right for you, as well as adapting it to the exact building location.  The foundation design will vary greatly depending on the site topography.

Remember that it will cost about the same to build someone else’s boring box, as it will to built your perfect “dream” home.


The next step after the design is complete is to turn the concept drawings into a technical plan set for the purpose of securing a building permit, getting  bids, and instructions for the construction process.

Properly Drafted house plans will save you much time and money during permitting and construction.  Many Home builders consider this the most important part to constructing a house, and give little attention to the design phase.  Whether you start from scratch, or from a house plan book,  the Drafting must include personal elements to truly make the house into a “HOME” for yourself.


Consultation services are available to explore broad possibilities for your building lot, or to fix existing plans that you may already have.  I have been designing homes on the Big Island for 20 years, and have gained a great deal of experience in both design details, and material suggestions to help you get the maximum worry free years out of your new construction.  I can also help to coordinate the employ of surveyors, civil and structural engineer’s and other professionals for you.  For unique lots, there are  forms, drawings and plan submittals and approvals needed form the County and State offices before any construction drawings should be started.

Stock Plans

For those of you that may be looking for simpler homes, or feel that designing a house from scratch may be too complicated.  I offer hundreds of site specific and climate appropriate home designs.

After a quick email or phone interview, I can search the many home plans in my computer to find some examples that might be close to perfect for your needs.  We can still add personal touches, but if you are in a hurry, or want to save time and money on the design phase, this approach could be the best for you.

My “stock” plans start at around 25 cents per square foot (plus hourly charges for any revisions needed)