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Here When You Need Custom Home Planning


When providing custom home planning, I always bear in mind that every home is unique to the building site and the owner's personality. However, there are some basic similarities to the design process for every project. Please take a few minutes to read about what the standard process involves

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Programming Phase and Site Analysis

  • Meet with the owners to confirm project scope and home design budgeting goals.
  • Develop program of spatial needs and requirements.
  • Develop from the program a schedule of spaces with descriptions of floor areas and adjacency requirements.
  • Analyze the building site for its outstanding or limiting features and its accommodation to the county's zoning codes.
  • For oceanfront properties, consultation with surveyors and civil engineers may be required.

Schematic Design Phase

  • Develop schematic plans based on approved program.
  • For oceanfront properties, addition approvals must be secured from the county and state for the proposed development.
  • Review building code requirements.
  • Review schematic plans with owners.

Design Development Phase

  • Prepare design development drawings based on the approved schematic documents and project budgets.
  • Issue progress prints for owner's review.
  • Obtain owner's approval of the design development documents and confirm start of construction documents.

Construction Document Phase

  • Based on the approved design development documents, prepare construction documents, including final drawings, technical specifications, and contract documents.
  • Review final plans with owners.