Every new construction project first begins with good design. We have a team of professionals ready to serve you and provide the Design Services needed for your new home. Your journey begins with a better understanding of your design requirements. Once we have gathered and documented your unique specifications, we then have the programming to begin design.
The first phase of design is called the Conceptual Phase. These are usually A size (81/2” x 11”) drawings. There are three deliverables for this phase. The first deliverable is to go to your property and learn what made it special for you. What direction is the view? How long will the driveway need to be? Anything that impacts the design of the home will be captured with this deliverable. The second deliverable is to produce a conceptual design. This is usually (but not always) done freehand, meaning it is an artist’s sketch rather than a computer-generated drawing. The third and final deliverable for the Conceptual Phase is a budget estimate. We will run numbers to determine the expected investment for this design. If the budget is in alignment with expectations, we move to Phase II. If not, we revisit both design aspects and budget expectations until we get alignment. It is important to point out that this phase of the project is fluid, meaning we continue to produce drawing versions, making changes as needed to achieve alignment between design and budget.
If you plan to finance any portion of your new home, we recommend you get pre-qualified at this phase of the project. We don’t want to design a home that is over your budget, nor do we want to leave something out of the design that you would have really wanted just because we were not in alignment with budget and design. Feel free to review our Financing Options at his link:
The second phase of design consists of taking the Conceptual Drawings and converting them into a larger format computer-generated drawings. These are usually B size (11“ x 17”) drawings. This phase, like the first phase is fluid (going back and forth with new versions to the design until it is just right). This version will also have much greater detail and finish specification than the Conceptual Drawings. It will include a window and door schedule to assure we have specified the windows and doors you want and that meet code for the area where you are building. Upon completion of the Preliminary CAD phase of the project, we run the budget one more time, just to make sure we are all on the same page.
If you plan to finance any portion of your new home, you should have everything set up with your lender by now and know your budget parameters. We will also want to know who you chose for your financing as your lender will want documentation and drawings from us at this juncture. We usually have enough detail at this phase of the project to give your lender what they need to provide final approval of your loan. That usually includes a copy of the completed Preliminary CAD drawings and a proposal for the construction of your new home.
Final Construction Drawings
The third and final phase of the design is to produce multiple sets of final construction drawings. These are usually E size (36” x 48” or 34” x 44”) construction drawings. These drawings contain even more detail than the previous versions and include wall, floor, and ceiling framing details. Any special design considerations like radiant heat, staggered stud design, hardscaping design and/or anything the builder needs to know before breaking ground on your new home. An electrical plan is also produced in these final construction drawings. Congratulations, you are now ready to begin construction……
The Builder usually likes to visit your property with the owner before breaking ground to stake out the position where your home will be placed. This is called sighting the home. Any special considerations to position of the home in such a way to maximize the view, security and beauty of the home will come in to play as the home is sighted.
Once the position of the home is determined, heavy equipment is brought in to prepare the foundation, dig footers, prepare the driveway and dig the septic system for those homes without a sewer system connection. Gravel is brought in to create good drainage assuring moisture is diverted away from your home. Concrete is poured to complete the foundation after which framing begins.
Framing consists of three phases. The first is the dry-in phase. This consists of framing all the exterior and structural walls, installation of exterior windows and doors and the roof system. Essentially, the house is “dried-in” so rain can’t get into the house, thus the term “Dried-In” for this phase of construction. The second phase of framing includes the interior wall framing and rough wiring followed by any dry-wall as well as any wood or other material finished walls. The third and final framing phase consists of the fine details, trim, built-ins, flooring, etc.
Hardscaping, interior and exterior rock work and all those fine touches that make your new home special is the final phase of construction. This whole process is called Turn-Key Construction. This terms comes from the fact that you have to use a key and turn the key in the lock to get in once we have completed construction.
Congratulations, you are now ready to “Escape to a Better Place” in your new home.