The Design Process

How do I start?

What's the process of having my new energy-efficient home designed and how do I get started? Like many of our clients, this may be the first time you'll design and build a home from scratch. Our team will guide you throughout the entire process, from the initial design meetings until the day you move in.

Your home is an important investment, so it is equally important to invest in a thorough and thoughtful design. The time, energy, and materials that go into making your home long lasting, efficient, and beautiful should be given great consideration. It is equally as important to create a home that is a reflection of your lifestyle, values, and commitment to sustainable living. So what are the steps?

Step 1

Start by looking over our website, in particular check out our projects. We built our website to share our design strategies, green building techniques, and other processes all with the goal of helping you, the homeowner.

Step 2

Decide which service is the closest fit for your project. Are you looking for:

– New custom home design & planning?

– Design & planning of a home addition or remodel?

– Design of a singular home improvement feature like a bench, awning, or built-in bookcase?

– Hourly consultation to provide solutions and instructions to a problem or concern with your existing home?

– Help visualizing exterior and interior paint colors and other material choices?

Step 3

Contact us to schedule a one-hour consultation. Please send us an email or message with your name, location, and a description of your project. We’d love to hear about your new home or remodel dreams.

Step 4

Depending on your availability, we will meet with you in person, by phone, or Skype. The one-hour consultation is an opportunity for us to begin to get to know one another. We listen to your ideas, thoughts, plans, and concerns as well as ask questions about your goals and timeline. We are happy to answer your questions and outline our design services.

Step 5

After this initial consultation, we’ll take the information that we learned and put together a proposal that’s specific for you and your project. The proposal will include a suggested package of our services along with an investment estimation. Depending on your availability, we may meet with you again either in person, by phone, or Skype to answer any questions regarding the proposal, provide examples of the deliverables, and further discuss what our services entail.

Step 6

You choose which package of services best fits your needs or we can work together to customize your own package of services that is best fitting. This is great news! We are excited to begin working with you on your project. We’ll next sign a contract, which is designed to maintain constant communication between both parties all along the project as well as ensure that everyone is one the same page and is happy with the progress before moving ahead.

Step 7

Before beginning the design phases, we ask that you fill out our detailed questionnaire to further explore and share your ideas and goals for your project. It is important that we have a clear understanding of your lifestyle, spatial requirements, style, material preferences, budget, etc. Next, we meet in person or by Skype to review your information, ask & answer questions, and ensure that we are all on the same page before beginning. If you are unsure about certain elements of your project, we can help you to evaluate your options, pros & cons, and other details.

Step 8

Project phases will vary depending on your specific needs. As an example, a full package of services for a new custom home design includes:

–  Site evaluation

–  Schematic design

–  Contractor selection & professional consultation

–  Detailed 3D renderings

–  Basic & detailed construction drawings

–  Interior & exterior details design + drawings

–  Construction observation

Step 9

And remember, our team is here is support and guide you throughout the entire process from the initial design steps, through the construction process, until the day you move in. We encourage you to reach out with questions or concerns at any time. Our goal is to create a rewarding experience every step of the way. In addition, we believe that the best homes are built through collaboration with the builders and subcontractors. Through communication and understanding, we achieve great results.

What's the process?

Every project has different objectives, parameters, and challenges. The following slide show outlines our design process and the different design and construction phases specific to the Quinn Creek Home. The design and construction processes for this project were strongly influenced by the site’s extreme environmental conditions including a steep hillside, presence of ledge, restrictive setbacks, and harsh alpine. The parameters will likely be different for your specific project, but what remains the same is our team’s commitment to guide and support you throughout the entire process. We’re here for you the whole way!

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