About You

This is where we sit down together and begin the project-long conversation about what you need and desire in a home. We’ll use the conversation and answers produced in this meeting to begin an initial preliminary design.


Custom Home Design First Meeting

We’ll ask questions about your current and previous homes and what you liked about those spaces. We’ll want to know what kinds of places and buildings inspire you and catch your imagination.

what you want

Custom Home Design - Decide What You Want

Now we’ll move on to those elements you know you would like in a house. Are there any hobbies, pets, kids or grandchildren we should consider in the design? You may not have asked yourself these questions yet, but we'll make sure we find the answers together.


1. Review of Property

First, we will visit the property to be built upon to gather external elevations, evaluate environmental concerns, and consider plans for future landscaping. The site survey is scheduled and conducted. We will review the local land use and building codes.

2. Design Development

We will create preliminary schematic designs based on the information gathered during the initial meeting and in the first step. From there, more detailed drawings and a final design will be developed. The homeowners will select finishes, materials, and appliances.

3. Permit Documents

Final permits are amended as necessary and approved, allowing us to move forward with building.

1. Permits & Survey  

This step involves and affects both the architectural design and the start of the building process, so it is included in both parts. Any changes to the design required by local, state, or federal code are made and submitted for approval.

2. Foundation 

With the location of the build print approved, ground is broken and a foundation is created. This involves steps that can include excavation, sand and gravel delivery, pouring of concrete and insertion of rebar, preliminary work for plumbing and electrical present in the basement design, footing inspections, damp proofing, and backfilling.

3. Rough Carpentry

The house really begins to take shape. Sill plates and beams are laid and rough framing for walls goes up. Subflooring is laid and the framing for ceilings and the roof are put in to place. Stairs are built out. The roof is shingled and window and door units are installed. 

4. Insulation & Mechanics 

Insulation and any sound barriers are installed between walls and floors/ceilings. Mechanics for heating, air conditioning, and electrical are installed. Sewer pipes, air ducts, and wiring is run throughout the house.

5. Drywall & Painting 

Drywall is hung on walls and ceilings and rooms are finally divided, giving you the visual effect of each space. Mudding and tapping go up on the drywall before painting begins. On the outside, siding and other materials are applied. Grading occurs for drainage and to prepare for the driveway and any poured patios and walkways.

6. Finish Carpentry 

Kitchen and bath cabinetry and countertops go in. Tiling is laid as well as other flooring finishes. Light fixtures, railings, plumbing hardware, and flooring and ceiling trim are all installed. Outdoor lighting is also installed, concrete for driveways and patios is poured, and landscaping is completed.

7. Move In 

After building and quality assurance inspections are completed, a final cleaning of the house conducted, and the certificate of occupancy procured, the house is ready to be your home. Move-in day is always very exciting and rewarding.