Typically when a customer calls us to understand more about our process they already own a lot and are ready to begin designing their dream home. Occasionally, we are contacted before land ownership and we are happy to assist in finding a lot and accessing buildability. Lots can be complicated and we enjoy the process of discussing the pros and cons of any piece of land you might be considering. If you already own a lot, that’s fantastic! We can start by setting up a site visit to identify build sites for your future home.
Once you’ve closed on a lot, we set up an initial design meeting. During this meeting we’ll discuss in detail our process, what to expect in terms of cost and timeline, and gather information about your dreams for the house. We’ll also gather inspiration images you might have and identify your budget. Based on the information gathered during this initial design meeting, we’ll put together a Design Build Contract for all phases of the work.
The contract is broken up into two major phases – the design phase and the build phase. As we draft the contract, we’ll discuss in detail how the two phases are structured, how long they will take, and what to expect. We’ll send you the contract and allow plenty of time for review, to make comments, and finalize.
Home Design and Permitting Process
Once the contract is signed, we’ll begin the design process. This is when the fun begins! We’ll work closely with you to design a perfect home. We are familiar with all the latest trends in materials and systems as well as passive cooling and heating technologies. We’ll carefully site the house for privacy and ease of access and we’ll locate the rooms based on your needs and desire for views and sun. Our goal is to design a house that exceeds your expectations!
Finalized Estimate and Financing
Once the house is designed and the permits are issued we’ll provide you with a detailed estimate for building the project. The detailed estimate will be within 1-5% of our initial quote so there will be no surprises! Our project estimates are totally transparent so that you understand exactly how each dollar is spent. Once the estimate is finalized we can begin construction. If you need help with bank financing, no problem. We’ll walk you through the steps and can put you in touch with lenders we use often.
The construction phase is always the most fun as you start to see your dream materialize. We also love this part of the project and pride ourselves on careful craftsmanship and excellent subs. Our team loves to build and that love is poured into the smallest details of your home. Depending on the scope of your project, the build phase will take anywhere from 4-18 months. Typically, for an average size home, you can expect the build time to be about 9-12 months.
From our initial meeting and set of plans to a finished house that is specifically tailored to your needs, you can now move into your dream home! Our relationship doesn’t stop here! You’ll be living in an up-to-date home with all the modern luxuries one might expect. We’ll be available to answer any questions and help with making the home operate at its full potential!