Phase I – Conceptual Design
Once you’ve purchased our design services, please print this Design Services Agreement, sign it, and fax it to us at 678-831-2850.
Step One: The Interview
We begin our journey together by asking you to describe what you want. Give us examples of the look and feel that is important to you by showing us your collection of pictures, magazine clippings, web sites, drawings, sketches, etc. This allows us to better understand the building style and finish level that is important to you. After understanding your vision, we review your budget and expectations.
Step Two: The Land Whisperer
We believe a home should be of the land and not just on the land. Therefore it is important for us to visit your property to discover why you fell in love with it. We look for the best opportunity for views as well as the best approach to your home. We also look for any challenges that might be present that impact your budget such as a steep grade, rock where a basement needs to be dug, problematic soil conditions that could impact the placement of a septic system and/or any site conditions that may present challenges.
Step Three: Conceptual Design
After listening carefully to your ideas and understanding the property, we begin the process of hand drawing your home. The “Conceptual Design” includes the floor plans, basement (if requested) and all four elevations (sides) of your home. This process is interactive and includes several iterations as we share our work with you and go back and forth refining the design. This process may take as little as a few days or as long as a few months.
Step Four: Budget Confirmation
Once we have agreement on the Conceptual Drawings and knowledge of your property, we revisit the budget to make sure we are in alignment with your expectations. Now that we know your property and have a design and budget established, it is time to discuss how the project will be funded. If you plan to finance any portion of the project, we suggest you meet with your investment counselor or lender to make arrangements for financing. If you do not have a preferred lender or financial counselor, we are happy to make arrangements for you to speak with one of our preferred lenders.
* Total cost for Phase I (Conceptual Design) is .75 cents/sq. ft. for air conditioned space with a $1,500 minimum charge as a retainer due in advance. For plans over 2,000 sq. ft., the remaining fee will be billed when the Conceptual Plans and budget are delivered. Additional fees will be charged for Phase II (Preliminary Design) and for Phase III (Finished CAD Drawings) as per the DSA agreement.