When you buy a car, you select the make and model, color, engine size, audio system, etc. from the dealer’s option packages. Do you call it a custom car? Of course not; it’s a production car with options. Likewise, if you select a house plan from an array of plans and then select the brick, carpet and countertops from a limited selection in the builder’s showroom, it’s not a custom home; it’s a production house with options.
With a custom car, you roll a chassis into the shop and build the car from scratch to your exact specifications. Likewise, with a custom home, you start with a clean sheet of paper and design the exact home you desire, paying attention to every detail.
Bring us your ideas, sketches, photos, etc. We will start with a clean sheet of paper and turn your dreams into reality...down to the last detail.
The design process is divided into three major steps:
The Preliminary Meeting is the point where the designer and the client meet to discuss the client’s vision of the project and the designer’s role in turning that vision into reality. If the client decides to use Whiteley & Whiteley’s services, they will be asked to sign a simple contract and pay a 75% deposit before work can commence.
The client should bring as much information as possible to the meeting, including:
The Preliminary Design is a back-and-forth process between the designer and the client. The designer will create a basic floor plan and present it to the client for review and comment. Based on the client’s comments, the designer will modify the basic floor plan and, slowly, add more details. This may take two or three cycles, depending on how much information was provided at the preliminary meeting. The goal is to create a basic floor plan with the desired room placement and flow, and basic elevations that reflect the style of home desired by the client.
The steps to complete a preliminary design are:
When the client approves the preliminary drawings, the designer will begin working on the final construction drawings.
The Construction Drawings are the finished product. The designer will create a complete set of construction drawings and written specifications based on the preliminary design.
The typical set of plans will contain the following sheets:
The written specifications are a “boiler plate” document that the designer will modify and amplify to reflect the specific requirements of the client. Some details, such as the brick color or fireplace model, that have not been selected by the client may be left blank. The client will complete these items at a later time.
The delivered product will be eight (8) sets of construction drawings and specifications.
The payment balance is due when the plans are delivered to the client.