You've determined your scope of work... but now what?
So you've decided on how you want to remodel or add to your current home or maybe you've figured out everything you need and want out of your brand new home. You've collected photos, done your research, and now you're ready to get it on paper.
...The next step in getting your plans rolling is to interview and select your architect or designer to help bring your ideas to life...
Interview your designer/architect and make your selection. When interviewing for your home designer, asking them questions like "how much will this cost?" and "how soon will the plans be completed" are to be expected and also essential. As well, you might make sure to ask them key questions like...
Select your Designer and begin designing! If you're building a new home or adding any foundation to your home, make sure you've had a survey completed. Typically, you will need your survey to begin work immediately on a brand new home, otherwise, a survey will just need to be submitted to your designer before the plans are completed.
A Typical Boundary Survey
Step #3 (Optional)
As a first step, the designer will have computerized drafting of the homes current layout conducted (This is applicable in all situations if you are not building a new home). Either a designer or his draftsmen will schedule a time and date to take measurements of your home in the areas affected to complete their As-Built drawing of your home. Drafting for As-Built drawings should take approximately 1 week for most projects. Although, all of them are unique and may require special attention
Once the As-Built drawings have been completed, the designer will commence work on the design. Designs can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks, once As-Built drawings are received, to have a completed design. Your designer should have, in place, a system of delivery for this design. Typically, it will be emailed to you.
The ball is in your court now, it's your turn to give feedback and appraise your design to make sure your designer is on the right track. Ideally, they will have your whole vision encompassed with only a few things to adjust or maybe none at all.
During this time, it's important to:
That's it! your home has been designed!
Now it's time for the Next Step!