See it before you build it

At DesignNW we have developed an efficient workflow for creating custom home plans. As part of this process, you will be presented with 3-Dimensional color drawings before the final floor plan is completed. This ensures that the plan for your new home will be just what you expect.

Formulating an Idea

Many home buyers are unsure about where to begin when planning their new home. A great way to get started is to look through the house plan books we have in our office, or browse our plans online. Whether you’re just looking for ideas or searching for inspiration, our staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and can personalize any plan you may find by integrating the particular components that interest you.

It’s a good idea to compile specific information about the home you want to build, such as: approximate square footage and ceiling height desired, and places to store or display large items, such as an heirloom piano. At home, make sketches of your plan ideas, clip images from magazines, and print out information you find online. This compilation of data will help us to more clearly understand your goals.

When you have finished your initial research, bring in the information and notes you have gathered for your dream home. Gary will meet with you to go over your ideas. He will use this information and his expertise to create a floor plan that incorporates your concepts.

The Design Stages in 3D!

The First Preliminary: After your initial meeting, Gary will collect the information you supplied during the first visit and flesh it out as a 3D model. Then when you return to our office, Gary will walk you through your new design using our state of the art 3D and virtual reality software! This first meeting will show you what your house will look like inside and out. If you are adventurous enough, you can also walk through your house wearing our new virtual headset. See each room as if you are actually standing there. Make changes in real time, change colors to suit your tastes. When you are satisfied, Gary will print out the floor plan and full color screen shots to take home. On these plans indicate any additional modifications you want.

The Second Preliminary: This preliminary will incorporate the changes you marked on your first preliminary as part of the plan. At this stage, the plan for your dream home is almost ready for completion!

Working Drawings: Working drawings are completed plans that are ready to take to your builder. Some plans may require additional lateral engineering due to the complexity of the structure and/or building jurisdictions; ask a designer for more information.