Your home will be unlike any other — it’s going to fit the way YOU want to live in this world! Sharing sketches, photos or plans you’ve collected is a perfect way to start the design process. As you go through design, we’ll show you 3-D models to help you visualize how your new home will look and feel. The more you think about who will be using each room, when, and for how long, the more confident you’ll be in deciding size and placement. Check out our Room Requirements Checklist for ideas.
Including home-for-life features in your design will help you live comfortably in your home for longer. These features are simple and easy to add during construction. Or maybe you want to design a multigenerational home that includes separate living areas for aging parents.
Other considerations in the design process include how to protect your family from unpredictable future weather by designing for storm safety now. Or what about finishing a bonus room or basement later or adding solar after you move in? Plan for these during design and make life easier later.
Did you know that every home has access to clean solar energy? By making simple, yet elegant design choices for your custom home, we can help you make the most of your free solar energy.
Properly shaded south-facing windows and a well-insulated, air-sealed building envelope, for example, help create a passive solar home that can almost heat and cool itself. Although simple in concept, it takes experience to combine these elements into a dream home design that suits your site and keeps you safe, comfortable, and healthy.
Our passive solar homes feature a number of design elements which make efficient use of readily-available sunlight and heat, including:
South-facing windows with exterior shading
Operable windows positioned to create natural air flow
Materials that provide thermal mass during colder months
Well-insulated, air-sealed building envelope
Helping you design a home you can afford begins with open dialog about your financial plan. We’ll provide preliminary construction estimates as we move through design, and if the total costs are higher than you’d like, we’ll recommend cost-saving options. These options may include structural or finish material changes but will not compromise your home’s overall performance.