3. Find a Professional Residential Architect or Designer
Your next step is to hire the professional that will turn your sketch into a computerized blueprint that you can use to get bids from builders. You can approach architects or house designers for this. Both offer similar services and have similar skills, and both have different levels of experience, so you’ll need to phone around and find one that suits you and your budget. Ask for references and ask them what their process is. It’s important you feel comfortable with the person who’ll be designing your dream home.
After engaging a professional, you’ll be invited to a meeting to discuss your sketch and vision in more detail. Be prepared for questions about the way you want your home designed. For example, what sort of exterior do you want (stucco, siding or brick) and what sort of roof material (shingles, metal or tile)? Do you have any easements or setbacks on the lot or is your house in an architecturally restricted area? Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers at this stage. The professional will guide you through this particular maze.
Once the main questions are answered, work can begin on the blueprint. Using a specialized computer program, the architect or house designer will produce a house plan that meets minimum safety and building standards, maximizes space, and doesn’t exceed your total square footage. In short, he or she will maximize the potential of your design within the budget you’ve agreed. Your sketch will need reviewing and refining. It takes a little time to create an accurate floor plan that a builder will accept, and there are bound to be changes made along the way.
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