Few people walk in with a plan and say, “This is exactly the house I want to build.” More often, they say “I’ve looked at hundreds of plans but can’t find exactly the one I want.” Our response?
During this in-person design meeting, we get to know you and share in a creative, free-for-all of new home ideas. There's no such thing as a bad idea in a brainstorm - in fact, the more ideas the better. They lead us to creative solutions to the design and building challenges you might face.
One of the first steps in designing a truly custom, energy-efficient home is to visit your building site. Your site affects your new home's orientation, views, and foundation design. It is the first of six considerations in the design process and is followed by your home's energy envelope; resource, energy, and water efficiencies; and indoor air quality. Read more about Site considerations here.
We can start with anything to create your ultimate floor plan! During early design meetings, we review any hand-drawn sketches you already have for your new home and talk about family size and lifestyle. If you have photos or plans from the internet, magazines, or an architect, bring them along!
The more you’ve thought about the rooms in your new home, the more confident you'll be in making design decisions. AND the closer you'll be to the thrill of watching your house take shape on site!
At Stitt Energy Systems, designing your dream home goes hand in hand with helping you design a financial plan to build it. We provide an initial estimate for your preliminary design and then, if we need to modify your floorplan to bring it in line with your financial plan, we do! We have dozens of options to choose from. Open dialog is important during this stage to ensure you are comfortable with both your design and your estimate. We answer questions, exchange ideas, and verify changes to your plan in face-to-face and on-line meetings and by email and phone.
We ensure the craftsmen who build your high performance home understand how to construct each part of it by providing them with detailed working drawings. These drawings list specific materials, dimensions, load bearing calculations, R-Values, U-Values, depth of excavation, and seasonal angles—all the “green building rocket science” that makes your house structurally sound and energy efficient. The drawings cover everything from the footings and foundation to the roof.