How to Prepare to Have Your Custom Home Plan Designed

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How to Prepare to Have Your Custom Home Plan Designed
Deciding to have a custom home plan designed can be an exhilarating experience. With proper knowledge of where to begin, your project can get off to a smooth and productive start.

It is always wise to work in conjunction with an experienced and reputable residential home designer. By doing so you ensure the safety and structural integrity of your new home plan as well as making certain that your design will meet all local laws and restrictions. Many unexpected issues can arise when you take on the task of designing and building a home on your own, these can quickly become extremely costly from construction drawing mishaps to improper permit acquisition. Working with a residential home designer benefits you since many expensive problems are caught well in advance saving you time, money and unnecessary headaches.
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Once you select the residential designer, you will need to set an appointment so that together you can discuss initial home design decisions which will guide the further development of your home plan. Preparing for your first and second home design meeting does require a good amount of effort on your part; however the following advice will break each part down so that you will be properly prepared to begin designing your new home.

Here at Preston Wood & Associates we give you the option to send the following information ahead of time or just simply bring it along with you. Beginning with the most basic of information your designer will need is a Lot Survey – this defines property boundaries by showing property lines, bearings, and curve data for all sides of your property. The Lot survey can include setbacks and utility poles – however not crucial for the first meeting.

Having a plot of land already chosen is ideal before engaging in design, because it alone is the most influential factor for your home. It will shape how your designer incorporates day lighting, access to your home from the street. Even the basic orientation of your home is based on what is naturally located on your property and the dimensions of the lot. Some properties will require a Topographical Survey. This is an upgrade from a Lot Survey and includes the slope of the land in addition to other information. But be sure to ask, as not to waste money obtaining it if it is not needed. An Elevation Certificate will be required if your lot resides in a flood plain or flood way. Deed restrictions can require many setbacks affecting the design of your home and should be brought to the first meeting. Finding them is usually simple as most are available online.

The next document you want to be sure to bring along - especially for inner city lots - is your Title Policy Schedule B. An explanation of why this is important can be easily found on Preston Wood & Associates web page under ‘Design Guidelines’. All properties will need a soil report, for this is what the structural engineer will use to design your foundation. A soil report is crucial because without an appropriate foundation your house will shift unevenly and create an endless list of problems. A foundation is just that – a foundation – that will provide the stable ground from which your home will reside.



Preparing to design your custom home plan may have seemed daunting at first, though after following the above guidelines on what to bring you will find that it really isn’t so. By bringing this information to your initial design meeting it is easy and painless to get the design of your new home underway.

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