The Design Team Process
There are many steps between finding your custom dream home and the reality of watching it come to life. Our experts at The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) have streamlined this process to make it as seamless as possible for everyone involved. Whether you are planning to remodel or build from the ground up, The Design Team follows these steps:
Initial Consultation: (no charge) Approximate 1-hour meeting to discuss homeowner's ideas, lifestyle, home size, room-to-room relationships, lot conditions, etc. For remodels, measurements and photos will also be taken.
Estimate/Work Order: (50% deposit) We determine an estimate based on complexity, size, and general scope of project. If preliminary design work exceeds deposit amount, you will only be charged for time spent on the plans.
Phase 1: (Not build-ready plans) Preliminary design based on 1st client meeting.
New construction: Includes floor plan and 1 elevation (typically front elevation is shown, though lakeside elevation may be preferred for lakeside property)
Remodels and additions: As-is layout of existing structure (or affected areas), floor plans and elevations of proposed design changes
Phase 2: (not build-ready plans) Revisions and fine-tuning
- Meetings to discuss client feedback, design recommendations, and changes to the plans. (Note: our 'allowances for revisions' on our work order is estimated for 2-3 rounds of revisions. We keep you posted how many hours are used on the project.)
- Revisions to the plans
- Add foundation plan, all 4 elevations, a preliminary section and a roof plan
Phase 3: (permit- and construction-ready plans) Final construction documents
- Add dimensions, notes, window callouts and rough openings, stair and building sections (Note: At this point The Design Team highly recommends a pre-construction meeting with the general contractor, all sub-contractors, the designer, and the homeowner to go over everything and minimize issues down the road.)
- Plan review, final changes and corrections
- Plans issued
Call The Design Team today and take that first step toward making your custom dream home a reality! (320)-252-1517. We look forward to meeting with you!