-It seems every housing boom creates new boring houses that all look alike. Some examples include the ranch-style of the 1960s and 70s and more recently the pseudo-craftsman of the 1990s and 2000s with the crazy rooflines.
Homes should be designed for the way we live. House designs should be planned around our everyday activities and designed to grow or change with us as our lives and family dynamics change.
Most of our plans have a laundry room and computer/recharging station (for cell phones, laptops, & other gadgets) for everyday tasks. Everyday tasks are sometimes overlooked in a house plan. Tasks such as laundry and bill paying are apart of our everyday life and should be made as comfortable as possible, therefore we plan areas in the home for them, [not just a closet and the kitchen counter]. Also incorporated into the plan can be home offices, libraries, handicap accessible entries and bathrooms, covered BBQ porches, and bonus/media rooms.
With our population aging (baby-boomers are getting older – 80 million will retire in the next 20 years!) it makes sense to build homes that are Universally Designed (UD) – accessible to people of all abilities, also known as Aging-In-Place in the remodeling world. In smaller home plans we can do this with minimal increased costs.
Downsizing to a smaller accessible and efficient home makes sense for those who want to stay in their house long-term.
- FREE initial consultation where we discuss your ideas and scope of work.
- Look at job site, if available
- Assess how you live – discuss layout and square footage needs/wants
- Discuss budget
- Discuss exterior styles
- Talk about interior design and trim
- Possibly look at stock plans/elevations
- Site search, if a site has not been secured.
- If needed, GANT Custom Homes will deliver a preliminary design and preliminary budget.
- You make the decision to proceed or not.
- Design/Feasibility Agreement
- Finalize, design, and prepare a full set of building plans
- Prepare structural engineering in preparation for building permits
- Prepare expected budget for the entire project based on your product selections
- Develop project timeline
- Contract – Fixed bid with scope of work
- Discuss the change order process
- Discuss allowances and selections
- Obtain permits – Architecturally approved/engineered plans are submitted to city or county for building permit approval.
- Delivery of a written project plan and schedule
- Foundation thru Finish work – to complete your dream home!
- Celebrate your project is complete!