A new build, whether it be a full build or a home addition is an exciting project.
Because the very nature of this type of build is to personalize the space just for you, it can be challenging to provide a timeline. Structural changes, wall removals, additional framing all make both the design and execution of this remodel more time-intensive.
The following guide will help you get started and will adjust based on your needs. The design build project 100% executed by our general contracting firm as we employ an in-house design team, work with our engineering partners and have your build project planned, drawn up and executed by our team.
Exterior/Structural Design Phase (6-8weeks)
The very first allocation of the design timeline goes to the exterior planning of your new space. This includes the wants and needs analysis and scope of work outline. I try to allow for no more than 1 appointment per 2 weeks to tackle the decisions and allow for exterior structure renderings to be made.
All told, the structural design phase can be completed in 6-8 weeks. Smaller projects with fewer decisions can be done more quickly.
Maintaining a consistent meeting schedule keeps the decisions on track. Following a structured selection process is key to getting through the choices and getting the floorplan that you want.
Designing Expectations by Week
Initial Consult: When you meet with your designer, come prepared with a budget, an idea of the square footage for the space that you want and a general idea of the interior and exterior design that you are interested in.
2nd Meeting: When you next meet, expect your designer to have some exterior floorplan ideas for you to review. At this meeting, your designer will have some 3D renderings for you to view. You'll narrow down the overall structure to a working structure be adjusted from here.
3rd Meeting: By the time you meet with your designer a 3rd time, you will have already decided on your overall structure and the scope of the build will be approved before initial drawings will be ready to be sent to the engineer. Now to plan the interior!