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From Inspiration to Finished Design

Posted on Oct 23, 2012

It can be a common belief that the design process begins with browsing through a few plans and that it ends once one of those plans is chosen. For many, their search starts before this phase begins, when simple admiration of houses in a magazine turn into a scrapbook of dream homes, while others have no idea what they want until they start. There is no set path on the road to your timber home design, but here are some helpful mile markers to give an idea of how the design process will be.

The Search for Inspiration

Whether it is a dog-eared page in a magazine, a daydream drawn on a napkin, or a drive past a home that always catches your eye, the search for inspiration on your dream home can be instantaneous, it could take months, or even decades. You might know right off the bat whether a layout is the one for you or it may be an accrual of plans, photos, and knowledge of spaces needed that finally cultivate the ideal home. Whatever way you arrive at this design vision, you will have to find someone who can bring your vision to life.

Choosing a Company

Reviewing companies that have the ability, experience, and integrity to bring your design vision to life can take months of searching or it can happen with the first company you come across. When you conduct your research, you are looking at company sites for both plans and an understanding of how their process works. Some companies may utilize draftsmen while others have architects. Some will offer a large portfolio of design concepts to choose from while other may have a more selected grouping. In the end, it is important to find a company that you feel comfortable creating your dream home with.

The Design Timeline

After you’ve searched through companies, the design process used by the company you choose will further impact the timeline of your project. If you choose a plan you like from your company as is or you only have some minor changes to make, then although you may have to give up some things, it will take less time to get to that finished design. Perhaps there are some major changes you would like to make, your time frame will become elongated, but your concept will also be more tailored to your specific needs. You also have the option of taking that extra time and utilizing total customization—creating a very unique home that is completely tailored towards your needs and wants.

Other Contributing Factors to Timelines

When in the midst of the design phase, there are additional things that can affect your timeline. If a build site is set on a steep slope or unique terrain, the architect will need extra time to adapt the plan to fit the location. If your conceptual drawings have complex attributes like corners, angles, or pitches, then it will take longer to complete the construction drawings. Even when the conceptual and construction drawings are still in production, review boards responsible for the site and can affect the timeline; due to meetings and the possibility of changes to the drawings.


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