Addition / Remodel Project Guide

New Construction – Step by Step Guide, How to get ready to Design your Own Home and What you get with a Set of Plans


We have spent years working with customers on designing their homes. It typically takes us 3 to 4 meetings to design most homes that are under 3500 square feet.  The bigger homes, of course, take more time.
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Standard Design Process

Step 1 – Initial Meeting

  • Customer and Designer meet and fill out the Service Contract.
  • Designer creates job # for Customer and gets Customer contact information.
  • Designer gathers information from customer about layout and wanted rooms and
    function of the house. Customer gives Designer a budget of Sq Ft to work with.
  • Designer gives Customer homework to work on. Typically – wants on materials and
    style for front elevation, feature rooms. Set appointment for 2nd meeting

Step 2 – Second Meeting

  • Designer shows customer a rough draft of Floor plan. – This should be a rough Cad drawing
    showing room placement, door placement, typically sizes of main rooms and total heat/cool Sq Footage
  • Customer and Designer discuss changes to be made to Floor Plan.  If necessary, they can
    work at a CAD station to layout difficult rooms like; bathrooms, kitchens and sometimes Game rooms.
  • Customer’s homework of compiling likes and wants for the exterior of the
    house is reviewed.  Discuss windows wanted throughout the house.
  • Customer is to approve Floor Plan layout for Designer to create Front Elevation.
  • Set appointment for 3rd meeting

Step 3 – Final Design Meeting and Final Invoice

  • Designer shows Customer final Floor Plan and concept for Elevations.
  • Customer is to approve with changes final Floor Plan and Front Elevation.
  • Designer to schedule Final Review of plans by Customer.
  • After meeting, MPS staff is responsible for making a set of construction prints for Final Review by Customer.
  • Final Invoice will be created for Customer.  Final Invoice to be paid before Construction Prints are started.

Step 4 – Construction Set Review

  • Customer to review full construction set of drawings.
  • Minor changes can be made at this time.
  • Designer to get approval from Customer and make final changes,
    print and send off for copies.  Set time for Pick-up

Step 5 –Pick up Prints and Start Building