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QUESTIONS?...and ANSWERS..

  • HOW DO WE GET STARTED...DESIGNING MY CUSTOM HOME?

    All you need to get started is imagination, and ideas of what you want in YOUR customm home.
    DESIGN ASSOCIATES is a full service design firm, and we will help you every step of the way.
    We can start with a blank sheet of paper, or from sketches, pictures,or notes that you may provide.

  • DO I NEED AN ARCHITECT TO DESIGN A CUSTOM HOME?

  • DESIGN ASSOCIATES offers the same services that a traditional architect's office provides. Our plans provides everything you need to obtain building permits, and to work with builders.

  • WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS?

  • Generally,"Building Designers" are not licensed architects. Designers have similiar education and background to that of licensed architects, but have not received graduate degrees nor gone through the licencing procedure.
    Most designers have practical work experience in place of advanced degrees and licences.
    At DESIGN ASSOCIATES, we offer nearly 30 years of of combined practical experience designing custom homes, working very closely with the clients and the builders.

  • WHY ARE OUR SERVICES A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL ARCHITECT'S OFFICE?

  • Most traditional architect's offices concentrate on larger commercial, institutional, and industrial projects, with only a small portion of their business devoted to residental design. These large projects are usually a team effort, involving several different speciality designers.
    Only in rare cases does a residential client enjoy a one-on-one relationship.
    The plans produced by these offices/teams are often a bit overdone, including many unnecessary details. All of this translates into a muchmore expensive, remote experience for the client.

  • WILL MY PLANS HAVE EVERYTHING I NEED?
  • We provide a complete, thourough, and accurate set of construction drawings. Each plan set contains comprehensive structural plans from foundation to roof top.
    Final construction drawings are produced using the latest in computer drafting technology(CADD) to insure the highest accuracy. Our plans are drawn to comply with the latest edition of The Uniform Building Code, and contain all the information necessary to obtain building permits, and for your builder to construct the building exactly as designed.

  • HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO DESIGN MY CUSTOM HOME?
  • We suggest you allow at least two months to complete the design. Several preliminary meetings will probably be required to review preliminary sketches, and floor and elevation plans.Once these are approved, about two weeks will be required to produce the detailed construction plans.

  • ONCE I HAVE MY FINAL PLANS, WHAT NEXT?
  • After you have received your plans from DESIGN ASSOCIATES, there is still a lot to do.You,or your builder will want to submit the plans to obtain all the permits. Perhaps your lender will require sets of plans to finalize financing. If you have not chosen a builder, now is the time to solicit and receive bids. We are available to help with all these activities.