Custom home design by BG Rand
Custom home design by BG Rand. Practicing architecture for close to forty years now, I’m also an artist, so it’s only natural I combine the two. Homes should be more than four square walls to live in. No matter how large or how small your project, let me design or redesign a home for you that enhances your living experience, or select one of my designs as a stock plan
Tight budget? No worries. Most homes are filled with unnecessary structural cost due to poor planning. A great floor plan doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A lot of my designs are what I call cost busters. Using narrow spans to reduce the cost of lumber, and eliminating the need for expensive beams is the key. The roof systems are simple, making for an affordable build. No budget? that’s great. The only limitations are the ones set by our minds
Interested in how it works?
Custom home design
Every custom home I design starts with a site orientation. A study of the lay of the land helps me determine the point of view from the site, the drive up view and most importantly, the solar exposure of your proposed building site. The end result is a home that looks natural on the site and feels comfortable to live in year round
From the collected information and your design criteria, I’ll develop a room pattern; a cluster of circles and ovals which indicate where every room will be located. Upon your approval, the room pattern will be used to develop the rough sketch design
Standard fee for custom home design starts at $1.50 per square foot, or 50 cents per square foot per phase. You’re free to stop at any phase, waiting as long as you want to move forward. If you choose not to move forward you’re not under contract, and free to do so, as am I. I believe we should work together because we want to, not because we have to, however, once I’m paid for a phase fee, I will complete that phase. I do not under any circumstances return the money you’ve invested, so think twice before making your payments. I provide a service, not a product
Custom house plans
If your site is within driving distance, I’ll be glad to meet and walk the site with you. If your site is not within driving distance, and you wish to pay my expenses, I’ll travel to your site, or you can provide me with the information I need to get started, which include photos of the site and surround, along with a topographical map. With this information and the help of Google Earth, I’ll have everything I need to create phase I rough sketch design
If the sketch doesn’t meet with your approval, I’ll try again and again if necessary
Upon approval of the rough sketch design, I’ll move to phase II, hard line preliminary drawings which will include any revisions you request
Upon approval of the preliminary drawings, I’ll begin phase III, construction drawings, which will include your final revisions
A fee may be required for any revisions requested after the final drawings are completed
Your payment to start phase II and III are considered as your approval for the previous phase. Working in three phases assures you’re getting just what you want. Each phase is prepaid, so if you’re not happy with one phase, there’s no moving on to the next until you are
Construction documents include the following items as required by permit or deemed necessary upon complexity of design
Plot plan (land usage)
4 Exterior views
Sections and details as needed
Thank you for considering my services, Brenda
This handbook will come in handy if you’re planning to build
Answering the questions below will help both of us determine what you want in a house plans
Heated and cooled square feet?
Unheated square feet?
Fireplace(s) or wood burner(s)
Garage? How many stalls?
Work space in garage? Storage?
Basement or walkout lower level?
How many levels not including basement or lower level?
Exterior and interior style?
Covered patio or deck?
Have you established a building budget?
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Author: Brenda Rand