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Here at Elevation, we provide custom home plans to builders and home buyers. We have developed an efficient process for creating high-quality custom home plans. Our designers are practiced in putting dreams onto paper. You can be sure your desires will be accurately understood and integrated into your design. Our designer's practical experience will merge with your dreams to create an economical plan for your future home. Using our extensive design expertise and the 3D CAD program called Chief Architect we’ll produce detailed drawings to build your house. Then working together, we’ll go through a process that incorporates your wants and needs into a design that fulfills those requirements. All the while, we’ll work hard to keep your budget in mind so the designs we come up with can become reality.

There are several stages in designing your dream home. Browsing existing plans is a great way to get started with ideas and inspiration. We have some questionnaires that the designer will go through with you to help define your goals and understand your needs.

Design Stage 1 - Initial Design & Preliminary Drawing

During our initial meeting, we will ask questions and review the information that you have gathered about your project. Following the initial meeting, your designer will review the information you supplied and provide you with a preliminary design focusing on form and function as we apply your input into the drawing. Take some time to review it and indicate the modifications you want. It is very common for the preliminary drawing to return to our office covered with markings. If we’ve managed to capture what you want in the preliminary design, we’ll move to the next step. If not, we’ll work on the preliminary drawing until we arrive at a plan that works for you.

Design Stage 2 - Refining the Plan

This 2nd preliminary drawing will incorporate the changes you marked on the 1st preliminary design as part of the plan. We will also include elevation views. This version should look much more like your desired home, but you can still make revisions. With a firm understanding of the design, the next step is to start adding more detail to the plan. At this point, we will add more structural detail, accurate dimensions, windows, doors, cabinets etc. to the plan. We’ll continue to move through this stage of the process until we both agree that the plan is coming together with the ideas that work for you.

Design Stage 3 - Finalizing the Design

At this stage, the plan for your dream home is almost ready for completion! Stage three is the final stage with nearly all of your information in place. Look over this drawing closely to ensure that you are ready to have the plan completed.

Design Stage 4 - The Working Drawings

Once the plan is at a point where it works for you, we will proceed to detail it for the working drawings. We will create the foundation plan, roof plan, add notes, dimensions, details, and everything else that will be required for the building contractor and to obtain permits, other than any needed engineering. (i.e. I-Joist layout, Truss engineering, Structural or Lateral engineering). During this process, we may consult with your contractor to discuss the building methods that they prefer. Upon completion of the working drawings, we will send an electronic copy of the plan to you, designed to meet nationally recognized building codes. We can print full-size prints for you or you can have them printed at a print shop. You will now have working drawings! These are completed plans that are ready to take to your builder of choice and to submit to the building department to obtain a permit.