The Planning Process

Once you've settled on the Architect that best fits your needs, you can get started on planning! Now you're a team, working together to create a beautiful home!

You and your team have 3 major tasks:

  • Explore the Site Potential
  • Determine Design Restrictions
  • Maximize Construction Dollars

Explore the potential of your site.
The property where you’ll build your home may present some distinct design opportunities and perhaps some hidden hazards. Your architect can examine how such factors can work for you and how to avoid potential problems. You’ll probably want to take advantage of each favorable view and sun exposure, while protecting your home against wind and weather. How much privacy do you want between your house and the surrounding community? Are there existing trees on the site that you want to save? Your architect also can assess the hidden character of your site, such as type of soil, slope and drainage. A clear understanding of such factors can help you make smart decisions in the design of your home.

Determine if local zoning and other restrictions will affect your project.
Before setting your heart on a one-of-a-kind design, it’s critical to know if any zoning ordinances or regulations exist that might restrict development on your property. These might dictate how much of the property can be covered by a structure, its height, how far it must be set back from the property line or roadway, protection of existing trees and landscape. Likewise, you’ll want to know about any proposed development of adjacent or nearby properties, such as new roadways or commercial construction. Familiar with the building codes and zoning ordinances in your area, an AIA architect will help you determine where these apply to your project and can assist with the filing applications or obtaining the necessary permits.

Maximize your construction dollar.
It’s critical to have a realistic understanding of the potential — and limitations — of your project’s budget. There are so many decisions to be made in the planning stages of a building project and afterward during construction. And these decisions will drive how your new home will function, what it will cost and what it may be worth in the future. If consulted in the earliest planning stage, an AIA architect can help you make smart decisions about your home’s design that can serve and save you in surprising ways. The architect works with your budget and helps you select the appropriate materials and workmanship at a fair price. And long after your project is completed, the architect can help you save money. By incorporating energy efficiency into the design of your home, the architect can help reduce fuel bills down the road. By helping you choose materials and finishes that are durable as well as beautiful, the architect can save you money of frequent maintenance and replacement costs. And a well designed home has a higher resale value.

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