Vintage Home Design
encourages you to participate
in the creative process of
designing your new home or
addition. You, as the project
owner can play an important
role starting from the
preliminary design through
the completion of the
construction documents
(sometimes referred to as
Blue Prints). To help provide a
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visual text of your preferred style and taste, you may consider preparing a photos,
etc. You may also consider a walking or driving tour with your designer to provide
architectural cues of your wishes and desires.


Regardless if you have already selected your building contractor or you wish to
develop your plans before seeking a builder, you will need a complete set of
construction documents before a builder can give an accurate bid on your project.

During our first phone conversation we will spend some time becoming acquainted and
discussing the overall scope of your desired project. I will ask you questions about the
size of your existing house, property or building lot, what building authority or
jurisdiction you live in, and your expected budget.  If we determine from this
conversation that my services will suit your needs, we will schedule an appointment for
us to meet at the project site.

Based on review of the project site and your expressed expectations and desires for
improvement, I then return to my office and prepare a written design agreement
that stipulates the scope of project, what is included in my services and a payment

Developing the plans is broken into two distinct phases:

  1. The preliminary design phase is where we produce floor plans and elevations. This
    will take several revisions based on your input until we have a plan that will meet
    your needs and desired aesthetic appeal. During this phase we also identify
    building restrictions that may either confirm or deny the issuance of a building
    permit, and revise plans as necessary to fit the requirements of zoning and
    building codes as they apply to your project.
  2. After the preliminary plans have been produced, we are ready to develop the
    Construction Documents.  
Once the construction
documents are completed,
you are now ready to
submit them to builders
for bid. You may also
submit the plans to your
order to get a head start
on the building permit
process. This proves useful
if your building department
is backlogged and an
extended turn around time
would be expected for
issuance of a building
permit. Unless you are
acting as the general
contractor for your
project, it is not advisable
for you to obtain the
building permit once final
approval has been granted
from the building
department. Let your
builder obtain the building
permit in their own
company name which will
likely require documentation
of their contractor's
license and required
insurance and bonding.
Otherwise you may be
exposing yourself to
unwanted liability during

No matter where you
select your contractor
from, it is very important
to investigate their
background. Make sure
they have a list of
references that you can
call. Review your
contractor's portfolio  to
make sure their level of
quality meets your
expectations, make sure
they are insured and
bonded for the appropriate
amount and check with the
state contractors licensing
License check link to
confirm their contractor's
license is valid and applies
to the type of construction
for your project.