Remodeling and Home Design

"Where your home design is more than just drawing walls"

MTLdesigns, LLC

Designing Your Dream Home, Office 

and Home Remodeling  Projects

DESIGN IDEAS and OBJECTIVES

  • First and foremost is the cost of the house.  You need to have real idea on the budget, including cost of property, taxes/fees, permits and any other thing that will take from your bottom dollar.  Discuss with your bank the going cost/sq. ft. in your area so that you know if that 2,500 sq.ft. house is affordable.  Nothing worse than getting to a point and realizing your "eyes are bigger than your plate", causing rework and construction stoppage.
  • Create a scrapbook.  Something the whole family can participate in.  You can take pictures of houses that you see driving around town, magazine pages or website pictures, another drawing or even your own sketch.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  And when I have a an idea of what every family member enjoys and needs, my job is easier. Start this scrap book months in advance.
  • Collect color samples and manufacture catalogs. 

CREATING A WISHLIST

  • As you fill your scrapbook, also start a list of what you like and don't like in your current residence.  Did you like the idea of the walk in pantry, but not how it was designed?  Or are three full baths really needed?  What do you "want" and what do you really "need"?
  • Fine tune this list.  Have you ever watched HGTV or any other home show.  They all list everything they want, but rarely get it all.  What is the most important to you?  The size of the kitchen if it means the mud room might have to be reduced in size or deleted?   
  • Know the kind of style you like inside and out.  I can usually mesh a style or two, so don't worry if two of you don't totally agree.  
  • Extras, like do you need huge closets?  Private study-office? How about outdoor spaces?   

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NOW WHAT?  Simple steps needed to get your HOME from your imagination, to a construction drawing, to ground breaking, then to moving in.


THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IS COMMUNICATION

THE DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS

  • The Meeting: Client and the I will meet to discuss the project and goals.  We will go over the scrapbook, sketches, catalogs and the "wishlist" and all present can have their input.  We will have plenty of brainstorming as we get deep in any design, communication is the key.    
  • Preliminary Design Phase: I will gather all this information and create preliminary floor plans, elevation views (non rendered) and any other detail or section views that you will be need to understand the proposed design.  This is your chance to critique and make any major design changes or alterations.  
  • Design Development Phase:  I will update model based on your comments from the first approval stage and create fully dimensional drawings and resolve any outstanding design issues relating to layout, size, or function of the spaces.
  • Construction Document Phase:  Final construction package is completed.  Including elevation and section views.  Window and door schedules are created (others are available also).  This is where budget must be carefully checked.  Because most items in a house (like flooring, fixtures, cabinets and molding) are available in a wide price range, it will be important that we narrow these down and for the drawings to specify brands     
  • The Bidding Process:  I will make several sets of the drawing package so that you can send to contractors.  You should have guidelines, like time frame for quote submittal.  Contact your mortgage lender on a list of licensed contractors.  I can answer any question that a builder/contractor might have during quoting.  My contact info will be on every drawing.
  • The Construction Phase:  I will answer any question your builder or you may have once construction starts.  Anything like monitoring work in progress, inspecting quality of work or approving contractor shop drawings will be at an additional charge.  The contractor who is awarded the bid, is in charge of this project from the first nail to move in date.  He/She are to be held responsible and accountable for all workmanship,materials and meeting any code requirements.  Any deviation from “said” approved plans without designer or client approval is their liability.