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Custom Home Design

Design Loft takes into consideration every aspect of your new custom home.* From the exterior appeal to its structural integrity while keeping in line with your budget. We are honest in our efforts to help you understand how you can have an attractive, structurally sound home while staying within your financial parameters. Moving into a new home is an exciting, life changing event. But even after the “newness” has worn off you’ll still have a home that has been designed to meet high standards with functionality and timeless appeal.

 

WHAT IS TRUE CUSTOM DESIGN?

*caters to the individual/family
*unique/one-of-a-kind
*your dream home
*more than just picking out paint and exterior colors, flooring and light fixtures
*creating useable space
*designed to be attainable based on budget

WHAT KIND OF ITEMS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN CREATING MY CUSTOM HOME?

*experience of designer (Design Loft has been creating custom homes since 1964)?
*building codes required by each individual city/county
*how to deal with a difficult lot
*your “building team” which will consist of: surveyors engineers builders/contractors (their reputation as well as their willingness to provide counsel for budget)
*energy efficiency
*individual needs such as pantries, closet space, new trends in home design and innovations

SOME THINGS TO PLAN FOR BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE:

*hall and stairway widths
*closet sizes and locations
*space for kitchen cabinets
*laundry rooms
*plumbing for future additional baths and/or basement kitchens
*ceiling heights
*special nooks/built-in shelving
*window placement and sizing
*drop zone/mud room
*craft room
*laundry chute

QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED:

*Cost? *What is included?
*How long will it take?
*Architect or designer?
*What does the client need to provide before plans can be started?
*Would I benefit by looking at stock plans first?
*What are the advantages/disadvantages of using a stock plan?
*What engineering will be required?
*Why engineering is required? Cost?

 

 

In today’s world the idea of “aging in place” has become an obtainable way to stay where you are without having to move to meet your needs. Adapting an existing home to make senior living simpler and more convenient can be a sound investment. There are also many other situations that have become much more common in this day and age. Providing living space for multi-generations, young families, adult children, etc. Adding accessories like chair lifts, elevators, wheelchair ramps, second kitchens, separate entrances are items to consider.