6 Steps to Build Your Dream Home

November 15, 2021

So you’re ready to take your dreams and turn them into reality, which means you’ve got a lot of planning to do.

Working with a design and permit firm is essential whether you’re looking to build a new home or add an additional dwelling unit, or even put in a new addition or begin a big remodel project.

Not only will you benefit from the expertise of design and permit professionals, but you’ll also save money and time by working with an residential and commercial design firm that can also handle the permitting process.

From the first on-site consultation to permit submissions and approval, designing your dream home with seasoned experts will ensure that no crucial steps are overlooked.

Designing Your Dream Home

Any good design process should follow the lead of design and permit experts who will work with you and cater to your preferences. Your ideas and needs will guide them through the following six steps to bring your vision to life:

Step 1: Onboarding

The best design firms will always offer a free on-site consultation to meet with you and establish the feasibility of the project you have in mind. They’ll develop a workable budget during this first phase, which can take one to two weeks.

Step 2: Discovery and Site Measurement

This next step involves researching all current files to establish the design process. These files include permits that may already exist, drawings, and zoning information. Next, the team will verify any existing drawings and produce a new floor plan. Expect discovery and site measurement to take two to three weeks.

Step 3: Schematic Design

Don’t settle for a design firm that reviews project design components just once. The best professionals will review design schematics at least twice, while we find three times is ideal. In this step, the team will make sure you are happy with every single detail and adjust accordingly. This step usually takes two or three weeks.

Step 4: Energy and Code Compliance

This step is where building code experts are key. They will go through the project and review everything done so far. At this point, electrical engineers and electricians also enter the picture to provide energy calculations mandatory in California. This critical step of designing your dream can take up to three weeks to complete.

Step 5: Engineering

During this phase, we will put your project in the hands of specialist engineers. They’ll generate supporting submission documents that will be on-hand and used for civil and structural liability purposes. This step will take two to three weeks as well.

Step 6: Permit Submissions and Revisions

Being granted the permit to get your dream home started isn’t always easy if you go it alone. It’s strongly advised that a firm with experience in design, permits, and building help you submit permit applications.

Being granted the permit to get your dream home started isn’t always easy if you go it alone. It’s strongly advised that a firm with experience in design, permits, and building help you submit permit applications.

Build Your Dream Home with Design Appruv

Take the first step in bringing your idea to life with our team of experts. We will take care of the design and permits for you. Contact us today and let us know what you want to do with your dream, and we’ll make it happen.