Design Planning Packet
Prior to our initial planning meeting, a packet detailing the design process will be mailed to you. The packet will help you to prepare and organize information for our first meeting. A summary of the design process follows.
Phase I: Establishing Objectives
In our first meeting together, we listen.
Our principal designer takes notes as you describe your dream home. We discuss the checklist provided prior to our meeting. We look at photos or illustrations of your ideas. Our extensive Design Library is also a resource for inspiration. If the project is a remodel, a working set of plans of the existing structure, if available, is helpful for reference.
The home site, the lay-of-the-land, and seasonal exposures are considered as we gather information on the floor plan: the number of rooms, square footage, special amenities and other wishes.
Square Footage Estimating Program
H.G. McCullough’s proprietary square footage estimation program gives our clients and the contractor the size and price per square foot of a structure before making the first drawings. The accuracy of our program is very successful in eliminating re-draws and revisions and in developing budget estimates.
Phase II: Conceptual Sketch
In Phase II, you will be presented with a conceptual sketch, a first draft of the design based upon the objectives discussed in the initial meeting. The concept drawing includes a floor plan and an artistic rendering of the “straight-on”, (front view), of your home, typically called an “elevation”.
The conceptual sketch is a work-in-progress and may be modified several times until we receive your approval. The sketch may be used for gathering preliminary cost estimates from builders and to secure financing.
Phase III: Construction Drawings
The conceptual sketch is then transformed into the construction drawings, the “nuts and bolts” plan for the building or remodeling of your home. Construction drawings include the detailed floor plans, foundation plan, framing sections, roof plan and elevation requirements. These drawings are an important part of the contract documents between you and your contractor.
Three-dimension (3D) graphic renderings for both new construction and “before and after” remodel projects can be provided. Realistic full-color views, complete with landscaping, create a visual image of the finished design before construction begins.
3D portrayals are available in numerous print sizes and media options. For commercial projects, this is an impressive marketing tool for signage, publications and news releases.
At each phase, your approval is sought as to whether or not to proceed to the next phase.
H.G. McCullough Designers, Inc. offers an extensive library of architectural design books, magazines, photos, and binders filled with ideas available to assist our clients in refining ideas for their new home, office or remodel project.
The resources cover all styles from traditional to modern and from personal residences to vacation homes and cabins. We also have books on interior design ideas: kitchens, entries, home theaters, trim, moulding, doors and windows, columns, flooring, special ceiling types, paneling, stairways, fireplace mantels and surrounds, veranda and outdoor living spaces.
The materials may be checked out by our clients at their convenience.