It?s like the car ad, it?s critical I know what you like, what you don?t like and what you need.

The design phase of any project is essential to its success. The footprint of the house, how it sits on the lot, its size, shape and features need to be completely finalized long before a shovel hits the ground.

A Space of His Own Part 2: The Design Phase
Bill and builder discussing the lot and tree removal.

It?s hard for homeowners to be patient and work through all the fine details it takes to build a new house. As the Project Manager, it is up to me to put together a team that has the ability and vision to execute my client?s project.

Building a new house is a once in a lifetime experience for most people, luckily there are house building companies similar to RODROCK.COM that could help them started on that dream. When provided a blank slate it can be hard to focus on what?s your style and needs. I think one thing you need to be sure of though is how you’re going to get your belongings into your new home, there are plenty of moving companies out there that can help you out. Even if you’re planning on buying a bit of land far away and creating a house on there, there are many long distance movers that you can find in your current, local area. But anyways, this is just the start when moving home.

Start with the exterior style. Is it going to be contemporary, mid-century modern, traditional, farmhouse? You also need to think about things like windows, guttering and roofing. You could consider looking at WDR Roofing Contractors for example to see different types of roofing. Whatever roof you choose, make sure you consider where you live and what the weather is normally like. This will ensure you choose the safest roof for your new home.

Thank goodness for the Internet. I set up boards on Pinterest and Houzz where I can share ideas with my client, Bill. Throughout the project, he and I can post and communicate via these boards.

It?s always a random process at first. Homeowners may be looking at exterior styles and see a stair case they love or a kitchen. That?s okay. Post them. Soon or later that information will be a critical piece of the puzzle.

LaRue Arch

I had a sense of the style that Bill wanted early on. Contemporary, lots of windows. Bright rooms a big kitchen, large wine room and plenty of outdoor living space. I discovered his love of color. Vivid artwork, crafted furniture and unique features. Then we had to think about moving all of our things into our new build, it can be time-consuming and worrying if we have everything! Making sure we use a top moving company for our belongings helps us feel like one piece of the puzzle has fit itself into place.

LaRue Architects

I grew up in Texas and have always loved the look of white limestone. One of my favorite contemporary architectural groups is LaRue Architects. I sent Bill to their site and see if this was the style he was looking for. He loved it.

Next step was to find a local design group that could work with us to create this Texas hill country look on a 2 ? acre treed lot in Charlotte, North Carolina. I?ve collaborated with Jeanine Devaney at Charlotte In-Vironments on several projects including my own home. I knew she was talented and fun to work with.

A Space of His Own Part 2: The Design Phase

We met, we talked, shared ideas and Bill was sold on working with her team. I had prepared him to expect lots of back and forth before the final designs could be completed. Bill is very visual so Jeanine and her assistant Wendy Watson built a model of the house complete with a scaled stick figure of Bill so he could get a true perspective of the size of the house.

Once we had a handle on the design I started interviewing local builders. I selected two builders for Bill to interview and submit quotes on the project. Ultimately, Shannon Miller, owner of Miller Homes was awarded the project.

I worked with Shannon on the Lowry Residence last season on For Your Home. It was a pleasant experience and the Lowry?s were thrilled with the results of the renovation and expansion their 1920?s bungalow.

Taking time to select the architect and the builder is time well spent.