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The Custom Home Design Process Explained – Evergreen Custom Home Builders


The first step in the design process is to discuss your ideas and goals. We will gather an understanding of your unique preferences for your home, your family’s lifestyle, your timeline, and the overall vision you have for building your custom home. At our initial meeting, we will determine a rough idea of how much you’d like to spend on your project and discuss current price per square foot costs and home prices in the area. We can also recommend trusted sources for potential financing options.

Aspen Leaf Custom Homes- Design Phase, Site Meeting


Next, we meet you onsite. We begin the process of land evaluation, evaluate the surroundings, the buildability, the location and positioning, set backs, etc. We’ll discuss your vision for the footprint of your home, and if there are any constraints for building on your desired lot. We’ll go over site and soil conditions, potential placement of the home to maximize views, and which utilities may be available.

Site Meeting


Here’s where planning starts to get exciting. We discuss your style, your ideas of your dream home, we browse any Houzz and Pinterest idea boards that you’ve saved. Most importantly, we talk about all the special considerations for the design of your home. We put together some initial sketches of floorplans. Finally, we compile a preliminary budget and our concept design begins to morph into the Design Development phase.

Aspen Leaf Custom Homes- Design Phase, Schematic


During the design development phase, we nail down the details of the floor plan, together we pick some of the materials, solidify the design, prepare architectural drawings for engineering, and create 3D models. This is where you really see your home design come to life!

Aspen Leaf Custom Homes- Design Phase, Design Development


Finally, once we’ve completed the Design Development stage, we move to complete the final Construction Documents. Our Structural Engineer reviews and approves the plans. We finalize the interior design details. We then send your project to our approved list of subcontractors (and/or others you have in mind), receive bids for your review, then compile a Final Estimate for your project. Construction of your dream home begins!

Aspen Leaf Custom Homes- Design Phase, Development

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