Behind Every Dream Home – Is A Great Set Of Plans

Posted on | October 22, 2014 | No Comments

In order to build the home of your dreams, nothing is more essential than starting with a great set of plans. The question is, how do you get to the point of having a great set of design plans? To get a better sense of the answer to this question, North Carolina Design recently caught up with brothers Chris and Derik Boush, owners of the residential design firm Home Style Solutions.

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With offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, the residential design firm is focused on designing gracious and comfortable homes of all styles. Having an intimate knowledge of North Carolina building codes, Home Style Solutions is regularly called upon by homeowners across the state for plans that detail both new home construction and renovations. The strengths of each brother complement the other; Chris is the residential designer and Derik handles the business and administrative side of the business. As a licensed contractor, Derik is also able to offer clients a first-hand perspective on construction issues.

Most homeowners begin the design process with a pretty good idea of how many bedrooms and bathrooms they want. “What they don’t have a feel for is what their design program means in terms of total room count or heated square footage,” Chris says. “By doing a preliminary design, we are able to figure out what the square footage parameters are within their design program.”

Regardless of what challenges the site presents, it is essential for the home to be one with its surroundings. “It’s important for your designer to have a feel for the site and its surroundings as it relates to grade, sun orientation and adjacent structures” notes Chris. “Plans that are responsive to the site conditions enhance the architectural style.”

The process of designing and planning a house where a family will live and create years of memories can be challenging. “Both the husband and wife can have different ideas of what they want and even what they can afford,” says Chris. “We flush out their wish list. This allows us to determine whether we are going to be way out of budget and if we need further discussion. Once we develop that, the plans go out for bidding to 1, 2, or 3 builders. We always want to involve the builder sooner rather than later.”

Both Chris and Derik emphasize the value of a complete and detailed set of plans in building the home of your dreams. Not only does this equate to better planning and engineering, it also translates to cost savings to the project – both for new construction and renovations. “We share with our clients every day the value of good planning and good drawings – because good design will always save you money at the end of the day,” explains Derik. “The theory is: the designer is the pennies and the builder is the dollars. If you spend your pennies wisely, you will always save dollars at the end of the day.”

“This is the foundation of your house basically,” affirms Derik. “If your design is good and your working drawings are good, it allows you to move forward in having a good experience building the home of your dreams.”

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