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Custom Home DesignDesign Evolutions Inc., GA is a full service building design company specializing in single family homes. While we do offer pre-designed floor plans to builders and homeowners, we realize that a custom home design is sometimes desired or perhaps required to capture the essence of your home planning needs. Since 1999, Building designer, Kirya J. Duncan and D.E. Inc., GA has been a partner to many families in the creation of their custom house plans. If you find yourself frustrated with the never ending search through print magazines and broker websites for stock house plans, consider using our residential design services for a unique home plan design.

A unique set of custom house plans designed by Design Evolutions is a work of art tailored to fit your family’s one of a kind lifestyle. Because no two families are alike, we are flexible in our approach to meeting your design needs. Our home design services and plans are as diverse as our clients and we work in many different styles of architecture with an unbiased pursuit to create your dream house design. You may choose to begin with a design only service or go ahead with our full design services. In the end, you will have a set of custom plans that are complete, concise, and buildable. Plus, you can be confident that it will be to your liking.

Our goal is to design a work of art that stands the test of time. We do this by adhering to the age old philosophy “form follows function”. Remaining true to the chosen style of architecture is also important. Addressing your desires to develop plans to fit your family’s lifestyle is the ultimate end game. Combining the aforementioned with the talents of Building Designer, Kirya J. Duncan, you can count on receiving a well thought out floor plan. The finished result is a beautiful home design that will have neighbors and strangers alike admiring your residence for years to come!

Browse through the sections below to get familiar with our design services and discover how we can begin the process of evolving your custom home dreams into reality.

Our Design Services

Schematic Home Design Services

Schematic design
Floor Plans and Front Elevation: $1.00 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*
Contact the home designer for a custom quote on larger designs.

* An additional fee of 15% will apply with increased design complexity (i.e. angled building design, unusual design concepts, etc.).

The Interview Phase
This is by far the most important phase of the custom home design process. Here we will gather the necessary information for the design of your home. This can take place in person or by phone/ email/ fax correspondence. We encourage you to bring to this meeting all materials you have prepared along with any design requirements. Examples include, the square footage limit, room requirements, visual references that shows what you are looking for in your home and any other information you feel may be necessary.

The Design Phase (schematics)
During this phase, we prepare a preliminary or schematic design of a floor plan and front elevation based on information obtained in the interview phase.

The Design Development Phase (schematics)
During this phase, the client and designer fine tune the preliminary design to the exact needs of the client. The client may use the final approved preliminary plan and elevation for study, estimating, or further development into construction documents by Design Evolutions or opt to use a local design professional or drafting service.

Note: If you decide to proceed with construction documents after finishing the schematic design, the cost of the design only service will be credited towards the cost of our basic custom home design service or our detail custom home design service.

Basic Custom Home Design Services

Basic design
On a slab or crawlspace foundation: $2.00 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*
On a basement foundation: $2.50 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*
Contact us for a custom quote on larger designs.

* An additional fee of 15% will apply with increased design complexity (i.e. angled building design, unusual design concepts, etc.).

The Interview Phase
This is by far the most important phase of the design process. Here we will gather the necessary information for the design of your home. We encourage you to bring to this meeting all materials you have prepared along with any design requirements. Examples include, the square footage limit, room requirements, visual references that shows what you are looking for in your home, the description of your site with setbacks and lot dimensions, your lot survey, deed restrictions, and any requirements made by an architectural control committee if necessary. This process can also take place by phone, email, and snail mail correspondence without ever meeting in person.

The Design Phase
During this phase, we provide schematic design services of your home’s floor plan and front elevation. The concept is developed based on information from the interview.

The Design Development Phase
During this phase, the client and designer fine tune the preliminary custom residential design to the exact needs of the client.

The Working Drawings phase
In this phase, a complete set of architectural construction documents will be developed to include the minimum required specifications and details for a set of permit ready plans otherwise referred to as a “Basic Construction Set”.

A “Basic Construction set” (basic permit set) includes the following:

*Cover sheet with page index
*Foundation plan
*Floor plans, window & door schedule
*Four (4) exterior elevations
*Roof plan overview
*Wall sections, foundation details, and other misc. details as required.
*Schematic electrical plans
*2D color rendering of front elevation

If you want a more in depth set of home plans, we also offer a “detailed custom home design services” package.

Engineering…
At the request of the homeowner, we can provide CAD or PDF files to engineers for framing and other engineering packages.

Detailed Custom Home Design Services

Detailed design
On a slab or crawlspace foundation: $3.00 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*
On a basement foundation: $3.50 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*
Contact us for a custom quote on larger designs.

* An additional fee of 15% will apply with increased design complexity (i.e. angled building design, unusual design concepts, etc.).

The Interview Phase
The most important phase of the entire design process. Here we will gather the necessary information for the design of your home. This can take place in person or by phone or email correspondence. We encourage you to bring to this meeting all materials you have prepared along with any design requirements. Examples include, the square footage limit, room requirements, visual references that shows what you are looking for in your home, the description of your site with setbacks and lot dimensions, your lot survey, deed restrictions, and any requirements made by an architectural control committee if necessary.

The Design Phase
During this phase, we develop a preliminary design of the floor plan and elevation concept based on information obtained in the interview phase.

The Design Development Phase
During this phase, the client and designer fine tune the preliminary design to the exact needs of the client.

The Working Drawings phase
In this phase, a complete set of architectural construction documents will be developed to include the necessary specifications and details exceeding the minimum requirements of basic design services for a set of permit ready plans otherwise known as a “Architectural Construction Set”.

A “Detailed construction set” (permit set) includes the following:

*Cover sheet with page index
*Site plan: (owners surveyor must provide plat or land survey)#
*Foundation plan
*Floor plans, window & door schedule
*Four (4) exterior elevations
*Roof plan overview
*Wall sections, foundation details, and other misc. details as required.
*Schematic electrical plans
*Building cross section (minimum of one)
*Kitchen and bath cabinet elevations
*Interior elevation design: minimum one focal point area, built-ins, standard trim details, etc.
*3D computer generated (photo realistic) color rendering

# This sheet is optional and can be provided by your builder or surveyor if a plat is not available prior to the design process.

If you just need a simple set of house plans, we also offer a “basic custom home design services” package.

Engineering…
At the request of the homeowner, we can provide CAD or PDF files of your custom house plans to engineers for framing and other engineering packages.

Home Builder Design Services

Builder Speculative (Spec) design
On a slab or crawlspace foundation: $1.00 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*
On a basement foundation: $1.25 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*

Builder Custom design
On a slab or crawlspace foundation: $1.50 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*
On a basement foundation: $1.75 per square foot up to 9,999 sq ft*

Discounts available for multiple home design projects. Contact us for a custom quote on larger designs.

* An additional fee of 15% will apply with increased design complexity (i.e. angled building design, unusual design concepts, etc.).

The Interview Phase
This is certainly the most important phase of the design process. Here we will gather the necessary information for the design of your home. This can take place in person or by phone/ email correspondence. We encourage you to bring to this meeting all materials you have prepared along with any design requirements. Examples include, the square footage limit, room requirements, visual references that shows what you are looking for in your home and any other information you feel may be necessary.

The Design Phase
During this phase, we prepare a preliminary or schematic design of a floor plan and front elevation from the information received in the interview phase.

The Working Drawings phase
In this phase, a complete set of construction documents will be developed to include the minimum required specifications and details for a permit ready set of custom floor plans otherwise referred to as a “Builder Construction Set”.

Our Speculative design package (for builders) is designed to accommodate home builders who build homes as specs for future sales to potential home buyers at large.

A Speculative design “Builder set” includes the following:

Four (4) exterior elevations
Foundation plan
Floor plans with window & door specs labeled on plans
Roof plan overview
Wall section, foundation details, and other misc. details as required.
Schematic electrical plans

Our Custom design package (for builders) is designed to accommodate home builders who want in depth detailing not found in the Spec design package.

A Custom design “Builder set” includes everything in the Spec package plus the following:

One (1) building cross section
Kitchen and bath cabinet elevations
Interior elevation design of one (1) major focal point

Engineering…
At the request of the home builder, we can provide CAD or PDF files to engineers for framing and other engineering packages.