Custom Home Designs

custom home designDesign Evolutions Inc., GA is a full service residential design company. Generally speaking, our specialty is in single family home designs. This includes custom home designs, elevation design services, home remodeling, and townhouse design services. While we do offer pre-designed house floor plans to builders and homeowners, we realize that custom home designs are sometimes desired or perhaps required to capture the essence of your home planning needs. Since 1999, Design Evolutions Inc., GA has been a partner to many families in the creation of their custom home designs. If you find yourself frustrated with the never ending search through magazines and websites for pre-designed house plans, then maybe you should consider using our residential design services for a unique custom home design.

A unique set of custom house plans designed by Design Evolutions is a work of art. We tailor the design 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 custom home designs service 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; furthermore, you can be confident that it will be to your liking.

Our Goal for your custom home designs

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 custom house plans to fit your family’s lifestyle is the ultimate end game. Overall, 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 set of custom home designs that will have neighbors and strangers alike admiring your residence for years to come!

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

We focus on the process of designing a home around you and your family…

Our Design Services

Schematic design

Floor Plans and Front Elevation: $1.00 per square foot/ under 10,000 sq ft*
Contact the home designer for a quote on larger designs.

* An additional fee of 15% will apply with increased design complexity.

The Interview Phase

This is by far the most important phase of the custom home designs 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 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).

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. Moreover, we encourage you to bring to this meeting all materials you have prepared along with any design requirements. Examples include, the maximum square footage, room suggestions, graphic illustrations that shows what you are looking for in your home, the description of your building lot with setbacks and dimensions, your land 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 design

On a slab or crawlspace foundation: $3.00 per square foot/ below 10,000 sq ft*
On a basement foundation: $3.50 per square foot/ under 10,000 sq ft*
Contact us for a custom quote on larger designs.

* An additional fee of 15% will applies with higher degree of design complexity (i.e. 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. In addition, we encourage you to bring to this meeting all materials you have prepared along with any design requirements. Examples include, the sq ft limits, required rooms, visual concepts 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 period, the client and designer refine 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.