Our Industry Leading Custom Housing Process

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Planning Beautiful Custom Homes In Washington State Starts Here

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At Home Plans NW, we are passionate about bringing your dream home to life. Our custom home process is designed to make your home-planning journey an exciting and rewarding experience. From custom modern house designs to pre-designed house plans, we have everything you need to create your perfect living space in Washington. Contact us to get started!

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Step 1: The Feasibility Report

Planning a new home build can be daunting with so many factors to consider early on. At Home Plans NW, we go the extra mile in researching your custom home proposal so you can have peace of mind that no surprises will come up during construction.

Our Architect will research your parcel, zoning, jurisdiction, and geographic constraints and prepare a feasibility report for your proposed project. Areas that could impact your proposal requests, such as high slope areas, wetlands, parcel boundaries, setbacks, and any other development information will be identified in this report. Once completed, this information will prepare you with any constraints laid out by the jurisdiction, and of potential additional consultants to retain. This ensures that your home will be designed to accommodate your specific needs and the unique features of your land.

Step 2: As-Built And Site Plan

  • For remodels or home additions, our design team will come and take measurements of your home in order to prepare a detailed computer-aided design (CAD) model. We take pride in our ability to create innovative and functional designs that reflect your style and preferences. With our attention to every detail, we work hard to ensure our comprehensive CAD models are a perfect reflection of who you are.

    Our technicians will then draw your site using jurisdiction-provided GIS data, aerial photography, and building measurements available from the As-Built. While the site plan is not binding and is not prepared by a surveyor, it is architectural in nature and necessary to determine the buildable envelope. The As-Built designs and site plans will properly report feasibility of your home project.

    If the feasibility report or as-built designs show a requirement of a survey by a professional surveyor, that service will be recommended in addition to the architectural site plan. The architectural site plan will still be required after the survey is complete, as new development will need to be added to the existing site prepared by the surveyor. The drawing will then need to graphically demonstrate to the jurisdiction that the proposed project is compliant with the setbacks and requirements set forth by the jurisdiction.

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Step 3: Engineering Inspection

Our trusted and highly-trained engineers will closely inspect your home’s existing structure to ensure your project is structurally viable. This inspection does not bind the project to a decision, but will provide you with the costs of pursuing the project based on whether portions of the existing structure are usable or not. With our thorough inspection, you can rest assured you will know the costs of your project before beginning construction.


Step 4: Schematic Design and Development

Our home designers will begin drafting a design of the project. We will work closely with you to create a design you can’t wait to call home. Once we have a clear understanding of your vision, our team of architects and designers will work closely with you to create a custom home plan that meets your requirements. We will also take into consideration the building codes, zoning laws, and other regulations to ensure the design meets all the necessary requirements.

Once the designed floor plan meets your expectations , we will start further developing the design details. From minor plan updates to finalizing details, and tweaking for site needs, the developed design will give you a comprehensive look of your project. We will review it once more with you to ensure it suits your needs and preferences before moving to our next step, when further changes cannot be guaranteed to be accommodated.

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Step 5: Construction Documents

We will draft and calculate all the details and statistics required to submit a project for engineering and permit. This will provide information such as plans, sections, elevations, details, energy code, and more, so you can move forward requesting your project for permit. Once an approved design has moved through Construction Documents, we will send it to engineering. As the final phase of design prior to submission for a building permit, any changes will require re-engineering the project.

Receiving a permit for construction is the final step for your custom construction project. We will help you gather all the necessary applications, plans, and documentation to submit to the Jurisdiction for your permit. Your dream home is then ready for construction!

As trusted home planners in Washington State, Home Plans NW is committed to providing you with exceptional service, creative solutions, and a smooth process from start to finish. Whether you're looking to modify one of our own production homes or want to create your dream home from scratch, we have the expertise and resources to bring your vision to life. Contact us today to begin your journey toward the home of your dreams!

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