Design Process for New Homes

We begin the design process by meeting with you personally to discuss ideas regarding your aesthetic, usage and outcome desires. After our meeting some guided homework may be involved, as we help narrow your focus and discover your true style and requirements. This initial exploratory phase includes our project requirement analysis and creative session, a lot study, preliminary meeting, concept footprint layout, preliminary site development, concept floor plan and preliminary front elevation design.

Once we have settled on a design direction, our team begins to add more detail and incorporate requested changes in step 2. You will need to be available as we go back and forth together, working on revisions and detail refinement. Throughout the design process, our interactions include a mix of face to face, email, phone, and online screen share communication.

All our initial work together culminates in step 3 - when the fundamental design and layout has been developed to your satisfaction, you will be ready to pursue preliminary pricing from professional contractors and engineers. We give you everything needed for this critical part of the project.

After preliminary pricing is settled and project financing is secured, we're ready to pull everything together for our final step. This involves intensive focus by our designers as we develop all the architectural aspects of plan creation, including interior and exterior detailing,in accordance with the building codes and zoning ordinances having jurisdictionin the municipality you have chosen. This 4th step involves a final approval meeting together, any last minute revisions, and your sign off. Then you receive the completed plans in both printed plan sets and electronic PDF files.

After final print, our designers are always available for any questions or issues that arise through framing during the construction process. In the case of changes made to the plan during the building process, our clients later have the option of requesting an “as built” version of the plans, which are available at an additional fee. Landscape and furniture placement design plans are also available at an additional fee, as are plans specifically requested for HOA requirements. 3D views of the final project are also offered at an additional fee.

Our final set of plans may include the following:
  • Detailed site plan
  • Scaled floor plans for each desired floor level
  • Door and window details
  • Scaled front, rear and side elevations
  • Ceiling plans
  • Cross section showing wall assembly and roofplan
  • Electrical/lighting plan
  • Lot placement
  • Detailed framing plan (client retains engineerto provide, we can incorporate if desired)
  • General construction notes

We completely understand how overwhelming it can be to face the endless myriad of choices involved in product selection for home finishes. Included with our project fee we offer several hours of product selection and color choice assistance with our stylist - please see your project proposal for exact hourly details. Additional hours are available by client request at an hourly fee.


Lynn Kiser
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Dec 2017

Direct Home Design did an excellent job on our house plans! We had an idea of how to work with an existing older home on our property, but Wendy helped us visualize those ideas on paper. With my husba... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2017

I give Wendy and the Direct Home Design Team the highest recommendation for custom home plan design. The can-do attitude, professionalism, the personal communication, the attention to detail, the abi... Read More

Joseph Shurance
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Nov 2016

I am writing to recommend the services of the Direct Home Design and Wendy Bohannon. Currently we live in California and are planning to move to Texas soon. I have been using her for a significant re... Read More

PBD Custom Homes
Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: Mar 2017

Wendy is my plan designer of choice. As a general contractor specializing in building one of a kind custom homes it is important to align myself with a professional that is willing to pursue the possi... Read More

Judy Northup
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Sep 2016

I really enjoyed designing my family home "rebuild" with Direct Home Design and Wendy. The experience was very satisfying and exciting at the same time. Wendy did an excellent job of capturing my vi... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Dec 2016

Working with Wendy and the Direct Home Design team was an excellent experience. I chose Wendy because I liked the idea of working with another woman who would be willing to listen and incorporate ALL ... Read More

Dana Roberson
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Aug 2015

We had the pleasure of working with Wendy during our custom home design process. Her company was very responsive to all my desires and changes. Wendy went above and beyond when it came to trying to ... Read More

Miche Traina
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Apr 2016

Working with Wendy was GREAT! she had wonderful ideas and was very helpful in the planning process. Using her and her team gave me the confidence to tackle this big remodel! I highly recommend her and... Read More

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