The Home Design Process

Step by step we will work with you

House Plan Design Process

If you have a unique plot of land, desire a specific floor plan, want to capture scenic views or just want your home to be one of a kind, Walker Home Design can design your custom house plan. From start to finish, we will assist you through the process of designing and building your custom home.

Before you meet with Walker Home Design, there is some information you will need to gather in order for us to design your home. This includes:

  • A site plan of your lot
  • A wish list of what you want in your home
  • Pictures of what you would like your house to look like or features in the home you desire (this can even be a gallery on Houzz or Pinterest).
  • Architectural review and CC&R’s (if applicable to your development).

Get pre-approved for a construction loan if you will need one and determine your budget for building a home. The budget will drive the design and help us to create plans that when built, will stay within your budget.

After the initial meeting, the design team will create a concept sketch of your home. This will reflect the floor plan, room sizes and locations of closest and appliances.

After the initial meeting, the design team will create a concept sketch of your home. This will reflect the floor plan, room sizes and locations of closest and appliances.

Once the sketch is approved, the design for the main level and upper level (if there is one) will be put onto the computer where all measurements, details, electrical, plumbing, gas, windows and HVAC are included (if applicable).

You will then review the computerized floor plans and make note of any changes that need to be made.

The exterior elevation or exterior design of the project along with the basement floor plan will be designed next. Again, you will have the chance to review the exterior design and make changes as needed.

Once the complete design is on the computer and approved, it will be sent to the engineer for structural review. The engineer and Walker Home Design will work together to make any changes necessary until the engineer is able to sign off on the project and deem it safe to build. The engineer will stamp the plans, giving their approval and showing the city that the plan has been reviewed.

Walker Home Design will print 3 copies of the plans (2 stamped by the engineer and 1 non-stamped). You or your general contractor will take a set of the stamped plans to the city for a project permit and approval. Once the city approves the plans, we will print off 3 additional non-stamped copies of your plans, including any changes the city or county may have required.

Start building! Finally you can build your custom home. Please take pictures along the way and share them with us, we would love to see how your dream progresses into a reality.