The Design Development phase, discussed in Part 4 of this series, provides the structural information necessary to build your home, as well as the typical details that the builder will encounter. If you have an interest in (and the budget for) extensive customization throughout the home, you will also want additional detailing in the building plans. Things that might be included are: unique stair design, custom cabinets, built-ins, masonry fireplace and/or fireplace surround, tile pattern in a backsplash or shower, custom floor design, window seat, unique trim details, exterior building or landscape features, or any other special touches that you can imagine. Sometimes a custom look can be achieved using off-the-shelf items in a creative way. Whether the materials used are upscale or relatively affordable, time invested in additional design can yield a very personal and truly one-of-a-kind home.
This is the final design phase of an architectural project. You now have the information you need, in the form of drawings and specifications, to choose your construction team, if you haven’t already done this, and to get final cost information.
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