Builder’s Plan Service House Call Program
A fun and exciting program where you get to
participate in the design of your construction project.
One Step at a Time
In-law cape, before
In-law cape, after
A traditional initial design session consists of:
- The designer conducting an extensive question & answer session with the client(s) after which…
- The designer going back to the studio and tries to turn the Q&A session into a design and…
- The designer again meets with the client(s), who often experience a syndrome we describe as:
“Yes that’s what we talked about but it’s just not what we wanted.”
It’s a common problem. The house call solves it.
Active Client Participation and 3-D Visualization Solve the Problem
The second problem is that designers and builders have spent years looking at 2-D line drawings and visualizing 3-D structures, but you likely have not. Our 3-D software enables us to sit at your kitchen table and for you to see, almost immediately, the results of your design requests. This feedback helps foster better communication and helps designer and client work together as
a team (our project) instead of adversaries (my home vs. my design)
Ask yourself which image conveys a better understanding of the project?
Traditional line drawing
Full color 3-D image
We think you’ll agree the 2-D line drawings are no match for full color 3D.
This process saves time and money in avoiding re-design, money which can be better spent later on another part of the project. (you know, like
that Jacuzzi you’ve been dreaming about.)
Kitchens & Baths
The existing kitchen
The proposed kitchen
Floor Plans, Before and After
These plans illustrate the level of detail we can convey in the three hours the average house call takes. When you see these, don’t you have a feeling of confidence that you know what you’re getting? Your house is normally your largest, most expensive asset. Shouldn’t you know how your project will look before you begin?
In-law cape remodel, before
Floor plan of the cape is shown above.
This family’s fairly standard cape with a porch was not big enough to accommodate Mom who could not live in her own house any longer.
In-law cape remodel, after
When we were done we had an in-law that everyone loved.
The goal in an in-law is to separate but not isolate, so mom has her own space but is just across the entry from the existing living room and kitchen.
Whatever your needs, we can help you bring them into focus. You can determine how your priorities are communicated as your project unfolds at your kitchen table. You can modify, you can delete, or you can take a completely different direction depending on your reaction to the design you see growing on the screen right in front of you.
When we’re finished you’ll have a design you love and we’ll have a design we can develop to bring you your project the way you want it. You can be confident in your design, knowing that you have thought it through because you were part of the design team that created it.
After the House Call
Designing a project is a three part process:
- The conceptual design, which we start in the house call
- Design development, where we add finishes, textures and other information to the plan
- Construction documents, in which we prepare the plans for permitting and construction.
You can decide if you want to proceed with your project or if you’d like to take some time to think it over. No pressure, no time limits. You’re in control, you have a design you love, and you can proceed whenever you decide you’re ready.
The House Call – Included
We will send you the following, by mail, on 11 x 17 (or 13 x 19) paper:
- Floor plans, dimensioned and to scale, for each floor we work on
- Elevations, one each front, rear and two (2) sides to scale
- Foundation plan, to scale, if needed
We also include (via email) a “doll house” view (see page 5) and additional full color images as needed to demonstrate our design direction and intent.
The House Call – Not included
A house call is not a home inspection, which can only be performed by a licensed home inspector, nor is it a structural analysis, which can only be performed by a licensed structural engineer.
The documents we send you are design documents, not construction documents. They are not adequate for obtaining a building permit nor are they sufficient for construction, They require a significant amount of detail before they can be used for such purposes.
|House calls, like construction projects, come in different sizes:|
|small||kitchens/baths/one room remodels||$725.00|
|medium*||additions (one room)||$850.00|
* includes one additional hour of studio time
** includes two additional hours of studio time
*** includes three additional hours of studio time
Travel is included up to one hour each way from Hampstead, NH
House calls done on the weekends or in the evening will incur an additional charge of $100.00. Such scheduling is at Builder’s Plan Service sole discretion.
When a measuring session is required prior to a house call a fee of $99.00 in addition to the cost of the house call will be charged. This fee must be paid in advance. We accept credit/debit cards.
Please note: house call fees are due at the beginning of the design session
Getting it Done
My dad always told me that the more effort you put into something the more you’ll get out of it. The following will make the house call more productive for you.
Have all the decision makers present
This is for your benefit. We get paid for the house call even if your husband or wife is not there and later decides he or she hates your design. Make life easy. Have everyone who will be involved there.
Clear the table
Or wherever we’ll be doing the work. We’ll also need an electric outlet.
We think your children/pets are adorable too, but you’ll get more done if you arrange to have your time uninterrupted. Three hours can go by very quickly.
Think about what you want
And equally important, think about what you don’t want. The house call is designed to allow changes and modifications to the design, but the more decisions you have made ahead of time the faster we can arrive at that design you’ll love.