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The Design Process and Procedures for
Custom Residential Design.

Including our Retirement Homes & our Horse Barns with Living Quarters

3D Modeling and Animations are FREE to All Full Service and Retirement  Residential Clients.
      The Residential Design Process
Contact Us and please include a short synopsis of our services you may require.
We also provide you with an interview Project Profile questionaire listing your home's necessities and possibilities.
  • Please include your site attributes, view preferences, and copies of any pictures or surveys you may have available. We would be glad to help you with Site choices and recommend structure positionings etc..
  • Please convey your Budget, Architectural Style preference, Square footage requirements, actual bldg envelope (buildable area on Lot),and any construction methods in consideration.
  • Our Project Profile Sheet provides these preferences in simple form.

                   (Most responses are as simple as: Powder Room: yes, one(1))

  •  As the project proceeds, we suggest you create a file folder of accumulated articles, any exterior/interior pictures, and trim styles you prefer. This could be everything from floor tiles, porch columns, fireplace mantels, islands, to the Kitchen sinks!

IMPORTANT no hurry here...Homes are one-day-at-a-time projects and some of the finishes can be chosen just days before the contractors begin their respective stages. This can range from 2 to 15 months after the design process. (home size / construction method dependant)

Design Fee Agreements:
Please review our  Residential Fee Schedule
The schedule is a representation of standard costs for design of "Builders" Plans.
These include CAD drawn: Site Plan, Floor Plan(s), Roof Plan, All exterior Elevations, Electrical Plan, Window and Door Schedules, Plumbing Locations, Building Section(s), and required Details. Foundation plans for Coastal North Carolina are included.
ALL Jobs have a dedicated Web Page on this Site.
Clients are updated daily in real-time on job progress on their Page.
Each Page is available for the Duration of the Project,- Design to Finished Construction.
Contractors & Suppliers have access to all Construction Documents for Download.
Private Pages are available to all Clients.
Special and Unique Designs are Password Protected.
Many levels of Design Services are offered, from Preliminaries Only (completed by your local architect).
To Complete Design Services, that may include Interior Designs, Building Supervision, Product and Material Specifications,
Retirement Homes,Solar & Generator Installation Recommendations, Landscape Design, Estate Planning, Subdivision Design, or Theme Community Design.
3D Modeling and Animations are free to All Full Service and Retirement Residential Clients
Fee agreements to be negotiated for above.
Foundation Plans are available for some areas of : NC, OH, PA, GA, TX, UT, and CO. We recommend using your local Designer, Engineer,or Contactor, for the locally approved foundations for your site's soil conditions.

The Design Stages
        Schematic Design:
A Preliminary Floor Plan drawing and a simplified 3d CAD Model is developed for your approval.
Initial Client & Firm communication and early decisions..
Preliminary Design:
The Preliminary Floor Plan(s) approved and the Elevations are started, 3D Model gaining more detail.
Client & Firm communication increase, during this stage working on the main details and/or changes.
Note: Link above to a collection of our Favorite Preliminary Drawings
Floor Plan Approval:
Any Final Floor Plan changes Issued w/ Electrical Plans.
3D Animations, Computer Renderings, and/or Client 3D manipulation program delivered for Full Service Clients.
With the Model you/we can change in real time, colors or materials etc., and overlay the home on your site.
Client considers and approves/disaproves - the little stuff begins. Hand Rendering available per new contract here.
Elevations Begin. (Front Elevation proposal is in process)
The Construction Documents:
Required drawings for your area Building Depts. to aquire your Building Permit.
Cover Sheet, Site Plan, Final dimensioned Floor Plans, All the Elevations, Window and Door schedule,
Material specifications, Construction Details, Building Sections, Stair Sections, Electrical Plans,
and the Foundation Plan (in some areas) are plotted, printed (# of sets per agreement), and delivered.
Any special interior elevations or extra designs per contract will be included.
Computer drawing files may be sent directly to your local Architectural, Engineering, or Reprographic Firm.
(extra fees or copyright agreements may be applied)
Any changes atfer this point may require additional fees.

         Your Home or Project Design on DVD
The Final CAADE Model, all Renderings, Animations, .Pdf drawing files, 3D manipulation program, and the
complete Graphical History of the design of your project, will be on a DVD prepared for you at No Charge.

DmaxDesign Group
Office & Fax #: 252-637-3297
Address: Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, NC 28560
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