Involving an architect is recommended for most complex custom home projects.
First and foremost, a qualified architect will help you see the big picture by developing and refining a vision of the completed project that you can see and understand. Many architects now have sophisticated rendering software that will take away the guesswork about how the finished project will look. Architects are also very knowledgeable about zoning laws, neighborhood covenants and home siting issues.
Your architect will also be responsible for insuring the structural integrity of the design. This is particularly important with the popularity of open floor plans. Finally, the architect will produce a very detailed set of construction documents for the contractor to follow. The detail is very important because it eliminates ambiguity and misunderstandings about how the home should be constructed.
Simpler homes can be built from existing plans, but a professional engineer’s stamp will usually be required in order to obtain a building permit. We can recommend a qualified architect if you need one.
Many of our customers are very comfortable making decisions and choose to rely on our design and selection team for advice and input instead of hiring an outside designer. Others prefer to use a designer. We embrace whatever option works best for you and your budget.
While some builders will direct you to their in-house design services, we understand that choosing a designer is a very personal decision. Designers have different strengths and specialties. That is why Turnstone is committed to working with the independent designer of your choosing.
Our experience has been that including an experienced designer often leads to a more beautiful and functional home, and a more satisfied customer. Designers are thinking about how rooms will flow, how furniture will fit, and how treasured articles can be showcased, all before a hammer hits a nail. You can tell immediately when you walk into a well-designed home. If that is the look you desire you should definitely hire a designer at the very beginning of the project.
Typically the design professional is the quarterback and the focal point for customer decisions - our job is to translate the designer's vision into your reality. Designers enjoy working with us because we understand their role and we work tirelessly to execute their vision while meeting your budget. We can refer you to qualified architects and designers, or feel free to bring aboard a professional you feel comfortable with and we will coordinate with them.