Design Services

A conversation and introduction and goals. This sets some basic boundaries and determines whether we would both be a good fit. This could be done over the phone, through email, or face to face. I can put you in touch with a reputable contractor as well.

There is a movement toward smaller living spaces and shared dual living homes. Over the last 42 years, the average new US house has increased in size by more than 1,000 square feet, from an average size of 1,660 square feet in 1973 to 2,687 square feet. Ironically the average number of household members has declined from 3.01 to 2.54. Downsizing is well worth considering when thinking about a new home as well as single-level designs for older buyers who don’t get up and downstairs as well as they used too.


  • Layout with dimensions and square footage
  • Room labels; bedroom, kitchen, bath, great room, closets, laundry, dining, etc
  • Window and door selections
  • Foundations, slabs
  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Siding and materials
  • Elevations
  • Revisions {number to be discussed}
  • printed drawings (11×17)

Generate Window and Door Schedules

The term schedule is used to identify, in most cases a chart or table providing descriptions of the windows, and doors on a construction project. A schedule is useful for your contractor and building supplier for producing orders and accurate quotes. A window schedule is a chart that will identify each window opening on the project and all the details of that opening. The width, height, rough opening, material, etc. of the window will be described within the window schedule. The same for the door schedule.

11×17 Printed Plans

layout 1

Why Work With Me?

New home construction is a massive undertaking. There innumerable pieces to putting this puzzle together and many of the pieces and their function will be completely foreign to you. All you have to go on is what your builder tells you. Education is key to a better understanding and realizing that there will be a lot of changes along the way. Making those changes quickly is what Home Design Sandbox is all about.

  • You will find you are playing with square footage and dimensions
  • How many stories? Deck? Garage? Patio?
  • Change the size of rooms, closet, bathrooms, laundry to fit within your layout parameters
  • Basement or slab
  • You need to modify square footage to meet your loan amount
  • Windows are a big decision. How many? Where? What type? Tempered Glass? Size? Placement? Manufacturer? Cost?
  • Doors too need to be thought out. Interior and exterior. How tall? How wide?
  • Electrical and Plumbing ideas and placements that you can use as a baseline with your contractor
  • What type of roof, pitch, material?
  • There are many ways to do siding these days and lots of materials
  • solar?
  • Energy-efficient?

What it comes down to is this. Building a new home is like putting a puzzle together. The catch here is you design the pieces but must work within the size and cost of the project. You will be continually tweaking pieces of this puzzle all the while staying within that size and cost. How that cost is determined comes from a design you hand off to a contractor who will give you an estimate. Once you see that estimate you will be making more adjustments based on what you have to spend.

Chief Architect

Is a leading developer of 3D architectural home design software for builders, interior designers, architects, and DIY home enthusiasts. Chief Architect uses BIM tools to create a 3D model of the structure and automatically generates all of the building systems of the home. For the professional architectural and building market, it publishes the Chief ArchitectⓇ product line.

Chief Architect software is the professional tool of choice for architects, home builders, remodelers, and interior designers. Smart building technology makes it easy to create construction drawings, floor plans, elevations, 3D renderings, and 360 panoramic renderings. Chief Architect’s software is purpose‑built for residential design with building tools that can automatically generate roofs, foundations, framing, and dimensions. As you draw walls, windows, and doors, the program simultaneously creates a 3D model. These 3D models can be shared with homeowners, structural engineers or subcontractors using its 3D Viewer app.