Design Phases & Costs

Phase I

Now that we’ve had our initial consultation, and you have shared your ideas and goals, it’s time for the next step…design phases & costs. We can begin the design phases of your custom log or timber frame home.  We’ll start with defining spaces to develop the building’s floor plans, and elevations.  This will help you to envision the size, look, and feel of your new home.  Other important factors at this stage are site visit/s, analysis, and a series of preliminary studies and meetings to help define your goals and budget.  Based on numerous home projects over the years, expected finished home costs are generally in the range of $140/square foot – $200/square foot.  Although there can be exceptions to these costs estimates, one should anticipate these prices during the planning stage.  We can also help to guide you as you make decisions about windows and doors, plumbing and heating systems, and electrical and lighting ideas.  From the information gathered in this stage we will develop conceptual first and second floor plans and exterior elevations of the structure.  Design costs are based on the square footage of the structure (first floor + second floor).

Phase I design fees:

-$1800. for homes up to 1,500 sq. ft. (40 hours)
-$2340. for homes from 1,500 – 3,000  sq. ft. (52 hours)
-$3060. for homes over 3,000  sq. ft. (68 hours)

These costs are based on total drafting hours as specified.  If additional drafting time is required to conclude Phase I, it will be billed at $45.00 per hour.

Phase II

From the studies undertaken in the Phase I design process a full set of architectural drawings will be developed.  These plans will include final floor plans, building elevations, framing plans and cross sections, foundation plan and electrical and plumbing details.  Four full sets of architectural drawings will be provided.  Additional sets are available at $30 per set.

Phase II design fees:

-$2475. for homes up to 1,500 sq. ft. (55 hours)
-$3015. for homes from 1,500 – 3,000  sq. ft. (67 hours)
-$3735. for homes over 3,000  sq. ft. (83 hours)

Again these costs are based on total drafting hours as specified.  If additional drafting time is required to conclude Phase II, it will be billed at $45.00 per hour.

Phase III

Once the design process is complete, a contract will be provided for the purchase of the shell or frame for your new home.  The contract will include time and payment schedules.  Upon signing the contract a deposit of 20% of the log shell or timber frame cost will reserve a time slot in our schedule.

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