Design Process

Step 1: Programming

Programming is the first step and is a process during which information about a project is collected, analyzed, and clearly stated to provide a basis for design. Programming is broken down into two phases:


  • 1. Client requirements – The design of a custom home begins with gathering the appropriate information about the client’s needs. Since the whole concept of custom homes means that each one is personal, this information is critical in making a home satisfy all the needs and desires of the client. A design questionnaire may be filled out to help convey the client’s needs.

  • 2. Site requirements – An important aspect of a custom home is allowing the design to take full advantage of all the characteristics of the site including views, topography, existing vegetation, and surrounding vernacular.


Step Two: Design

Design is the second step in the process and is driven by the information obtained in step one:


Preliminary floor plan creation – Schematic drawings of a site plan, floor plans and exterior elevations are created and presented to the client. These schematics are then refined until project requirements are satisfied and floor plans are approved by the client. Upon approval of the basic floor plans, a 3D model will be created to help visualize the exterior and interior of the project.



Step Three: Working Drawings

After the completion of the design phase and approval of the design, a set of working drawings that will be used for bidding, permit approval and construction are completed. During this phase an engineer will be consulted and a structural review will take place. Floor plans, floor coverings, ceiling details, exterior details, electrical, and lighting will be reviewed and finalized during this phase. Prior to completion of the drawings, an approval of final working drawings is recommended.



Step Four: Bidding & Permit Approval

Upon completion of working drawings, the bidding process can start in which the client’s selected contractor(s) will present construction proposals based on the working drawings & client specifications. The selected contractor or owner will submit the working drawings to the city for the permit approval process.



Step Five: Construction Process

Construction of the project begins. On site meetings with designer may be arranged as needed. On site job observation is optional and will help to ensure construction is in accordance with working documents & specifications.




PRICES


Inouye Design Custom Home Plan Pricing

  • Pricing for construction documents (plans) is based on square footage of all living or conditioned interior space, including any basement living areas.

  • Prices do not include any required engineering fees, including but not limited to structural, civil, geotechnical, mechanical, and electrical.

  • Auxiliary buildings such as detached garages, pool houses, gazebos, etc. are subject to additional charges.

  • Payments are non-refundable and are typically divided into thirds. The first payment is due prior to starting the project. The second payment is due when the design schematics are finalized. The third payment is due when the plans are complete and ready to submit for approvals which must be received before plans can be released from our office.

  • These prices typically include 8 sets of final working plans and a set of pdf files.

  • All necessary travel expenses may be additional


$1.75/sq. ft

Basic working documents & drawings prepared from owner’s working designs (existing floor plans, mail order plans, owner designed plans, etc.). Plans will be created utilizing a 3D model and a final color rendering is included. Standard construction methods, materials and/ or site.


$2.25/sq. ft

Basic working documents & drawings prepared from owner’s designs w/ minor modifications. Plans will be created utilizing a 3D model and a final color rendering is included. Standard construction methods, materials and/ or site.


$3.25/sq. ft

Basic working documents & drawings prepared from Inouye Design schematics based on owner’s required programming. Plans will be created utilizing a 3D model and a final color rendering is included. Standard construction methods, materials and/ or site/property requirements.


$3.75-$5.25/sq. ft

Basic working documents & drawings prepared from Inouye Design schematics based on owner’s programming. Plans will be created utilizing a 3D model and final color renderings are included. Complex and/or non-standard design and/or construction methods, materials and/or site/property requirements such as sloping lots, extensive subdivision CC&R’s, etc.


$8-$11/sq. ft

Inouye Design Signature Plans. This is an exclusive service that carries the added prestige of the Aaron Inouye Signature. Although a high level of thoughtful and creative design is put in to every Inouye Design project the Signature Plan will include an even higher standard of excellence and increased attention to detail. Along with the most detailed and excitingly visual house plans you will also receive a special presentation package and the exclusive service of Aaron Inouye to help bring your dream to reality from beginning to end. This includes personal assistance throughout the entire construction process from site allocation to design to bidding and estimation to construction and final walk-through.


Additional Services

$250.00

 DVD with walk-through and fly-by of project


$0.60/sq. ft

Architectural Specifications


$0.40/sq. ft

 Bid Process Assistance


$100.00

 RESCheck – Energy efficiency calculations

$100.00

 (4) sets of preliminary bid sets


$1.00/sq. ft

 Upgrade to more detailed working documents including additional interior wall elevations, finish schedules, architectural details, and cabinetry elevations. This can be coordinated w/ an interior designer.


$1.50/sq. ft

 Construction Observation – On site job observation to ensure construction is in accordance w/ working documents & specifications. May be extra due to project location.


Standard Additional Copy Charges

24" x 36" Copies = $2.00 each

18" x 24" Copies = $1.25 each

12" x 18" Copies = $0.50 each

11" x 17" Copies = $0.40 each

8.5" x 11" Copies = $0.10 each