Can you share what the process looks like to build a house from the ground up?
Tracy: We do many ground-up builds, and have the advantage of mapping out the entire house based exactly on what the client wants and needs.
Typically the architect brings me into the project at the design phase. With my background and construction experience the architect knows that I am going to be an excellent bridge with the client. We collaborate on proportion, determining size and room dimensions and selecting finished materials. My design contribution, including deciphering what the client needs and wants, makes for a smoother planning process.
Our goal is to show every space—all the measurements and architectural elements—so the client understands exactly what is being built. We create a client packet, sharing all the materials we want to utilize throughout the home. We walk the client through the house from foyer to exterior grounds. We share every aspect of the house they are building so when plans are complete, they know the floor layout, selected surfaces, lighting, and furnishings, including any heritage pieces they want integrated. They also know the functional aspects, like the width of driveway and walkways, placement of patio or outdoor living space.