Whether you already own a lot, or are looking to purchase one, site planning is a very crucial stage in the design and build process. There are key things to consider when you’re selecting which lot to build on, or where to position the house on the lot you already own. Some things to consider are: zoning regulations, accessibility, topography, path of the sun, views, drainage, and utilities. Each of these items can have an impact on costs, but can also have positive or negative long term effects.
Looking to start building quickly, browse our home collection online and choose a plan that best fits your needs, and is ready to build. All design options have been crafted by our highly skilled architecture team. If you cannot find something that meets your needs, you can work with our architecture team to create a custom plan.
The conceptual design stage of a new home build is certainly one of the most interesting stages, where we let our imaginations flow and bring your dreams to reality. Some first look for a builder, while others first look for their architectural design team. When these parties are separate, it can often create a disconnect, by generating a design that may not meet your expectations in terms of budget, constructability, or design intent. At RA, we are the designer as well as the builder, which allows for an integrated approach including an in-house team of: Architects, Interior Designers, Estimators, and Structural Engineers. We aim for a highly integrated approach to ensure you’re provided with a uniquely seamless experience.
At this stage, we have a completed Conceptual drawing that works with your needs, but now is the time to ensure the design’s integration with other aspects of the build. We detail the home, utilizing the most advanced software on the market, to create a fully functional 3D model. With this model, we can fully integrate the other services between our internal team and external consultants, to ensure there are no clashes with other items, such as HVAC or plumbing. Although the details are less exciting than conceptual design, this is a crucial part of the process so we can ensure everything is accurate for the build to ensure we follow your build budget.
One of the most important aspects of a design-build process is ensuring the integrity of the home is the highest possible quality. From environmental impact calculations to structural security and efficiency of its utility usage - our team of structural designers and environmental engineers will not only account for your engineering preferences, but what’s best for the planet, and the municipality.
Each municipality has specific criteria that we must abide by for the permitting process. In Step 1 we validated what will be permitted on your lot, and now we must submit the drawings to validate our assumptions. We are highly versed in the municipal requirements and may be able to provide you with early indications as to some of the costs associated to permit and development fees.
Once a permit has been issued, we are clear to start construction. We can now set a firm build schedule and begin the construction process. We will take into consideration potential weather issues that may have an impact on the schedule.
Once every intricate detail of your home has been designed, built and polished we’ll hand over your keys for your official move-in day.