It's time to address one of our most popular questions: "What does the process of designing a custom home with VirtuActive look like?" But let's make it fun, shall we?
1 - MAKING THE DECISION TO BUILD A HOME & PURCHASING A LOT
The last few years have brought extreme change to the home industry. Whether you decide to build a new construction home for your growing family or remodel your house to account for your new remote position, changes within the home are common, popular and exciting!
2 - RESEARCHING CUSTOM HOME DRAFTERS AND ARCHITECTS
It’s important to find a drafter or architect you can trust and who has a good amount of experience. Make sure to do your research, attend consults, read reviews – after all a new home is one of the biggest investments you might make in your life. Don’t have a builder yet? Any drafter or architect should be able to recommend local builders that fit your needs. Already have a builder in mind? Don’t feel like you HAVE to use your builder’s drafter or architect! Continue to research the best fit for you and remember this is YOUR home, you are in charge :)
3 - CHOOSING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH VIRTUACTIVE!
You’ve landed on VirtuActive. Yay! We are so excited to be a part of this important step in your life. We promise to provide an experience you wouldn’t receive elsewhere. With the processes and timelines we have put in place, we whole heartedly believe that we are the best firm to design your new home and our team of amazing drafters and designers will be there with you every step of the way. The value that 3D brings to the table when designing a new home for all parties makes using our team a no brainer. Read more about that here --> The Value of 3D and How It Saves Time, Money and Frustrations
4 - REACHING OUT TO BRITTANY TO SET UP A PROJECT
Whether you reach out via phone, email or through our website, Brittany, our Admin Assistant, will be your first contact. She’s THE BEST and will be your go-to contact until your project begins. You’re in good hands :)
5 - ONBOARDING YOUR PROJECT
We’ve worked hard this year on creating a process that allows our clients to quickly onboard a project with us, but also gathers the necessary information we need to provide our clients an amazing experience from Day 1. We ask our clients to read over our Welcome Packets, fill out our Info Form & any applicable agreements which gives us the information we need to provide available dates to you to begin your project based on our current capacity.
For more details, we’ve mapped out our new process here --> The Changes We've Made To Better Serve You
6 - MEETING WITH YOUR DESIGNER AT THE INITIAL DESIGN MEETING
It's time! You’re headed to your first meeting with the designer that will be working closely with you to design your dream home. At this meeting, you’ll go over square footage, your wants and needs and any inspiration you have collected for your designer to understand your vision and move forward with the floor plan design.
7 - WORKING HAND-IN-HAND WITH YOUR DESIGNER TO DESIGN YOUR PRELIMS
We break up our floor plan design process into three steps: main and upper floor design, basement and foundation design, and exterior elevation design. Your designer will work with you and/or your builder during all three steps, making sure they are implementing your wants and needs when designing your plans. Our team works very hard in keeping ourselves up to date on the latest styles and trends (learn more about that here --> Staying On The Cutting Edge Of The Latest & Greatest Design Trends) and will absolutely step in with any recommendations or concerns we see, if requested when designing the home.
8 - MEETING WITH YOUR DESIGNER AT THE DESIGN REVIEW MEETING
At this point, your home design is almost complete! We invite you to join us in person or virtually to walk through your new home in 3D. Think of it as you’re playing Sims, you’ve built your home and are now walking through it admiring the design and making any last minute changes ;)
9 - RECEIVING THE WORKING DRAWINGS & 3D VISUALS TO TAKE FOR BIDDING, PERMITTING AND CONSTRUCTION
After receiving full approval of the design, your designer will finalize the plans for Working Drawings and our 3D team will create the photo-realistic 3D renders and videos for your own personal, or advertising (if you’re an industry professional) purposes! Congratulations! The design is now complete and ready for bidding and permitting.
The truth is, building a home is an exciting but stressful process and designing the plans is only the first step. However, it’s a crucial step in the process and it’s imperative it’s done correctly to fit your wants, needs and vision. Our team of experienced drafters and designers are here to make the process fun and exciting! We very much look forward to working with you on your project.
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