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Residential Design

We have designed new custom homes and residential additions in Buffalo, NY and nearly every town and village in Erie and Niagara counties. We offer two levels of design service for our clients: Basic Design and Comprehensive Specifications.

Residential Design Services – Basic

Initial Consultation
We will ask the right questions and give you the appropriate feedback to move your project forward. We encourage you to bring interior and exterior pictures you admire. We request that you provide us with a copy of the survey of your property. Be prepared to discuss your construction budget and time schedule. This initial consultation will allow us to define the scope of the project and determine the design fee.
Schematic Design Phase
The Schematic Design Phase is a creative and interactive process. We will explore multiple design solutions that address the needs you expressed in the Consultation Phase. Our design solutions begin with floor plans, followed by exterior drawings. You are encouraged to carefully review the drawings. We will discuss potential changes with you. Several revisions may take place until you are comfortable and satisfied with the design.
*3D renderings are an optional service offered during this phase.
Construction Documentation Phase
This phase begins by refining the approved schematic design with more detailed information. For instance, structural information is added to the drawings, including foundation and roof details; floor joist and beam sizes. Interior elevations are drawn for kitchens and bathrooms. The exterior envelope is detailed including the thermal insulation selected. The final construction documents are often referred to as “Blueprints” “Construction Drawings” or “Permit Drawings” and include the architectural, thermal and structural design documents required in order to receive a building permit.

Comprehensive Specifications:

Comprehensive Specifications refer to the precise, detailed description of every material in a building. Building departments do not typically review or require comprehensive specifications in order to issue a building permit, however, these specifications can drastically affect the quality and cost of construction. We will provide you with a detailed list of selections you need to make in order to assist us in preparing the specifications. Comprehensive Specifications accompany the Construction Drawings and may include the actual manufacturer, model number, color or quality control measure for the following:
Exterior cladding (roofing, siding, stone, block)
Paving patterns for concrete or stone
Lighting (interior & exterior), Audio/Video, Security
Heating & Air Conditioning equipment & accessories
Plumbing fixtures (toilet, sink, faucet, shower accessories, soaking tubs)
Interior finishes (ceramic tile, wood flooring, painting)
Cabinetry, Countertops, Stairs, Built-ins, Fireplaces
Windows, Doors, Hardware & Trim

*Cost Estimating is an optional service offered during this phase.

Call us about these optional services:

  • Construction Management
  • 3D Rendering
  • Site Planning
  • Master Planning

Distinct Styles & Types of Homes We Design

  • old house renovation
  • signature kitchen
  • group home
  • cabin home
  • log home
  • vacation house
  • townhouse
  • arts and crafts
  • craftsman
  • neoclassical
  • log home
  • apartments
  • green home
  • energy efficient home
  • open plan home
  • hillside home
  • rustic home
  • cottage home
  • attached garage
  • detached garage
  • narrow lot home
  • luxury homes
  • small homes
  • modern house

“After months of looking at home plans online and in books, we knew what we wanted, but there were no plans out there that included all our wants and needs in the design style we wanted. When I first talked to David, I knew he was the right architect to design our home. He listened to us and put our ideas on paper. He was great to work with… We now have the home of our dreams.”

Monica Tomasello
Buffalo Home Owner