will be satisfied with his professional experience he offers to
you as a homeowner or builder!"
-Mitch McCullough, Owner,
Shadalawn Builders & Remodelers
Tips & Resources
Creating Your "Idea File"
One of the most common questions we get asked is what to do
to start the process for your new home. One of the
most important things you can do to start the process is to
start developing your "Idea File".
What is an "Idea File"?
An "Idea File" is your personal file of ideas for what you
want in your new home. This consists of photos,
magazine clippings, drawings, words or whatever else you may
need to express your desires.
What else should I include in my "Idea File"?
We recommend organizing your thoughts into three different
lists lists. Your NEED's, WANT's and WISH lists:
- Your NEED's list includes the main reasons why we
- Your WANT's list identifies other things you would
like to incorporate into your project, budget
- The WISH list allows for thinking outside the box,
and includes all the dreams you could wish to have in
the completed project.
When should I start my "Idea File"
It is never to early to start an "Idea File". Creating
your dream home takes time, thought and patience, and the
more time you spend developing this file, the easier it will
be to express your thoughts, needs and desires to your
What is available to assist me with my "Idea File"?
Get the full "Idea File" Design Questionnaire, with the
worksheets and questions you need to ask yourself to get
your New Home started right, by
"Idea File" Design Questionnaire >>>
Questions You Need To Ask Before You Get Started Designing
Here are some questions to ask for :
- Is the architect / designer licensed to practice in
- What kind of education and training has the
architect / designer received?
- Does the architect / designer outline the process
for developing the design?
- Will the architect / designer work with you to
develop the design based on your lifestyle, needs and
- Can the architect / designer recommend design
strategies and products that can help improve the health
of your home?
Get the full Architect Comparison Worksheet, containing the
20 questions you need to ask your architect or designer before
you get started on your project, by clicking here:
A Good Set of
Once you have the design for your new home
established, you need to get a good set of drawings to
convey the design direction and quality standards to your
A good set of construction drawings can eliminate the
headaches during construction while saving you time and
money! You can learn more on the importance of a good set of
Construction Drawings by clicking here:
Why Accurate Drawings Are Important >>>
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