• Sunrise

    Everything under one roof in this Beautiful One Story Modern House Design The Sunrise is a beautiful one story Modern Casita House Plan. This Modern Plan with Casita  is a forever home to many families. Multiple Generations can live under the same roof while keeping everything and everyone comfortable yet still enjoyably related. The Cosita […]

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    Sunrise
  • Ralston 2.0

    Nothing compares with this Contemporary and/or Modern Home, it is a masterpiece, full of light, drama and flexibility. The rooms share volume space and tons of light from the sumptuous window walls. Spaces are generously sized and located for circular living. Privacy is assured with zoned bedrooms. Profound planning has gone into this modern marvel. […]

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    Ralston 2.0
  • Freedom 46

    Lovely Two Story Rustic Barnhouse Plan Few things evoke a feeling of peace and well-being than a well designed farmhouse. This home, “Freedom 46,” has been designed in a rustic barnhouse style evocative of a well preserved, classic barn. Natural materials and finishes keep the exterior grounded in its surroundings, while a comfortable, functional floor […]

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    Freedom 46
  • Moneyhan Lake

    This Traditional and Country styled design,  the Moneyhan Lake is a luxurious yet very comfortable house plan, originally designed for a very special client and family. The main floor has a spacious and very functional Rear facing great room with island kitchen. There is a formal Dining room adjacent to the Foyer with a tidy […]

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  • X-17 MOD

    A Modern Masterpiece of home design that will appeal directly to a wide range of homeowners. X-17-Mod Mark Stewart Modern House Plan Great Room This Modern House Plan is particularly perfect for those seeking a Modern Empty Nester Home. Exciting, cutting edge Modern Architectural design greets you and as you enter this home you discover […]

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  • Sting X-16A

    Modern Masterpiece House Plan We consider this a modern masterpiece house plan, adorned with stunning curb appeal and understated elegance. “Sting” is a natural light lovers dream, creating a captivating harmony of light and space.  Central core windows perfectly positioned near the top of the 16′  great room ceilings flood this home with beautiful light […]

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  • Adirondack

    Comfortable and Classy Lodge Home Plan One look at this majestic Lodge Home Plan and you’ll be able to feel how special it is. The grand driveway leading to the palatial entryway announces the exciting floor plan to come. The interior of this lodge is exciting, with luxury appointments and features rarely found in homes […]

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  • Stafford View

    Modern House Plan with Loft Beautiful sprawling Modern one-story house plan with a loft. The central hub of the home is the gourmet kitchen with island, surrounded by an eating nook, formal Dining Room and exquisite 2 story Great Room which leads to the incredible covered outdoor living space. The two story great room leads […]

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Custom Design Process


Introduction

The following tutorial illustrates the process of designing your one-of-a-kind  home with Mark Stewart Custom Home Design. The experience of watching your dream home become a reality begins here.


Initial Input Session

Bring or send us any of your preliminary dreams, thoughts, ideas, sketches and photos. We’ve had clients share everything from sketches on napkins to pages torn from magazines. Together, we’ll work through your vision and your wish list to produce a “program” for your design. Throughout this process we exchange ideas and ask questions of one another until we have mutually agreed upon the direction of floor plans and elevation.


Price Quote & Scheduling

Once we establish a very clear direction and understanding of your wants and needs, we can then produce a firm price quote and schedule your project. Although pricing can vary widely depending on several factors, a typical custom design will cost between $4 and $8.00 per square foot of habitable space.  Some locations such as The City of Portland and many cities in California and New York State may  have fees up to $9-$10 per sq. foot due to increased layers of approval and technical requirements.. To facilitate the process, we will need materials and information such as the address of the building site, plat map, topography, local building jurisdiction, building budget, architectural elements, etc.


Agreement, Deposit & Deliverables

After we provide you with an acceptable quote, list of deliverables and proposed schedule, we ask that you sign a design agreement and pay a deposit of one-third of the quoted fee . Mark himself then begins the design of your custom home. Deliverables on a custom design project include design sketches (including floor plan, elevation , drawings, site plan and sometimes renderings), final approved design drawings (including floor plan, elevations, and site plan), complete working drawings and engineering.


Initial Design Concept

At the initial design phase we produce sketches, or renderings, of your design. This usually takes approximately two weeks. We then meet with you in person (or remotely by phone, or online if it’s more convenient) to present the initial design and review it with you. Quite often at this meeting very minor modifications are made as the process moves forward into working drawings. Sometimes further design reviews and modifications are needed during the Custom Home Design process .


Preliminary Design Approval

When a preliminary design is finalized, approved, and agreed upon, we move into production of working drawings. At this time we receive the second 1/3 payment of the design fee. Our staff takes tremendous pride in our work and will insist on timely, accurate, and cost effective design and drafting.


Final Review

We offer you another review session after your floor plans, elevations, and site plan are firmed up and drafted. Any minor revisions can be made at this point without incurring further expense. At this point, we can also provide your financial institution with enough detail for loan processing and appraisal. Once confirmed, we move ahead to finish your working drawings. Creating your Custom Home Design is an art that we all look forward to. Your satisfaction is our goal.


Working Drawings

Working drawings include the following detailed plans:

  • Site plan
  • Elevations
  • Floor plans
  • Foundation plan
  • Roof framing plan(s)
  • Floor framing plan
  • Cross sections
  • Electrical schematic

If needed, we also provide:

  • Structural engineering
  • Lateral engineering
  • Foundation engineering

Any site survey or soils engineering are usually a separate cost, and if required, should be delivered to us near the beginning of the project.


Engineering

During and sometimes after working drawings are complete, we order any necessary engineering for your project. Required engineering is provided with the final construction documents package prior to building permit application. Often final engineering details follow working drawing completion by two or three weeks.

Construction documents typically include six final copies of your plans and/or computer files as needed. Final payment is due when working drawings are completed. If any changes are made after completion of working drawings, additional fees may be billed, based on time needed to make necessary changes. We can also deliver a completed photo realistic rendering of your design within three to four weeks of working drawing completion.


Technical Support

After delivery of your project we remain available to answer questions that may come up during the permit process. We will also make ourselves available for any routine questions or clarifications needed during construction of your home. It is our sincere goal and desire to provide you with a friction-free experience and the most outstanding and creative design work available anywhere.


Final Completion

Mark Stewart’s designs have been used to create thousands of custom homes across North America. Once your dream home is complete, you’ll take pride in knowing that it’s a one-of-a-kind masterpiece crafted by a world-renown designer. You can also feel secure in knowing that homes designed by Mark Stewart typically appreciate far beyond the average plan.