In this second installment of our four-part series outlining the Stillwater Experience, we will describe a typical design meeting between someone who is building a Stillwater home and a Stillwater Project Expert.
What your Project Expert will provide:
- An open ear to understand your goals, priorities, and vision for your new home.Topics covered will include your lifestyle (do you like to entertain/cook/work from home?), use of the home (primary residence/vacation home/aging in place), and family members living in the home (children/parents/pets).
- Site feasibility feedback, including any potential restrictions (setbacks, home size limits, CC&R’s, etc.), views you’d like to take advantage of, and how topography and sun path could play a role in the overall design.
- An overview of costs associated with your specific project, as well as a design/build timeframe.
What you should bring:
- First and foremost, bring your enthusiasm for building a new home! It can be a daunting process, and we want to make it as enjoyable as possible. Also bring anyone else that will be on this journey with you, whether a family member or friend (even your pup!).
- Your wish list is very important–think carefully about square footage, the number of beds/baths, customized finishes, and modifications to our floor plans.
- Any information you have regarding your building site will help tailor the conversation. Bringing the site address, survey, and utilities information will be helpful early in the process.
- Finally, knowing your budget and when you would like to move into your home will help make the meeting as productive as possible.
You should walk away from this meeting with a clear understanding of the design process and a solid vision starting to take shape.