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Architectural Design

Since 1995, Envision Homes has been developing architectural designs for new homes and additions on individual lots and lakefront properties throughout Central Massachusetts. Our custom homes include a wide range of architectural styles including Arts & Crafts, Traditional New England, Prairie, Bungalow, Cottage, Contemporary, and Shingle Style. Each home designed by Envision Homes represents the dreams and desires of our individual clients.

At Envision Homes we believe that collaboration is the key to developing a successful project. Envision Homes works closely with our clients throughout the design process to incorporate their ideas with our innovative design solutions and cost-effective, energy efficient construction,  to create a home that is a true reflection of our clients aspirations and lifestyle.  We strive to guide our clients through the design process by providing  guidance and expertise  in, design and space allocation,  construction materials and methods, site planning, approvals and permitting, green building, energy efficiency, finish and detail selections, and the multitude of other decisions tailored to our clients specific budget and the project requirements.

With the use of our 3D computer-aided design software, you are able to visualize the design early in the conceptual phase of the project. For many, if not most clients, traditional 2D design drawings consisting of simple floor plans and elevations can be difficult to understand. With the ability to “walkthrough” and visualize the interior and exterior of the home, as well as how the home relates to the topography of the site, the homeowner is able to have a greater understanding of design options with less uncertainty. This level of interactive design allows our clients to make relevant design decisions much earlier in the design process, thus saving time and money.

Whether the project is a detached garage, an addition/renovation, or a new custom home, our goal is to meet your expectations and provide you with a design that fits your lifestyle requirements and is achievable within your budget.

The following is an outline of steps intended as an overview of a “typical” design process. However, the process of custom designing a home can seldom be defined as typical. The design process can and will change significantly from project to project and client to client depending on their specific needs and requirements. Accordingly, this outline should be used as a general guideline and not a specific recipe for designing a new home or addition.

Professional Design Affiliations

Robert Kody is a professional member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), a nonprofit professional organization established in 1950, that strives to enhance, develop, educate, and promote the value of the residential design professional. AIBD is committed to providing quality continuing education to ensure that professional members remain current with technology, materials, and building codes. AIBD members hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism as specified by AIBD’s bylaws and code of ethics emphasizing the protection of the health, welfare, and safety of the general public.

Design Phase Steps

Step 1 - Preparation

Step 2 - Information Gathering

Step 3 - Contract and Design Questionnaire

Step 4 - Conceptual Design Phase

Step 5 - Design Development and Computer Models

Step 6 - Design Contract Drawing Package

Step 7 - Boards and Approvals

Design Visualization

Design Visualization from concept to completion allows you to more thoroughly understand how your home will look and feel as we progress through the various stages of the project.  “ Being able to actually see what the house would look like was a huge help in designing our home…

Concept Sketch

Design Rendering

Project Photo