My name is Steve Simpson. I am a residential designer, drafter, and construction manager. I graduated from Wallace Community College with two degrees, Architectural Drafting and Graphics Design and Engineering Drafting and Graphics Design. I graduated summa cum laude in both degrees with a GPA of 4.0. I have over 20 years experience in construction management, design, and using AutoDesk software.
I provide the following services:
My fee is primarily based upon square footage. This price may vary depending on the complexity of design such as custom mouldings or complex roofing systems. It is rare that this happens. Payment will be adjusted depending on any expansion or reduction of square footage.
I require 35% payment to start working on the project, which includes coming to your home or land, measuring and taking pictures as well as having an in depth discussion on what your ideas and dreams maybe. There are two items that I need from the client that are extremely important. Most important is any covenants or association rules that cover will cover your home. Secondly is a plat of your property. The plat is necessary for me to create a site plan which you will need (in some counties) as part of the permitting process.
Are you looking to expand your family, want a playroom or man cave, or just build the home you have always wanted. I will give you a checklist of items and ideas that you may not have thought of for your home. This checklist greatly reduces the time it takes to finalize the initial concept drawings.
2nd 35% of the payment is due when I give you the basic drawing package. Normally this package is sufficient for permits, bids, financing, and gaining approval from any neighborhood association. This is the time when you can decide if you want to follow through with the building or remodeling of your home without paying the full fee.
Final payment is due when I present you with a construction package. This package will include all the measurements, section drawings, details, notes, etc. to build your home. There are two disciplines that I do not create drawings for. HVAC and plumbing. If you would have me furnish them and will be glad to contract for them at whatever cost I am charged. I have yet to see a plumber that wants a complete plumbing drawing. They prefer to do them as part of the job. Heating and Air have the same mindset. Unless it is a large house with multiple floors, a competent HVAC installer prefers to make his drawings in house. Plumbers and HVAC contractors are specialist in themselves.
The drawing package will include two sets of drawings. Each set will include the following:
The design plan will show what they want as the end result of the remodeling.
The new doors, windows, openings, appliances and electrical, will be shown in
the design plan.
The As Built plan will show the existing floor plan, openings, windows,
doors, appliances, rough dimensions, and locations. AsBuilt drawings
are very helpful, even for out of town Architects, who are remodeling
structures locally, and need me to provide AsBuilt drawings for them
to work from.
The demolition plan will show what is being removed, replaced, and changed,
but does not show the final layout, and design.
Because of the distances involved to some clients it is much faster to send drawings electronically. If you have Adobe on your computer you can see and magnify the drawings. If you are close to a print shop i.e. Office Depot, Staples, etc. then I may ask you to pick up the drawings. This would be quicker and save me a lot of driving.
Do you need someone to interface with your client and provide you with plans to build their home or remodeling project. I use Revit and AutoCad software. I can provide drawings to your standards. I will be glad to help you and your clients.