Custom Homes & Remodels
With KGA, your dream home can also be a dream project. That means we’re your guide and partner throughout our work together, so you can feel good about the design process from start to finish. From custom homes to reimagining your existing space — we love what we do and we love collaborating with our clients.
Architectural Design Services
Whether you’re looking for a new custom home or to remodel your current space, architectural design sits at the heart of our work together. And because it’s such a big part of delivering the best design for each client, we want you to know you can count on KGA to listen, share honest feedback, and inspire you with possibilities that blend your vision with our experience.
The architectural design process is divided into four phases — programming, schematic design, design development and construction drawings. We’ll be your advocate and guide throughout each one.
Initial Site Visit Consultation
During the initial site visit we’ll familiarize ourselves with your property; that includes views, special features, and any other unique considerations for your project. And you probably have questions, too — the initial site visit is also an opportunity to ask us questions about your custom home site or remodel — whether you’ve purchased it yet or not. Either way, we’re happy to meet you there.
As part of the initial process, we often hold meetings, called design charrettes, with our clients. This is a collaborative effort where everyone involved, from clients to members of the design team, gets together in one place (in-person or virtually!) to discuss the home’s design. The magic here: ideas get sketched in real-time, everyone provides feedback, and then they’re sketched again. A charrette can be a fun, efficient way to get feedback from everyone involved in the span of a few hours.
Working with Builders
We encourage you to select and involve your builder early on in the process — building a home is a team sport, after all. The KGA team works with builders and homeowners in two primary ways: Design/Build or Design/Bid/Build.
- Design/Build: This is a collaborative process where the builder is involved as early as possible.
- Design/Bid/Build: This means the builder will be involved after the design is finished, and will be asked to bid on the project.
The method is up to you, and we’re happy to discuss the pros and cons of each as you make your decision.
For remodels, you’ll need a set of as-built drawings depicting the existing conditions of your home. If you don’t already have these, the KGA team will create a set of as-built plans for you.
We can create concept sketches, elevations, and working drawings including fireplaces, cabinetry, paneling, and decorative trusses.