New Build Home

New Build Home

New builds, also called new construction, are homes that are designed from the ground up, typically on vacant land. Our New build services include designing the entire lot including the landscape, architecture, and interiors. We provide this full service design as we believe a home does not end at its exterior walls, but should flow seamlessly throughout the site to maximize your living possibilities.

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New Build Timeline and Process

Design and Documentation: 3-4  months

This timeframe includes our 4 phases of design and documentation, as well as the time necessary for engineers to complete their work on your project. Our 4 phases of design and documentation are Existing Conditions, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents. Below is a summary of those phases.

Existing Conditions

Existing Conditions is the foundation for the rest of the design and documentation process. It primarily includes information gathering and documentation of the site. Information gathering includes studying the context of the neighborhood and land, researching the zoning requirements and applicable codes, and photo documenting the site.  We spend a considerable amount of time investigating and discovering what makes the site unique, which views should be optimized or shielded, what is the best orientation for the home, what is historically and culturally significant to the area, and so on. Existing Conditions is the phase when we require a site survey to be produced by a site surveyor if one is not already available.  We use this survey to create a digital plot plan that is used as the base drawing for the rest of the project.

Schematic Design

Schematic Design focuses on the experience of the home, the location and relationship between different functional areas, how the new home affects the existing site, passive sustainable design strategies, and ultimately, the overall design concept of the home. In this phase we design primarily from an aerial view, or the floor plan. We incorporate the information gathered during the Existing Conditions with your project scope to create potential floor plan layouts. We meet with you to discuss these layouts and refine them until we create the best floor plan solution. This is generally done in 2-3 meetings. A 3D model will be created of this floor plan solution on new build projects to help visualize the overall concept and ideas explored in Schematic Design.

Design Development

Design Development is where the “look” or “style” of the home comes into the process. During this phase, materials including siding, roofing, doors, windows, lighting, cabinetry, counters, hardware, fixtures, tile, flooring, color schemes, and all other finishing details are discussed, often with a visit to multiple showrooms to select major items in person. 3-D renderings are used during this phase to paint the picture of what the spaces will look like. Design Development is also where consultants such as Structural and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) engineers are involved, and in the case of new build homes, a civil engineer as well.

Construction Documents

Construction Documents are the final deliverable you receive from us. In this phase we specify and draw highly detailed plans to be used by General Contractors to price the design, and as needed to obtain the Building Permits. Once the project is underway, we are available by phone and email to troubleshoot any questions that arise during the construction process. We typically make site visits every other week to ensure that the design intent of the drawings is being upheld.

Building Permitting: 2  months

A building permit is required for all new build homes. The time necessary for permitting is completely dependent on the the local jurisdiction and varies greatly on how well they are staffed and how many projects they are reviewing. The permit is issued when structures are designed in accordance with the building codes and all other applicable codes and ordinances, to ensure the safety of the structure. Time to secure a permit is typically around 2 months, but again, depends on your local jurisdiction. If your project is in a historic district, the timeline may extend as it also has to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Office.

Construction: 5-8  months

Construction for a new build home typically takes 5-8 months, but can take more time based on the size, complexity, and location of the project. The general contractor that you hire to build your project is responsible for the schedule and timeline of your project, but estimating 5-8 months for construction is a good start.

New Build Specialties

  • Historic District Infill

    Adding a new home to an historic neighborhood brings with it many challenges but also incredible opportunities. We like to think of designing a new build in an Historic District as adding a new chapter to the history of the neighborhood. New homes in Historic Districts have to go through an additional City review process to make sure they are compatible in form and scale with the neighborhood, but also must still be of their time. Our contextual approach focuses begins with an intensive visual and narrative study of the neighborhood. After documenting the neighborhood we are then are able to synthesize the character and lifestyle that the neighborhood wants to project and combine it with your specific needs to create something that is familiar and complimentary to the neighborhood yet innovative and unique to you and your family. We find this combination leads to some of the most exciting homes in the valley and is why our Historic District Infill home designs have been nationally awarded and internationally published.

  • (Sub) Urban Infill

    An infill home is a home designed on a vacant lot where existing infrastructure and utilities are already in place, typically within an established urban or suburban neighborhood. Our design process for infill lots includes heavy research of the neighborhood to ensure your home respects its surroundings and positively contributes to the character of the community. We focus on elevating your living experience in an urban environment by incorporating inspiring indoor-outdoor living to make the most of your entire lot, modern open floor plans that are ideal for family living and entertaining, and places to retreat to for privacy and relaxation.

  • Desert

    Desert living is often what is pictured when dreaming of living in Arizona. When designing homes in the desert we aim to create homes that feel as if they are of the desert by using local and desert hardy materials and siting the structure to make the most of the natural vegetation. Studying the patterns of the sun and wind allow us to optimize the orientation and layout of the house to limit unwanted solar gain from the hot desert sun, capture cooling breezes, and create spaces that are ideal during different seasons and times of day. We believe that your desert dream home can be accomplished while limiting negative effects on the local flora and fauna of the site with careful planning and creative design.

  • Rural Ranch

    As our company name suggests, we love the ranching history of Arizona. Much of the rich history of our lovely state is due to the numerous cattle, horse, sheep and dude ranches the dot the landscape. Modern ranches don’t usually include the heavy work load of these historic ranches but continue the iconic western lifestyle of semi-wild living in picturesque environments that reconnect us to nature. Designing and building an off the grid ranch has become easier and more obtainable in recent years with the increased efficiency and lower cost of active solar water heating, photo-voltaic panels and wind turbine energy generation. That coupled with increased water efficiency, rain-water harvesting, and smart, passive solar design, and your dream rural ranch home is not far away.

  • Hillside (Mountain)

    Mountain and hillside lots provide fantastic opportunities for unique designs with panoramic views, but also come with increased code restrictions and design complexity. Our mountain / hillside design process focuses on minimizing lot disturbance, designing with the natural topography, optimizing views, and connecting open living spaces with the beautiful scenery.