Residential Starter Package



The Residential Starter Package™ concentrates on helping you start your project on a solid foundation. A lack of planning will haunt your project. We can show you how to develop a custom plan that is perfect for you. Before you find yourself spinning your wheels and spending your money on ill-suited designs and construction, learn more about the Residential Starter Package™.


The Residential Starter Package takes you through a three step process:
  1. Feasibility consultation (on-site or remote)
  2. Research, calculations, and follow-up questions
  3. Feasibility presentation and decision meeting


Through the Residential Starter Package™ service we help you explore the five aspects of feasibility - ARCHITECTURAL, STRUCTURAL/TECHNICAL, LEGAL, FINANCIAL and EMOTIONAL. We help you establish goals that are important to you for each of these issues. We provide this help in person or long distance. We also offer a wide range of Sustainable Design services involving new homes and remodels. Wherever you are located, you can find assistance here. You will find that the Residential Starter Package™ Resources focus on HOW to plan your project. The Residential Starter Package™ offers tools, coaching and consulting to help you plan your residential building project.

We specialize in Feasibility, the planning that comes before design. The Residential Starter Package™ is our planning process that includes the facts you need to base your decision on, things like…

Permits & zoning: Find out the pertinent data about Zoning Ordinance, Floor Area Ratio, Lot Coverage (can you build, how many square feet, floors, etc.).

Local specialities: Any specific local rules or regulations giving benefits or barring some alternative, inclusive of the local (and lot- specific) factors.

Quality level estimation: The quality level of the home based on your requirements (number of rooms, floors, windows, quality of materials, number of water and sewage outlets, etc.).

This can encompass a wide variety of choices for the key spaces within the future house.

Preliminary cost estimates: A rough estimate of the square foot cost of the completed home (a dollar value range so you know what to expect) and comparisons for various construction materials.

Drafts: A rough sketch to help you visualize the project on the intended building site with the existing building(s) and landscape interacting with the shape and materials of it.

This is vital in home additions and very useful with any project provided the specs are sufficiently known at this time.

Schedule estimates: A rough schedule estimation of the project phases and which phase will be ready at what time, payment schedules and so on.

Point-by-point Project decision check sheet: We create a point-by-point check sheet for your project that you can follow, making each decision one at a time. You’ll also get a list of what information is needed for each decision.

This way, you won’t have to make one HUGE decision, but a set of smaller and easier consecutive decisions.

First steps to start the project: In this part you get the first few stages of the project, including our own estimate on the design costs and a payment schedule. This will help you to know “what to do next.”


You may need help in planning your project because you already have a job. Chances are that your job has nothing to do with home building. You know you need to get organized and to set goals, but how? The Residential Starter Package™ process leads you to the answers you need. Planning gives you a target to focus on. With your plan complete, design can explore the ways to hit your target. But without clear goals, any design looks good because you don’t have a basis for evaluation. The Residential Starter Package™ Service prepares you for the next step - hiring and working with a designer to bring your project to life.

You benefit from The Starter Package by:
  • Defining the feasibility and approximate cost of the project
  • Learning WHAT information is needed to make the final decision about a building project
  • Finding out more about permits and municipal issues regulating construction
  • Getting a better overall picture about the project