Designing a custom home is both exciting and intimidating. At Cook Custom Homes, our professional, experienced team eliminates the guesswork and handles the details, so you can relax and enjoy the process. We specialize in custom-built luxury homes in Calgary that turn your dreams into reality. Our approach is smooth and integrates the following.

Creating a Wish List 

In this phase, you’ll write down everything you want in your custom home, from the layout to the finishes. No detail is too big or small. 

Some of the things you can include are: 

Initial Design Meeting 

The design meeting is a chance for our team to get to know you. We’ll go through your wish list and talk about your family and lifestyle. If you have Pinterest boards or Houzz idea books, feel free to bring them along. We encourage you to offer ideas, ask questions, and explain how you want to use the home.  

To close out the session, we’ll talk about your budget, local building regulations, and any practical limitations imposed by the lot, city, or HOA. If you don’t have a lot, our team can work with trusted local real estate contacts to find the perfect piece of land. 

First Design Concept 

In this phase, our team brings your vision to life. First, we create initial design drawings based on your concept. Then, when they’re ready, we will work with you to review and refine the floor plan. Our goal at this stage is to finalize the footprint of the first and second floors. 

Design Development 

Once you’re happy with the initial design, our team kicks into high gear. First, we’ll finalize the floor plans so you can see exactly where every door, window, staircase, fixture, and appliance will go. Then, with the upper levels finalized, we’ll create plans for the basement. At the same time, our architects draft the elevations — drawings that show the home’s exterior. 

Assessment, Pricing, and Contracts 

With the design finalized, it’s time to assess the interior. First, our team works with you to choose every fixture, appliance, paint colour, and material. All of this information goes into a Specifications Book. Next, your dedicated project manager uses the book to solicit bids from suppliers and subcontractors. Once everything is in order, we’ll present you with a final budget for approval. 

What Happens Next? 

From here, your project manager takes over. They are the point person for permits, building schedules, and communication with contractors, vendors, and inspectors. Throughout the process, every update and report is available to you 24/7 in our easy-to-use app. 

At Cook Custom Homes, our team takes great pride in creating the best luxury custom-built homes in Calgary. We listen carefully to your feedback at every step to ensure that the final design exceeds your expectations. So if you’re ready to design your dream home, call us today to set up an initial consultation. 

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