Custom Home Design

I would highly recommend Robb Kerley and Lasting Traditions LLC as Designers. Robb has proved to be prompt, accurate, and creative in any situation. I can count on Robb to respond, and complete work as promised.”

-Tom Pryor, Cascade Custom Homes

I feel strongly that your suggestions saved me construction cost and retained a beautiful look to the house. I also appreciate your willingness to continue helping me with my project even after you handed me my finished plans.”

-Homeowner, custom design project

Plenty of house plans start as napkin sketches. It’s our job to help you turn that into a home. But it’s going to take a little work and communication. You’ve got your property and some great ideas, so we start wherever you are in your planning, even if all you have is just that sketch piece, or nothing written down at all.

client drawing of kitchen - city lot


Our process really begins with the design interview. where we spend some time going over your vision for the home. We’ll document your goals, budget, whether you already have a builder or need a referral, and all the other things that normally come up during the design phase. From this meeting we’ll produce a preliminary design. This is usually the front of the home and the floor plan, and will be more simple or complex depending on the style and shape of the home. You’ll get time to review, make changes (there are always changes during design), and coordinate with us on making the plan exactly what you want.

autocad drawing from preliminary design


Once the preliminary design is approved by you then we’ll begin work on the full construction drawings. We’ll send drawings to the floor joist provider and truss manufacturer, and work with them to ensure accuracy and prevent problems. This is also a good time for you or your builder to start some of the bidding and selection of amenities, like carpet, paint, and lighting. This is especially important when applying for a construction loan.

In a short while these efforts all come together and the final drawings will be done.

Cascadian style floor plan


This is where we hand off to you if you’re acting as your own general contractor or to your builder if you’ve chosen one. You’ll be applying for permits, and soon the walls will be going up.

Designing is our passion, and building a custom home is a once in a lifetime experience for most people. We believe it should be exciting and enjoyable. If you’re ready to take this step now, or even if you’re just starting to consider it, please fill out our contact form and let us know. We’ll be happy to consult with you.