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By Kevin in Dayton, OH on 11/22/2009


I am new to this forum.  We are in the early stages of owner-building and would like to know if anyone has a recommendation on a drafting firm in the Dayton, OH area to help finalize our home plans.  Thanks.

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By Tom in Cincinnati, OH on 11/23/2009


Kevin,

I plan on using a stock plan which can be tweaked to my specific desires by the architect much cheaper (quicker 'cause it's his plan - they charge by the hour after a flat fee for the stock plan) than starting from scratch! You might consider this? 

 

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By Paul in Columbus, OH on 11/24/2009


Check out aibdoh.org  This is the site for the American Institute of Building Designers and any of these people can do the job.  They are the next best thing to an architect and usually a lot cheaper.
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By Stan in Dayton, OH on 11/24/2009


Good 'CAD Residential Designer' in the Dayton area is:  trenttech@earthlink.net
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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 3/31/2010


Actually, it doesn't matter if your architect/designer is near where you live. We have had plans for two different homes drawn up over the years and one architect was down in Panama (yes, the country) and the other was 8 hours away up in Northern California. They designed beautiful homes to our specifications, and we never met face to face during all that time. Consequently, it doesn't matter where your architect is from. Find one who has good recommendations and go with it.


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By Larry in Westlake, OH on 4/2/2010


Pat, please say more about your experience using designers long distance. 

What was your starting point when you used a designer? What did you already know or provide?

How do you...
(1) Discuss requirements, share pictures & colors, describe styles, walk through home traffic flows and common work paths, visualize door swings, openings, sun patterns. My experience: my wife and I worked hard to document our requirements, but it was very hard to be clear - and we both write well.
(2) Discuss alternatives concisely when reviewing plans in conceptual design? My experience: joint quick freehand sketches saved hours of time.

Thanks in advance!

Looking forward to your reply,

Larry

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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 4/2/2010


With each architect, I supplied them a hand-drawn floor plan of what we were looking for. They then drew it up and tweaked it from there with their professional opinions and changes. They would email us .pdf files of the plans, and we would revise them and email the changes back to them in written form. We outlined in detail up front the look we were wanting and supplied a couple pictures of the exteriors of houses we liked. We had no problem with this system and both went very smoothly.


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