Our Process

South Fork Design helps you create the ideal home for your family and their needs. Whether by customizing one of our existing house plans or shaping your vision into a custom design, we’ll help you create a plan for the home of your dreams.

Welcome to South Fork Design

We're thrilled to have you on our website. This is the start of a beautiful journey towards creating your dream home.

We've made it easy for you to buy a completed home plan from our website. After you make your payment, you'll get an email with a link to download plan. If you will be building in Idaho, Wyoming or Utah, contact us for an engineering quote for your specific build site.

We understand every project is unique, and you may have specific needs or ideas for your dream home. That's why we offer the flexibility to request design changes and structural engineering services during your purchase on our website. If you choose to mention these requests during the purchase process, our office manager will contact you to discuss your ideas in detail. Alternatively, you can reach out to us directly by calling our office. One of our skilled staff will consult with you to ensure your vision is brought to life with precision and efficiency.

If you choose to visit us in person, you'll find a space designed to make you feel right at home. Our office manager, is here to ensure your experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible. Whether you're looking to discuss your dream home project or just have any questions, our office manager will greet you and pair you with one of our design professionals.

Consultation with a Design Professional

Next, you'll sit down with one of our design professionals for a free, no-obligation consultation. This is a chance for you to share your vision for your dream home and outline the scope of your project. At your request, consultation can be held in our office or online.

During this consultation, you will outline the scope of your dream home project. This will include architectural vision the number of rooms, the desired layout, any specific desired features or amenities.

Proposal of Work

For those wanting custom plans or those considering design changes and/or structural engineering, we've outlined a clear process to ensure your project's success.

As part of our commitment to transparency and efficiency, we'll prepare a detailed proposal for you. This proposal will outline the scope of your project, including any structural engineering services required. You'll receive our proposal within 2 business days after your initial consultation.

Review and Approval

After carefully reviewing the proposal, and you're ready to move forward with your design, simply sign the work agreement and pay the required deposit.

Payment process is straightforward and user-friendly, allowing you to complete it electronically with just a few simple clicks. This step marks the continuing of your journey with us, ensuring that all aspects of your project are clearly defined and agreed upon. It's a crucial moment that sets the foundation for a successful collaboration, as it secures your commitment to the project and initiates the next steps towards realizing your dream home.

Design Process

Our designer will then start building a rough virtual model of your dream home. Floor plans will be produced and emailed to you for review. You'll work directly with your designer, communicating via email, virtual meetings, and/or face-to-face office meetings. You can provide feedback, ask questions, and make changes as needed. This meticulous design process will help your plan align perfectly with your specific needs and desires.

Structural Analysis

Structural engineering is a critical component of any construction project, focusing on the design and analysis of the structural elements of a building or structure to ensure its safety, durability, and compliance with building codes. Once you've approved the plans, they'll be sent to our in-house engineers for a final structural analysis. From the beginning to the end, engineering is incorporated into the design of your house, ensuring that every aspect is meticulously considered to withstand various forces and conditions.

Our company prides itself on having a structural engineers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project. These engineers are skilled in identifying potential problems before they become costly issues, ensuring that your plans are realistic and feasible, and that your construction is up to code and compliant with standards.

Final Payments and Delivery

After you've made your final payments, the plans will be printed, and PDFs of your dream home plans will be sent to you. Also, we ensure that your plans are sent via email. This method allows you to have a digital copy of your plans for easy reference and a physical copy for your records, ensuring that you have all the necessary documentation to start your construction project. Whether you prefer to keep everything digital or enjoy the tangible feel of your plans, we're here to accommodate your needs and make the process as smooth as possible.

This marks the end of the design process and the beginning of your new home journey.

FAQ

How long does the design process take?

A project’s timeline depends on how customized the design is. Frequent and prompt correspondence between the customer and our designers, including setting clear expectations, can greatly expedite the process. Generally, a project could take anywhere from two to six weeks.

Does South Fork Design provide non-engineered plans?

We do not provide non-engineered custom home plans. As an engineering and design firm, the engineering aspect is an integral piece of our high-quality products. However, you can purchase one of our stock plans and they will not have been engineered.

Are your stock plans engineered?

Our stock plans do not come engineered since we do not have the license to engineer nationwide. If you live in Utah, Wyoming or Idaho, we can provide engineering at a discounted price for our stock plans. Customers should communicate directly with us in order for that to happen.

Does South Fork Design do construction?

No, we do not build homes or manage construction prices. However, we can refer customers to plenty of local and trustworthy builders that can turn your home’s design into a reality.

Can I reuse your plans?

If you would like to reuse a plan or custom home design that you have already purchased, give us a call at (208) 852-6236. While the plan is not free to reuse, it will be significantly discounted.

Is it cheaper to draw a custom home or buy a stock plan, then make changes?

It’s significantly cheaper to buy a stock plan, then make adjustments, and the turnaround time is much faster. Because we already have these homes in our software, the designers don’t have to redraw the plans before making adjustments.