Carpenter Design was founded by Chip Carpenter as a custom residential design firm located in the greater Charlotte-Gastonia-Lake Wylie area of the Carolinas. The vast range of styles, arrangements, and sizes of houses designed for local clients over the years has provided a great education in the development of versatile, creative, and cost-conscious designs.
The ongoing study of traditional architecture has not only provided a great source of enjoyment for the designer, but has also provided the necessary knowledge to apply the appropriate use of arrangements, proportions, forms, details, and materials to create house designs that are more likely to appear authentic to the style (or theme) they are intended to be, as opposed to a house that appears “cheap” and “irrational”, as so many unfortunately do when elements from too many varying styles & traditions are unwisely thrown upon one house design.
Chip Carpenter is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He believes that with his ongoing interests in art, architecture, philosophy, and history that he is able to apply many of the ideas in these disciplines in the creation of more valuable house designs in the traditional styles and forms.
Considering the large financial and emotional investment in building a custom house, appropriate planning is essential to make the investment worthwhile and lasting.
The space-planning needs of the client, the desired appearance, site considerations, and budget are major considerations. But also, important is the composition of a design that will have an aesthetic quality that is pleasing and enduring, so that the market value of the house will rise quickly, and also maintain it’s aesthetic quality over the years.
And while making every effort to please the client with regards to their “wish list”, suggestions are also often made about the design that would make the construction more economical and conventional.
The process of designing a house for a client should follow a rational and comfortable structure.
- Consultation: Come in for an initial meeting to discuss your needs, goals, budget and site considerations. Notes are taken and a contract will later be sent to you for your consideration.
- Phase One: Schematic Plans. Based on the information gathered in the initial meeting, a floor plan and front elevation rendering will be drawn, and presented to the client.
- Phase Two: Design Development Plans. Revisions are made, if necessary, and the remaining exterior elevations are drawn (rear & sides), along with any architectural features on the interior that are unique & "site-built".
- Phase Three: Construction Plans. Often referred to as “blueprints”, these are the final drawings that the contractor uses to actually build the house. A basic set of construction plans include: foundation plan, detailed floor plan(s), roof plan, exterior elevations, and at least one typical wall section. Often other types of drawings are provided in addition to these to help describe more complicated architectural features. Those drawings often include site plans, building cross sections, details, interior elevations, etc.
- Construction Monitoring: Though not a legal requirement for residential design, in many cases, regular “site checks”, monitoring the construction of the house can help to ensure that many of the more unconventional architectural elements are executed on site as intended in the plans.