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Residential design begins with a conversation and ends with detailed drawings that are ready to bid and build.

Schematic plans:  At our first design meeting we will walk through your spaces and discuss what works and does not work, what your goals and priorities are, and what you have in mind for budget. I will measure and photograph the areas involved (and adjacent areas) and draw the existing on CAD, then begin reconstructing the space to improve aesthetics and function. The new layout is presented to you in plan as well as in 3D renderings so you can visualize the new space.  We will likely do a little revising of this plan until you’re satisfied with the general layout, and then your schematic drawings will be ready for getting realistic estimates from a contractor (Larry, if he is available for your project and timetable, or any other contractors you choose.)  If estimates are coming in over budget, we can take a look at cost-saving measures and revise the layout if needed.

Contract Drawings: Once estimates are in your budget ballpark, we will begin to focus on details such as types of finishes, cabinetry details, and lighting.  Schematic plans become contract drawings as I add finer dimensions and notes about equipment and finishes, trims, and any additional drawing sheets needed for permitting or design clarity.

Interior Design Assistance: Many of our clients enjoy visiting showrooms and choosing colors and materials on their own, but if you have neither the time nor the inclination to make these decisions on your own, I can help you on an hourly basis as needed.


With over 20 years of design training and field experience and a good handle on construction methods, I balance aesthetic goals with budget and practicality.

  • Creative problem solving
  • Collaborative approach to design; I want to hear your ideas!
  • Your plans belong to you and can be bid by any contractor
  • Prompt responses to questions and personal attention
  • A clear and descriptive design contract keeps you informed and abreast of design time and costs


  • If I use Shank Building and Design to do my design/drawings, can I decide to use a different contractor?

    Of course!  We can do your design OR we can do your building OR we can do both.  You are not tied to using both sides of our services.

  • How much will design cost?

    Design costs vary by type of job and extent of services.  Drawings for a simple space may cost only about 5% of the cost of the project, while drawings for detailed spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens will be closer to 10% of the cost of the project.  Interior design help (choosing equipment and materials/colors) are separate from this cost.

  • How does a design contract work? How do you charge?

    I charge by the hour.  After visiting your property to assess what kind of services and drawings are needed, I will write up a contract that outlines an estimated total of hours for each phase of the design/drawing process, from measure-up through contract drawings.  If you decide to proceed, I ask for a 25% retainer ($500 minimum), which is held on account until the final billing.  If you decide to halt work at any point, any unused hours/funds will be returned to you.

  • Can't I do a remodel without drawings?

    There may be very simple “face lift” projects that can be contracted without any drawings, yes.  However, if you are moving walls and/or openings or in any way re-configuring your floor plan, clear plans keep unwelcome surprises to a minimum, because one of their chief jobs is communication.  They also help you make the best use of your space and enable you to visualize via 3D renderings.  Furthermore, the design process often yields options that work better than what might have occurred to you.  Building and remodeling is expensive; good planning and design protect and maximize your investment.

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