The Plans

We are very lucky in that through my career I have been able to work with some really amazing, skilled and talented people. People who know things, people who can do things, and people who work with amazing products. We have called on many of them to help make this process a success. 

Matt Dunkin of Green By Design was our absolute first person we wanted on board. Matt and I have worked together on various projects over the years and his professionalism, and attention to detail is without compare. As a builder and designer, Matt as worked with my wife and I over the years to help create what we have, and he is the single largest asset to the success of this major reno and addition. 

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(No the house won’t be gray, it will be beautiful yellow. Trust me.)

So Matt started the process with us when creating the plans. I have some experience as a consultant, so I knew roughly what we wanted and needed and my wife and I had a vision of things, albeit rough. Matt helped bring those details into focus, to trim, tweak, and make pretty everything that we wanted. Sketchup became our friend as Matt would throw stuff at us and we could see it in 3D. 

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Once Matt’s plans reached a solid level, we brought in Pat Marcotte of HavenCraft Homes. He was able to take the drawings and turn them into full blown construction drawings and plans. Pat added his input to the process, again tweaking and adding value, beauty and thoughtfulness to the vision. 

With drawings in hand our trip to the Township went smoothly, as we are very grateful to have a wise and knowledgable Chief Building Official who understands the code and building construction so thoroughly that when considering different approaches, he is always open and willing to explore, and knows when to enforce the requirements. It’s a pleasure to work with such a person as my time building straw bale homes in the past was not always filled with such intelligent officials. 

So with plans stamped, we moved forward to the next phase. 

© Stephen Collette 2016