Design Process

Design-Build Capabilities – or Collaboration with Independent Architects

At Mueller Homes, every home we build stands on the foundation of customer satisfaction. We use every resource at our disposal to ensure the completed home meets our client’s needs and aesthetic choices.

We have design-build capabilities (in construction with talented architects and designers) to craft one-of-a-kind homes to suit every style and functional demand. Our design-build capability affords us flexibility in working within a client’s budget to accomplish their goals and streamlines the process from concept to completion.

Utilizing our design-build capabilities is often beneficial, but some of our clients prefer work with independent architects to develop their design and rely on us to bring those designs to life. We take great pride in our reputation for collaborating effectively with some of the most respected architects in the region, working together as a team to craft the client’s dream home.

Our Design Process

How do you design and plan the homebuilding process so clients achieve their ideal dream home within their budget, in an effective and efficient way? We’ve developed the Mueller Homes “Seven Steps to New Home Construction.” This has proven to be a reliable process and has produced great results by systematically moving through the planning and design process in preparation for construction. Each step is designed to move you through the process without jumping around, and in the order that makes the most sense. By dealing with the specific objective of each step, and establishing target dates to complete each step, you will stay focused on the task at hand, and keep the entire process moving on schedule.

  1. New Home Pre-Planning
    Our building program starts with a thorough discussion and review of your family’s needs, desires, aesthetic preferences, and budget. Using tools like our multi-page checklist, combined with our years of experience, we can analyze everything from your design ideas and preferences for interior and exterior finishes, to the latest technology, site planning, and financing options. The initial goal is to realistically determine the overall feasibility of your project and establish your target budget.
  2. Evaluate Lot and Design Options
    Once we have clarified what is important to your family and have established a comfortable budget, we proceed to the evaluation of your building lot and consider your design options. If a building site is needed, we begin the search and selection process.
  3. Preliminary Design and Specifications
    The next step in the process is to develop the preliminary elevations, floor plans, and specifications based on the criteria outlined in step one. Once this is accomplished we can update our estimated construction cost and determine if any changes are necessary to maintain your original design and budget objectives.
  4. Complete Construction Drawings
    With preliminary plans successfully completed and in line with the target budget, the design team will produce working drawings. These drawings will enable us to consider and resolve the final architectural and engineering aspects of your home and prepare us for final construction planning.
  5. Construction Planning and Building Contracts
    At this point, we finalize selections and construction documents as well as site construction planning. With the planning decisions and pricing complete, we can confidently move forward and prepare and finalize the Building Agreement.
  6. Obtain Mortgage Commitment and Building Permits
    With the Building Agreement and blueprints completed we are equipped and prepared to finalize the appropriate financing and secure building permits prior to construction.
  7. Begin Construction
    Finally, with planning, design, financing, and permits in place, we begin the exciting process of construction with anticipation of the reality of your finished custom home.

Mueller Homes has built award-winning properties for clients in Anne Arundel, Howard, Baltimore, Carroll, Montgomery, Frederick, and Talbot Counties, and throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. For more information, contact us or call 410-549-4444.