Design Process


Custom Home Design

       Designing and building a new home is a multifaceted journey and can be intimidating when facing unknowns. With  over two decades of architecture and building experience we will guide you along the entire process, helping you make the best choices that will save your time, money and heartache while  demystifying the process. We have mapped out the entire Design Process, giving our clients a full understanding and mastery of the steps along the way. 

We begin with a discovery session that brings out the over all goals of your custom home or project. Then we develop your dreams into tangible concepts and building designs with your budget in mind. Once the building design solidifies, construction documents (Bid and Permit plans)  are developed and engineered to make your dreams a reality. While all projects may not require the following, this list shall serve as a general guide as to when certain services are performed throughout the process.

Pre-Design Phase

  • Pre-Design Conference
  • Discovery Session
    • Your Needs and Wish List
    • Design Theme and Layout
    • Budget Goals
  • Architectural Design Agreement
  • Proposal For Design Services
  • Engagement by Client
  • Site Selection
  • Engage Surveyor

Conceptual Design Phase

  • Site Analysis
  • Floor Plan Organization Concepts
  • Building Style Exploration
  • Client Review

Schematic Design Phase

  • Preliminary Floor Plan(s)
  • Preliminary Front Elevation(s)
  • Site Plan Building Orientation
  • Initial Exterior Material Selection
  • Budget Check
  • Presentations to Client
  • Presentation to Design Review Committee

Design Development Phase

  • Computerize Drawings
  • Develop exterior Exterior Elevations
  • 3-D Building Modelling and Renderings (if required/desired)
  • Develop Interior Features
  • Preliminary Design of Fireplaces, built-ins, cabinetry layouts.
  • Floor Finishes and materials
  • Explore Doors and Windows
  • Develop Key Exterior Details
  • Preliminary Exterior Materials and Colors Selection
  • Preliminary Building Systems Review
    • Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) & Geothermal
    • Plumbing Systems
    • Electrical Service
    • Audio Visual
  • Specialty Construction
  • Budget Review
  • Presentations to Client and Design Review Committee
  • Coordination with Owner's Geotechnical Engineer – Soils Reports

Construction Document Phase

  • Architectural Plans – Fully Detailed
    • Architectural Site Plan
    • Floor Plans
    • Elevations
    • Building Section(s)
    • Wall Section(s)
    • Stair Section
    • Exterior Details
      • Soffit & Fascia
      • Corbels/Brackets
      • Decorative Trusses
      • Deck Rails
      • Pergolas
    • Interior Details
      • Fireplace Details
      • Built-ins
      • Interior Elevations
      • Materials
  • Electrical Plans 
    • Audio Visual Plans
  • HVAC Design
  • Utility Design
    • Electrical Service
    • Water/Well Service
    • Sewer/Septic Service
  • Final Exterior Colors & Materials
  • Outline Specifications
  • Presentations to Client and Design Review Committee
  • Coordination with Owner's Civil Engineer - Drainage, Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (DESC)
  • Coordination with Owner's Structural Engineer
    • Framing Plans
    • Foundation Plans and details

About MPA


Modern designs...


...Old School talent


Michael Perez, Principal Architect


Michael Perez is the founder and Principal Architect of Michael Perez Architect LLC. He has over twenty-five years of experience in designing residential and commercial projects.  Michael’s process of contracting semi-custom and custom homes through Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build project delivery methods provides his customers with a unique perspective and a highly personalized experience, a trait that is also valued by other custom home builders and their clients that contract with him.  He has achieved both national and state design awards through the Denver HBA and National Association of Home Builders, including Best Custom Home MAME Award, Best In American Living Awards and CARE Award. Michael enjoys listening to his client’s needs and is committed to design excellence by creating amazing projects that are rendered with new and exciting architectural styles.