Turkel Design

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Process

Turkel Design has built over 100 homes in the U.S. and Canada, continually refining our systemized method—making it as simple and predictable as possible. We guide you through the process, beginning with finding land and defining a budget and house program. During the design and documentation process, we host a series of screen-share meetings, walking you through our designs from the comfort of your own home.

After receiving a building permit and helping to select an appropriate general contractor in your area for your project, we begin manufacturing the prefab package in a stabilized environment. The package is then delivered and assembled on your site with the help of an experienced framing crew. Your local contractor prepares the site, builds the foundation, oversees construction, and sources local materials to complete your home. We take care of details and specifications—designing and fabricating, custom built-in cabinetry, and helping you select and source appliances, finishes, and fixtures.

Click through the numbers above to learn more about each step of the process.

You will know what your home will cost, how long it will take, and what we will deliver.

 


Step 1 : Preparation

We know how daunting the process of finding land can be. Issues like geological and seismic concerns, flood plains, easements, and zoning make buying raw land quite different from buying a house on a developed lot. We have a program to put you in touch with skilled land agents who can guide you through the process, from start to finish. We will then help you select an Axiom Series model you can modify, or we will collaborate with you to realize the custom home you envision.

 
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Feasibility Study

We work with you to discuss the feasibility of building on your chosen piece of land and what type and size of structure is best suited to it.

 
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House Selection/Program Development

We work with you to develop a program for the home you are imagining, and assist in selecting an appropriate design. Because it can be a challenge to envision a future home, we begin with visualized starting points—11 distinct standard designs we can customize for your site, budget, and the way you live. Our Axiom Series of standard homes can be built as is, or modified to suit your needs. We can also work with you to create your own custom home.

 
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Land Search

We work with the most reputable agents across the U.S. and Canada, and as members of the Multiple Listing Service, they will show you a whole host of properties available from many different agents. With that accumulated knowledge, and an experienced land agent to shepherd you through the details, you will be well-equipped to find the property best suited to you.

We are happy to put you in touch with a land agent in your area. Send us a note here.

 
 

Step 2 : Design

We believe high-quality design is a collaborative process that should be available to everyone, no matter where they live. So, we developed a set of tools that lets us work with you online. Over screen-share meetings, we will show you the evolving design of your home, taking the time to discuss your comments and questions. We will guide you through each design iteration and let you know what is happening each step of the way—and why.

You can either choose to modify one of our standard designs in our Axiom Series, or work with us to design a completely custom home.

 
 
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Regulatory Research

We work with local planning and building departments to procure setback, height, zoning restriction information, etc. We then incorporate this information into a 3D digital site model.

 
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Site Visit

We meet you at your site to discuss any pertinent details of your particular piece of land that should be considered during design. Together, we map your dream for the site and how you envision making a home there.

 
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Site Model

We create a 3D digital site model of the building site and its immediate environs that includes digital schematic representations of site features: topography, setbacks, neighboring buildings, views, solar orientation, and more. This first-rate tool enables you to visualize your future home, capturing views from inside and outside the house, and showing the path of the sun at any given time on any day throughout the year.

 
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Schematic Design

Using approachable imagery in a 3D digital model with plans and 3D views, we will work with you to create a design you love, from organizing spaces to walking through the final design—whether starting with an existing model or creating a custom design.

 
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Cladding Study

Given a wide array of cladding options, we make selection easier by creating a 3D digital cladding study so you can visualize various materials, configurations, and color schemes. We help you understand the materials and their properties—and explain the characteristics of each option so you can make an informed decision.

 
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Planning Review

If our clients choose to build their homes in complex regulatory environments, we help navigate the process by creating detailed diagrams to satisfy even the most stringent requirements. Our 3D models enable us to clearly communicate how our designs meet local regulations, through recession plane diagrams, storypole diagrams, cut-and-fill diagrams, parking diagrams, and more.

 
 

Step 3 : Pricing

Because we have built so many homes across the U.S. and Canada, we pass this knowledge on to our clients by providing a fixed price for your house package. You get price predictability along the way—as we develop the design of your home together, we update you about its pricing.

The cost of your home will depend on the finishes and specifications you select, where you will be building, and how much you choose to modify the design—if you are starting with one of our standard models. Turkel Design homes start at $850,000. Visit our FAQ page to learn more about how it all works.

 
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Prefabricated Package Pricing

We provide you with a fixed quote for the prefabricated building component package, which includes the structural shell, windows, doors, cladding, decking, and built-in cabinetry.

 
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Builder Identification & Evaluation

We can help you identify local general contractor candidates from our growing network of trusted professionals, and assist and advise you throughout the vetting process.

 
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Builder Pricing Analysis

We provide your shortlist of general contractor candidates with our detailed drawings and specifications so that they can prepare preliminary estimates for your home—we then carefully review and analyze the bids for you.

 
 

Step 4 : Permitting

Though the permit process seems daunting, we are here to guide you through it and provide everything needed to ensure a smooth approval. Every city, town, or village has different requirements, and we are proud to say we have successfully worked with some of the most challenging committees and building codes out there.

 
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Permit Documents

We create a comprehensive set of drawings and specifications for your local building department to review, including plans, elevations, sections, framing plans, and specifications.

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Consultant Coordination

Depending on your site, project scope, and regulatory environment, it may be required to work with various consultants such as engineers, landscape designers, and permit expediters. We will coordinate this communication.

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Permit Application

Once we’ve compiled the necessary documents, they are submitted to your local building permit office. We are available to address any code officials' requests for clarification of our drawings and specifications. Once we receive feedback from the local code official, we make any necessary revisions—providing clarifying details if needed.

 

Step 5 : Site Prep & Fabrication

With a building permit in hand, we can begin the manufacturing process of the structural shell in the factory. To ensure the best use of time while the package is being manufactured, your local contractor is preparing your site, and building the foundation with a team of local experts.

 
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Builder Orientation

Working with a builder in your area to prepare your site and finish out your home means that local trades, site-specific conditions, and locally available materials can be coordinated, addressed, and sourced most efficiently. We make sure the builder you select is comfortable with our process, details, and materials before and throughout construction.

Shop Drawings

After years of producing our homes in factories, we have refined our process to assure the quality of materials and precision of the components. We create highly detailed 3D models for every piece of the structure, and how they connect to each other—which is why we can offer a fixed price for the fabrication, delivery, and assembly of your home.

Prepping Your Site

Unlike conventional construction, your local general contractor can start preparing the foundation while the prefab package is being manufactured in the factory. Your builder will source local materials and a team of experts to make sure the site and foundation are ready to receive the home package.

 
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Fabrication

Because we build the structural shell in a stabilized environment (wall panels, roof and floor structure, laminated beams, and sheathing), we are able to continue working through all weather conditions—making the most efficient use of time. It also means that our homes are built using premium, sustainably sourced materials, and to a high level of precision to be as airtight as possible.

 

Delivery & Assembly

When the foundation is ready, we deliver your systems-built package to your site via truck to be assembled by an experienced crew. Walls arrive as panels, floor and roof structures come as components, and windows and doors are ready to install.

 
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Delivery

Using panels instead of modules, we flat-pack the components on a conventional flat-bed truck for efficient shipping—conserving travel time, fuel, and site disturbance. If necessary, we can divide the shipments into small packages to be delivered to even the most remote site.

Assembly

Once the package arrives on-site, a framing crew assembles the weather-tight shell much faster and with more precision than with conventional construction. Since the shell is erected in large sections and the structural components are pre-cut to length, the work can be carried out in less-than-ideal weather, allowing us to build in regions with short building seasons, and assure neighbors of less noise disturbance.

The Structure

With the shell assembled, your general contractor can now work in a weather-tight environment, following our detailed construction documents to install insulation and roofing; put in all mechanical services and plumbing and electrical fixtures; cover the interior walls with drywall; and install the cabinetry, exterior cladding, and flooring that we supply. See what is included in our standard prefab package here.   


Cabinetry & Specifications

Using our design insights and Preferred Vendor Network, we source and ship your chosen specifications for your builder to install. Some, like cabinetry, come as part of our standard prefab package, while others are additional options we can help you source.

 
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Cabinetry Design

We know how integral cabinetry is to the look and use of your home, so we work closely together to create just the right design for you—choosing from our library of details and finish options to complete the vision of your home. Click here to see our cabinetry portfolio.

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Cabinetry Fabrication

We fabricate the cabinetry in a factory and deliver it to your site to be installed by your local contractor. Using a frameless construction technique, we offer multiple wood species and finishes for a sleek look in a range of spaces.

Finish Specifications

In addition to the weather-tight shell and interior walls, our package also includes cladding, flooring, decking, doors, windows, and built-in cabinetry. We are also happy to work with you to select and provide additional specifications, including finishes, fixtures, appliances, and furnishings. We have streamlined the process by supplying a curated selection of options to choose from. We work with a family of trusted vendors we have carefully vetted to ensure you have access to high-quality products that fit seamlessly into our homes.  

 

Builder Support

Though the finishing is managed by your builder, we are available to provide support wherever needed to ensure your home comes together as planned. See what your builder provides here.