Okay, so you have a dream project, whether it's a new home, an energy efficient addition or a remodeling project. You've got photos, sketches, or clippings from magazines.

What's the next step? Drafting a plan based on a budget that works for you. It's never too early to speak with your local lender. Planning and budgeting go hand-in-hand. Knowing how much financing you qualify for and the approximate costs of your project will help you create building plans that fit your budget.

Looking through plans on the internet can get confusing. It's helpful to work with experienced professionals. Most lumber stores offer discounted plans and drawings if a percentage of building material is purchased through them. Kiel Building Supply offers a variety of plans and 3-D computer walk-throughs. You can walk through your plans on the screen and see what it will actually look like. It's a pretty amazing process. There are also a number of local architects to choose from - one at the top of my list is John Washatko Home Design in Sheboygan Falls.

At Charles Carpentry, we are glad to help our customers through this process. Our experience and background can be valuable in helping you shape your plans to make your project successful.

Give us a call at (920) 894-4351 or email us at david@charlescarpentry.com