Question: What truly makes our service so different?
Answer: Larrys Home Designs is the industry's exclusive provider of the "Double-Accuracy" Home Design Guarantee.
"Our 20+ years of custom planning expertise, continuing education, and a passion for detail results in a minimum 97% first-time building permit approval. We work hard to provide a comfortable platform of clear & relevant design insight, professionalism, open and helpful communication, a family-friendly atmosphere, and flexible office hours. This smoothly bridges client desires with contractor requirements for an optimal, worry-free design and building experience." - Larry Stauffer, Founder
Guaranteed "Double-Accuracy": 1. Any design changes required by a builder after construction begins due to design error; and 2. Any plan changes necessary for permit approval after the 2nd submission due to our error, are completely free.
What does this mean for you as a "red carpet" valued customer?
Unearth the not-so-mysterious truth surrounding the 7 Foundational Pillars of Larrys Home Designs service.
#1. An "Industry First" guarantee on home design accuracy.
Nowhere during our search of home designers have we ever seen a guarantee offered. Not only do we offer a guarantee on our work, we guarantee in two distinct ways.
First, is our "Build-able Accuracy Measure".
If the builder needs to have something redesigned because of an error in the initial design preventing him from building it, after having been approved by the homeowner and the local municipality, Larrys home designs will do any redesign work for free.
Second, is our "Permit Approval Standard".
Due to the nature of the business of working with local municipalities, first-time permit submission for building approval can be sketchy at best. The reason for this is that even though there are internationally recognized residential building codes each local municipality has the right to enforce their own code policies as long as they are equal to or exceeding the international codes.
This means that, even when an approval official is contacted during the design stages they do not always mention all the additional changes they require even when pushed for details. Sometimes the attitude is, "you do what you normally do, and then we well look at it and see if anything is missing."
Therefore, our guarantee is offered on the second submission, and not the first. After receiving the plans back one time, it is then our responsibility for job expedience to ask all the questions needed - based upon the officials first refusal – to make sufficient changes to acquire the approval with next submission.
If the 2nd submission isn't approved we'll make any required additional changes at our cost, not the client'First, is our "Build-able Accuracy Measure".
#2. Over 20 years of custom planning experience.
Larry's design skills were uniquely forged from within a construction family. Working for a boss can be difficult, but working for one's own father is even harder. Work was never over at five o'clock and many dinnertime discussions focused on solving both design and construction problems. Dad wanted efficiency on the job site and the clients wanted what they wanted even if it took longer. Learning to blend these two differing desires satisfactorily created a special learning experience that continues to serve Larrys Home Designs well as he works for both the homeowner and builder to keep them happy.
#3. The benefits of continuing education.
Larry's Home Designs does not believe in resting on past experience by itself. Ongoing education within the home design and building industry is a tool that helps them stay on top of their craft. As a member in good standing of the American Institute of Building Design in my regional Susquehanna Valley chapter they are better able to stay knowledgeable about available products and what is going on inside of this market.
In turn, this helps them assist their clients more effectively. Even though it is not required in Pennsylvania, Larry is in the process of becoming an officially certified residential designer.
#4. A passion for detail.
In a conversation with one of our contractors, the word "accuracy" was his description of one of the three main reasons he doesn't use another home designer. Larry's home designs centered mind rarely shuts off from this creative work. Sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the night with details popping into his head that he wants to incorporate into a particular situation. Even when using a checklist to solidify a job progression in accuracy his mind continues to search out other possibilities to make things even better.
#5. Professionalism and a family-friendly atmosphere.
You've likely heard the phrase about "treating friends like family and family like friends." This is how Larrys Home Designs likes to operate their business and treat their clients. Getting to know our clients in a friendly and caring way about who they are as fellow human beings greatly helps to improve the overall home design work being done for them. Every attempt is made to make our clients feel comfortable and at ease while maintaining appropriate professional guidelines.
#6. Flexible office hours and building bridges of understanding and compatibility.
Typically homeowner's and contractors have conflicting schedules when it comes to finding a good time to get together for project discussions. That is why we do not adhere to strict office hours. A cornerstone of our business is striving to be available evenings and weekends when necessary, except for Sunday's and Christian holidays, in order to accommodate the various time frames that work best for clients.
In addition to this, our third-party consulting services enhance the overall experience by creating an atmosphere of understanding for everyone involved: the homeowner, the builder, and the designer. This is not a requirement, but an option we regularly make available. We have no problem working with either the builder or homeowner individually, but sometimes it helps to more readily resolve design questions in a sit-down meeting together.
#7. Creating an optimal design and building experience.
The quality of your design experience with us and the work we do extends over into your overall building experience. That is why each and every one of these 7 individual components is a part of our overall service to you."You get so much more than just a set of blueprints drawn up for your contractor when you choose Larrys home designs. A home design is more than just a design by itself. It is the key component that connects a majority of the other components involved in the entire home building process."
From taking our client's initial design ideas, helping them refine those ideas based upon their immediate and long-term needs and desires, and then turning them into builder practical plans to work from we stay with the project until your new home is fully built.
And THAT is why we can make such a strong commitment to you as you plan and build your new home.
Whether it's interacting with the homeowner, or any number of the contractors involved, we stay on the job not only until the job is done, but until it is done to your personal satisfaction!
"We sent a layout to Larry with lots of modifications on it in writing. To our surprise, he designed our blueprints to exactly what we were wanting without any questions. He did a very wonderful job and it was also great how he listed each load that would be needed in sequence. We were very impressed with his work and at a very reasonable price. We would recommend him to anyone."
- Carrie Albright,
S. Bloomingville, OH
Believe me, Larry & his ability to design structures, is a 'jewel in the rough.' I was referred to him as an experienced log home designer & I had either a log (or log slab) home in mind. I contacted Larry, & in no time, had plans & the specifications. This was to the last nail & piece of siding.
Larry's work is reasonably priced & excellent quality. He knows builders & suppliers who can have you in 'front of the fireplace' in no time.
- James E. Vaughan,
You are truly a "wonder worker". I called the township today to see if they had any news on our plans we gave them and the guy said he would have everything ready for me to pick up the permit next Wed. WOW!!!!! I have never heard of or seen anything go through so quickly - you have the talent, Larry.
I am so glad that we may be able to get this project underway before the real cold weather sets in and the builder can maybe be working on the interior by that time and maybe Mom can be here early spring. She turns 80 in April and we would love to have an 80th Birthday party and housewarming all in one for her and all her friends. We will see how the Lord leads. He is working quickly in all of this and I am amazed and what He has done through you and the builder. Thank you so much. I will be taking pictures and keeping you updated on all of it. We do promote you any opportunity that we get. You are GREAT!
Ron and Marcy Shingle
PS - the check (really) is in the mail!
…your website and found it to be very entertaining. It was geared to getting the "Larry's Homes novice" to do what I had pretty much already decided on from the great phone conversation we had, which is trust your expertise in your industry.
-Alan Leeth, Virginia
"In my line of work I build both log and conventional homes. It can be difficult to find someone who can draw prints for both styles. I received a flyer in advertising Larry's Home Design. I was planning to build a house for myself and decided to try Larry's that way I could guage whether I would use him for my clients. I was very impressed and since then Larry's Home Design draws prints for all our customers."
- Marvin Fisher
New Holland PA