Olson Originals is here to provide a one-of-a-kind home. Something to be proud of, alone on an acreage or enhancing the neighborhood it goes into. Each homeowner and building site is unique. These differences in personality and characteristics should be taken advantage of and enhanced.
I strive to assist each homeowner in finding and finetuning their own style. The home should be a reflection of the occupant, not the designer.
Where to Start
Residential Designer vs. Architect vs. Drafting Service –
Many people may not be aware of the differences between a Residential Designer, Architect and Drafting Service. These terms may seem interchangeable but it’s important to know the differences between them in order to find the best fit for you.
A residential designer (as I refer to myself) will design a single-family home, providing the detailed drawings needed to construct the building. This type of designer should have a full understanding of construction and structure as well as a keen eye for aesthetically pleasing architecture. Every aspect of the home is designed, from the floorplan to bearing walls and beam locations to roof layout and exterior materials. This is all done with the intent of each home being unique. Keep in mind, the term Residential Designer is not regulated. While this term can be used by anyone comfortable with their abilities, it is up to the prospective client to decipher whether they are a good fit.
When someone mistakenly refers to me as an Architect, I must correct them and dive into the lengthy list of what’s required to become licensed. An Architect (and the title) is regulated by the state. Their professional stamp is required for residential projects over 10,000 square feet and all commercial work. While most architectural firms choose to focus on commercial and large-scale projects, few specialize (or even offer) single family residential design services. Researching a specific Architects portfolio is a must if you so choose this path.
Drafting Services have their own niche market as well. Smaller-scale projects, without the need for suggested design changes, would benefit from this type of service. Drafting Service companies are a more budget friendly option for replicating a residence with little to no alterations.