Testimonial from one of my clients:
My late husband, Jay Whitehead and I began working with Greg in 1991 on the design of our home. He created a design that far exceeded all of our expectations and we moved in May 1994. Now, 23 years later, the design has stood the test of time and still remains in my eyes, the most gorgeous home on the Outer Banks. Stunningly beautiful from the exterior to the highly functional layout of the interior. My children, now young adults, and I, have thoroughly enjoyed our home and wouldn’t change a thing. Working with Greg was a wonderful experience. He was articulate and professional in his approach and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him for anyone seeking a unique and functional design.
~ Jo Whitehead, Owner of The Whitehead House. Written on October 20, 2017
Are you looking for an original house design just for you and not a copy of what someone else has?
If you want a knock off of what's already out there, I'll be happy to give you a recommendation to work with someone else. That's cool, because there are plenty of talented people out there recreating what works just fine for rentals, etc.
But if you are fearless and want something totally unique, then keep reading.
You are unique. Why not express who you are?
I've created some wild and crazy designs.
Both residential and commercial. I prefer residential because your home is where you passion resides.
I've also kept it simple and everything in between the two.
The thing is, you are unique.
How you live your life is unique even if you find common bonds with your friends and family.
I love the design process.
Getting into your head, finding out what makes you tick, how you live your life, how you feel when you are living your life and what you think is important, is what will lead you and I during the co-creation of the home you desire.
EARLY HAND DRAWN PROJECTS FROM MY PAST
Collie House. Pasquotank County, NC
Designed by Greg Frucci. Completed in 1991.
Whitehead House. Kitty Hawk, NC
Designed by Greg Frucci. Built by Lee Tugwell in 1992.
IMAGES FROM THE DESIGN PROCESS USING REVIT SOFTWARE TODAY
When I was on my own as an Architect back in the 1990's, I only created original designs even if the client wanted to relate the design to what was on the site before or relate to nearby buildings.
Duck United Methodist Church in Duck, North Carolina is a prime example of simplicity and not so crazy looking to others.
I first met Mr. Frucci when he submitted a plan for the new Church building in Duck [North Carolina]. His innovative design won the competition hands down. It not only made maximum use of the available usable land, was within our projected budget and was true to the aesthetics of reverence, using nature to its fullest. During the construction his monitoring of the progress was outstanding, insuring that the money was well spent, working with the contractor to solve problems as they popped up, keeping the project on schedule. He also worked well with the committee and with the preacher and parishioners, in picking colors and interior details, and with the Methodist Conference leaders to insure that Church requirements were met regarding ritual and spiritual matters. Throughout, he showed total professionalism, boundless enthusiasm and dedication to the task. I would highly recommend him for any job.
~ David Bakken, Building Committee Chairman, (ret.), Duck United Methodist Church. Testimonial written on October 21, 2017
Dang Greg, you sound expensive.
Nope. My fees are competitive with quality Home Designers on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where I live now.
I used to charge seemingly outrageous fees when I was a licensed Architect because that's what I was taught to do. I allowed my license to lapse back in 2003 when I got into acting, going on Adventures, publishing books and professional speaking. Now, it's just not worth the trouble of getting it back and I do not need the license anyway to design the only type of building I ever loved to design...Homes.
I will work directly with you during the design process until you are completely satisfied with the design of your home and ready to be submitted to a contractor and permitting department of the place you live.
Directly from my Design Services Contract to my Clients is this Description of Services I will provide to you:
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Designer (Me) shall provide to Client (You) as instruments of service, an original house addition design for a single licensed use only for the following location: [YOUR BUILDING SITE]
Phase 1: Designer shall provide three dimensional and two dimensional schematic CAD drawings using AutoDesk’s REVIT software of the total building design form, floor plans, building sections and elevations based on Client’s initial design requirements given to the Designer for Client’s review and approval. Designer will email a pdf of the documents to the Client. The title block will read SCHEMATIC DRAWINGS. NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION. Changes/modifications to the design are expected by the Designer upon the submittal of these drawings to the Client. We can move directly to the next phase.
Phase 2: Based on Client’s written approval (email is fine) of the above referenced drawings, Designer shall create Design Development Drawings. This phase is where the documents will begin to look like Construction Documents and will require the most time spent on documentation by the Designer. Changes to the design are expected during this phase and are welcomed by the Designer. These drawings shall include floor plans, site plan, four (4) exterior elevations, floor area calculation, door and window schedules, roof plan, building sections, overall 3D views and roughed out typical wall sections. This phase is where we will finalize all design elements to include total building form, all wall, window, door, equipment locations. During this phase it is extremely important to be comfortable with the design of your home before we move into final Construction Documents in Phase 3. Designer will email a pdf of the documents to the Client. The title block will read DESIGN DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENTS. REDLINE SET FOR CLIENT. NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION
Phase 3: Based on Client’s written approval (email is fine) of the above referenced drawings, Designer shall create final Construction Drawings. Client will submit to Designer a printout of the Design Development Drawings with any notes and changes requested. The printed pdf does not need to be to scale. This printout will be signed and dated by the Client. This is the final phase of the process. No major design changes at all are expected by the designer during this phase. Moving a door, window and small changes like that are fine. Any major design changes might incur an hourly rate as described below in the FEES section. However, small changes to doors, windows and finishes will not incur an hourly charge. If any changes are requested by the Client, then the Client and the Designer will agree on time required to make the requested changes and a fee, if any, will be agreed upon in advance. The documents for Phase 3 shall include floor plans, site plan, four (4) exterior elevations, floor area calculation, door and window schedules, casework schedule, room finish schedule, roof plan, framing plans, typical construction details, building sections, overall 3D views and typical wall sections. All drawings will be annotated with notes. Designer will email a pdf of the final documents to the Client. The title block will read FINAL CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS.
Designer shall create a password protected web page for the Client to review and comment on the design. This web page shall be live for the client throughout the design and construction process. The Building Contractor shall have access to the web page. The web page will be live upon the signing of this contract. The web page address will be: https://gregfrucci.com/[YOUR NAME] . The password will be: [UNIQUE TO YOU]
Questions you may have:
Will you give me what I want, Greg? Yes, I design for you, not for me. I Am in Service to you. Sure I have an ego...everyone does. But my ego got knocked way down while I was alone at sea in the Atlantic Ocean for 17 days and nights.
Will you take forever to design my house? No, I am fast. I even designed an original 22,000 square foot house in a week and a half on a drafting board using a pencil the Old School Way. Yes, I was tired once I completed the design. LOL. Now, I use the BIM (Building Information Modeling) program, Revit LT by Autodesk. Revit is basically AutoCad on steroids and goes way beyond traditional CAD programs. Your design will be created in 3D with the construction documents delivered to the contractor in traditional 2D printed format.
Will you blow my budget out of the water? Nope. Even my wildest designs came in on budget.
Will you disappear once the design and drawings are complete? No for two reasons: A) Ghosting after I give you the drawings lacks integrity. B) I want your testimony and I want you to tell your friends about me even if you say something like, "Greg's a little out there...the guy once sailed alone in the Atlantic during Hurricane Season...but the home he designed for me is beyond what I expected and I LOVE it."
Once you’ve spent some quality time responding to my questions, take a pic or scan them as an image and click the button below to email me with your responses. Have fun with this. I will contact you shortly thereafter and we can begin to have a conversation about your new home or addition…or whatever the project may be.