Curtis Home Design has years of experience designing plans for new Waterfront Homes and renovations both in the Tampa Bay area and along the Gulf of Mexico. The artistic design and structural integrity of our Waterfront properties is the reason why so many Tampa Bay builders, developers & Real Estate Agents choose us to work with their valued clients.
The requirements for designing in “A” Zones and “V” Zones have many restrictions. The design of the waterfront home, from the foundation to the roof framing, must be able to withstand hurricane-force winds and flood waters. We get Waterfront House Plans quickly approved by the local building departments and our plans are guaranteed to receive a building permit.
From Harbor Watch to Seaside Sanctuary to Philippe Point
Lee got his start designing Waterfront Homes in the early 1990’s when he met with the Owners of Design Guild Homes in Tarpon Springs. Supplied with the preliminary design sketches of the plans & front elevation from the owners, Lee completed the Preliminary Plans & Elevations to scale and upon approval completed the working drawings for permitting. Completed plans included Foundation plans (Including Piling), Floor Plans, Floor & Roof Framing, Building Sections & Electrical. Lee’s Father ,V.A. Curtis, was the Structural Engineer for these projects. Many of the homes in our GALLERY are homes located in these luxurious waterfront subdivisions.
Why have a plan?
"People ask me why my tagline is "You've got to have a plan!". Let's look at what might happen if you don't have a plan. Let's say you decide to build an addition without plans or a permit. You need to hire plumbers, electricians etc.. They hear you don't have a permit so may decide to not have inspections done. Then one day the property appraiser comes out to update the plan of your house and they see this new addition. That gets reported to the building department. The building department visits, gives you a fine, and orders you to get plans after the fact to prove the addition was built to code. Now you've got to hire an architect to draw the plans and figure out how it was built. To find out how it was built, the building department requires cutting out drywall to get a look at the wiring and plumbing, remove the drywall ceiling to see the roof was attached properly etc.... At this point, you have an addition that was not inspected and therefore may not be to code, you've paid a fine for not having plans, and now have to pay for plans- but after the fact which is much more expensive. Compared to all that trouble, the cost of getting a permit is so minimal and the value of knowing it was done to code is so important that I guess its true- You've gotta have a plan!"