I am a residential designer/builder based in Belmont Heights, Long Beach, CA, and this is how I work:
You already have a vision of your ideal home; how it looks, how it functions, how it feels.
Between your current home and that ideal vision lies a vast ocean that you must cross. As in any great sea voyage, a rapid procession of gale force winds (building permits), leviathan sea creatures (inspectors), and marauding pirates (subcontractors) all threaten to capsize your vessel...but fear not! I am Tim Stuart, a local fisherman who knows these waters well. I will guide you, ever-so-gently through the rough seas that await, and I will see to it that your passage is more of a vacation cruise than an episode of Deadliest Catch!