Genuine Designs, is a Residential Design and Drafting Company

that Specializes in Custom Homes and Community Development.

Established in 2006, by David Sandlass in Brevard, NC.

As a small company, we built our business based on customer service and word of mouth.  We do our best to give our client's the individual attention that they deserve.  While treating every job with equal importance and continually striving to exceed our clients expectations.


With over 600 designed and constructed homes, we have a strong sense of design and construction concepts.  Our diverse range of experience creating various styles of homes across the country, provides us with a unique knowledge base that is a wellspring for creativity.  Working closely with Architects, Engineers and Builders over the years, has provided us with a rare advantage over other design and drafting companies.


Having an accurate plan complete with custom details, cuts down on confusion for everyone involved in the "custom home" process.  Most importantly ensuring that you get exactly what you want at an agreed upon cost and timeframe.  A detailed plan is essential for obtaining accurate builder/contractor estimates and more practical time frames.  Leaving details up to last minute decisions in the field, usually leads to budget issues and often a finished product that differs from your expectations.  


We provide our clients with a thorough set of buildable construction documents to use for contractor bids, bank loans and permits.  We have a reputation for creating accurate, clean plans that are easy to use.


Only with a clear plan can one manifest something in reality.  

We are here to help you create the home of your dreams.

     We Provide:

  • Custom Home Design

    • Construction Documents

    • Custom Interior Elevations for Architectural Details

    • Material Selection Services

  • Production Style Master Plan Sets

  • Renderings

  • 3D Design 

  • Maintaining Builder Portfolio's

  • Townhouse Design

  • Townhouse Group Elevations & Foundation Plans

  • As-Built Plans of Existing Structures

  • Free Standing Structures:

    • Garage

    • Studio​ / Workspace

    • Guest / In-Law Cottage

    • Efficiency Apartment

  • A set of Construction Documents Include:       

    • Cover Sheet

    • Code Compliance specification sheets

    • House placement on surveyor provided site plan

    • Exterior Elevations

    • Foundation plan

    • Floor Plans

    • Roof plan

    • Cross Sections of stair and garage

    • Schematic Electrical Plans

  • Additional Plan Options Available for Multiple Build Sets





Genuine Designs is a full service residential design and drafting company located in Brevard, NC.  Established in 2006 we provide custom home plans for Asheville, Hendersonville, Arden, Mills River, Cashiers, Sapphire, Highlands, Black Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and WNC.  We do custom homes in Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Idaho, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and along the Eastern United States.  We provide affordable drafting services and design custom homes in a variety of different styles.  We provide Architectural Plans and Construction documents for custom homes and do local renovations.

The process will be similar to the following:

Retaining our services and getting on our work schedule requires a signed contract outlining the scope of the project as well as cost.  Our contract encompasses a four - tiered process and payment plan.  Allowing client's to sign- off, as we progress through the different phases of development.

Phase I: Consultation                                                                

This phase begins with an in-office or teleconference consultation that  typically lasts 1 -2 hours.   Ideas are exchanged, while wants and needs are identified to formulate a design concept that is complementary to your lifestyle.  Once the basic questions are answered (square footage, style of home, wants and needs) this stage culminates with the creation of a contract and proposal.                                         


Phase II: Conceptualization    

A conceptual floor plan is created and reviewed with the client.  We prefer to meet, face to face in our Brevard office whenever possible.  However, we often collaborate using pdf's via email and utilize conference calling to discuss client's thoughts about the designs.  Especially for those clients that live out of state.  Plans are reviewed, changes are made, and the process repeats until everyone if pleased with the design. This is also called "Design Development".


Phase III: Preliminary Plans                                              

Once plans have been approved we will begin creating the exterior elevations. The same process used for the conceptual floor plans is again utilized for the exterior. Once plans and elevations are agreed upon we move onto the Construction Documents.

Phase IV: Construction Documents                                      

This is the phase in which all of your designs are transformed into a working set of construction drawings. This will include all necessary information for bids, permits, ordering and construction. All interior details and specifications will be added and the plans will be reviewed for accuracy. This is the final phase.

After Plans are Completed: 

  • We will present you with 2 full size sets of plans for your builder.

  • If our Material Selection Service is requested, we will begin the process of putting together various options for your home and schedule times and dates to visit local showrooms and interior designers that we have developed relationships with over the years.  

    • Finalized selections will be presented to you, in both a pdf online format and a bound, color booklet for you to share with your builder and show friends.

  • Your builder and local permit office may not require a stamped set of engineered plans.  However, we highly recommend that your plans be sent to an Engineer prior to construction.  The typical cost is nominal and is well worth the added piece of mind.
  • We are available for continued consultation as needed, to help guide you through the building process and coordinate with your builder/contractor should a question arise.



Troy Johnson AIA


David Sandlass

David Sandlass





Whitney Wade


Amy Biamonte

Amy Biamonte



Luis Ruis

Luis Ruis


Marie Lemmond

Marie Lemmond