Planning for Commercial Construction

Better By Design LLC will help you through the entire process of planning for the construction of light commercial and industrial buildings. Better By Design LLC draftsmen work to assure the plans will meet state and local codes and requirements. We will produce complete plans and our engineer will provide engineering as needed and stamp the plans so that they can be submitted for state approval. Our engineer is registered in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Alabama, and Wisconsin. (Engineering services provided in partnership with Renaissance Design Build, Inc. Please call for an appointment to discuss light commercial projects more fully.


Our experienced draftsmen understand the process for planning for the construction of light commercial and industrial buildings, churches, additions and tenant build-outs. So call today for an initial appointment. For new construction we’ll meet with you at our offices. For additions or build-out projects we’ll meet you there so we can get dimensions and photos of the existing structure.

First we need to know what your needs are. Please be prepared to tell us the approximate size and use for your building project along with an overview of the layout and function needed. And knowing where it will be located will help us know what plan elements you’ll be required to have in order to state approval.

 We’ve learned a lot from experience. We understand that one of the worst things that can happen on a project is to have delays and added expenses incurred when you’re surprised by unexpected state or local requirements. So don’t go it alone!

After our initial meeting we’ll take a short time to determine exactly what plan elements will be required before construction of your project may begin. Your final plan may be required to submit some or all of the following:

Site location plan, Site drainage plan, Septic layout plan, Building Elevations, Foundation plan, Main floor framing plan (plus other floors as applicable), Electrical plan, HVAC plan, Plumbing drain, waste & vent plan, Building sections & details, Life safety plan, Handicap details and other planning elements as they apply to your specific project.

Once we’ve determined what we believe are the required plan elements, we’ll be able to give you a written proposal detailing the various plan elements we can provide and what you will be charged. After reviewing and accepting our proposal we will begin the actual work.

You’ll first be given a floor plan and elevation drawings for your comment, revision and approval. Our draftsmen will work to make the plan fit your needs and desires before moving to the next step. Once you’ve approved the floor plan and elevations, we will prepare the foundation plan, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other plan elements. You’ll have an opportunity to review all these elements and at the same time our Engineers will be doing the Code Review and any required engineering. We may all meet together several times to be sure that you understand the plans and that we have addressed all known issues. We also complete the required ComCheck and Application for CDR. Once we all agree the plans are complete, the Engineer will put his official seal on each page and the plans will be submitted to the state.

So you can rest easy while we lead you through the whole process. And if you need jobsite supervisions or inspections, we can provide those services too. When you work with Better By Design LLC on your commercial construction projects it’s like working with friends who are looking out for your best interests. Because you are!

We work in partnership with Renaissance Design Build, Inc. for engineering. And they can provide all the survey and site plans you will need for even the biggest project. They will be happy to prepare a proposal for those services separately.

BBD is you one stop for complete commercial construction project planning!