Would you like to see your dream come alive?  Be tangible?  Have in your hand to hold?  Now you can custom design your dream home without making a major investment in time and money.    First Draft Custom Home Design will take your concepts, sketches, must haves and wishes and turn them into a set of documents you can shop with builders and other design professionals to see if building is the best path for you and your family.




Designs by Michael Bowling

Hello, I am Michael Bowling

Let my experience help you get a step closer to building your next home

I have over 30 years of experience in residential construction as a carpenter, draftsman, and designer.  I have worked with homeowners, architects, and builders to design houses that are functional, economical to build, and beautiful both inside and out.  I would love to help you realize your custom home dream!

"Michael helped us design our home to be exactly what we wanted and what worked the best on our lot. We combed through thousands of floor plans on many, many websites (so many hours spent) but couldn’t find a home that was the floor plan we were picturing, and we knew that modifying these existing plans would be very expensive and still not quite what we wanted. We decided to look into custom design. I found Michael’s page on Houzz and really liked the look of his designs...
...The process of home design can be frustrating, even with a professional designer, because you’re trying to communicate exactly what you are picturing and have someone make it work in the design. In our case, I had VERY specific ideas that I wanted drafted, and this can cause some frustration on both ends. But, trust me, push through the frustration of the process. It is absolutely worth it. Michael is very patient and was willing to work with us until we got EXACTLY what we wanted. I can’t wait to build our home!!"

Sarah L

“After hiring him, we all met up about 6 weeks later at dinner to review his drawings. I was honestly a bit skeptical to see if he had captured the "look and feel" we wanted within the perimeters provided (sq footage, floor plan, etc). When he showed us the first round of sketches we were blown away. He had been able to fit the floor plan we wanted into the "look" of a traditional farmhouse with the addition of a few well thought out "oh wow!" spaces. He exceeded our expectations!”

S. Turner

“Michael is incredibly skilled and understands how a home should be designed and built. Extremely flexible and doesn't mind working until it's exactly what you envisioned.”

J. Shurm

“Michael Bowling designed our house and did a great job! Patient, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable about important design considerations, like energy efficiency.”

M. Brown

“Michael has a strong intuitive grasp for efficient design. The plans that he put together were virtually perfect and his professional and patient approach made me feel as though we were very well taken care of.  I will definitely use his services the next time we need a house design.”

G. Wiley

“I highly recommend Michael for architectural design and concept. We have worked together on two projects - cottage exterior and kitchen interior - and he delivered on both!”

K. Wright


Drawings are for conceptual purposes only to aide in feasibility of construction and pricing. They are not suitable for permit application or as construction documents.