Lean Design

“An Introduction to Muddy Shoes Architect Todd Hallett”

By Scott Sedam,
the nation’s leading Lean
Building consultant

Todd Knows Cost...!

Todd Hallett, AIA, President of TK Design & Associates, Inc. (tkhomedesign.com) has been designing award winning homes for over 20 years. He spent 15 of those years working for a $50 million production building company. Todd designed all of their homes but also worked in every other aspect of the company including purchasing, development, land acquisition, product development, and operations, and was President of the company for three years. Equipped with his vast building experience and fueled by his love for architecture he left to form an architecture firm that is second to none in working cohesively with Builders.


Why use Lean Designed plans? Eliminate Waste and Save Thousands of Dollars per Home!!

For the past several years Todd Hallett of TK Design and Scott Sedam of TrueNorth Development, the Nation’s Leading Lean Building Consultant, have been spreading the word about Lean Design. Lean Design is based on creating home designs that maximize marketability and profit while reducing construction waste. This is done through a collaborative design approach that involves the builder and the building team (including sales) as well as the builder’s trades and suppliers. It is a design approach that focuses on cost reduction while increasing aesthetics and overall amenities. Our builder clients are realizing THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL PROFITS PER HOME. The underlying premise is simple: cost cutting leads to cutting corners, whereas cutting waste leads to greater savings and a better product.

Processes offered by TK Design and TrueNorth are:


Uncover waste rooted in plan and spec problems (about half of ALL waste) with our proprietary coding system and 765 LeanFilter questions across 17 activities. Lean plans are more efficiently built, at lower cost, for greater profit, and increased homeowner value. Read more


Get new plans and elevations for the recovering market for ‘better-than-free’ with feedback from LeanPlan Workout. Read more


In 2011, challenged by a smaller-volume builder to combine the LeanBlitz with LeanPlan Workout, TrueNorth and TK Design launched a blend of the two to address plan, product and process issues in a time and cost effective way. The combination, named LeanWeek, proved as successful as its predecessors. Read more

What our Builder clients are saying about their experience with us and LeanDesign

“Todd, I have had great success with the Piedmont plan that I just bought from you. I have sold four already. The first one that I built I had budgeted like one of my previous plans from another architect. Your house came in $15K less. I am thrilled!”

Dave Ernst, President, Prestige Builders

It is my pleasure to recommend the services of TK Design & Associates. During the past three years, our experience working with Todd and Katie has been fantastic. Todd's background in construction...Read more

Saun Sullivan
DSLD "2011 Builder of the Year"

TK Design & Associates provides home plans that are economical to build yet contain the features that homeowners desire. The team at TK has been quick to respond to requests...Read more

Gary D. Hensch
Redstone Homes

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Whether you need a new home design, re-design of an existing plan, or a renovation/addition design, we can help. Todd will be happy to guide you through your upcoming project and your specific plan needs.

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