Designing and building a project is a challenging experience whether you're a homeowner, builder, or developer. Therefore, we take pride in getting to know our potential customers by first meeting with you in person to discuss your needs, ideas, and answer any questions you might have about how our design process can work for you.
The typical process
Our design process looks at each project including the site, building, landscape and interiors in a careful manner. We provide services that can execute the entire project as a concise whole, while understanding and prioritizing the various elements that are attainable within the projected budget. We work with our clients to define exactly what is required and desired to build, and ensure that they are getting the highest quality project for their construction dollar.
Moving beyond the design and construction phases, our involvement will depend upon the method of construction delivery that suits the project and client best: using a specific pre-qualified builder chosen by the client; competitive bidding to three or more general contractors; or construction delivery through construction management, which we also offer as an extension of our professional services. With our construction experience we can bring invaluable advice in working through the chosen method.
To explain the design and construction process, we have broken it down into five main phases: Preliminary Meeting, Schematic Design, Design Development, Plan Documentation and Construction. Within each phase, there are a series of steps, consultation and coordination to work through, with goals and objectives for each individual phase. Often these phases overlap, and the design process frequently continues as details are refined during construction.
The design typically begins with an initial consultation with our clients to develop a full understanding of the needs and desires for the project. The goals for the project begin to take shape and a ‘wish list’ is developed. We like to take a site visit during this phase to get a full understanding of the lay of the land. Along with a site visit we will discuss feasibility of the project and the overall project budget. This meeting allows us to interview each other and determine if we a good fit for one another. We like to keep things casual and light hearted. After all, this process should be enjoyable.
At this point we will begin to examine the potential of the project in various forms.A series of initial sketches are the first attempt to transform the program into a plan, and locate the building on the site. The intent is to deal more with environmental and spatial relationships than the “feel” of the spaces. We investigate various options to determine the general layout and direction of the project. We ask the big questions about how you want to live and ultimately how the space around you will to be resolved.
In this phase, once a basic layout and scope has been agreed upon, the design is further detailed to include construction methods, materials and to create the “feel” of the project. We demonstrate our design concepts through drawings, sketches, physical and/or computer models to ensure that our clients have a thorough understanding of the building and feel completely comfortable moving forward. At this point we look at rough estimates to ensure the project is on track for the budget.
4. Construction Documents
Upon final approval of the design, the construction details are worked out, materials are explored, and we finalize plan documents for the builder. Construction drawings are created during this process. Plans get sent out for bids to the Contractors of choice or to the builder of choice.
During construction we work closely with our clients to ensure the project proceeds smoothly and in accordance with the applicable building codes.