The initial stage of a project is to visit the jobsite with the client, which is free of charge. We discuss the design parameters as envisioned by the client, whether it entails a remodel, addition or ground up construction for a new residence. This provides the opportunity for us to understand the site and existing conditions with which we have to work. Preliminary design ideas are discussed, and if possible, budgetary goals.

After the initial visit, we can provide an estimate for the design fees for the project. If the client decides to go forward with the project, we can then proceed with the various phases as described below:

This is the phase where we gather the necessary information required to start the project: This includes an extensive site survey to document existing conditions and measure the structures for an “as-built” set of drawings. This is also the phase to investigate Zoning, Planning and Building Department requirements associated with the scope of the project.

Conceptual Design
After gathering the pertinent information for the project, preliminary designs are prepared and presented to the client. These typically involve schematic floor plans, site plans, and in most cases, exterior elevations of the proposed design. The overall design concept is introduced and will serve as a basis for the next phases.

Design Development
Upon approval of a conceptual design from the client, we can proceed with the details of design development. This would typically include refinement of floor plans, interior and exterior elevations, and initial discussion of material selections. At this time, the design is becoming more refined as we start to visualize the space in finer detail.

Construction Documentation
This phase includes the preparation of the construction set of drawings. It includes all the technical drawings and information required for many different purposes: permit submittal, bid set for contractors, and drawing set for construction after the permit is approved.

When the construction begins, this phase gives the opportunity for us to review the progress of the project at the jobsite. This phase is key to successful implementation of the design concept. The collaboration between the designer and builder is important to maintain continuity of design.

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