Residential Design Process
This is a basic outline of how a typical project might go from beginning to end and what services are usually included.
Preliminary Project Meeting
Up to a 1 hour long, no cost and no obligation pre-project meeting to discuss your project so that we can get an understanding of your wants and needs, evaluate if your project is feasible and prepare a proposal of our services.
Consultation with our staff on an hourly basis can be performed for a variety of services and as needed. Onsite or remote consultations are available- we offer expert design advice as well as complete design.
Whether you are considering an interior update, a kitchen or bath remodel, or a full remodeling your home, or building a new home, we help you manage the many tasks required to make your project a success Larger projects are on retainer with our firm, allowing us to devote time and attention to you and your project. We engage our highly qualified network of trained professionals to assist in completing the project.
The Schematic Design Phase
We review your project needs and we pull together all your wants, needs, and must haves for your project and develop the vision for your project through design presentations with drawings, samples and sketches. We present initial concepts and plans for your review and approval.
The Design Development Phase
Once the initial concept has been determined, we research the necessary components of the design to determine means and methods of implementation. Our designs are presented in various forms, including 2D plans and elevations and 3D drawings so we can convey our design ideas to you. We also keep our eye on your budget by presenting estimated costs.
The Contract Document Phase
After you approve the design for your project, we expand on the design and prepare detailed drawings/selections as needed from which a contractor can bid and construct your project.
We assist you in the bidding process, including sending out bid invitations, collecting bids, answering questions, and reviewing the contractor bids. We then meet with you to review the bids.
Most of the time, this is done by the contractor. However, there are times that you may want to get the permit process moving before a contractor has been selected. We fill out all the necessary paperwork and submit the permit application and our construction documents for you.
We are available to answer questions from you and the contractors throughout the entire construction of your project. We process the necessary paperwork on your behalf.
Project Coordination Services
We are not a contractor and we do not perform contractor duties. We leave that to professionals so that we can focus on the design of your project. However, if you would like a us to coordinate the details of the project, we do partner with several very reputable contractors to perform this type of project. If you already have a contractor selected, we can work with you and your contractor to complete your space. This is a great option to help you manage the many details and decisions that arise during the implementation process.
Architectural, MEP and Structural Engineering Consultants
We have Architectural and Engineering Consultants that we continually work with so that we can coordinate the completion of your project