ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PROCESS

PRE DESIGN

We meet with you to determine issues to be solved. Next, we'll develop a program, evaluate the site and/or existing building (s), check zoning, explore options, identify priorities and where to spend your budget.

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

We develop several options, sketch architectural layouts, and then meet with you to identify how these options help your needs. Then we help you prioritize your most urgent needs. With your feedback, we develop the schematic design for you to visualize the final schematic architectural design. For cost control, we work with contractors for a preliminary cost estimate.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Once you have decided on moving ahead with the design, we work out the schematic design with dimensions to assure everything fits. We will meet with you a number of times to help you decide upon the style of the design with a focus on details and the selection of materials.

 

Our design process is informed by sustainable technologies and green materials. We will produce a set of drawings with dimensioned plans and elevations with specific materials called out, details of how things are built, elevations for specific rooms (baths and kitchen, etc.), framing plans and electrical plans, schedules that show which windows, doors, finishes, light fixtures, hardware, and other components are used, where and what types of materials and methods are specified.

PERMITTING, BIDDING AND HIRING A CONTRACTOR

If there are permitting issues requiring special permits, we will help you prepare the documents and present to the relevant government boards. We help you develop a list of contractors. Our construction documents are used for bidding. We will then help you organize the bid to send out and finally select the contractor.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

We will observe construction work in progress to confirm compliance with the Construction Documents. We represent your interests during construction to make sure that the work, for which payment is requested, is correct. We help in resolving issues that arise during construction to make sure your interest is well served.
 

POST-OCCUPANCY SUPPORT

Once you occupy the space, we help you with any issues that might arise for the best functioning of your building.

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