Design Process

I. Programming

The first step is to gather and analyze all of the information necessary to create your custom home, addition, Kitchen, Bath, or interior. During this time we formulate a detailed 'program' which defines your needs and objectives: function, size and relationship between spaces, character and image, and a host of other considerations that affect how you will live in your new home. We analyze your site and determine the best placement of the house on the site and the spaces within to capture views and sunlight. We also research and study the local building codes and zoning ordinances. Finally, we work with you to establish the construction scope, budget, and schedule.

II. Schematic Design
Conceptual brainstorming and exploration define this phase of the house design process. It begins with the creation of concept diagrams and rough sketches. During this time we create the general layout, form and overall appearance of both the house and the site. Sketches, drawings and models are prepared to help evaluate the house architecture ideas and concepts and set the final direction for refining the House.

III. Design Development
After the general size, layout and character of the home are established, we begin to refine the Project. Floor plans and elevations are prepared with greater accuracy than those prepared during the schematic phase. Ideas are explored for feature elements of the house such as stairs, cabinetry, fireplaces and built-in furniture. Drawings are prepared that describe some of the important technical details. Floor plans, elevations and sections through the house are developed.

IV. Construction Documentation
Construction Documentation is the phase where the custom home design is translated into the technical language of the contractor.Working Drawings (sometimes referred to as building plans, floor plans or house blueprints) and specifications are prepared which define in detail all of the materials that are to be incorporated into the house, where they are to be located and how they are to be installed. Although this phase is primarily intended for working out the technical aspects of the project, some designing also takes place. In addition, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and interior finish materials (tile, carpet, paint colors, etc.) are discussed and selected.

V. Bidding and Negotiation
During the Bidding and Negotiation phase we assist you in obtaining competitive bids or negotiated proposals from general contractors. We distribute the plans and building specifications, answer contractor questions, interpret the documents, and prepare addenda (revisions to the original plans or specifications).

VI. Construction
The final phase of the process is the project’s construction. In this phase we review the progress of the work and facilitate any architectural changes that may be required. We answer questions, review submittals and shop drawings (manufacturers’ and subcontractors' drawings of specific elements to be incorporated within the house). Final selections of finishes and fixtures are made at this time.