Thoughtful and thorough planning are key elements in the success of any undertaking. Our comprehensive design process is structured to develop your project from start to finish. Understanding that each project is unique, we tailor the process to your specific needs.
The project manager, designer and client discuss the nature and scope of the project. Together they develop a client “wish list”, discuss lifestyle patterns, the budget, determine the physical requirements of the project, and review any materials the client may have collected while planning the project.
Document Existing Conditions
For a renovation, the project manager and designer will gather information about the site (its size and any constraints), measure and take photographs of pertinent existing structures and draw a base plan of these items. The designer will also measure-up and draw plans and elevations of the existing building.
The designer develops one or two small-scale sketch proposals of the project which translate the program elements into architectural drawings. Together, the project manager, designer and client review the sketches, refine the scope and plan of the project, and choose a proposal to develop.
When the client is satisfied with the schematic design, we will provide a Design Development Cost Estimate to verify that the project remains within the client’s budget. The designer then develops the chosen schematic proposal. Drawings are enlarged to an appropriate scale and drafted. Materials, finishes and building systems (mechanical and structural) are integrated into the design.
The designer will refine the Design Development drawings into a set of drawings and specifications necessary to build the project. These documents may include floor plans, elevations, sections, interior elevations, details, foundation plans, electrical and/or mechanical plans, as well as notes or written specifications, and window, door, lighting and finish schedules.
The project manager or designer will submit the necessary drawings and specifications to the appropriate authorities for approval, and represent the client at permitting hearings as necessary.
The designer periodically consults with the project manager and may visit the site during construction to answer any questions that may arise.
The designer will provide services which may include space planning and layout; color and materials selection; furniture, accessories and art selection; lighting design; custom furniture design; window treatment design; coordinate purchasing and installation.