Working With Us - The Process
The following are brief descriptions of the stages of our design process. It is best that these stages occur in order, and yet with some clients and some projects some phases may be combined or eliminated. No single project is the same as another, so not every phase occurs the same way.
Our hope is that these descriptions will help explain what occurs along the way, and may not always be visible.
Concept and Validation
You have ideas. Great ideas. Or maybe, you're not sure where to start. During the Concept Phase, we will meet with you to discuss the key features and scope of the project you are considering. Bring your photos, magazine clippings, wish lists, etc.—this is fun for both the architect and the client! During this phase we will generate preliminary sketches and help you manifest the ideas into the language of drawings. In the case of a remodeling project, we measure and generate "as-built drawings." With a new home, we start by evaluating the site through maps or by visiting the site to offer guidance on the best locations for building. Each step of this process is to help you make choices.
Our team will provide concept sketches of design options and explain how they meet the requirements discussed in the concept and validation stage. The overall scope of the project, proposed building materials, and a preliminary budget related to the schematic design are also discussed. Refinements are made until you approve the design.
You’re ready to get started in earnest. During this phase of the project, we will compose floor plans and all appropriate exterior elevations, building sections of the existing conditions and/or proposed new construction. These working documents will guide us as we further define the project and scope. At the end of design development, we should have the major decisions made about the home. At the completion of this stage, we like to send out our documents to a selected builder for preliminary pricing.
One of the most important elements of your architect's services is construction documents. Your architect will develop detailed drawings and material specifications. The contractor will use both to estimate construction costs and to build the project.
In this phase, your architect observes the pace and quality of construction. As your agent, your architect looks out for your interests, keeping you informed of the project's progress and overseeing any changes or problems that may arise. Construction phase services are helpful in keeping your project on track and within budget.