1 Assessing Needs
Our projects start with a single vision – yours, we then collaborate with you to expand and improve that vision, using our building and design expertise to help you translate the vision into a stunning reality.
Our collaborative design process begins upon our first meeting, as we discuss key aspects of your personality, your needs, and your unique vision and ideas.
- What types of activities do you and your family enjoy?
- What are you personal tastes?
- Do you have certain style preferences?
- What types of functions are you looking for?
- How large is your family – and is it growing?
- Do you have special accommodations to be taken into account?
- What are your budget and time restraints?
Once we’ve established certain specific needs and requirements, we work with you to unfold your design intent. We often start by collecting imagery and studying design styles which assists us in creating your one-of-a-kind space.
2 Site Analysis
Incorporating the Site’s Natural Elements
Each construction site is unique and has its own set of needs and requirements. By carefully examining all of the physical features of the site, we can then generate multiple ways to utilize and seamlessly incorporate the natural surrounding landscape.
During the site analysis phase, we:
- Study existing topography and vegetation.
- Note the site’s relationship to adjacent structures.
- Determine exit and entrance locations and establish driveway location.
- Understand the micro-climate of the area—including factors such as elevation, snowfall, sun and shadow exposure—that can impact design features.
- Conduct a solar orientation study and existing vegetation survey.
- Locate existing utility locations on or near the property.
- Research local and regional restrictions and their potential impact on the design.
- This stage of the process includes multiple visits to the site location and a constant exchange of ideas and input.
Once the site research has been compiled, we create a customized 3D computer representation featuring the exact topography, adjacent building structures and existing vegetation.
From this image, we can begin to formulate and create the best design for the space.
3 Schematic Design
Refining the Final Concept and Design
Once the site has been researched and evaluated, we begin developing design concepts.
We meet with you during this phase to discuss ideas, hand-sketch conceptual drawings and diagrams, and begin to generate multiple ideas, plans and massing models.
We conduct multiple site visits, returning to the site to evaluate new ideas and continue to gather input, refine the concept, and gain necessary approvals at each step.
Once we have narrowed our ideas into a single, refined concept, we begin physically staking conceptual plans on the actual site.
4 Design Development
Translating The Vision Into Reality
Your new home or business space begins to take on its character and personality during this stage.
Using 3D computer modeling, our designers are able to show you your future building, including:
- Detailed floor plan, elevations, finishes and materials.
- A preliminary landscape design.
During this phase, we also provide you with advice on construction cost estimates, based on the design and landscaping proposals. We will continue to alert you of any adjustments to these cost estimates as we continue through all of the construction phases.
Once you have approved the design, we begin drafting your construction documents.
5 Construction Documents
Documenting Every Detail With Precision
Our team of architects and designers carefully prepares comprehensive and well-detailed project documentation.
These meticulously drafted documents include:
- Structural engineering details
- Mechanical layout drawings
- Any adjustments in the scope or quality of the project details or project budget
- Drawings and site specifications
- Filing documents for government approval(s)
- Construction contracts
We act on your behalf to create these documents, which are crucial during the bidding process, as they provide clear blueprints for the work to be completed.
Detailed documents also ensure that projects are completed accurately and with your vision in mind. The clearer and more precise the details of the documents, the more assured you can be that the project will be done on time, within budget, and with the highest possible quality.
6 Bidding and Negotiation
Creating Your Construction “Dream-Team”
Using our precise construction documents, as well as our decades of experience in residential and commercial architecture, site planning and construction administration, we help you select the best general contractor for the project.
Clear and concise documents enable contractors to make more accurate bids on the work, often resulting in less guesswork and negotiations.
Following your approval of the construction documents, we assist you in:
- Obtaining bids or negotiated proposals.
- Rewarding and preparing contracts for construction.
7 Construction Administration
Providing Expert Representation and Quality Control
We act as both your expert representative and informed advocate throughout all of the building phases on your home.
Once contracts are confirmed, we work as your representative and will advise and consult with you throughout the administration of your contract for construction. We can also act on your behalf to communicate your needs and help facilitate the project schedule.
- Provide detailed project information to contractors.
- Interpret and explain construction documents.
- Evaluate and resolve any potential project risks and minimize construction costs.
- Track project status, deadlines, and all documentation updates.
- Review payment requests from contractors.
We visit the construction site at appropriate intervals to gauge the building progress and report to you with any changes. We also use this time to ensure quality and protect against any possible defects or deficiencies in the work.
- Ensure the quality of the materials as well as the craftsmanship.
- Evaluate actual construction to make sure it matches up with construction documents.
- Evaluate specific construction milestones, including project completion and closeout.