In this first phase, we gather and analyze information and perform all the work necessary prior to creating the designs. 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 the spaces will be used.
This portion of the design process is defined by conceptual brainstorming and exploration. It begins with the creation of concept diagrams and rough sketches. During this phase, we determine the general layout, form and overall appearance of both the project and the site. We also determine the scope, budget and schedule. Sketches, drawings and study models are prepared to help evaluate the ideas and concepts and set the direction for refining the design.
In the Design Development Phase we will fix and describe the details and character of the project. This includes feature elements, such as stairs, cabinetry, fireplaces and built-ins, architectural, structural, and mechanical systems, as well as materials and other such elements as may be appropriate.
Basically, this is an extension of the Schematic Design Phase, a further detailing of that design. At the end of the phase, 70-80% of the design work will be complete.
The Construction Documentation Phase is where the design is translated into the technical language of the contractor. Contract documents and working drawings (blueprints) are created, setting forth in detail the requirements for the project. We advise you of any changes in our construction cost estimates and assist you in filing applications for a building permit. At the end of this phase, we have a completed set of drawings and documents ready for review by prospective contractors.
During this phase we assist you in obtaining competitive bids or negotiated proposals from contractors. We prepare and distribute sets of drawings and specifications, answer contractor questions and interpret the documents. Once the bids are received, we analyze the results and advise you as to the merits of the different proposals.
The final phase of the process is the construction. While your project is being built, we will visit the site at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to become generally familiar with the progress and quality of the work and to determine if the work when completed will be in accordance with the Contract Documents. We facilitate any changes that may be required, answer questions, review certificates of payment submitted by the contractor and review submittals and shop drawings from vendors and suppliers.