PHASE 1: Programming & Investigation
This phase can be introspective and illuminating for our clients as they examine their lifestyle and values. The process begins with a client interview in which we start to establish the scope of the project by discussing lifestyle, personal taste, location and community, room necessities and sizes, specific furniture requirements as well as the aesthetics of the home.
During this investigative process, we ask that our clients to compile an “idea file” which usually consists of clippings and photographs of homes, rooms, landscapes, and any other elements which inspire and appeal to them. This file may also include community covenants, design guidelines, site, tree and tope surveys and any other information which will need to be incorporated into the design of the home.
From here we will contact any other individuals or organizations who will be involved in the design and/or construction of the home. This may include a pre-selected builder, decorator or landscape architect, the local government building department, the Developer and/or the Architectural Design Review Board. We will establish the extent of work required or requested by each of these entities to satisfy their requirements. All parties involved must be satisfied with our work in order to accomplish a successful project. When designing in a new area, a code search will be performed to ensure all requirements are met.
PHASE 2: Schematic Design
This phase is the reflection of the previous phase. All of the information collected during the Programming & Investigation phase will be evaluated and presented back to our clients visually. These visual presentations will be in the form of precedent studies, schematic plans and elevations.
Precedent Studies are done prior to the schematic plans and elevations. These are visual presentations of images which interpret the ideals of the project in terms of historical and architecturally significant works which convey the same ideals. This tool is helpful in determining whether we have correctly interpreted the client’s ideals and it also serves to convey our intent to an Architectural Review Board prior to investing a great deal of time and money in design.
Schematic Plans are where we lay out the plans of our client’s home, room to room orientation, sizes and general details to be included. All Schematic Plans are done by hand, allowing for rapid exploration without getting bogged down in the exact details required in Cadd drafting. We strive to make 80-90% of needed changes during the development of these plans.
Schematic Elevations are done after the first presentation of Schematic Plans. Once the initial plans are presented, we will have a firmer understanding of the plans and any changes which may alter the elevations. The Schematic Elevations will be based on the client’s clippings and photos as well as the Precedent Study.
During this phase preliminary pricing should be sought from interested builders. This pricing will be general “ball park” numbers and will be used to adjust the scope of the project if necessary.
PHASE 3: Design Development
In this phase we will further develop the reflection of our client’s ideas, lifestyle and values. After we have the plans and elevations close to final development, we will move to Cadd drafting. The plans, elevations, foundation plan and roof plan will be drafted. We will bring all engineers in during this phase and will also work closely with the landscape architect. We will begin blocking out wall sections and designing the structure. (The Schematic Design of the interiors will begin during the Design Development.) We will also start blocking out the interior elevations and developing the vocabulary of interior millwork profiles. At the completion of the Design Development phase, the final drawings are approximately 50% complete.
PHASE 4: Construction Document
Construction Documents continue to advance detail to the Design Development drawings by adding notes and dimensions to the existing drawings. New drawings including Sections, Details, Schedules and General Notes are added to the set. Coordination between other professionals and their drawings must continue throughout this phase.
This final phase begins with the release of Construction Documents from our office. This may be to a builder for permit or to our client to begin the bid process. During this phase we will assist our client in evaluating bids, allowing our client to have an “apple to apple” comparison of these bids. We will also provide site visits to perform construction administration, be available for questions during construction and schedule regular conference calls to keep lines of communication open and help build a team approach to the realization of our design. This service is often used on an as needed or requested basis.