Our Process



Before we start designing your new sustainable cottage or boathouse, we develop a deep understanding of your goals for the project as well as how we can help achieve those goals.

Extent of the Project

Whether you are early in the planning stages and need help with feasibility studies, or you are ready to start construction and need detailed drawings, we can assist you. Our team has a wealth of experience in all aspects of design, from concept development to site planning, floor plans, and renderings. We will work closely with you to ensure that your vision becomes a reality.

Level of Detail

We know building a sustainable cottage or home is a huge investment. That's why we take the time to understand your goals for the project and create a detailed design that meets your specific needs. We believe that every project is unique and deserves its own bespoke approach. Whether you're looking for design options, renderings, interior design, material specifications, bid coordination, permit submissions, or zoning and variance applications, we're here to help. We're committed to providing the highest level of service and giving you the freedom to choose the level of detail that's right for you.


Schematic Design


To ensure that every project we take on is a success, our design team starts by getting to know the client and their goals for their sustainable cottage or boathouse design. We ask questions about how the space will be used, what kind of look and feel they are going for, and what kind of budget they are working with. This helps us to get a complete picture of what the client is looking for so that we can create a custom design that meets all their needs. We also encourage our clients to share any images or ideas they have for the space with us, so that we can get a better sense of their vision. By taking the time to really understand our clients' goals, we can create spaces that they will absolutely love.


Programming phase analyzes the research and understanding of the clients spacial needs (the program) to prepare block diagrams to start to organize spaces in relation to the site and its features.


As the block diagrams evolve, a concept is created through sketches.


Design Development

The Concept will move from Schematic Design to Design Development as the design transitions from a sketch and idea to becoming 3D model and continues to become more refined. During Design Development detail and more specificity is added such as windows, doors, cabinetry, mill work, structure, roofs, railings, stairs, and so on.

Preliminary Pricing

During the design process, contractors can be consulted at various points to understand the cost implications of the design.

City / Town Consulting

Throughout the various phases, we will consult with the municipality to ensure a coordinated effort and keep you apprised of the various codes and zoning ordinances to ensure compliance.


Construction Documents

Once preliminary design is approved, the design will increase in specificity to include drawings for construction. The project will include a review of applicable building codes and zoning ordinances. The drawings for each project vary but could include site plan, ceiling plans, zoning and code information for permitting, door and window details, demolition plans, materials and fixtures lists, floor plans, construction details, audio and video layout, electrical layout, sections, general notes, interior and exterior elevations.


After the Construction Documentation is complete the project will be submitted to a short list of contractors to prepare a price to build the project. Our design team can help you review bids and decide on the contractor that is the best fit for your project.


Construction Administration

Once the construction commences, CPD acts as the Client’s advocate by answering contractor questions, interpreting the construction documents, and assisting with the final product, material, and color selections.