Before we start design we need to understand what are the goals of the project and how we can help achieve those goals.
We often have projects that are early in the development process and just require design for marketing, zoning application, financing, and of a slue of other purposes. We are happy to help you though this process to help visualize a project through site planning, floor plans, and renderings.
We know building a cottage or home is a huge investment and you will have lot of options along the way. We believe it is important to give you options for the level of detail you want us to provide. This includes the amount of design options, renderings, interior design, material specifications, bid coordination, submission of permit applications, and the submission of zoning and minor variance applications.
Designer will review the Client’s objectives to collect complete information regarding desired size, function, and aesthetic of the new or renovated spaces. During the research phase it is important to share as much information as possible which can include sharing images, Houzz boards, and Pinterest boards.
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.
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.
During the design process, contractors can be consulted at various points to understand the the cost implications of the design.
The City or Town will be used as an asset at various phases to discuss the various codes and zoning ordinances to ensure compliance.
Once preliminary design is approved, the design will increase in specificity to create drawings for construction. The project will include 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 prepare pricing to build the project. The Designer may be used as a tool to help aid in the of the selection of a contractor.
Once the construction commences, the Designer acts as the Client’s advocate by answering contractor questions, interpreting the construction documents, and assisting with the final product, material, and color selections.