Our Design Process
We have the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process; from helping you to define what you want to build, to helping you get the most for your construction dollar.
We see the big picture. We don't just design four walls and a roof - we create total environments, interiors and exteriors, that satisfy functional needs, and are exciting, dynamic spaces in which to work and live.
We are familiar with climatic conditions, regulatory requirements, and construction costs that will influence the project design. We will coordinate with the appropriate consultants to obtain the necessary surveys and town and environmental permits, as well as any other required information and approvals specific to your project. Our services are normally provided in the following five phases: Schematic Design, Design Development, Contract Documents, Bidding and Negotiations, and Contract Administration.
After owner conferences, we will study and analyze the project requirements, upon which we will prepare preliminary designs that may include plans, elevations, perspectives, and scale models to help you visualize the project. These sketches are not "finished" construction documents. They are intended to illustrate possible approaches for your consideration.
Once a conceptual design is agreed to, we will prepare more detailed drawings to illustrate other aspects of the proposed design. Major materials are selected and a preliminary cost projection can be made using recent data from local contractors and similar projects.
At this point, the final design has been established and owner approved. We will prepare detailed plans and specifications that describe the scope and quality of the work. The complexity of these drawings may vary considerably depending on the project, the client's needs, and the method for selecting the contractor.
Bidding & Negotiation
We will present a Proposal for the construction of your project, or, we will assist you in preparing a list of contractors to bid on the construction of your project. Potential bidders are matched to a project based on its scope and quality, as well as the client's personality. We will assist you in obtaining competitive bids from general contractors to make sure you are getting the most out of your construction dollar.
Field Observation & Contract Administration
We will visit the site to review the progress and quality of the work, and to assure conformity to design intent. We will coordinate with the owner and contractor during the construction of the project.
Our role is to guide you through the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on; to assure you of a creative and aesthetic end product that is functional and within the realm of your budget.
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This page was last modified on April 18, 2013
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