Our Design Process

An approach for breaking down a large project into manageable steps.

BEFORE DESIGN
Conceptual-design services vary depending on the complexity of a project and the experience of the owner. Most owners need our experience and research capabilities to determine the project’s requirements.

SITE ANALYSIS AND SELECTION
Whether you already own a site or would like our assistance finding one, we are diligent when it comes to site analysis. Great design comes from a building’s relationship to its site, so we analyze how if can be best utilized for views, sun, land, access and enjoyment.

CODE ANALYSIS
Cities and specific regions within cities have different sets of rules governing many aspects of your project. Our experience in researching and understanding codes is critical to preventing costly errors.

PROGRAMMING
Programming consists of establishing & documenting requirements for your project including: design objectives, desired rooms or spaces, room sizes, relationships between spaces and relationships to the site.

BUDGET ANALYSIS
The budget should estimate both hard and soft costs. Hard costs are construction related—material, labor, and the contractor’s overhead and profit. Soft costs are non-construction related—consultants, city and bank fees, and insurance. It is also important to assess if the budget is adequate to complete the project.

SCHEDULE DEVELOPMENT
Factors that contribute to the project schedule:
   Owner’s schedule
   Owner’s decision ability
   Architect’s schedule
   Consultants’ schedules
   Project complexity
   Permit process
   Contractor’s availability

Architectural Plans
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