We desire to work closely with the homeowner to meet their needs. In many cases, what one initially expresses as a need ends up changing during the design phase as you meet with us and we walk through your daily lives on how you intend to live. You can rely on our experience to help your home fit you.
For our developers, we work with your program and site to maximize ROI on elements that drive the market. Many times, we work with you to prepare Design Development packages for approvals from local authorities – be it the local neighborhood association, or the city department of planning & zoning.
Generally speaking, a project flow takes the following form:
- A total budget for the project must be established. The budget will define the size limits of the structure based on current square foot costs. In many cases, we will be innovative with materials where possible to achieve more with less.
- The owner makes two lists – one titled “essential” and one titled “optional”. Sketches, photos from magazines, samples of desired materials and finishes, room types and sizes, views, solar orientation, utility availability and all related information should be gathered in writing to direct the design team. Pinterest is a great example of a shared ideas platform.
- With the direction of the owner, the architects create preliminary floor plans, sections and elevations. When appropriate, alternative room configurations and exterior images are developed. If requested, we may 3D model a space or the building envelope early on to help drive decisions.
- The owners evaluate the preliminary ideas and meet with the architects to clarify what works and what is desirable. The drawings are refined and the design is delineated until it is right for you. Costs are estimated based on the dynamic nature of materials and labor.
- Final construction drawings are done to the level required by the owner/contractor and the local building department.