The Design Process
1. TYPICAL INFORMATION AT BEGINNING OF PROJECT
A: Survey or Site Plan of Property (may be available/rom city). Required for any work outside the footprint of the existing house. If not available, will need to check with city if one is required or if we can provides a measured drawing of the existing and the new addition.
B: Dimensions of Existing House. Can use existing working drawings if available. Typically, working drawings are not available, then it is necessary to measure the existing house or related areas.
C: Information From Owners Regarding Wants and Needs for Project. This is typically discussed at initial meeting. It is suggested that the owners provide a listing (wish list) of all wants and needs along with priorities. Also any sketches, magazine pictures or relevant information that would be helpful to determine functional and aesthetic requirements for the project. Also required is the owner’s approximate budget for the project.
2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
A: After Initial Meeting’s Design Development Drawings Will Be Made. These are drawings based on above information showing proposed plans, and elevations of the project. This addresses the functionality in plan and the aesthetic or exterior appearance of the project. Prior to this however, city ordinances, covens or other known restrictions will be addressed to assure the feasibility of the project.
B: Initial Design Development and Meetings. This is the starting point of design for the project. Design development drawings are reviewed and ideas exchanged.
C: Final Design Development Meeting. This may be the next meeting (for very small projects) or depending upon the size and scale of the project, several meetings with design development drawing revisions may be required. This is done until the owner and *architect are satisfied with the functional and aesthetics of the project and that it meets their initial goals.
3. WORKING DRAWINGS
A Working Drawings Begin. After of approval of Design Development drawings, working drawings are started. They are the final drawings required for contractor pricing, city permits and final construction. They include all dimension, notes, technical and structural information for the project.
B. Working Drawings and Meetings. The drawings are brought to 50% + completion then reviewed with the owner for any final changes and to address the electrical layout and other relevant details.
C. Working Drawing Completion. When completed they are released to contractors. It is suggested that the owner keep two copies for their use. One copy kept clean for record and to make additional copies from, another copy to make note of minor changes for the contractor in red pencil.
* When working drawings are complete, a contractor is selected. Assistance in contractor selection and bidding is available. Also services relating to project inspections, material selection and project consultation are available through the entire project.