Custom Design Service

Listening and communication are the two most important ingredients in the design process.  A habitat for living is one of our most basic needs and generally we have all done a lot of thinking about how our habitat should be arranged.  My clients usually come brimming with ideas about their new project and it is my privilege to listen to all that they have to say about their new habitat.  Here is an outline of how our design process unfolds in a  orderly way:

The Pre- Design Phase—

  1. Here we start with determining the broad architectural styles and preferences.  Working from the big picture to the small specifics we talk about materials, log styles, and special features.
  2. Review the property attributes; including setbacks, wetland zones, topography, special view points, access points, and probable home site locations.
  3. Discuss project budget and level of complexity.
  4. Define additional services such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical, digital communication, security, landscaping, etc.
  5. Discuss qualities of your current home design in relation to the proposed new design.
  6. Review magazine clippings and ideas of special interest.
  7. Visit home site with client.
  8. Review all covenant restrictions and requirements for site  and region.
  9. Determine if geotechnical soils testing is required.

Schematic Design Phase —-

  1. Perform thematic design research and development.
  2. Produce schematic floor plan layouts at 1/4″ scale, and site map of proposed project in building envelope.
  3. Review schematic floor plans with client and determine flooring and ceiling material specifications.
  4. Make alterations to schematic floor plans and develop roof lines and elevations.
  5. Review schematic floor plans and elevations with client using virtual model of project emailed to client.
  6. Review project budget via general costing methods.  Determine window styles, color of accent trim, interior doors, siding material, type of roofing, type and color of stone, and special lighting need.  Produce schedule of materials and specifications.
  7. Make alterations to building model and produce pdf of schematic design documents for email to client.
  8. Receive written client approval of schematic design documents and schedule of material specifications.

Design Development Phase:

  1. Select consultants for additional services as determined in Pre-Design phase.
  2. Produce the Design Development documents which will include:  1/4″ scale floor plans with flooring materials defined; exterior elevations with materials and roof pitch defined; building sections showing wall heights and special features; reflected ceiling plans; foundation plan; floor framing plans; building height profiles; electrical plan; site plan.
  3. Coordinate production of preliminary documents necessary for additional services desired.  (landscaping etc.)
  4. Discuss and determine allowance amounts for interior and exterior selections and materials.
  5. Produce preliminary Specification and Project Manual.
  6. Review Design Development Documents and Specification manual with client.
  7. Review project budget with client and contractor.
  8. Make alterations to Design Development documents and Specification Manual in response to client feedback.
  9. Receive client approval of Design Documents before proceeding to next phase.

Construction Document Phase:

  1. Produce the following final Construction Documents at 1/4″ scale: floor plans with flooring material designations; exterior elevations; interior elevations ( kitchen, bath and laundry cabinets; fireplaces; built-ins and special treatment walls); interior details (trim, molding, wainscot); building sections; reflected ceiling plans; building height profiles; door / window schedules; wall, floor and ceiling schedules; stair details; construction notes/ schedules; electrical plan; energy compliance calculations; site plan.
  2. Produce the following final Construction Documents at 1/4″ scale and certified by a Licensed Structural Engineer:  Foundation plan; Structural floor system plan including header call outs; Roof plan.
  3. Coordinate production of final documents necessary for additional services selected.
  4. Finalize Specification and project manual.
  5. Review Construction Documents and Specification Manual with client.
  6. Review project budget via secondary estimate by client contractor.
  7. Make alterations to Construction Documents and Specification manual in response to client feedback.
  8. Receive client approval for construction documents.
  9. Present completed Construction Documents to client in the following form:  digital pdf via email; 2 wet stamped copies for building department; one wet stamped copy for client; one wet stamped copy for builder; three copies of specification manual.

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