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We listen with extreme care during this first stage.
The process begins with the development of an architectural program. The client must share their current site survey along with any pictures, sketches and ideas they may have.
We will then analyze their town’s zoning ordinance related to the site and advise how the client can best achieve their project goals.
Design & DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
During this phase, we seek solutions to any issues which may arise in the Pre-Design phase or we design with the objective to meet the goals just outlined. There may be more than one option.
All of this requires a collaborative effort between our team and the client. Once the client approves the design, we continue to refine the floor plan and develop interior and exterior elevations with careful attention to detail.
If you elect to pursue interior design services with our firm, we will first define and understand your style and color palette preferences. Following this, we develop floor plans with specific pieces and sizes of furniture in mind.
Thereafter, the furnishings are specified and can be shopped if requested by the client. Fixtures and hardware for any or all the rooms in your home can be selected as well as tile, stone, paint and stain colors, etc. We can do as much or as little as you prefer and tie it all together by accessorizing after items are installed to reflect you.
Our firm now details the final design for construction. Structural, Mechanical, Site Engineers and other specialists are retained by the client, as needed, such that their work can be incorporated into our Construction Documents. These documents and specifications detail exactly what is to be built in the Construction phase and the project is ready to go out to bid. We will issue permit sets for the builder to whom our client awards and that builder will file for a building permit.
A key place to keep listening.
Once plans are in place, the bidding phase begins. The Architect will assist you in finding contractors who will bid on your project. Once bids are remitted, the Architect and client will evaluate which contractor is best suited based on price, experience and availability.
Construction Administration begins after the contract is signed with the builder/contractor. It ensures the proper execution of the approved drawings and contract.
The Architect will work with the contractor to solve problems that may arise on site and will verify status of work complete by actually asking to be called by the builder to the site at certain phases of construction.
Finally, the Architect will inspect the project for conformity and level of completion before final payment.
Below listed are some key items which need to be completed on a timely basis. Our team can double check that your builder is managing the following properly:
- Site Inspections: for the owner and with municipal inspectors
- Sub Contractor Drawings: kitchen plan, cabinets, library, etc.
- Utility Connections: power, phone, gas, etc.
- Product Selection: floors, light fixtures, hardware, appliances, etc.
- Loan/Bank Inspection: if financed with a construction loan
- Inspections For Payments: the contractor will ask for payments
- Final Walk Through: this includes preparing a final punch list
- As Built Drawings: if there were any changes along the way
- Final Payment