Process

A Residential Project

The design and construction of a residential project is a major undertaking.  The process involves the participation of many talented individuals that must cooperate and collaborate to meet your requirements.  While many of the activities of the project will be choreographed by the architect, the end result is a joint venture that involves you, the architect and the design consultants, and the general contractor and the subcontractors.  On projects where a Home Owners Association (HOA) or Design Review Board (DRB) exists, the Board members and your neighbors unfortunately have a say in the design as well.  Everyone must have the same end goal (HOA & DRB excepted).  Each must understand the level of quality expected. 

Communication is the element that ties the entire project together.

Our Approach

Our approach to design is always the same.  But the result differs for every client.  Residential architecture is very personal.  It simply can't be any other way.  Our process reflects this.

We begin by understanding your expectations, defining your budget, and clearly prioritizing your wants and needs.   We will discuss how you live at great length.  Additionally, we will consider many other variables (site parameters, potential views, sources of noise, privacy sight lines, local and state applicable building codes, association regulations, design review board requirements, and many others, for example).

As we develop and propose solutions, these are discussed and evaluated.  Revisions are made based on your feedback.  The review process often generates further ideas that require exploration.  Iteratively, we move towards a plan that meets with your approval.  Finally, we document the solution with detailed construction drawings.  When consultants are involved or required, these drawings are shared with these project team members so they can perform their portion of the work.

These drawings will then be used to obtain cost estimates/bids from qualified general contractors.  If you do not have a general contractor in mind, we will help you select one.  After receiving estimates, we will review and discuss the pros and cons of each of the estimates with you.  We will answer your questions and, likely, seek out more information from each of the bidding contractors.  Through this review process, you will ultimately select a contractor for your project.

After you select a general contractor, we will assist you with the construction of your project by periodically visiting the construction site to observe the work and verify that construction is progressing as planned.  The contractors will have lots of questions for you during the construction process.  You will also likely have many questions during this time.  We will answer your questions and help you answer your contractor’s questions as well. 

Throughout the entire design and construction process, we never forget that this is your project; your house.  We take the time to get it right.