We believe that the best ideas evolve through an engaging and thoughtful process
Seeking innovative, practical, environmentally sensitive and people-based solutions.
What is the process go from diagram to actual architecture? How does the imagery evolve and become something you can actually build from and eventually live in?
Step 1: Interview and initial discussions
Often a couple of architects are interviewed, the homeowner(s) and the architect(s) figure out if there is a good fit with one another. Sometimes a homeowner just knows who they want to partner with (based on a raving recommendation or a specific design philosophy, etc.) and they skip the interview step. Typically the architects have a portfolio of past projects to review and possibly examples of their process.
Step 2: Information gathering
Goals, needs and requirements are discussed. The we visit the site, review the existing conditions, and take as-built measurements of what is there. We gather information from state and city agencies regarding specific land use and building code requirements as well as pre-submittal and pre-permit procedures.
Step 3: Schematic Design and Feasibility
The generation 2-3 preliminary designs incorporating the information from Step 2. At this stage, design concepts are brought to the table. Maybe there was a specific site feature that could be enhanced with the new architecture or opportunities within the project not previously discussed.
Step 4: Design Development + Permit Documents
As decisions continue to be made, we develop the schematic drawings into permit documents. The graphics evolve from diagrams to actual architecture at this step. The drawings are refined in regards to details and methods. Materials are decided on and the architects figure out how everything fits together.
Step 5: Construction Documents + Permit Acquisition
A set of permit drawings is a simplified construction set. The permit documents are used to submit, coordinate, and obtain the building permit from the city or county. The city/county doesn’t typically care to review each and every detail – they just want to make sure you’re meeting state, city and local codes.
Step 6: Construction Administration
The documents and drawings for the project are now complete and construction begins. Typically with a project of any complexity, we remain involved answer questions, deal with clarifications and administer revisions if necessary. We also protect the interests of the project and the integrity of the design.