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“When they have a choice, people will always gravitate to those rooms which have light on two sides, and leave the rooms which are lit only from one side unused and empty.”

Christopher Alexander

Project Steps

    1. Preliminary Consultation
      Our initial discussion of your project.
    2. Proposal and Contract
      Write a proposal for services, which becomes the project contract.
    3. Existing Conditions
      Review property documents and permit history, obtain a site survey as needed, create as-built drawings, and analyze site.
    4. Assemble Team
      Assemble the team of engineers and other consultants needed for the project.
    5. Programming
      Investigate client’s objectives, strategize design responses, and develop a scope of work.
    6. Feasibility
      Evaluate cost/benefit of design options in conjunction with budget, schedule, codes, approvability, and construction opportunities.
    7. Master Planning
      Create an overall plan for developing the project site over time, as needed for multi-phased projects.
    8. Schematic Design
      Collaborate with client and project consultants to produce design drawings showing options. These develop through several iterations with the client.
    9. Design Development
      Develop the building and site design in detail. Work out design details and building systems in coordination with consultants.
    10. Contract Documents
      Produce drawings and written specifications for permit, construction bid, and construction.
    11. Permit/Approvals
      Coordinate with government agencies to obtain permits. Coordination begins in the Feasibility phase and continues throughout the project.
    12. Interior Design & Decorating
      Detailed interior design. Furniture plan. Select and purchase finishes, fixtures, and furnishings.
    13. Bidding and Negotiation
      Interview contractors, coordinate bids, and help the client negotiate a construction contract. This process often begins in Schematic Design.
    14. Construction Administration
      Guide the project through construction. Site visits, additional information to the contractor, coordination among all parties.

“There is an undiscovered beauty, a divine excellence, just beyond us. Let us stand on tiptoe, forgetting the nearer things, and grasp what we may.”

Bernard Maybeck

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