Design Phases


At the beginning of the project, we work with the you to understand your priorities for the project. How do you use the existing spaces, and what qualities will you be looking for in the new project? Which spaces are more public and which more private; What rooms need a lot of light, and which do not?

We also thoroughly measure and photograph the existing building, and from these measurements develop CAD plan, elevation and section drawings. These in turn will serve as the base drawings for the design.

Schematic Design

In schematic design, we will generate several design alternatives, and present them to you in sketch form, discussing the pros and cons of each. One of these may become the schematic design, or the design may in fact encompass elements from all of them. We will develop many of the ideas with hand sketches, and as the design becomes more established, we will draw the plans and elevations in the computer. When we have a preferred design, we can ask a contractor, or more than one, to estimate the project.

Design Development and Construction Documents

Based on the preferred schematic design, we will generate plans, elevations and sections for the final design. These drawings will define the exact dimensions and materials to the project. We will also review the plans with the structural and mechanical engineers, and ensure that the drawings
are coordinated.

We will describe the finishes, and quantities, and write construction specifications. When it is appropriate, we will generate large-scale details of interior and exterior conditions, as well as millwork drawings. Final construction documents will be reviewed with you prior to submittal for a permit.


We can recommend contractors for the job, and will be happy to bid the job to contractors you choose as well. We can also help you evaluate the bids, in light of your priorities for the project.

Construction Administration

We will follow the project through construction, answering contractor’s questions and submitting sketches when necessary, and will visit the site weekly or bi-weekly, depending on what is required at that phase of the project. We will also review the contractor’s requisitions for payment, and develop a list of outstanding items (punch list,) at the end of the job.

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