Design Process: New Construction


We begin the design process by meeting with you personally to discuss ideas regarding your aesthetic, usage and outcome desires. This initial exploratory phase includes our project requirement analysis and creative session, a lot study, preliminary meeting, concept footprint layout, preliminary site development, concept floor plan and preliminary front elevation design.

Once we have settled on a design direction, our team begins to add more detail and incorporate requested changes in step 2. You will need to be available as we go back and forth together, working on revisions and detail refinement. Throughout the design process, our interactions include a mix of face to face, email, phone, and online screen share communication.

All our initial work together culminates in step 3 - when the fundamental design and layout has been developed to your satisfaction, you will be ready to pursue preliminary pricing from professional contractors and engineers. We give you everything needed for this critical part of the project.

After preliminary pricing is settled and project financing is secured, we're ready to pull everything together for our final step. This involves intensive focus by our designers as we develop all the architectural aspects of plan creation, including interior and exterior detailing, in accordance with the building codes and zoning ordinances having jurisdiction in the municipality you have chosen. This 4th step involves a final approval meeting together, any last minute revisions, and your sign off. Then you receive the completed plans in both printed plan sets and electronic PDF files.

After final print, our designers are always available for any questions or issues that arise through framing during the construction process. In the case of changes made to the plan during the building process, our clients later have the option of requesting an “as built” version of the plans, which are available at an additional fee. Landscape and furniture placement design plans are also available at an additional fee, as are plans specifically requested for HOA requirements. 3D views of the final project are also offered at an additional fee.

Our final set of plans may include the following:

  • Detailed site plan
  • Scaled floor plans for each desired floor level
  • Door and window details
  • Scaled front, rear and side elevations
  • Ceiling plans
  • Cross section showing wall assembly and roofplan
  • Electrical/lighting plan
  • Lot placement
  • Detailed framing plan (client retains engineer to provide, we can incorporate if desired)
  • General construction notes

We completely understand how overwhelming it can be to face the endless myriad of choices involved in product selection for home finishes. Included with our project fee we offer several hours of product selection and color choice assistance with our stylist - please see your project proposal for exact hourly details. Additional hours are available by client request at an hourly fee.