With the building and site parameters defined, design finally begins in earnest. Multiple concepts are prepared to review with the client. Likes and dislikes about each concept are documented and we take them back to the drawing board for further development. This process repeats itself as the concepts are narrowed down to one favorite which moves forward to the next stage of design. At this early phase of design, it is important to explore as many options as possible, looking for that magical but elusive solution that meets all of the project’s goals.
As the design effort continues, design decisions trend from large, macro type decision such as building shape, floor plan organization, and site considerations to micro considerations, such as individual room layouts, material, and finish selections. Close work with the owner ensures they remain informed about the progress of the design and can make important decisions when needed.
We schedule our projects so that the client has the opportunity to review each phase of design, comment, and sign off on our work before proceeding. The design process often circles back to question prior decisions. Without these milestones a project can stall, so we use them as points in the project that we want to move forward from. The phases of design that we like approvals for are Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents.