First, we create the existing layout with the corresponding measurements called, as-builds, for the home or yard. This allows us to develop the first set of blueprints. From here, we make floor plans, rooflines, room schemes, and everything else into 3D renderings. This allows clients to “walk through” their new space in 3D to get a real sense of how the space will work and function for them. During this phase, we meet with the design team to choose finish materials, such as plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinets, tile, and flooring. After all of these decisions are finalized, the final stage of this first phase is to establish the working budget. Many companies leave this critical step until the end of the process, or even worse, leave it out altogether. We formulate working budgets right away, giving homeowners all the information needed in order to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.
As soon as the design and budget are aligned with the goals and vision of the client, we transition into Phase II, engineering. At this time, all structural implications are calculated and called out. For example, there may be pier footings needed for a concrete subfloor, a steel beam in place of a wood beam, or an extra section of sheer or strong walls may be required. Once we get the engineering reports back, we have a round table discussion with the client to go over any budget adjustments that may be needed and/or required. If something significant is discovered, we want the client to have a chance to think it through and understand the implications before moving forward. If needed, we can change or modify material selection within the floor plans to help cover any cost overruns from engineering. However, major concessions are typically not needed at this phase because of the discovery, forethought, and planning during Phase 1.
Phase III— Construction Documents and Interior Design
At this stage, it’s time to take the design plans and engineering sheets and create a city-ready set of plans and a blueprint perfectly set up for field-level execution. This crucial step sets us apart from other firms, in respect, that we don’t consider a set of plans “complete” until all the necessary information is accounted for. We create plans that encompass every detail of design from the wall tile elevations down to every decorative accent and termination point, flooring legends, cabinetry elevations complete with moldings and decorative enhancements, detailed door and window schedules, plumbing layouts including heights of shower-heads and placements for every bathroom accessory. We know this is excessive, but in order for the build process to go as smoothly as possible for our homeowners, we believe the details are what create the extraordinary.