At our full-service firm, our primary objective is to meet our clients' needs by providing comprehensive planning, design, and construction management services. With our small size and diligent approach, we maintain full control over every aspect of the planning process. Our extensive expertise and innovative thinking guarantee a successful and satisfying experience for all involved. Below, we have outlined the key steps of our design and management process:
During the initial design phase, we engage closely with our clients to establish the intended function and approximate size of the building. For instance, when embarking on the design of a residential structure, we prioritize discussions centered around fundamental aspects like the desired number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and the specific purpose of envisioned gathering spaces. By doing so, our aim is to provide the client with a preliminary cost estimate encompassing both the design and construction of the structure.
Once we have outlined the client's vision in a comprehensive "program," we proceed to develop a series of sketches encompassing floor plans, elevations, and site plans. Our approach is highly collaborative, with frequent communication and iterative reviews of the designs. By involving the client throughout this process, we ensure that every aspect of the building is tailored to their specific needs and preferences. This collaborative approach guarantees that the final design aligns perfectly with the client's vision and results in a building that truly suits their requirements.
After the hand-drawn designs have been created, we proceed to translate them into a computer modeling program. This allows us to refine the designs further and add important details such as electrical diagrams and materials selection. Prior to finalizing the construction documents, all designs undergo a thorough approval process by the client. During this stage, we also undertake essential tasks including structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering work to guarantee the durability and safety of the client's structure. By meticulously completing these steps, we ensure that the finalized construction documents align with the client's preferences and meet the highest standards of quality and functionality.
We prioritize collaboration with local and trusted construction professionals whenever feasible. As we enter the construction phase, we initiate a bidding process where we invite various services to submit their proposals for the intended work. In cases where an external general contractor is involved, we facilitate detailed discussions about the designs and project requirements, serving as a bridge of communication between all parties involved. During this stage, we finalize a comprehensive cost estimate specific to the construction aspect, ensuring transparency and clarity for the client.
Once construction begins, our team is dedicated to ensuring that all work is executed in strict accordance with the approved construction documents. We diligently oversee the budgeting process, continuously monitoring expenditures to maintain cost control. Throughout the construction phase, we establish regular correspondence with the client, keeping them informed about the progress and addressing any concerns or questions that may arise. Whenever possible, we provide video updates of the construction site, particularly for clients who are unable to visit in person, ensuring they remain engaged and connected to the project. Additionally, our expertise in construction management allows us to offer clients a discounted rate on construction management fees if they choose to utilize our services in this capacity. We strive to provide comprehensive support and a seamless experience throughout the construction process.