Design Strategy

 

 

Feasibility & Existing Condition Study 

 

The analysis of a problem to determine if it can be solved effectively. The operational (will it work?), economical (costs and benefits) and technical (can it be built?) aspects are part of the study. The results of the study determine whether the solution should be implemented.

 

By examining and analyzing the existing conditions at your project site and discussing the findings with you, we can determine the strengths and weaknesses of what you already have.  Typically, this results in a set of detailed drawings reflecting current conditions and identifying potential problems and opportunities.

Conceptual Design

This is the first stage of the design process, where the architect or designer takes on board everything that the client requires, and develops an initial design. This will usually be in the form of drawings or a basic model so that the client can easily visualize what the architect or designer means.

Schematic Design

During schematic design, the conceptual objectives are tested in a variety of schemes to determine the best overall approach to the project.  Often, this results in several building plan and form options.  Using critical analysis, the best option is then chosen to be further developed.

Design Development

 

The third stage of the design process is Design Development, where the architect or designer creates more models and plans of the house and starts to consider the possible materials to be used in the house. During this part of the design process, the architect or designer will provide ideas of the finish, and initial details will be confirmed. This is the final stage at which changes of mind on the part of the client will be possible without considerable expense, so look at all of the plans before they are confirmed.

 

Construction Documents

 

Construction documents are the legal confirmation of all the details agreed in the design development process. This set of documents has to be completed before some areas will grant permission for the house to be remodeled, and they are also the documents which must be agreed to by building code inspectors and structural surveyors.

This is the end of the design process, per se, before the client invites contractors to bid on the plans as established in the construction documents. At this stage, the architect or designer will draw up a list of people needed to remodel the building, such as plumbers and electricians, and the cost involved for each part of the build.

 

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