Typical Residential Design Process
Free On-site Consultation: During this phase, a representative from our office will meet with you at your home to learn more about your project goals and ask questions to better understand the project scope. We will analyze the areas in question, review sensitive issues, and together establish a rough construction budget. Once all of the information has been gathered, a Contract will be submitted to you via e-mail summarizing the project scope, listing time frames for completion, and identifying the associated project fees.
Background & Research: When applicable, we will research the governing ordinances or regulations specific to the project location and site parameters. Pertinent requirements are presented in chart form to summarize whether the project complies with these requirements. This background due diligence brings issues to the surface early so that the development of the conceptual design can coincide with code requirements. If for some reason the project parameters prohibit us from complying, we highlight these deviations so that you are prepared to request a variance/waiver from the governing authority.
Base Plan/Site Visit: If a survey is not provided by the homeowner, our office will perform a site visit to acquire necessary site dimensions and photographs as a basis for future design work. While on-site, we will identify existing vegetation so that we can either preserve what is existing, transplant plantings to other locations, or remove the vegetation in order to meet the project goals. If required, a Professional Land Surveyor will prepare a Survey document in lieu of the Base Plan.
Conceptual Design: Based on the information gathered from the previous three phases, a Conceptual Design set is prepared. The design is presented in color format and accompanied with a preliminary cost estimate to identify where the project stands with relation to the rough construction budget determined during the initial consultation. In addition to the necessary code requirements, we will utilize our extensive knowledge of the profession to develop a creative, cost effective, and functional design that addresses the development priorities established during the Free On-site Consultation phase.
Project Coordination/Progress Meeting: Throughout the life of the project our office will be in contact with you to keep you abreast of any new findings, advise on criteria which has a direct impact on the final design, and propose alternatives in order to keep the project budget on target. Our office will meet with you at your home to present the documents prepared during the Conceptual Design phase.
Final Construction Documentation/Final Meeting: This phase involves refinement of the previously prepared Conceptual Design plan set based on our coordination efforts and Progress Meeting. The plans will be enhanced to show dimensioning for construction, construction detailing, Plant Lists, and any other notes or specifications which promote an acceptable review from the governing authority and clear direction for the contractor. The preliminary cost estimate will be revised to correlate with the final plan set and bid forms will be prepared to solicit quotes from bidding contractors. Once again, our office will meet with you at your home to present the final documentation and answer any questions.
Professional Testimony: If required, our office will prepare the necessary exhibits and documentation for a public hearing. During the hearing, we will present our design to the appropriate board members for their review and answer any questions they may have that are applicable to the LAND Identity design.
Construction Services: Once the final plan set has been approved for construction, our office can provide the following services: assistance with completing applications for tree removal permits, nursery consultation, on-site construction management, final punch list walk-through, and As-Built plans.
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