I. Preliminary Design Phase
The purpose of the preliminary design phase is to gather data about the existing conditions of the Client’s house. This phase will consist of documenting the house by measuring and photographing. This information will be used to provide the basis for the necessary drawings to describe the scope of work for your project. The Client will need to provide a copy of their property survey and any septic and well location information.
II. Schematic Design Phase
During the Schematic Design Phase, the Architect will present sketch design alternatives for the Client’s review. The sketch designs will examine the Client’s project’s spatial requirements through floor plan and exterior elevation drawings. The Architect and Client will meet to discuss the pros and cons of these alternatives. Based upon the comments from our schematic design meeting, the Architect will combine the favored features of each alternate design into a final schematic design plan. Upon receiving a signed approval of the Schematic Design Phase, along with the appropriate payment, the Architect will proceed onto the Construction Document Phase.
III. Construction Document Phase
The Construction Document Phase drawings typically consist of the following items, but may vary based upon a project’s specific requirements:
- Site Plan provided by Client
- Floor Plan(s) including the necessary floor plans based upon the project’s Scope of Work
- Exterior Elevation(s) as required upon the project’s Scope of Work
- Building Cross-section(s) indicating typical wall/floor/roof construction
- Electrical Floor Plan indicating electrical outlets, switches, and general lighting.
It is with these final construction documents that the Client or the Client’s general contractor will be able to file for construction permits.