By now, we will have settled on a final design and will begin preparing drawings, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application. This is the phase that many people think of when they picture the work of an architect – the creation of blueprints. Contractors will use these detailed drawings and specifications to prepare for the next phase in the architectural design process.
Once we’re in for permit, we then jump ahead to finalize the rest of the documents and tie everything together into a set that will be used to build the project. (This set will be consistent with the permit drawings, just with more information.) This phase includes design refinements of the approved design development documents, in particular, the refining of construction details. The construction documents shall set the detailed requirements for construction of the project so it can be confidently built by a contractor. Final material and product selection/revisions will usually occur during this phase, as well. This phase is typically the longest and most fee-intensive out of all of the phases, as there is so much coordination and detailing to do. This phase helps distinguish the barely-thought-out projects that you see from many production builders to fully custom homes that look incredible.
Continuing the design process, the architect prepares drawings suitable for permit submittal and construction which are referred to as construction drawings (CDs). These drawings are an instrument of communicating the project to those who will be involved in the construction of your home; the CDs set the parameters for the building process
CDs are produced on a larger scale and describe, in detail, the components of your home that need to be fabricated and assembled in order for it to be built. Tasks include developing the remaining elevations and beginning structural analysis as it relates to the architecture. During this phase the architect will interface with consultants (engineering, interior design, landscape, lighting, HVAC, etc.) ensuring a complete coordinated set for construction.