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At this point, we will take the schematic design you selected, as well as any requested modifications, and revise the design as necessary. We will also update the cost estimate we provided during the Schematic Design phase to reflect any changes we’ve made to the initial design. We take our clients’ budgets very seriously and continually strive to provide accurate estimates throughout the early stages of design. This phase may require additional give and take as we work with you to finalize the details of the design before moving into the next phase.

Now that we have a general contractor on board and a final design direction, we need a permit! Given the lengthy review processes with many municipalities, we move ahead with all of the required drawings for a building permit concurrent with the full interior design of your project. Once we’ve got the concepts down, we produce a set of permit drawings and submit them to the city. Detailing, interior elevations, and material selections which aren’t necessary for a permit set happen in the next phase. We often produce a full 3D model of the project here to help finalize all of the design decisions. We’ll also do extensive coordination with a structural engineer contracted through us to complete the engineering and detailing of the project.

This is an exciting part of the process where dreams get fleshed out into the three dimensional form of your home.  Although your involvement will take time and numerous decisions must be made, working with your architect should be a fun and rewarding experience.  You are encouraged to review your plans—to virtually live in them—at different times of day (rings from your coffee mug or wine glass on the plans are welcome).

Spending considerable time contemplating your design now, during the earlier stages of the process, will save time and potential expensive changes later.  As a note of caution, significant changes made after approval of the DD’s, during the construction drawing phase, may warrant additional fees.  Once construction has commenced, changes made to the design (especially those involving structural components of the building), can be quite costly; so make sure to speak up and voice your mind before moving to the next phase of design. The process will continue after approval of progress to this point.