WORKING WITH AN ARCHITECT

 

Phase 1: PRE-DESIGN

This is essentially a data-gathering phase. We start with an exploration of your vision for the project, including the character and aesthetics of the space as well as the program requirements, such as a list of spaces, their intended use, and special requirements. If your project is a new construction, we visit the site and evaluate the landscape and topography, views, access, utilities, and your vision for siting the building. During this phase you would share images you have collected from magazines, books, Houzz, or Pinterest - your inspiration we be used to generate ideas. In addition, dSPACE Studio will take you on tours of built projects, of similar style and size, to gauge your reaction to layout and design elements.

 

In this phase dSPACE Studio completes a preliminary code analysis, including zoning, setbacks, and critical measures such as area and height. Pre-Design concludes with the development of a statement outlining the scope of your project based on your preferences and budget. This is an exciting phase—this is your time to think big.

 

Phase 2: SCHEMATIC DESIGN

In this phase, dSPACE Studio develops concept designs for your project based on the project statement. The schematic design process evolves over a series of meetings and is meant to explore possible approaches for you to consider. dSPACE Studio will generate three dimensional renderings of your project as well as preliminary architectural drawings, which may including a site plan, a floor plan, building sections, exterior and interior elevations, preliminary structural systems, and an energy evaluation.

 

Phase 3: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

In this phase, dSPACE Studio refines your design and prepares more detailed drawings to illustrate aspects of the proposed design, including plans, elevations, sections, details, as well as mechanical, plumbing and electrical system concepts. dSPACE Studio will present finish and material options for both the interior and exterior construction. At the end of this phase, dSPACE Studio will produce a set of drawings and outline specifications, which will be used to solicit preliminary construction pricing estimates from area contractors. This is the time when you begin to test the fit between what you want, what you need, and what you can spend.

 

Phase 4: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

This is a phase in which final decisions must be made about the design of your project. Based on pricing information, budget, and the evolution of the design concept, dSPACE Studio develops a detailed set of architectural drawings and specifications, which the contractor will use to establish actual construction costs and to build the project. These drawings will be used for obtaining permits.

 

There are a number of ways to select a contractor—dSPACE Studio can make recommendations or you may already have a contractor you want to work with. A contractor may be selected to join the owner–architect team early in the design process. Alternatively, a traditional design-bid-build method may be used with a formal bidding process to multiple contractors. dSPACE Studio will assist you in the evaluation of the bids prior to final contractor selection. This phase concludes when a permit is obtained and a contractor is hired.

 

Phase 5: CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

Construction services is the phase when your project is built. During this phase, dSPACE Studio makes regular site visits to ensure that construction matches design intent. We evaluate the contractor’s requests for payment and change order requests, and keep you informed of the construction progress and schedule. At the completion of construction, dSPACE Studio  provides a final project closeout with punch list and will assist you with analyzing the contractor’s final pay request. 

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Architectural design is a collaborative process involving the client, architect, consultants, contractor and regulatory agencies. The following summarizes the phases of a typical project, from beginning to end, that will enable you to turn your dream project into reality.