Posted by: crescendodesignblog | January 7, 2009

Our Design Process

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We try to keep this process as simple and flexible as possible, and let you determine how much or how little you would like us to be involved with your project.

First, we ask you to answer a brief series of questions to provide us with an initial understanding of your goals, your site and your budget. You can find those questions by clicking HERE. You can either e-mail your answers to us at jbrouchoud@gmail.com or bring them to your first free consultation (the first hour consultation is always free!).

After your free consultation, we provide you with a detailed Proposal of Services that describes each phase, as well as an estimated number of hours needed for each phase of your project. We work at an hourly rate, and you can hire us for as many, or as few, Phases as you wish. Below we’ve outlined some of the most common. An important aspect in every Phase is the control that the homeowner has over what we are working on, and the direction we are headed. We do not require a formal contract, so there is never any pressure or long-term commitment for the homeowner. You will only be billed for the work we’ve completed.

PHASE 1: SCHEMATIC DESIGN
To begin, we will define the existing parameters of the site in order to derive a solid starting point for developing design ideas. Then, we will identify and review your priorities and design wishes, and examine how they will fit into the new home, and how each room and space will function together as a whole. We will create sketches and visual aids to help describe our design ideas to you, and work with you to ensure the home is just the way you want it.

PHASE 2: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
We will begin to dial in on the building materials and character of interior spaces, and take a closer look at any special features and details of the home.

PHASE 3: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
All of the information and design decisions are compiled and organized into a clear, concise set of drawings. Additional details are drawn and material selections are documented. We can draw as much or as little detail as your builder requires, or as much as you would like to include. The more detail we draw and discuss with you, and the more specifics you ‘pre-approve’, the more likely the home will turn out the way you expect.

PHASE 4: CONSTRUCTION OBSERVATION
You may wish to have us visit the construction site periodically to check on construction quality, progress, and field questions from the contractor. It can be helpful to have another set of eyes on the site defending your interests during the building process.

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