Our residential design style has developed from years of blending traditional architectural forms with new ideas and materials that are at once familiar and brand new. It's a design style we call Transitional. Uniting our client’s living preferences, personal style, and the surrounding neighborhood, our approach is highly personal and profoundly local.
D E S I G N P R O C E S S
Given that most people do only one major home improvement project in their lifetime, the residential design process is often unfamiliar and opaque. In reality, it’s a highly structured and predictable four-phase design process.
Oddly enough the first phase in the design process doesn’t involve any design. Before we explore what your project might look like, we first document what your home currently looks like. Add an in-depth conversation on project scope and budget and you have the three pillars of the PreDesign phase - documentation, analysis, and planning.
With critical project priorities established during PreDesign, pragmatism gives way to the fun stuff! In the Schematic Design phase, design options are generated, ideas and possibilities are explored, and the notion of what-might-be is considered. Initial layouts are reviewed together, modified, and developed. At the end of Schematic Design, there is a singular design direction determined.
The Design Development phase involves the further refinement of the design direction established in Schematic Design. It’s an intense phase, with lots of decisions to make. Layouts are pushed and refined and interior materials and fixtures are selected and cataloged, We even undergo a preliminary pricing exercise with a local builder to make sure the design direction is aligned with the budget.
In the Construction Document phase, the design process moves into full documentation mode. The design still continues to evolve, although in a more subtle and nuanced manner. Unique project features and critical details are finalized. Drawings are compiled into a CD Set which is used for permitting, builder selection, cost estimating, and construction.
C O N S T R U C T I O N P R O C E S S
Construction costs are critical, but they are only part of the equation when choosing a builder partner. Builder fit is as important, if not more so, than cost. The builder’s team will be in your house for several months. A builder's ability to communicate effectively, project manage, problem solve, and address issues directly are essential skills that are often undervalued.
During Construction Observation, DLD serves as your representative during construction. DLD may observe construction to verify that the work being performed is being done accurately, in accordance with the drawings, and is consistent with design intent. Having DLD provide Construction Observation services allows the project's design vision to be integrated into the details of the home seamlessly.