The initial design phase begins with a site analysis for access, topography, and potential views. Any applicable design guidelines and restrictions based on zoning and building codes are also researched. Based on a “wish list” provided by the owner, we prepare floor plan studies showing general size, location, and relationship of spaces. This includes a preliminary site plan that explores the layout for outdoor spaces, ensuring the exterior complements the interior. We provide a front elevation drawing based on the client’s style preference, which sets the language for the rest of the home. The goal of the Schematic Design phase is to establish the project’s overall scope and direction.


Once the design is approved in concept, the project is taken from hand sketches into the computer for refinement. Each space is further developed with cabinetry and furniture to illustrate purpose and scale. Using the language set during Schematic Design, the exterior elevations will be drawn in more detail to show roof forms, window trim and configurations, entry door design, wall treatments, and other exterior features. In some cases, a physical model is built to show the home’s massing in relation to its site. We also assemble a sample board with actual materials to present the color palette with realistic textures. These boards often live at the jobsite during construction, as a guide and reminder of the original design intent. During this phase, we ensure the project conforms to design guidelines and obtain HOA or City approval in order to proceed with Construction Documents.


Offered as a separate service, 3D modeling is an invaluable tool that can benefit both the client and architect. Besides providing the most realistic presentation, it also enables us to explore design solutions and communicate ideas effectively. 3D modeling can help owners better understand and visualize their dream home, from the overall scope of an aerial perspective to how much natural light is in the dining room. Building a comprehensive and realistic model gives both the client and architect an opportunity to study the project in detail and feel confident about design decisions.


This phase accounts for the majority of our work as the design drawings are developed into a permit-ready construction set. Technical information and notes containing specifications and details needed for contractor bidding, plan check, and building are added. We also coordinate with the assembled team of consultants on the required engineering drawings, which typically consists of structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. It takes time and attention to produce a thorough and comprehensive package, but this ultimately results in fewer questions and potential issues during construction. The Construction Document phase concludes when we have plan check approval and building permits are ready to be pulled.


Upon plan approvals and permit issuance, the contractor can begin the building process. During the Construction Administration phase, we review shop drawings and perform site visits regularly to check on progress and confirm that the design intent is followed. By maintaining constant communication with the contractor and consultants, questions are answered quickly and unforeseen issues are addressed as soon as they arise. Staying actively involved ensures construction runs smoothly, according to schedule and budget. Our goal is that the finished product fulfills all expectations and is one that the owner is proud of and loves for years to come.