Design Process

The Design Process forms the structure needed to build your home, but it can also ease your mind, be creative and fun.

2 Aerial Site Plan.psdDreaming of designing and building your own home? Many of us do, but it can be a stressful situation. There is eagerness to see the dream become a reality, mixed with the chaos of watching it get built. Hiring an architect provides you many benefits when it comes to making your dreams come true, and one of those benefits is taking stressful situations from your hands, so you can focus on the enjoyable parts like designing your home.

What is Schematic Design? They look like doodles….

Schematic design is just the beginning when Urban Design Associates builds your dream home. During this phase, we will discuss with you — your wants and goals.

When developing the program for your home, we create illustrative concepts and spatial relationships of the program on the site. We conduct research on zoning and design restrictions at your location.

By the end of the process, cost and estimates will be delivered based on the scope of the work.

The deliverables you will have at the end the schematic phase include:

  • Surrounding Views: (Mountains / City Lights) Sun Direction
  • Site Analysis / Zoning Code Check
  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Concept Exterior Elevations
  • Other illustrative materials

What is Design Development? Hey, that kinda looks like a house….

After the schematic designs have been completed, the next step is the design development stage. At this stage, Urban Design Associates takes extra care to begin bringing your dream home into reality.

We will sit down with you, and between us, begin developing specific design elements for your home. This usually consists of deciding on exterior materials that will be used and the specification of items like appliances, fixtures, windows and doors.

The deliverables you should have by the end of the design development stage includes:

  • Floor plans
  • Sections
  • Exterior & Interior Elevations
  • Door and Window Details
  • Material Specifications

What is Construction Documents? I’m actually building a home….

Construction documents are detailed approval documents, drawings, and specifications as needed for constructing a building. They serve a couple of purposes: getting permits from the city design review board and constructing your home.

Urban Design Associates uses the plans, specifications and supporting documents to translate your ideas into your dream house. These documents are also used for the next step, which is the bidding phase.

The deliverables you should have by the end of the construction document stage includes:

  • Complete Set of Drawings
  • Construction Details
  • Specification Book
  • City Permit Approval
  • Design Review Approval
  • Structural | Mechanical | Electrical Drawings

What is Bidding and Negotiations? The numbers are in….

During the bidding | negotiating phase, the architects changes roles from a service provider to a consultant.

Urban Design Associates releases your construction documents to qualified contractors, and after cost submittals are returned, we begin renegotiating. Once the contract is finalized, it can be signed and construction can begin.

204-91-9The deliverables you should have by the end of the bidding and negotiating stage includes:

  • Bid: Proposed price the contractor offers to complete a project
  • Negotiation: Architect reviews offer made for more favorable terms
  • Construction Contract

What is Construction Administration? Just take care of that….

Construction administration is the last potential phase in the building process. It is when Urban Design Associates can help assure you that your home is completed to reflect the design intent. We can observe the construction is conforming to the drawings and specifications.

The deliverables you will have at the end of the construction administration phase include:

  • Ensured Quality
  • Advice and Consultation
  • New Home

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