Design Process

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

Dreaming of designing and building your own home? Many of us do even though it can be a stressful situation. There is an eagerness to see the dream become a reality, mixed with the chaos of watching it being built. Hiring an architect provides you many benefits when it comes to making your dreams come true. One of those benefits is taking stressful situations off your plate, so you can focus on the enjoyable parts like designing your home.



What is Schematic Design? They look like doodles….

Schematic design is the first phase. During this phase, we will discuss your wants and goals.

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

Cost and estimates will be delivered by the end of the process, 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 kind of looks like a house….

After the schematic designs have been completed, the next step is the design development stage. During this phase, we will sit down with you and develop specific design elements for your home. This usually consists of deciding on exterior materials and items like appliances, fixtures, windows and doors.

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

  • 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 needed for constructing a building. They help obtain 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 during the bidding phase.

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

  • 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.

We release your construction documents to qualified contractors, and begin renegotiating after the cost submittals are returned. Construction can begin once the contract is finalized and signed.

The deliverables you should have by the end of the bidding and negotiating stage include:

  • 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. Urban Design Associates can ensure 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