Designing you Dream Home: The General Process from Site Selection to Construction

Urban Design Associates specializes in putting together the best possible team to take your project from the planning stage to moving in. We will coordinate your project with interior designers, landscape architects, engineers, and general contractors to make sure construction runs smoothly from start to finish. Below is a list showing the general process from site selection to construction in a typical Arizona subdivision with a Home Owner’s Association and Design Review Board.

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The General Process from Site Selection to Construction

  • Site Selection – Site Analysis, Feasibility Studies, Due Diligence Period, Design Review Introduction
  • Programming – Review Design Criteria Checklist, Client Provided Information & Bubble Diagramming
  • Site Planning – Gather Site Documentation, Technical Review, Concept Site/ Hardscape Plan
  • Schematic Design – Identify Architectural Style, Concept Floor Plans & Character Sketch Elevations
  • Preliminary Design Review Meeting – Review Guidelines, Site Restrictions, Team Orientation
  • Client Review – Review & Approval of Concept (Schematic Design), Discuss Design Review Requirements, Client Revisions
  • Design Development – Floor Plan, Site Plan, Exterior Elevations
  • Client Review – Review & Approval  of Floor Plan, Interview Interior Designers & Builders, Team Meeting, Client Revisions
  • Design Development – Hardscape Plan, Floor Plan, Ceiling Plan, Exterior Elevations, Interior Elevations & Detail Development
  • Client Review – Review & Approval of Design Development Direction, Client Revisions
  • Design Development – 3D Model
  • Client Review/ Design Review Submittal of Preliminary Design Development Package
  • Interior Selections – Meet with Interior Designer to Select Interior Finishes, Team Meeting
  • Select One Builder for Preliminary Cost Analysis – Team Meeting
  • Prepare Interior Finish Selections & Allowances For Preliminary Cost Analysis
  • Client Review – Design Review Comments, Preliminary Cost Analysis Prepared by Contractor
  • Construction Documents – Hardscape Plans, Floor Plans, Ceiling Plans, Structural Plans, Exterior & Interior Elevations, Building Sections & Details, Roof Plans, Lighting Design Plans
  • Consultant Coordination – Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Landscape Architect, Interior Designer
  • Material & Performance Specifications
  • City Submittal of Construction Documents
  • Bidding Documents – Prepare Documents for Negotiated Contract or Competitive Bid
  • General Contractor Bid Review
  • Value Engineering
  • Authority Coordination – Final Submittals to Design Review Board & City/County
  • Contract Administration & On Site Observation
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