The “New Leaf” Process
Turning your Ideas into Reality
First, we’ll meet at your home to talk about what you would like to do and start brainstorming. This gives you a chance to see if the “chemistry” is right between us, and gives me more information about your project than I could get over the phone. Within a few days, I will send you a written proposal describing the services I will provide for your project and the architectural services fee.
Next is the “Programming” phase. We may meet again so I can get more information about your hopes for your project, including your investment target. Or I may generate the written “Program” from our initial conversation. This is a good time to gather information about the size and shape of your lot, zoning requirements, and any other aspects of your site which could affect your project. If we are renovating your existing home, I’ll also take field measurements and create a CAD model of the house as it is during this time.
Then, I generate a Design based on your Program. The Schematic Design phase is where the ideas written in the Program start turning into pictures of what your project could look like. We meet together to review this first design and decide what you would like changed or if there are other ideas we need to explore. I go back to the studio and make the modifications we’ve discussed, followed by the Design Development phase meeting. Depending on your particular project, there may be more than one meeting for each of these phases.
Some communities have Architectural Review Boards, and occasionally a project needs a Zoning Variance. If needed, I will put together a presentation that will help these reviews to go smoothly.
Construction Documents, or “blueprints”, come next. These drawings show the details of construction the building department will need to see to issue permits, and contractors will need to develop an accurate price and build your project.
Building is where all our careful planning comes together to make your home a more enjoyable place to live! I’ll be available for questions from your contractor during construction. If you would like me to be more involved as your project is built, let me know and we can discuss the options.
How long all this takes depends on a lot of things, from the size of your project to how quickly you want to make decisions. Even if it will be months or years before you are ready to build, I’d be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation. I can answer some of your questions, and bring your project a step closer to reality.
Give me a call at 330.329-6901, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org we can set up a time to get together!