THE DESIGN PROCESS

SITE VISIT

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 CONDUCTING A SITE VISIT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRULY UNDERSTAND THE SPACE. WE WILL DETERMINE MEASUREMENTS, POTENTIAL VIEWS, TREE LOCATIONS, AND ANY OTHER FACTORS THAT  SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN DESIGNING YOUR HOME. YOU MAY ALSO NEED TO GET A LAND SURVEY DEPENDING ON THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT.

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

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 AFTER WE HAVE CONDUCTED OUR INITIAL MEETINGS AND SITE VISIT, IT IS TIME TO START DESIGNING. SPACE PLANNING, MATERIALS, AND LIGHTING WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION ALONG WITH ANY OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY HAVE COME UP IN MEETINGS. WE CHECK IN WITH OUR CLIENTS FREQUENTLY TO ENSURE THEY ARE ON BOARD WITH THE DIRECTION THE DESIGN IS GOING IN.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

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 ONCE THE FINAL DESIGN IS APPROVED, ITS TIME TO START  ON ANY "WORKING DOCUMENTS"; REQUIRED PLANS FOR PERMITS AND CONSTRUCTION THAT WILL BE GIVEN TO OUR CONTRACTOR AND/OR CITY FOR PERMITTING. 

What category does your project fall under?

New Construction

This is where you are intending to construct a new house or ADU. You'll need to get a site survey, pay system development charges (ADUs are exempt), and get all the other permits required for a new home. 

Major Residential Alterations

Major alternations include any of the following:

 

  • Adding any new story, including a basement or other below-grade structure. Raising a structure to meet the required headroom in a basement is considered the same as creating a basement;
  • Increasing or replacing 50 percent or more of the exterior wall area on any floor. If the subflooring under an exterior wall is removed, it will be treated as if the wall was removed;
  • Adding total new floor area to the existing structure that exceeds 800 square feet; or
  • Adding an area exceeding 100 percent of the existing foundation footprint area of the structure.


Some plans may or may not be required depending on the scope of the work you intend to do.

Conversion to a Habitable Space

 This is when you are intending to convert a garage, attic or basement of an existing dwelling to a habitable space. An example of converting a non-habitable space into a living space would be if you were intending to convert your basement into a recreation room or bedroom.

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