Every project starts with an initial consultation to hear about your project, timeline, budget and desires. It is helpful to have any existing plans on hand for us to be able to review. If your project is a remodel or addition of an existing space and you are not in the area for the consultation, we like to do a video walk-through of the property together so you can point out any areas that you would like addressed.
Depending on the size and scope of your project, some or all of the following steps will take place.
Predesign feasibility: site analysis, zoning analysis, determine project scope, goals, budgeting, timeline and coordinate the right project team for you.
Schematic design: we start dreaming about the possibilities together. Design Range will create 3D imagery to show you what the possibilities are and together we decide on the general direction for design of your project. Once the basic design is determined, we agree to move into design development
Design development: this stage gets into the design details for both interiors and exteriors of your building. Windows, doors, appliances, fixtures and interior finishes are selected during this phase. If engineering is needed for your project, this is when it will begin. Drawings are more specific and detailed, systems are selected. Design development concludes when interior and exterior design are agreed upon by the owners.
Construction drawings: the final set of construction drawings hold every detail needed for your project to be completed from engineering, electrical, plumbing, metal work and everything in between. This is what is submitted to the building department for your permit for work to begin. CDs are also the guidebook for each trade on the job to know the what/where/when/how of your project.
Bidding: During this stage we can introduce you to several General Contractors who will bid the job so you know what current market prices are to complete your project. You select who you would like to work with based not only on numbers, but also on references and your general feel for working with them. This is a bit like dating, not every General Contractor is for every client. We encourage you to meet them and possibly walk a current job site with them. You will be spending a lot of time together so it is wise to examine the potential relationship before it starts.
Construction observation: We will visit the jobsite to make sure the contractor is building according to the plans and also be available for any questions or clarifications from the tradespeople on the job. Our job is not finished until the project is complete and the owner has the Certificate of Occupancy in hand.