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Design Process

DESIGN PROCESS FOR NEW BUILD (CUSTOM)
1. THE INITIAL MEETING WITH YOUR DESIGNER
  • Discuss your ideas, aesthetic preferences and budget
  • Discuss your priorities and objectives
  • Discuss your budget and timeline for construction
  • Discuss your ‘must haves list’ and ‘wish list’ of features you would like to include in your new home design and discuss your priorites for each item
  • Discuss your requirements for the functional aspects of your new home
  • Review any collection of photos, drawings or product literature you may have
  • Review the designer’s qualifications
  • Review the design process
2. THE DESIGN FEE PROPOSAL
  • Following the initial meeting, the designer will provide a design fee proposal for designing your new home outlining:
    1. the scope of the project and a description of the specific design services
    2. deposit amount
    3. all applicable fees
    4. the payment schedule
  • Written approval and deposit are required to initiate work
3. THE DESIGN PROCESS (BUILDING)
  • The services below are a general outline of what is required for the design of a new home.
PHASE 1: SCHEMATIC DESIGN
  • Review current municipal OCP and zoning by-laws
  • Review current building codes
  • Review existing site characteristics
  • Review interior and exterior design concepts
  • Review structural, mechanical and electrical design concepts
  • Review landscape concepts
  • Review view/sun/shadow studies
  • Prepare preliminary siting and flow diagrams
  • Present preliminary design sketches
PHASE 2: DESIGN CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
  • Architectural design development
  • Prepare preliminary design drawings & specification sheets
  • Review current building code
  • Review/evaluate budget
  • Interior design development
  • Consultation with engineering services
  • Electrical design development
  • Landscape design development
  • Present final design sketches
PHASE 3: CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
  • A legal survey provided by a registered BC land surveyor is required
  • you will be required to employ professional services of a structural engineer for the design of structural components, a geotechnical engineer for components such as excavations and soil bearing, a certified energy advisor, and a building envelope consultant for the design of the building’s exterior envelope
  • Building Permit Drawings include:
    1. Detailed Site Plans: fully dimensioned
    2. Detailed Floor Plans: fully dimensioned
    3. Detailed Building Cross Sections: fully dimensioned
    4. Detailed Construction Details: fully dimensioned
    5. Detailed Elevations: fully dimensioned
  • Application Submission for Building Permit
4. THE DESIGN PROCESS (INTERIOR)
PHASE 1: CONCEPT PACKAGE
  • Design Concept Meeting
  • Discuss your ideas and aesthetic preferences for interior finishes
  • Prepare and present the design concept
  • Presentation Meeting
PHASE 2: FIXTURES & FINISHES PACKAGE
  • Fixtures:
    1. cabinet hardware
    2. interior doors and hardware
    3. appliances and fireplace inserts
    4. plumbing fixtures
    5. bathroom accessories (towel bars, hooks, mirrors, cabinets, etc.)
    6. shower enclosures and hardware
    7. lighting fixtures
    8. specialty built ins
  • Finishes:
    1. millwork/cabinetry style and colour
    2. countertops
    3. flooring materials
    4. fireplace surrounds
    5. paint colours
PHASE 3: SPECIFICATIONS PACKAGE
  • Prepare and present specifications document and specification cut sheets upon final approval of the selections of the fixtures and finishes
PHASE 4: INTERIOR DESIGN DRAWINGS
  • The designer will prepare a set of interior design drawings that typically include:
    1. Proposed floor plans
    2. Floor and wall finishes plans: indicating floor and wall finishes
    3. Reflected ceiling plans: showing ceiling and lighting layout
    4. Electrical Plans: showing receptacles, lighting and switches
    5. Detailed Floor Plans and Elevations: fully dimensioned
5. OPTIONAL SERVICES
  • 3D RENDERINGS
    1. If requested, the designer can provide 3D renderings to assist you to visualize what your new home will look like
    2. The Designer’s fee for 3D renderings can be included in the designer’s fixed fee or charged at an hourly rate
  • BIDDING
    1. The designer can assist you to solicit bids for the construction of your project
    2. The Designer’s fee for bidding can be included in the designer’s fixed fee or charged at an hourly rate.
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    1. Consultation and correspondence with your general contractor or sub/trades
    2. Client consultation and correspondence
    3. Site visits and inspections
    4. File management and maintenance of project notes
    5. Administrative tasks such as couriers and detailed invoicing
    6. Review of cabinet shop drawings and supplier quotes from the contractor
    7. The Designer’s fee for project management can be included in the designer’s fixed fee or charged at an hourly rate as required

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