Our approach is iterative and adept at guiding the design through completion of construction


The process of designing a home involves creating a model of the existing home or the lot and the context, understanding all the creative constraints including: local building regulations, materials available in the region,  existing structure or soil bearing properties, and any regulatory authorities that need be considered, such as housing review boards, neighborhood committees, and zoning codes. This allows us to comprehend the constraints and define the priorities we want to achieve with the project.

We then work together to create a visual concept, plan, and budget.

Finally, construction begins, and we collaborate with your GC to deliver your complete project.

More details of the entire process are outlined.

design stages


Predesign, the “What”

Constraints of the site are identified and converted into opportunities. Your goals and overall vision are flushed out. A preliminary budget is communicated.


Schematic Design, the “Concept”

Initial concepts are created and communicated through schematic drawings and conceptual visualization. We  work together until your approval is granted to move to the next phase.


Design Development, “Refine”

The approved design is detailed in order to create preliminary pricing documentation for  contractors to review. The architectural products such as finish selections, plumbing fixtures, appliances are defined.


Construction Documents, “Permitting & Assembly Instructions”

Drawings and specifications are drafted to become contract documentation between you and the contractor. Documentation includes structural drawings, building systems coordination drawings, exterior and interior details, elevations, plans, and architectural specifications. Certain finishes and fixtures (with long lead times) are ordered. Permits are acquired.


Construction Procurement, “The Contractor”

We can assist you with making your final selection of the right contractor. Construction materials and supplies are ordered by the contractor.


Construction Administration “Build”

If you choose to contract us for this service, we frequent the site to observe the building process for conformance to the contract documentation as well as quality. This also includes reviewing shop drawings, material samples. Inspections occur with each stage of construction.

Finally, we walk the project through punch-listing and close-out.

Occupancy certificate is filed and you can move into your new space.