Not all aspects need to be known during the initial meeting, but the client should be prepared for them as the preliminary design progresses. We can certainly discuss many of your options and how it will affect your design & budget.
Stage 2b: Preliminary Design
The time involved with the preliminary design of the house will depend from where we begin. Do you have very specific ideas or are they more general in nature?
Initially, a floor plan is created based on your wants and desires. It may include additional recommendations or solutions to the layout. A front elevation may also be presented, depending on how settled the footprint of the house is.
As more aspects are developed and approved, the more refined the preliminary design becomes.
Typically speaking, the preliminary design will define:
Stage 2a: On-Site Measurements
For projects involving an addition, renovation, or a basement design, a site visit will usually be scheduled. This allows measurements to be taken of the house to locate all walls, doors, windows, fixtures, cabinets, etc. An assessment the existing structure of the home can also be conducted. Pictures are usually taken of the house (mostly exterior) as a visual reference.
This can all be done in conjunction with the initial meeting. Measuring the home usually takes between 45 - 90 minutes.
Stage 1: The Initial Meeting
Most people will be looking for an approximate cost for the design of their new home, but a number of design aspects must be considered by the designer before that can be done. Not too much depth is required, but a basic idea of your house, including, but not limited to...
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Changes and revisions to the drawings during this process are billed hourly to the client. Depending on the changes requested, this can be a timely process to ensure all affected information is updated accurately.
Both paper and electronic drawings (.pdf) are submitted to the client for use with suppliers and the permit process. Generally speaking, 10 sets of paper drawings are provided.
Stage 3b: Structural Engineering
For many jurisdictions, structural engineering is a requirement. It is best to determine if this is a requirement early on in the design phase, not only for the foundation type to be used, but it can be included with your project to save you time and effort! The structural engineer provides specifications related to the foundation (concrete and rebar), based on the specific soil conditions where you will be building and the designed loads of your project. IF a structural engineer is not required, the concrete and rebar specifications are the responsibility of your foundation contractor.
It is recommended to have structural engineering completed for all projects, whether a requirement or not, to ensure your project is built to the proper specifications.
Stage 4: After Completion of the Drawings
There are a multitude of reasons that we hear back from clients after we have completed their drawings... changes, revisions, clarification/consultation, additional paper copies, or just to check in to let us know how their project progressed! We love to have pictures of your project sent our way too!
Changes and revisions can occur for a number of reasons along the whole design process. It is best to inform your designer as early as possible if you are considering making any changes to your home plans. Sometimes this happens after the drawings have been completed. On-site changes can impact the overall project that result in required changes. No worries... we will help you incorporate your new ideas as best as we can!
From time to time, there are errors and/or omissions that occur in our drawings. We treat these with the highest of priorities to get you back on track with your project.
On occasion, a quick chat with suppliers, contractors, or tradespeople to clarify the design intention(s) is needed. We believe that responding to these requests is apart of our excellent customer service. We strive to answer these questions or solve any issues as best & as quickly as we can. Please keep in mind, we are not inclined to spend time educating inexperienced contractors or homeowners on how something should be constructed without being fairly compensated. It is assumed that whomever is building the house has adequate knowledge of building codes and construction methodologies.
Do you need extra paper copies of your home plans? All files are kept electronically and we can usually print your project on request in a short amount of time. You may end up using more copies of your drawings than you anticipate if you request quotes from various trades.
We always love to hear back from clients! Please send along pictures too! It's always great to see our projects take life. You are always welcome to leave feedback too... we are always looking to improve the content of our drawings and a little constructive criticism can help us achieve even better results!
As the preliminary design takes more form, they blend themselves into the construction drawings. Some aspects of the design may still need to be decided. It is much easier to make those decisions and changes while the drawings are in the more simplistic state of the preliminary drawings, but that isn't always the case.
Stage 3a: Construction Drawings
With the construction drawings, we move from designing the many elements of the home to how the home will be constructed. There is much more information required to indicate how the house will be built to all the suppliers, contractors, subtrades, and building officials. The preliminary designs blossom into a much more detailed set of drawings, of many more pages, developing more specific dimensioning, notes, structural sizing, and construction details.
Once completed, the full set of construction drawings include: