5 Phases of Architectural Design Process
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5 Phases of Architectural Design Process

Phase 1: Schematic Design

During this phase of the architectural design process, we’ll take the information we have gathered from you and through our area surveys to make two to three layout choices for your consideration. We’ll generally present these options in the form of sketches, so that you may visualize the different routes your project could take.

We will also attach a rough cost estimate to every choice to aid you in selecting a layout that meets both your aesthetic preferences and budget requirements. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any modifications you would like us to make to your favorite design. As soon as you have selected a design option that most fits your needs, we will begin the process of refining the design during the Design Development phase.

Phase 2: Design Development

At this point, we’ll take the design design you picked, in addition to any requested modifications, and update the design as necessary. We will also update the cost estimate we provided during the Schematic Design phase to reflect any changes we have made to the initial design. We consider our clients’ budgets very seriously and continually strive to give accurate quotes throughout the early stages of design.

This phase may require extra give and take as we work with you to finalize the specifics of the design before moving into the next phase.

Phase 3: Construction Records

By now, we’ll have settled on a final layout and will begin preparing drawings, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and also permit application. Here is the phase that many people think of when they picture the job of an architect — the production of blueprints.

Contractors will utilize these detailed drawings and specifications to get ready for the next phase in the architectural design procedure.

Phase 4: Bidding

Having an architect on your own side during the bidding phase of home construction is of fantastic advantage to you. But we can also review submitted bids, supply analysis, and help you compare the cost figures that you get from the bidders.

This phase will guarantee the contractors you are considering for your building job are reading the blueprints correctly and are providing an accurate bid for your project.

Phase 5: Construction Administration

Finally, as soon as you have picked a contractor and construction is under way, we proceed into the fifth phase of the architectural design process — construction administration. During this phase, we’ll administer the construction process to assure conformance with design intent, visit the website during construction, and tackle any area conditions as they arise.