While each project is unique, the process of designing and building a project will generally follow a basic format.
First step will be a meeting at your home to discuss your needs and the scope of the project. Assuming this work to an existing structure, this will also include an initial survey of the home to assess any obvious issues that may effect the goal. From here, Tom will produce a proposal to take you through the process.
Again assuming this work is to an existing structure, Tom will first return to measure and photograph the existing conditions. A zoning analysis is then completed to see if there are any zoning issues that would require attention, and then design drawings are produced for your review and input. The design is then revised until we have accomplished the goals. Many clients will hire a separate interior designer for kitchens, baths and so forth. On this case, the interior designer is always kept informed of the state of design and encouraged to input their ideas also.
At this point, some clients prefer to talk to a contractor or two for preliminary pricing. Others prefer to go directly into the final drawings. The final drawings contain all the technical information necessary for permitting and final bidding by the contractor. Outside consultants may be necessary depending on the scope of the work. Typically, any civil and/or structural engineers are a sub-contractor to the Architect. Interior designers may be a sub-contractor to the Architect, but are usually hired directly by the owner. Mechanical and electrical engineers are seldom used. These disciplines are generally handled by specifying the performance of the systems. Electrical drawings showing the number and locations of all the devices are produced as part of the final drawings.
While the drawings are out for bid, they are usually submitted to the Village for review at the same time. During the bidding phase, Tom will assist you in reviewing the bids to try and keep apples to apples.
Once you have decided on a contractor and the village has approved the drawings, you are ready for construction. Tom always keeps an amount of time in the contract to periodically visit the site during construction to review the work in-progress and help solve construction issues that may be uncovered. Tom is always available to assist you during the entire construction phase.