Also known as "Conceptual Design", the schematic phase is the first stage of our design process. We work creatively with our clients to understand and explore their initial ideas together. We work toward developing a concept, which in turn helps to guide the direction moving forward during the design process. We address items in this phase, such as site layout, zoning requirements, client preferences, and initial project programming. This stage often includes rough sketches, inspiration images, along with floor plans and elevations. The overall character and style of the project is a topic of discussion as we begin to think holistically at the beginning stage of every project.
At this stage, initial plans and ideas begin to take shape as more detailed documentation. The design concept is carried through to this phase to ensure we're on track both functionally and aesthetically. We work collaboratively with our clients to refine and hone in on their ideas to bring their projects to life. Oftentimes, preliminary specifications are made at this stage, but ultimately refinement to floor plans, drawing building sections, roof plans, electrical plans, etc. begin to take shape during this phase. We may begin to bring in additional trades at this point in the process, such as a structural engineer, truss engineer, and a building contractor in order to coordinate effectively.
Regardless of the building type or design - a drawing set follows a consistent pattern – to help permit officials, contractors and other members of the construction industry easily navigate the information that’s associated with each design. Construction documents ultimately become the drawing set that our clients use to apply for a building permit and the blueprints for a contractor and their team to build from. Our firm utilizes all of the previous information we've been drawing and compiling to create a finish set the encompasses a design that is structurally sound, safe, functional, and beautiful.