5565 Lake Gulch Rd., Castle Rock, CO 80104, US
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Residential Architecture, Design & Planning

Design Process

The Design Process

       Designing and building a new home is a multifaceted journey and can be intimidating when facing unknowns. With  over two decades of architecture and building experience we will guide you along the entire process, helping you make the best choices that will save your time, money and heartache while  demystifying the process. We have mapped out the entire Design Process, giving our clients a full understanding and mastery of the steps along the way. 

We begin with a discovery session that brings out the over all goals of your custom home or project. Then we develop your dreams into tangible concepts and building designs with your budget in mind. Once the building design solidifies, construction documents (bid and Permit plans)  are developed and engineered to make your dreams a reality. While all projects may not require the following, this list shall serve as a general guide as to when certain services are performed throughout the process.

Pre-Design Phase

  • Pre-Design Conference
  • Discovery Session
    • Your Needs and Wish List
    • Design Theme and Layout
    • Budget Goals
  • Architectural Design Agreement
  • Proposal For Design Services
  • Engagement by Client
  • Site Selection
  • Engage Surveyor

Conceptual Design Phase

  • Site Analysis
  • Floor Plan Organization Concepts
  • Explore Building Style Options
  • Client Review

Schematic Design Phase

  • Preliminary Floor Plan(s)
  • Preliminary Front Elevation(s)
  • Site Plan Building Orientation
  • Initial Exterior Material Selection
  • Budget Check
  • Presentations to Client
  • Presentation to Design Review Committee

Design Development Phase

  • Computerize Drawings
  • Develop exterior Exterior Elevations
  • 3-D Building Modelling and Renderings (if required/desired)
  • Develop Interior Features
  • Preliminary Design of Fireplaces, built-ins, cabinetry layouts.
  • Floor Finishes and materials
  • Explore Doors and Windows
  • Develop Key Exterior Details
  • Preliminary Exterior Materials and Colors Selection
  • Preliminary Building Systems Review
    • Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) & Geothermal
    • Plumbing Systems
    • Electrical Service
    • Audio Visual
  • Specialty Construction
  • Budget Review
  • Presentations to Client and Design Review Committee
  • Coordination with Owner's Geotechnical Engineer – Soils Reports


Construction Document Phase

  • Architectural Plans – Fully Detailed
    • Architectural Site Plan
    • Floor Plans
    • Elevations
    • Building Section(s)
    • Wall Section(s)
    • Stair Section
    • Exterior Details
      • Soffit & Fascia
      • Corbels/Brackets
      • Decorative Trusses
      • Deck Rails
      • Pergolas
    • Interior Details
      • Fireplace Details
      • Built-ins
      • Interior Elevations
      • Materials
  • Electrical Plans 
    • Audio Visual Plans
  • HVAC Design
  • Utility Design
    • Electrical Service
    • Water/Well Service
    • Sewer/Septic Service
  • Final Exterior Colors & Materials
  • Outline Specifications
  • Presentations to Client and Design Review Committee
  • Coordination with Owner's Civil Engineer - Drainage, Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (DESC)
  • Coordination with Owner's Structural Engineer
    • Framing Plans
    • Foundation Plans and details