OUR DESIGN PROCESS
During our initial meetings with the client, architect, landscape designer, and contractor, we gather information regarding the project, discuss conceptual ideas, determine a scope of work, define the client’s aesthetic and functional requirements, and discuss the budget.
Architectural Design Development
From these initial meetings, we begin to define the style and build a concept that is tailored specifically to the client; drawing our inspiration from the client’s lifestyle, the architect’s vision, and the authentic nature of the project. We pull ideas for floor materials, wall surfaces, ceiling details, wood and stone finishes, cabinetry, and exterior finishes.
Drawing, Drafting and Construction Documentation
During this phase of the process we define and design all of the interior architectural elements of the project: doors and windows, millwork, cabinetry, fireplaces, staircases, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, appliances, and hardware. We begin to build our specification binders for the client and contractor and complete CAD drawings for bidding and execution of details.
Finish Materials and Fixture Selection
The most prominent influences on the selection of finish materials are architectural style, degree of authenticity, function, aesthetics, and budget. During this phase we specify materials for flooring, walls, ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, cabinetry, railings and fireplace surrounds. We also consult on the selection of exterior materials such as roofing, wall cladding, paving stone, railing, millwork materials, and pool tiles.
Site Visits and Trade Meetings
Throughout the construction of a project, we attend weekly job site meetings with the architect, builder, job site supervisor, and trade contractors to review design decisions, material installations, and construction schedules.
Interior Design Development
Through a series of client meetings and detailed presentations the color scheme is created, furniture layouts are finalized, finishes are specified, and budgets are reviewed. At this point we select wall coverings, drapery and window shades, decorative lighting, furniture, fabrics, rugs, art, and accessories.
Ordering and Expediting
We begin the process by creating purchase orders for all of our vendors and reviewing all of our selections for correct scale, balance, and proportion. We double check order information, confirm prices and lead-times, reselect back ordered or discontinued items, arrange crating, shipping and delivery, and start expediting.
After completion of construction and a detailed cleaning, we begin the installation phase of the project. This phase takes approximately two weeks to complete and includes installing carpet, hanging drapery, laying rugs, placing and detailing furniture, making beds, hanging art, stocking cabinets and closets, and placing accessories.
Soon after installation, once the punch lists are complete and final details have been attended to, the house becomes a home…