To help eliminate the unknowns about the process of designing and Building your home we put together this presentation, outlining each step in the process.
We hope it gives a clear picture of what to expect as one of our clients and that you feel more prepared to discuss your project with us when the time is right.
Knowing that a significant investment of time and resources will be required to complete a project can make it feel like an intimidating undertaking. However, experience tells us that the biggest hurdle to starting or moving forward on a project is more often the anxiety around what we do not yet know and the significant complexity caused by the involvement of many parties.
We value clarity and want the experience of working with us to be as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Our Goal is to eliminate Conflict.
Promote high levels of communication and transparency.
Produce a high Quality Design & Execution and
Provide our Client with a high degree of Clarity and Peace of Mind.
Single point of Contact and Responsibility
Having the Architect, the Interior designer, the Engineers and the Builders under one roof on a single point of contact, Promotes high levels of communication and transparency, Produces a high Quality Design & Execution and Provides our Client a high degree of Clarity and Peace of Mind.
IDEAL Design & Build is now the only entity accountable to the project owner for any defects or flaws in the project. This is as compared to the traditional method where there are many parties involved thereby significantly complicated.
This method also saves money for the project owner. With only one entity to hire, there are fewer overhead costs to bear, simpler and fewer legal and managerial responsibilities.
This method reduces the delivery schedule by overlapping the design and construction phases of a project. Thus, the building can be designed in phases, such as the design evolves as the construction works are ongoing.
Encourages innovation and a more holistic approach to construction
This method encourages a more innovative and more valuable approaches to designing and constructing the building.
This is only possible because all the members of the project team come together early on in the process to address potential issues.
This also reduces the risk of design errors, since the contractor is also the designer, the design can be easily customized to suit ongoing requirements.
The main goal during this phase is to learn everything possible about our clients’ personality, lifestyle, and space requirements
Observing and documenting the existing conditions at the project site. This usually entails a survey of the land to determine the property line boundary. We also do background research to better understand how the site relates to the surrounding area, climate and the regulations that affect the project.
DURATION: usually 2 weeks
Architecture Design Agreement
At this phase you will be asked to sign an Architecture Design agreement.
The price can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the project, the land morphology and the level of detail that the project/client requires
The Architecture Design Fee includes all services up to the completion of the Construction documentation phase
Exploring Design Concepts
In this phase, we begin the process of translating the information into an efficient building design. This is when we start exploring design concepts; it is the time for testing options and getting a general idea of the look and feel.
Preliminary Floor Plans
The floor plans and shape of the project will begin to take form.The conceptual Design phase includes presentations of ideas to our clients using images of other projects, hand sketches, and models to help visualize the size, shape, and relationship of spaces to each other. Refine the ideas according to our clients feedback until we reach an agreed upon design direction to develop further in the following phases.
DURATION: usually 2-3 weeks
The first priority of this phase is to define and develop all the important aspects of the project and produce a set of drawings and outline specification in order to create the ability to quantify a preliminary cost estimation.
During Design Development, we advance the design significantly based on the floor plan and exterior concept approved in the previous phase.
The building exterior will be more fully designed, the interior layout completed, dimensions of all spaces finalized, and most materials selected.
The deliverable will be a more detailed set of drawings that communicates the overall layout and volume of the building or space, all significant equipment, and the type of material or finishes for every surface of the project.
Structural & Electromechanical Consultation
A structural engineer will be added to the team, and consultants for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems may be needed depending on the complexity of the project
Preliminary Cost Estimation
At this stage we mindfully organize and document all foreseen construction works and supplies through certified architects, Interior Desigers and Technical Engineers of our company.
And then run a tendering procedure through independent and seperate sub-contractors and suppliers for each and every scope of works, and produce a SUMMARY ANALYSIS with breakdown prices for each element of the works.The whole preliminary cost estimation is quantified and calculated with a margin of error ( + 5%)
If adjustments are necessary to bring the project scope in line with the construction budget,it is most efficient to do this sooner than later.
Town Planning Application
(preparation of all nessesary documents, to submit for town planning approval)
DURATION: usually 6-8 weeks
Communicating the Design Drawings
In this phase we develop the Design Drawings into a thorough and precise set of Construction Documents.
These drawings and specifications have all of the details, dimensions, and notes necessary to communicate the entire design intent to the builders ,sub-contractors and suppliers.
We specify all of the materials, finishes, fixtures, equipment, and appliances to be installed, and coordinate our drawings with the structural and electromechanical drawings.
It is our job to make recommendations and educate you about the options, but ultimately you will be the one occupying and maintaining yourhome therefore, you have the final say
Structural & Electromechanical Drawings
The structural, mechanical and electrical engineers have all the neseccary specifications and are in the position to complete their studies and deliver precise set of drawings of the structural, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems of the building.
During this phase we add to the Construction Documents any additional information required to get a building permit.
This is the information needed to show the project complies with the applicable land use and any other regulations required by the responsible authority issuing the permit.
We submit these drawings along with the various forms required for the permit application to the local plans reviewer, monitor the progress during the review period, and give additional information or clarifications as requested.
The length and cost of this phase can vary greatly depending on the jurisdiction, complexity of the project, or community design review processes.
DURATION: usually 12-15 weeks
With building Permit underway we are now ready to sign the construction agreement and move to the next step of preparing to begin works on site.
The Design and Build contract will include summary analysis with a breakdown prices for each element of the works.
The main purpose is to enable both sides Id&b and the client to navigate and monitor through ongoing value changes or variations for each element of works and ensure that the overall Project Cost will remain in the preferable budget.
While most of the architectural design work is done before any building begins, our consistent presence during the construction phase is equally important, and this is one of the Greatest Benefits on having your Designer as the Contractor.
During Construction works we visit the construction site on a daily basis, answer questions from the Subcontractors and proactively address potential issues and therefore, to ensure the finishes meet our expectations.
Inevitably, some decisions must be made or modified on site, and our involvement and ability to work directly with our Subcontractors to solve problems is essential for producing high quality execution and avoiding costly delays.
At our site visits we take photos and write reports to document the progress, We confirm the materials and workmanship are of the quality we agreed to, and verify that our Subcontractors & Suppliers billings reflect the quality and quantiy of works expected. Overall we run a daily documented procedure to ensure all works are completed to our satisfaction.