Below are the "typical" steps your project will go through from start to finish. If you are already working with a designer or architect, some of the steps may not be applicable.
1. Meet & Greet
The main goal of our initial meeting is to get to know you, your family, lifestyle, activities, priorities, goals, budget, and determine your unique needs. At this stage, the scope of work is determined, prices and timelines are agreed upon and a contract/agreement is developed to make sure all parties are on the same page. Then we visit site to determine view, solar orientation, wind, acoustics, privacy, context, and determine city constraints such as boundary setbacks, height limits, floor space ratio, building envelope and more.
This is the fun part! The design phase offers the client their first glimpse of their finished project. Working together, we take the initial concept through a series of revisions which can be passed back and forth in face-to-face meetings and via email.
Computer-generated 3D models and renderings are produced to give the client a very vivid picture of things to come. At the end of the creative process, we will have a final design that the client will be thrilled with.
3. Construction Documents
Construction documents are the detailed "blueprints" that contractors will follow to build your project. Working with a licensed Structural Engineer (yours or one that we will be happy to recommend), the construction details are calculated and drawn to specification. All of our plans offer uncompromised details that eliminate on-site guesswork for the builder.
A Full Set of Plans From Above & Beyond Typically Includes The Following:
Cover Sheet Site Plan Existing Floor Plan New Floor Plan Foundation Plan Shear Wall Plan Front & Rear Exterior Elevations Left & Right Exterior Elevations Ceiling Framing Plan Roof Plan Cross Sections Electrical Plan Typical Structural Details Project Specific Structural Details General Notes Title 24
We have built solid relationships with many highly-qualified professionals. Some of our clients already have contractors while others ask us for recommendations. Because of our extensive background in construction, many clients choose to hire us to consult on their project and to refer contractors that we worked with.