Every renovation project is broken down into multiple phases: conceptual design, design development, construction documents, construction/execution, and project closure. If you haven’t worked with a design-build studio before you may be unsure what is entailed for each of these phases. We do things a bit differently than the traditional general contractor (read more about those differences here), and in this post we will discuss the design development phase.
In the conceptual design phase we talked with our trade partners to get their feedback on the overall design vision. During design development we go into further discussions with them to ensure they don’t foresee any issues with the design selections we have in mind. Again, thinking through all of these details can help bring to light any potential issues.
We want to uncover potential issues now because the construction phase is hectic enough without having to make design decisions on the fly. These types of decisions almost always lead to more money and more time, so it’s best to thoroughly think things through prior to demolition.
This is also when we go through our build proposal, laying out the investment needed to achieve the design vision, as well as the timeline for completion. Once everything is approved we move onto the construction documents phase (more on this soon…).
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