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NEW BUILD HOME

Investing in a vacant lot within a historic district, mid-century neighborhood, desert paradise or elsewhere brings with it fantastic opportunities and unique challenges. It is important to consider the varied aspects that comprise these spaces, like city mandated design guidelines. This is just one example of why it is important to have a team that understands the neighborhood as a whole early on in the design and development process. When done well, an empty lot gives you the unique opportunity to write the next chapter of your neighborhood’s history book. We love this challenge and would be honored to be a part of your team as you create a home that will not only enrich your everyday life but contribute to the neighborhood you live in.

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Typical New Build Home Design Process and Timeline

Design and Documentation: 3-4 months

This timeframe includes our 4 phases of design and documentation, as well as the time necessary for engineers to complete their work on your project. Our 4 phases of design and documentation are Existing Conditions, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents. Below is a summary of those phases.

Existing Conditions

Existing Conditions is the foundation for the rest of the design and documentation process. It primarily includes information gathering and documentation of the site. Information gathering includes studying the context of the neighborhood and land, researching the zoning requirements and applicable codes, and photo documenting the site.  We spend a considerable amount of time investigating and discovering what makes the site unique, which views should be optimized or shielded, what is the best orientation for the home, what is historically and culturally significant to the area, and so on. Existing Conditions is the phase when we require a site survey to be produced by a site surveyor if one is not already available.  We use this survey to create a digital plot plan that is used as the base drawing for the rest of the project.

Schematic Design

Schematic Design focuses on the experience of the home, the location and relationship between different functional areas, how the new home or addition affects the existing site, passive sustainable design strategies, and ultimately, the overall design concept of the home. In this phase we design primarily from an aerial view, or the floor plan. We incorporate the information gathered during the Existing Conditions with your project scope to create potential floor plan layouts. We meet with you to discuss these layouts and refine them until we create the best floor plan solution. This is generally done in 2-3 meetings. A 3D model will be created of this floor plan solution on new build and addition projects to help visualize the overall concept and ideas explored in Schematic Design.

Design Development

Design Development is where the “look” or “style” of the home comes into the process. During this phase, materials including siding, roofing, doors, windows, lighting, cabinetry, counters, hardware, fixtures, tile, flooring, color schemes, and all other finishing details are discussed, often with a visit to multiple showrooms to select major items in person. 3-D renderings are used during this phase to paint the picture of what the spaces will look like. Design Development is also where consultants such as Structural and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) engineers are involved, and in the case of new build homes, a civil engineer as well.

Construction Documents

Construction Documents are the final deliverable you receive from us. In this phase we specify and draw highly detailed plans to be used by General Contractors to price the design, and as needed to obtain the Building Permits. Once the project is underway, we are available by phone and email to troubleshoot any questions that arise during the construction process. We typically make site visits every other week to ensure that the design intent of the drawings is being upheld.

Building Permitting: 2 months

A building permit is required for all new build homes. The time necessary for the local jurisdiction varies greatly on how well they are staffed and how many projects they are reviewing. The permit is issued when structures are designed in accordance with the building codes and all other applicable codes and ordinances, to ensure the safety of the structure. Time to secure a permit is typically around 2 months. If your project is in a historic district, the timeline may extend as it also has to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Office.

Construction: 5-8 months

Construction for a new build home typically takes 5-8 months, but can take more time based on the size, complexity, and location of the project. The general contractor that you hire to build your project is responsible for the schedule and timeline of your project, but estimating 5-8 months for construction is a good start.

Addition

ADDITION

Do you love your home but feel like you need a bit more space to accommodate the changes in your life?  It is important to have a design team on board early when considering adding an addition to your home. A poorly designed addition can actually devalue your house by cutting off access to natural light and outdoor areas, compromising the flow, or ruining the exterior look. Our design process focuses on not only adding the additional square footage you require, but using that addition to better shape your outdoor spaces, highlight views, and improve the curb appeal or appearance while maintaining a functional interior flow and access to natural light. If these items are important, we would love to see what we can do for you.

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Typical Addition Design Process and Timeline

Design and Documentation: 3-4 months

This timeframe includes our 4 phases of design and documentation, as well as the time necessary for engineers to complete their work on your project. Our 4 phases of design and documentation are Existing Conditions, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents. Below is a summary of those phases.

Existing Conditions

Existing Conditions is the foundation for the rest of the design and documentation process. It primarily includes information gathering and documentation of the site and existing home. Information gathering includes studying the context of the neighborhood, researching the zoning requirements, and photo documenting the property and existing home. We spend a considerable amount of time investigating and discovering what makes the home unique, what gives it character, and what is historically, culturally, and economically valuable. Existing Conditions is when we require a site survey to be produced by a site surveyor if one is not already available. With the site survey, we measure the areas of the house that will be affected by the design to create a digital set of as-built plans that are used as the base drawings for the rest of the project.

Schematic Design

Schematic Design focuses on the experience of the home, the location and relationship between different functional areas, how the addition affects the existing site, passive sustainable design strategies, and ultimately, the overall design concept of the home. In this phase we design primarily from an aerial view, or the floor plan. We incorporate the information gathered during the Existing Conditions with your project scope to create potential floor plan layouts. We meet with you to discuss these layouts and refine them until we create the best floor plan solution. This is generally done in 2-3 meetings. A 3D model will be created of this floor plan solution to help visualize the overall concept and ideas explored in Schematic Design.

Design Development

Design Development is where the “look” or “style” of the home comes into the process. During this phase, materials including siding, roofing, doors, windows, lighting, cabinetry, counters, hardware, fixtures, tile, flooring, color schemes, and all other finishing details are discussed, often with a visit to multiple showrooms to select major items in person. 3-D renderings are used during this phase to paint the picture of what the spaces will look like. Design Development is also where consultants such as Structural and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) engineers are involved.

Construction Documents

Construction Documents are the final deliverable you receive from us. In this phase we specify and draw highly detailed plans to be used by General Contractors to price the design, and as needed to obtain the Building Permits. Once the project is underway, we are available by phone and email to troubleshoot any questions that arise during the construction process. We typically make site visits every other week to ensure that the design intent of the drawings is being upheld.

Building Permitting: 2 months

A building permit is required for all additions. The time necessary for the local jurisdiction varies greatly on how well they are staffed and how many projects they are reviewing. The permit is issued when structures are designed in accordance with the building codes and all other applicable codes and ordinances, to ensure the safety of the structure. Time to secure a permit can range from 4 weeks to 2+ months. For this reason, we suggest you estimate 2 months. If your project is in a historic district, the timeline may extend as it also has to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Office.

Construction: 3-5 months

Construction typically takes 3-5 months for an addition, but can take more time based on the size and complexity of the project. The general contractor that you hire to build your project is responsible for the schedule and timeline of your project, but estimating 3-5 months for construction is a good start.

Interior Renovation

INTERIOR RENOVATION

We all know that life changes and sometimes these changes lead to a single question, “does my current home still meet my needs?” Adding more square footage isn’t always the answer as new functionality and invigorating space can be created within your current home with a bit of reinvestment and design savvy. So, if you are looking to stay in the home where memories have been created, laughs were shared or proximity to your yoga studio is just too good to walk away, we can help. We find joy in reshaping an existing structure to support you. Whether your focus is on interior, exterior or an integration of the two, we will provide the design for a space that you will fall in love with all over again.

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Typical Interior Renovation Design Process and Timeline

Design and Documentation: 2-3 months

This timeframe includes our 4 phases of design and documentation, as well as the time necessary for engineers to complete their work on your project. Our 4 phases of design and documentation are Existing Conditions, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents. Below is a summary of those phases.

Existing Conditions

Existing Conditions is the foundation for the rest of the design and documentation process. It primarily includes information gathering and documentation of the site and existing home. Information gathering includes studying the context of the neighborhood, researching the zoning requirements, and photo documenting the property and existing home.  We spend a considerable amount of time investigating and discovering what makes the home unique, what gives it character, and what is historically, culturally, and economically valuable. In this phase we measure the areas of the house that will be affected by the design to create a digital set of as-built plans that are used as the base drawings for the rest of the project.

Schematic Design

Schematic Design focuses on the experience of the home and the location and relationship between different functional areas. In this phase we design primarily from an aerial view, or the floor plan. We incorporate the information gathered during the Existing Conditions with your project scope to create potential floor plan layouts. We meet with you to discuss these layouts and refine them until we create the best floor plan solution. This is generally done in 2-3 meetings.

Design Development

Design Development is where the “look” or “style” of the home comes into the process. During this phase, materials including doors, windows, lighting, cabinetry, counters, hardware, fixtures, tile, flooring, color schemes, and all other finishing details are discussed, often with a visit to multiple showrooms to select major items in person. 3-D renderings are used during this phase to paint the picture of what the spaces will look like. Design Development is also where consultants such as Structural and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) engineers are involved if necessary.

Construction Documents

Construction Documents are the final deliverable you receive from us. In this phase we specify and draw highly detailed plans to be used by General Contractors to price the design, and as needed to obtain the Building Permits. Once the project is underway, we are available by phone and email to troubleshoot any questions that arise during the construction process. We typically make site visits every other week to ensure that the design intent of the drawings is being upheld.

Building Permitting: 2 months

A building permit is required for most interior renovations of a significant size and scope. The time necessary for the local jurisdiction varies greatly on how well they are staffed and how many projects they are reviewing. The permit is issued when structures are designed in accordance with the building codes and all other applicable codes and ordinances, to ensure the safety of the structure. Time to secure a permit can range from a single day for an over-the-counter permit for simple jobs to 2+ months for a gut renovation. For this reason, we suggest you estimate 2 months.

Construction: 2-4 months

Construction typically takes 2-4 months for an interior renovation, but can take more time based on the size and complexity of the project. The general contractor that you hire to build your project is responsible for the schedule and timeline of your project, but estimating 2-4 months for construction is a good start.

Landscape

LANDSCAPE

We believe that the best houses flow indoors to outdoors seamlessly, and Arizona has some of the best outdoor living opportunities in the nation. Our landscape designs focus on extending your living area outwards to make the most of your property. We like to use drought resistant plants, low maintenance materials, shade, edible gardens, rain water harvesting, firepits and unique, fun elements to create entertaining yet functional spaces for the whole family.

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Typical Landscape Design Process and Timeline

Design and Documentation: 3 weeks – 5 weeks

This timeframe includes our 2 phases of landscape design and documentation. Below is a summary of those phases.

Existing Conditions

Existing Conditions is the foundation for the rest of the design and documentation process. It primarily includes information gathering and documentation of the site. Information gathering includes studying the context of the property and photo documenting the site.  We spend a considerable amount of time investigating and discovering what makes the site unique, which views should be optimized or shielded, what are the key spatial relationships, what elements of the house should be brought into the landscape, and so on. In this phase we measure the areas of the house that will be affected by the landscape design to create a digital as-built plot plan that is used as the base drawing for the rest of the project.

Landscape Design

Our Landscape Design consists of a redesigned site plan with 3D renderings that help you visualize the new “look” and “style” of your outdoor spaces. Our Landscape Design incorporates the information gathered during the Existing Conditions as well as your wishes to create a space that respects and improves the look of your current home while adding the outdoor elements you desire. Whether its adding curb appeal or creating a backyard oasis, it is incredibly important to plan this space and see it in 3D renderings before breaking ground on construction.