The initial meeting with you, the client, is one of the most crucial steps in this process. Programming is when the proposal is developed to determine scope of services, schedules and fees.

No matter if the project is a home remodel, or a new office build-out, it is during Programming that the goals, the philosophy of work and play, and client's needs and wants are written down. Existing building conditions are documented and drawings and photos are used as a starting point prior to developing Schematic Design.

Schematic Design
During the Schematic Design phase, the designer uses the programming information to begin developing design brainstorming ideas. The space, not only should be functional for the person using the space, but should reflect the essence of who the person is. The client meets with the designer to choose the parts and pieces that can then be worked into a more cohesive design.

Design Development
During Design Development the overall space is thoroughly refined based on the previously approved Schematic Design pieces. Lighting and furniture is chosen to enhance the architectural features of the space, custom pieces are determined; fixtures and hardware are added. An initial design package is created to be used later as the construction documents for the contractor, the designer, and you, the client.

At the end of this phase, it is determined whether the project is sent out to bid to several contractors, or to use a preferred contractor. The project goes out for pricing, where the contractor estimates what the project will cost. Final changes are made to the design prior to permitting.

Construction Documents
Once approval is received on the final design, the design package becomes the Construction Documents. This includes construction drawings, schedules, and specifications. These documents tell the contractor what to build, and help form a platform for the contract between the client and the contractor.

The Construction Phase is when the designer does periodic on-site inspections, and works with the client and the contractor to ensure that the project is built according to the design, and the pre-determined schedule.

Construction Administration and Post Occupancy
The Construction Administration Phase is when the designer conducts a punch list, (a list of items to be fixed, or finished prior to client occupancy), which is completed prior to final billing.

The designer then meets with the client during Post Occupancy. It is during this phase that the designer and the client determines what worked well on the project, what has been learned and if the client is satisfied with the job.