SERVICES: THE PROCESS
All projects begin with an initial design consultation. This 1 to 2 hour meeting discusses your design vision, your project goals and the general budget you have in mind. We then talk about the best possible approach and the services required for your project’s specific needs.
Roots Design Studio supports a holistic approach to the design and construction process; offering full architectural and architectural interior services. With this approach, RDS is integral from the initial conceptual design. Working to foster dialogue and coordination with the builder and all the design consultants, RDS strives to produce a highly coordinated and detailed set of construction drawings and specifications. RDS will continue to provide support through project pricing and the entire construction of your project until the day you move in.
Focused on being a custom architect design studio, services also have the ability to be customized. Roots Design Studio recognizes that full architectural services are sometimes beyond your project’s needs and therefore tailored a la carte services are available.
ARCHITECTURE DESIGN PROCESS
Creating projects that are a true reflection of the client's personality and style requires really getting to know them on a personal level. Custom design is truly that "custom." Pre-design is a continuation of the initial design meeting. This is the time to get to know the client even better, the site and the overall project requirements and regulations. Open dialogue with the client aids in developing a complete program outline for the project. By listening closely, RDS can then make note of specific details and have a better set of tools to personalize the project. Also during this phase, RDS will visit the site and document notable features. The client may also be asked to obtain a land survey to support the upcoming design phase. Further information is also gathered by documenting any existing structures with as-built drawings and also doing the initial research for governing codes, and building and permitting requirements.
CONCEPTUAL + SCHEMATIC DESIGN
The fun part begins. It is now time to use all the information gathered and to analyze and produce design ideas. Clients are encouraged to continue to give Roots Design Studio details about themselves and the design vision they have for the project. Open communication is a key tool in developing a successful project and it begins with the client architect relationship.
Design commences with conceptual diagrams. The analysis of the site illustrates key views and addresses the approach from the street to the building. Diagrams and quick sketches begin to look at the general functions of the building and their basic relationships to each other and to the site, while considering all the information gathered during the pre-design phase of research.
Conceptual design flows into schematic design seamlessly. Diagrams become rooms and overall forms begin to take shape and building elevations are developed. Roots Design Studio continues to work primarily with hand drawings at this phase believing the artistic side of architecture is allowed to develop more fluidly. This phase typically encompasses 2 to 4 client meetings depending on the project’s complexity. A client’s interaction and feedback continues to be instrumental in developing the architectural design. Once the client is pleased with the plans and the overall building elevations and forms; the project moves into the design development phase.
As the design progresses, the building is refined and evolves into the foundation for precise working drawings. The client continues to be integral to the process by reviewing the design and making decisions. The conversation now is focused on exterior finish materials and the overall project’s finer details.
Also at this time, RDS will guide clients through selecting outside design consultants to become part of the project team. They will become essential in developing the coordinated technical construction drawings moving forward.
The point in the project that a builder becomes involved can vary from project to project. Roots Design Studio’s holistic approach encourages builder dialogue as early in the design process as the client is comfortable, and will assist the client, as needed, in forming this relationship. The design development phase is a great place to begin dialogue with the builder. Drawings are progressing and their experience, general feedback and rough pricing can be extremely beneficial.
At the beginning of the construction document phase, the overall design is virtually complete and it is time for the architect to fully document, detail and to continue to coordinate systems with other consultants. The time spent in this phase directly relates to the ease of construction later on. During the construction document phase Roots Design Studio is also producing a specification document of the materials to be used on the project. All of the drawings and specifications together become part of the contract documents. As these documents are completed, the project is ready to be priced competitively and built.
Each governmental jurisdiction requires different information to be supplied for a permit application. RDS will issue drawings at the appropriate time for a permit application to be reviewed by the local governing authorities.
BIDDING + NEGOTIATION
In this phase the construction documents are given to one or competing builders for pricing. At this time, Roots Design Studio is available to answer all questions and provide additional information as requested by prospective bidders.
Once the building is under construction, Roots Design Studio will attend regular meetings with the builder to better ensure the design is being constructed per the contract documents. Site observation reports are issued to the client to maintain communication and track the overall progress. Although detail construction documentation minimizes unforeseen construction challenges, RDS will collaborate with the builder as issues arise to verify the design integrity is maintained. Continuing to provide architectural services through construction is vital to ensuring the success of the design execution.
Example of the Typical Documents Provided for Full Architectural Services:
- Site Plan
- Floor Plans
- Exterior Elevations with Materials
- Building Sections
- Reflected Ceiling Plans
- Fireplace Drawings
- Stair & Railing Drawings
- Window Schedule & Details
- Door Schedule & Details
- Building Details
- Outline Specifications