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The Architectural Design Process

The following is a detailed description of how the design process works at our office. This description should be read in coordination with one of the following PDF files geared to specific types of projects. Click on the topics below for additional information.

For printable PDF versions click here:
For new residences.
For timberframe residences.
For remodeling.

These virtual models are examples of the different kinds of residential projects we typically work on. When we work with clients we provide them with virtual models throughout the design process.

In order to view these models you must download the 3D model and a free viewer application. Click on an image below and it will take you to a third-party website where the model and viewer are available for download. The viewer is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

To begin exploring the model, hit the escape key. If you need assistance navigating the software and/or the files, please refer to the quick reference card.

New Home Construction: Freeland Residence

Freeland Residence

This model is an example of a new home. The single-story house is oriented to take advantage of views to the west and to capture the sunset. The viewer approaches the model from the north. A two-car garage and shop is located in the wing to the left as you proceed down the driveway. As you approach you see a projecting porch canopy that covers the main entry. The main entry leads to a large great room and kitchen with large windows facing west. The master suite is to the left of the great room as you enter the house and also has large windows facing west. A home office and guest suite are located to the right of the great room as you enter. This virtual model also contains hyperlinks to drawings of the project.

At The Johnson Partnership, we tailor each project to best fit the needs of each client and the potential of each site. Whether you are remodeling a house or creating a new residence from the ground up, our primary goals are to fulfill your vision while respecting your budget and schedule.

In the first phase we’ll be working with you to determine a design approach. One-on-one meetings and a site visit help us learn about you and the scope of your project. We then create a written proposal for your project. Once we have your approval, we prepare the record set, including a three-dimensional electronic model that will be the basis of the new design.

During the second phase we refine the design and complete more detailed models to determine the scope of the entire project, including systems, materials, fixtures, and equipment. Once these are complete, we prepare a set of drawings to submit to the local building department to apply for the necessary permits, and coordinate with the building department until a permit is issued. The next step is to prepare the design for construction and implementation.

The third phase is all about getting your project built. We can assist with selecting a contractor, either by providing you with a list of contractors with proven records of successful projects or, if you choose to take bids for the job, by preparing bidding documents to assist that process. During construction itself, we will act as your agent to administer the construction contract, field questions from the contractor, and make a final “punch list” of items to be corrected or completed by the contractor.

For a full explanation of our design process, please refer to the following PDFs.
For new residences.
For timberframe residences.
For remodeling.

3D models of sample projects are available to view on our desktop site.