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.
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For new residences.
For timberframe residences.
The Interview - At our first meeting we will to want learn about you, the scope of your project, your desired timeline, and your proposed budget. We will also familiarize you with some samples of our work, drawing from recent examples that may be similar to your proposed project. We will take into account how your budget compares with a rough estimate of current per-square-foot building costs, based on our experience with other comparable projects.
We will also want to know about your site. If you have a remodeling project, we will usually want to visit the site before proceeding further. For new construction, an initial site visit is still very important, although not always essential if sufficient photos, a site topographic map, survey or other accurate depiction of project location and boundaries, and information on basic site development restrictions, are available.
With this information in hand, we will prepare a written proposal for architectural services at your request. This proposal, upon your written consent, becomes a letter agreement that defines the first phase of our services and provides a professional fee estimate and tentative schedule.
After your authorization to proceed with the project, we begin assembling the information we need to begin the design process.
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.
3D models of sample projects are available to view on our desktop site.