The programming meeting is where you discuss with us the requirements of your project. It is also a time for us to check the fit between what you want, what you need, and your budget.
Ideally, you will have a sense of what you want from the project, as well as an open mind to new ideas or solutions that we may develop. Many of our clients bring a scrap book of pictures of homes or details that they like, to help us get a sense of what they are looking for.
From your information, we will develop a program for your project, which is a written record of the project goals. During this phase, we will help to gather the following information on the existing conditions:
Using the information gathered in the first phase we will develop 2-3 possible plan solutions for your project. These are intended to show a general layout of rooms and/or the site.
After your review of the initial floor plan options and selection of a preferred scheme, we will develop the project in 3 dimensions, looking at a simple computer model of your project in various perspective views. The model helps us to study how the building is placed on the site as well as different massing and roof schemes. These views are very useful for us to better understand the aesthetic issues of the design, and are extremely helpful in conveying the general feel of the building to you.
After we work with you to decide on a preferred design, a rough cost estimate for the construction is developed. Also during this phase we will research building and zoning codes for your site to verify the project's compliance with local regulations.
Once we have established a general layout and look of your project, it is time to develop its various features in greater detail. The following information is typically developed during this phase:
Once this information is prepared, we will meet for your review of the design progress, at which point a detailed cost estimate is developed.
The goal of this phase is to make sure you are comfortable with the design by presenting a clear description through text and images of all the choices you have made. Your approval of the final design allows us to produce construction documents.
After you have had a chance to review and approve of the various aspects of the Design Development drawings, we will prepare construction documents for use by the contractor and the city building department. These drawings will become part of the construction contract.
As part of this process, we will coordinate our drawings with other consultants as necessary, such as the structural engineer, the landscape architect, and/or the mechanical engineer.
During this phase, we will also develop Construction Specifications, which are a written description of the quality of construction materials, a listing of equipment, and a general description of how the contractor will conduct the work.
Your contractor will be a key to the success of your project. There are a number of ways to choose one. McClellan Architects can assist you in your search, and will discuss what type of contractor would be most appropriate for your specific project. You may already have someone you want to work with.
You might choose to negotiate directly with one general contractor from the start, having them on board early on in the design process, almost as an extra consultant to verify costing assumptions. This gives the contractor more time to become familiar with the subtleties of the project before any construction has begun. Alternatively, you may prefer to have a number of general contractors bid on your job to give you one extra level of confidence that you are being quoted a fair price.
During the project's construction, McClellan Architects are available to provide construction administration services. These typically include the following:
At the close of construction we assist in a final walk through of the project to confirm that all the work is completed to your satisfaction.