For a more detailed breakdown of tasks on a large scale home project,
review the typical project timeline below.
Initial meeting via phone, Skype and/or in person. May include a visit to the property. Information is gathered from you about your preferences, budget and preferred style and type of home.
A unique Project Strategy is created by us for you at no cost. This outlines the various steps of the design and construction process and gives an estimate of the construction costs as well as the estimated timeline, professional fees and any other important components, based on similar projects to yours.
Next we discuss financing options with the Client. We can refer you to mortgage brokers who specialize in construction financing as well as permanent financing, who can educate you about your options. In some cases it may be possible to take out a low-cost loan against your current home (called a HELOC) to finance the architectural design process.
The architectural contract is presented and explained to the Client. A small initial payment is made at the signing of the contract.
As an optional service, we can also manage your construction project as an advisor which will allow you to select your own sub-contractors based on your project needs.
Traditionally, we can also assist with locating the right builder for you. At this stage, the builder is formally engaged and a contract with the builder is signed. We can review your contract with your builder and refer you to a real-estate attorney if you desire.
Once the building permits are received the construction team begins constructing your home. Many of the team members we work will use a project management software, which allows seamless communication between the construction team, architect and client, as well as tracking budget and timeline
Final selection of your interior finishes, appliances and plumbing and lighting fixtures. This is sometimes done with our in-house interior designer or sometimes by an outside designer if desired.
The Architect visits the site to verify that the home is being built to plans and specs. We often write field-reports after these visits. A particular area of concern is proper waterproofing and flashing so the house is water-tight. We sometimes bring in an outside waterproofing consultant for product recommendations.
Local building inspectors, bank inspectors and third party inspectors will at times visit the site to certify that the home is being built correctly.