THE DESIGN PROCESS
We are a full-service boutique architecture + interior design firm specializing in the design of entire luxury homes. We are here for you each & every step of your design project, from beginning to end. Anita will meet and work with you to create a uniquely personal design for your home and both she and the rest of the team will take care of you throughout the implementation phase of your project. Here is an overview of how the process works:
STEP 1: PROJECT INQUIRY & FEE STRUCTURE
Submit a project inquiry on our contact page. We'll then send you a packet of information that includes an overview of our services & fees. If you like what you see, we'll set up a phone consultation to find out about your design needs and to introduce you to our company & philosophy. This first conversation is about mutually determining if we'd like to work together on the project. We'll go over your project & desired budget, the design process, our fees, and any other questions or concerns you may have.
STEP 2: MEETING & AGREEMENT
Once we have agreed to work together, we'll meet with you at your project site to assess your current needs and wants. We talk with you and your family about the activities & mood you want your home to have, so that we can create the environment that best suits your lifestyle. We will review the contract in detail and once you sign off we will go to the next step.
STEP 3: DESIGN PLAN & PRESENTATION
We create a custom design for your home. Based on a combination of what we have learned from you and our own creativity. We will present our design concept through the use of floor plans & elevations. This presentation will take place at the ink Architecture + Interiors studio or at your home, depending upon the needs of your project. At this point, the design is tweaked and/or approved into a final design plan. If required, the conceptual design will be sent to your neighborhood review board for approval before proceeding to the next step.
STEP 4: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Once you approve the design, we'll get to work on the details of the design, develop the ideas thoroughly and finalize size of rooms, spaces, house location on the site and start getting into the design details, such as window placement and design, entry door design, building materials and overall lot coverage and square footage allotment.
STEP 5: INTERIOR SELECTIONS
Our process includes all aspects of the design, down to the, product selections built into your home, including flooring, tile, trim, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures and an entire long list of other products. We develop a full palette of selections to help you finalize decisions on the look of the inside of your home, so that these items can be built into the overall construction documents.
STEP 6: CONTRACT DOCUMENTS
During this step, we will work through all of the architecture and interior architecture, construction detailing, and finalize the overall design. We will develop a full comprehensive contract document package for pricing and construction. Most of this work happens after we have finalized the details with client and need to develop all of the drawings and specifications needed for permitting and construction. A lot of these details are specific to the knowledge of architects and contractors and the owners aren't involved as much in this portion, although, it really is the most important part of the job to get an accurately priced and well-built home.
STEP 7: CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
Contract Administration occurs while the project is under construction. We've had clients in the past that have asked us to eliminate this portion of the work in order to help save them money, but we have discovered that just leaves room for contractors to cut corners and use substandard products than those we specified. We put a lot of work and effort into the design and it represents our name as well. We know you want a great built product and this can only be achieved if we are there every step of the way and are available for contractor questions and overall administration of the contracts.
We've narrowed down the details quite a bit above, but we hope this gives you an overall sense of the process. We certainly pride ourselves on great architecture and interior design and feel our professional services provide you with the best end results. We only take on a few select clients, since our main focus is great design and realize that providing a client with a full-service approach is a lot of time and dedication, so we do not take the mass market approach. As a boutique firm, we cater to clientele that want a luxury home with a truly custom approach.