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Our Design Process

What is our Design Process? our design process is categorized into various phases beginning with our pre-design phase: initial site analysis and then moving into our three design phases: 1.) schematic design 2.) design development 3.) construction documents and then commencing with tour two post-design phases: 4.) bidding 5.) construction administration. Below you will find descriptions of what each phase entails. 


  • Initial Site Analysis: here is where we figure out what can be built on your site through careful analysis of your areas zoning codes and your site conditions. We look at setbacks, height restrictions, site topography and how to work a new structure or addition with the current land formation.


  • Phase I~ Schematic Design: during this phase our studio will produce a few schematic design idea options for our client, based on the needs they shared with us and our own expertise. Once we have completed them we will share them with our client for review and discussion. After the options have been mulled over and one decided upon by our client, the next phase: Design Development – can begin. This is when Maggie Shannon- Residential Design fine tunes the design.
  • Phase II~ Design Development:This phase takes the selected schematic design to the next level- allowing our client to have more of a feel for the design. Drawings will be fleshed out with such things as furniture plans- so our client can see how their current furniture or new furniture will work within the designed space, dimensions so the client can really get a feel of the space’s circulation and proportion, + material selections. Once the design has been finalized and all parties are happy, it is signed off on to move to the next phase: Construction Documents.

  • Phase III~ Construction Documents: It is at this stage where we will produce the design/drawings that are to be used for the general contractors’ bids, permit and construction by the selected general contractor and his/her crew. This set will be an even more detailed set than the design development: section details, site plan, specifications etc. will all be implemented & coordination with any necessary outside consultants. 


  • Phase IV~ Bidding: We can recommend General Contractors to bid on the project and also listen to who our client might want to bring to the bidding table. We typically review 1-3 bids for our client which entails us meeting with the bidders to walk the project and review our drawing set with them- then handing each of the bidders a set to take with them to produce their bid. The bidders are given a specific amount of time to get their bids complete- and at this juncture Maggie Shannon- residential design & consulting will review the bids and place them on a spread sheet to see how the bids compare, and thus guide our client to the selection they are most comfortable with hiring.

  • Phase V~ Construction Administration:  Once the General Contractor has been selected & the building permit is in hand- Construction Administration begins. During Construction Administration Maggie Shannon- residential design & consulting is available to watch over the project. We do this in various ways: the first is to have an initial “pre-breaking ground” meeting with the General Contractor to go over the drawings again and to discuss any details and answer any questions. We also offer scheduled site visits during the construction that are then accompanied by “site visit write-ups” for both the client and the General Contractor– that address how construction is progressing. We are also available to the client as well as the General Contractor for questions and answers during construction.