studioWEBSTER's Design Process
studioWEBSTER's utilizes an integrated design process in close collaboration with clients and builders to ensure that a building can meet high-performance standards while being comfortable, beautiful, and healthy.
Whether you find me first or you start out with a builder who refers to you me, we will begin exploring your project with a phone consultation, usually followed by a site visit. We'll develop your wishlist so I can understand what matters most to you. Once I understand your goals and priorities, I'll write up a proposal. I'll explain the phases and key milestones of our design process and we'll sign a contract for Schematic Design. To get started, contact me.
I'll develop a set of construction documents for your project, which your builder can use to fine-tune their estimate and which we will submit for permitting. These blueprints will provide enough detail to ensure that your building will perform beautifully, while allowing your builder to make smart choices about serendipitous opportunities.
In Schematic Design we dream all the dreams. We explore what's feasible for your site and consider various options so we can determine the best path forward for your project. We capture everything you want so we can take advantage of synergies and possibilities. If you haven't selected one yet, I'll help with interviewing and choosing an appropriate builder for your project. You'll sign a contract with them for pre-construction services and with me for the remaining design phases.
Throughout the construction process I'll oversee the design aspects of your project, answering questions, addressing unforeseen obstacles (did I mention I love old houses?), and collaborating with you and your builder to ensure that the design intent of your project is met. By the time our work together is done you'll be settled into your new (or renovated) home.
In the Design Development phase we make your design more realistic by fine-tuning selections from wall assemblies to plumbing fixtures. This is our opportunity to reconcile your budget and your wishes. We coordinate with your builder to confirm we're on track for constructability, timeline, and cost.