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 us first, or you start out with a builder who refers to you studioWEBSTER, we will begin exploring your project with a phone consultation, usually followed by a site visit. We'll develop your wishlist so we understand what matters most to you. Once we understand your goals and priorities, we'll write up a proposal. We'll explain the phases and key milestones of our design process and we'll sign a contract for Schematic Design. To get started, reach out at any time.
We'll develop a set of construction documents for your project, which your builder can use to fine-tune their estimate and submit for permitting, as needed. These plans will provide enough detail to ensure that your building will perform beautifully, while allowing your builder to make smart choices about serendipitous opportunities, and giving you confidence that "it's all in there."
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, we'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 us for the remaining design phases.
Throughout the construction process we oversee the design aspects of your project, answering questions, addressing unforeseen obstacles (what major renovation project didn't have a few?), 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 moving back to your renovated) home.
In the Design Development phase we make your design more realistic by fine-tuning selections from wall assemblies to plumbing fixtures. Structure, mechanical solutions, paint colors, appliances, bathtubs, faucets, countertops, flooring, and siding are all in this phase, which we call "fixtures and finishes." This is our best opportunity to reconcile your budget and your wishes. We coordinate with your builder to confirm we're on track for constructability, timeline, and cost.
During your first year in your home we'll be in touch to confirm that your home is performing as designed. We will conduct energy monitoring - especially if your project is pursuing a certification that requires one year's worth of data to demonstrate that the project is indeed net zero. But of course, we also want to hear about summer dinners in the screen porch and how hosting Thanksgiving went in your new dining room!