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Anatomy of a Remodel – Design Phase

During the Design Phase you’ll want to create a clear, precise design and assemble a dedicated project team to ensure every detail is thought out before construction begins. Here’s what to expect during this phase:

Design Phase

This phase consists of assembling a project team comprised of a designer and/or architect, contractor(s) as well as an engineer or other consultants.  Existing building conditions such as site and floor plans will be documented by your project architect/designer and will serve as the basis for further development of your proposed remodel concept. During this phase, the overall scheme of your project will be created based on your functional and aesthetic requirements, as well as your budget. Work closely with your project architect/designer to ensure the design aligns closely with your vision.

Once you have approved a rough plan, the design will be developed further under consideration of structural, mechanical, and electrical requirements with the goal of meeting applicable building codes and zoning laws. You will want to review images of your design in 3-D to help align visual expectations with your project’s completed appearance and also review these images with your project team to confirm alignment with your vision as well as the scope and budget of your remodel project.

Construction documents are ultimately produced for submittal to the governing city or county authority for approval. Once approved, these same documents will be used by the contractor to build your project. This is another opportunity for you to re-confirm the scope and budget of your remodel project based on the construction documents.

If you lose control during this phase, you’re virtually guaranteed budget busting surprises later during construction.


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