Project Procedure

Our team of architects, designers, and project managers are here to help guide you through the process of making your project a reality. There are six basic phases of every project which are outlined below. Please feel free to contact us at info@emaildsa.com if you have any questions or would like us to help you with your next project.


programmingStep 1: Programming – Deciding What to Build

The owner and architect discuss the requirements for the project (how many rooms, the function of the spaces, etc.), testing the fit between the owner’s needs, wants and budget.  The architect will visit the site and measure any existing structures or take notes of existing conditions.  The architect will also obtain a survey from the owner or engineer to help in the next step of the process.

schematicStep 2: Schematic Design – Rough Sketches

The architect prepares a series of rough sketches, known as schematic design, which show the general arrangement of rooms and of the site. Some architects also prepare models to help visualize the project.  At this point the design is very rough and meant to better understand their options.  The owner approves these sketches before proceeding to the next phase.

designdevelopmentStep 3: Design Development – Refining the Design

The architect prepares more detailed drawings to illustrate other aspects of the proposed design. Floor plans show all the rooms in correct size and shape. Outline specifications are prepared listing the major materials and room finishes. Once the owner approves the design the architect moves into the next phase.

constructiondocumentsStep 4: Preparation of Construction Documents

Once the owner has approved the design, the architect prepares detailed drawings and specifications, which the contractor will use to establish actual construction cost and build the project. The drawings and specifications become part of the building contract.

biddingStep 5: Bidding & Negotiation – Hiring the Contractor

The owner selects and hires the contractor. The architect may be willing to make some recommendations. In many cases, owners choose from among several contractors they’ve asked to submit bids on the job. The architect can help you prepare bidding documents as well as invitations to bid and instructions to bidders.

contract_administrationStep 6: Contract Administration

While the contractor will physically build the home or the addition, the architect can assist the owner in making sure that the project is built according to the plans and specifications. The architect can make site visits to observe construction, review and approve the contractor’s application for payment, and generally keep the owner informed of the project’s progress. The contractor is solely responsible for construction methods, techniques, schedules and procedures.