Brett Sichello Design + Residential Home Design and Plans + Commercial Interior Design



THE RESIDENTIAL DESIGN PROCESS

Home Design and Building Process

1 + NEEDS & OPTIONS REVIEW

The first meeting is to discuss design ideas, space requirements, site information, budget and other needs (energy efficiency, accessibility, building products). Our Homeowner Questionnaire is incredibly effective at getting you, the homeowner, thinking about every aspect of your new home. This questionnaire forms the basis for the Schematic Design.

Proposal

 

2 + SCHEMATIC DESIGN

We assemble schematic floor plans and elevations based on the initial meeting and submit them for your review. We also ensure that all Building Code and City zoning bylaw requirements have been addressed.

 

3 + DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

SketchesWe develop additional details to describe the character of the house. For example, interior spaces that require special design features or treatments are incorporated into the Design Development Drawings.

 

4 + CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION

Upon approval of the design development drawings, construction drawings and specifications that describe the scope of work are prepared for submission to the local Building Department and for construction by a qualified General Contractor.

 

5 + CONSTRUCTION PROCURMENT

We assist the Owner in obtaining bids or negotiated proposals from qualified pre-selected General Contractors or tendered projects and will assist in awarding and preparing construction contracts. During this phase we will answer questions and clarify construction drawing details as required for the bidders or pre-selected General Contractor to submit proposals for their work. Click here for more information on typical residential construction contracts.

 

6 + CONSTRUCTION OBSERVATION

We make routine visits to the construction site to ensure the general conformance of the work with the contract documents. BSD will review and process claims for payment from the General Contractor and will certify that payments reflect the completed work on site at that time. We will also be available to respond to questions and provide clarifications by providing supplemental drawings and site instructions as required.

As the project nears completion we carry out a Substantial Performance review and issue a Substantial Performance Certificate. The final Certificate of Payment is issued upon completion of all deficiency work by the builder. A 12-month warranty review is typically carried out by BSD one year after the date of substantial completion.

 




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