1. The first step is to get in touch, and let me know about your project and how I might help. 
  2. If it sounds like a good fit, I like to follow up with an initial on-site consultation.  This is when I meet with the client, discuss goals and possible strategies for achieving them, and assess the site.  This allows me to develop a better understanding of the project and my potential role in it.  It also gives the client an opportunity to get my initial thoughts and impressions about various opportunities and constraints for the project.
  3. After visiting the site and meeting with the client(s), I will draft a proposal/contract for design work.  This determines my scope for design work, an approximate timeline for completion, and the estimated fee for my work.  Generally I can only begin design work for a client after receipt of a signed contract and a deposit payment. 
  4. Upon initiation of the project, the next step is usually to conduct an inventory of the site.  This may include collecting all relevant documents from the client or other consultants, including maps, blueprints, plans, surveys, soil reports, aerial photos, or any other pertinent information that may be available. It also often includes another site visit in order to take notes, measurements and photos, observe the unique characteristics of the site, and get a better 'feel' for it, so that my designs are rooted in the nature of the site itself.
  5. The preliminary design phase may include analysis of the site based on the inventory and design objectives, and development of schematic drawings or initial sketches representing one or more design solutions.  If desired, we can schedule a review after this phase to ensure we are on the same page about the path to proceed.
  6. After review and refinement of preliminary designs, I move on to the final design phase, wherein I produce scaled drawings, typically using CAD software.  Depending on the scale of the project, there may be up to several intermediate phases of design development before arriving at the final design.  For many projects, however, only one final design phase is required.  This typically results in a plan (or plans) and details.  These are reviewed by the client and revised if needed, and then they may be submitted for permit review or installation bidding as required. 
  7. Following final design and submittal, I may include, or make myself available for, construction observation & administration.  This might include assistance with obtaining bids for installation, reviewing submittals, site visits to ensure the plans are being followed, responding to any questions that may come up during installation (RFI's), preparing change orders, etc.