1. First, get in touch and tell us about your project. 
  2. Typically we'll then proceed with an initial site visit.  This is when we meet, discuss goals and possible strategies for achieving them, and assess the site constraints.  This allows us to develop a better understanding of the project and our potential role in it. 
  3. Next, we will draft a proposal/contract for design work.  This outlines our scope and the estimated fees. 
  4. Upon initiation of the project, the next step is usually to conduct a site inventory.  This may include collecting all relevant documents from the client or other consultants, including maps, blueprints, plans, surveys, soil reports, aerial photos, etc. It also often includes another site visit in order to take notes, measurements and photos, elevations, and just get a better 'feel' for the place.
  5. The preliminary design phase includes analysis of the site based on the inventory and design objectives, preparation of base maps, and development of conceptual drawings or initial sketches representing one or more possible design solutions.  We like to meet with our clients after this phase to review the concepts and ensure we are on the same page going forward.
  6. After review and refinement of preliminary designs, we move on to the final design phase, wherein scaled drawings are produced for implementation.  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, along with notes and written specifications as required.  These are reviewed by the client and revised if needed, and then they may be submitted for permit review or installation bidding. 
  7. Following final design and submittal, we may include construction administration.  This might include assistance with obtaining bids for installation, reviewing submittals, site visits to observe construction on your behalf, responding to any questions that may come up during installation (RFI's), preparing change orders, etc.