Design and Build Process

The Design Build process is different for each project, but from start to finish our design team is with you!

  • This may be by phone or email.
  • A project developer will respond and schedule an initial site meeting.

  • Your ideas and needs are discussed.
  • Determination of need for design work.
  • Discussion of design fees.
  • Schedule meeting with designer & project developer on site.

  • Introduction of designer by project developer.
  • Discussion of goals and expectations.
  • Presentation and signing of design contract.
  • Schedule next meeting to present “as built drawings” (existing conditions) and first concept drawings.

  • Designer needs access to site, but does not need to meet with client.
  • Measure for existing conditions (As Builts).
  • Identify possible building code limitations.

  • Design concepts and floor plans are presented and reviewed on a projection screen using virtual software.
  • Construction budgets will be discussed and updated to reflect the new information.
  • This client meeting will be repeated until the desired design and projected budget is achieved.
  • The project developer will compile information from all sources to present a firm estimated cost number for the envisioned project. When the budget number is approved by the client, we will move forward to final design, selections and engineering.

  • The project developer will begin writing the specifications document that identifies the scope of work for the project.
  • The client, designer and the project developer will all provide information and selections for the specifications.

  • Interior design and space planning sessions will be made available to the client, if requested. Additional costs will be quoted based upon the scope of work.

  • Now the plans go to paper, floor plans, elevations, details and more. These documents provide the means for pricing and building the new spaces.
  • If structural or soils engineering is required by the local building department, estimated costs will presented.
  • Preliminary review at the City, if needed.

  • Design and selection process is complete.
  • Engineering is complete.
  • Final specifications are written and approved by the client.
  • The entire contract including the specifications, contract price and payment schedule is approved and signed by the client.

  • All required paperwork is submitted for approval by the building department.
  • Discussion of goals and expectations.
  • Project developer creates a project schedule with a projected start date.
  • Designer completes any final touches with client.

  • Project developer details any changes to the work required by the building department.
  • Work begins!

  • If requested, the Chermak Designer will provide additional space planning, materials selection, room layout, cabinetry design and other services to complete a full service design package until project completion.

Design Build Seattle - I want to thank Chermak’s designer for all her great ideas. It was wonderful to work with someone who could take what was in my head, and put in a design rendering, so we could see it…and then make the it even better.~ D.S. of Lake Stevens, WA

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