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Our Process

 1) Plans & Elevations
Field Measurements to CADD

The first step is to come up with accurate plans and elevations of the existing house. After field measuring we would draw plans using our CADD software. This is a first floor plan of a residence in Rowayton, CT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Design, Part I
Thinking Ahead

The second step is to come up with the design. Much time can be saved if things are considered before any building is started. In this phase we use the old fashioned method to present our ideas– ink pen. Here you see the first floor plan of the house.

3) Design, Part II
Visualizations

As the design process continues, perspectives and elevations are generated to help the client visualize the final product. These sketches can quickly show the results of proposed additions and alterations — and the client can decide whether the design is what they want. On the right is an elevation of the house.

 4) Drawing the Plans
CADD Drawings

After the preliminary design phase is completed, we go back to our CADD drawings and work out the details. Here you see the first floor plan with both the existing conditions and the design shown on the same drawing. Existing parts of the building to remain are shown lighter, parts to be removed are light and dashed, and the darkest lines are new construction.

5) Drawing the Plans II
CADD Drawings II

This is the second floor plan of the same project. Note the addition of Master Suite over the Garage. With the exception of the small Kitchen bump-out the house footprint remained the same.

6) Construction Plans
Detailed CADD Drawings

After the details are refined we complete the construction documents. They include plans, elevations, building sections, and details. Here you see the first floor plan.

7) Construction Documents

As part of the construction documents we also prepare detailed specifications. Here you see a page from the specifications dealing with some general requirements. Specifications will also include a bid form for the general contractor to fill out. Detailed documents will help the bidding and construction process go more smoothly.

9. STARTING AND COMPLETION DATES AND SCHEDULING:
All Bidders shall furnish starting and completion dates as called for on the Required Bid Form, and upon award of the contract, shall submit a construction schedule highlighting the phasing of the work in occupied areas as outlined in No. 5 above. 10. SHOP DRAWINGS:
The Contractor shall provide shop drawings samples or fixture cuts of the following for Architect’s review prior to starting fabrication:
a. Samples of all paint and stain finishes..
b. Samples of fiberglass roof shingles.
c. Shop drawings of the HVAC system and components.
d. Samples of ceramic tile.
e. Samples of flagstone patio.
f. Fixture cuts on plumbing fixtures and accessories.11. ASBESTOS REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL:
All asbestos removal and disposal work can not be performed under this Contract. If asbestos is encountered notify the Owner immediately as it is the Owner’s responsibility for its removal and disposal by a qualified and licensed contractor.12. APPLICATION AND CERTIFICATE FOR PAYMENT:
The Contractor shall submit a requisition complete with an itemized breakdown (A.I.A. Document G702 or equal) as per the terms of the Contract for the Architect’s approval. If approved the Architect shall issue a Certificate for Payment to the Owner.

 8) Actual Construction, Finally!

During the construction phase we check the progress of the work and process requisitions for payment which are generated by the Contractor. Below are the before and after photos for comparison of the final result.

Before…

…and after!