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An initial meeting is arranged between us and the client. In this meeting we identify the scope of the project and gather enough information to aid us in preparing a cost proposal for our services. If the client finds that the proposal is satisfactory, we will arrange to meet a second time for a design consultation.
The initial design consultation will be the beginning of an ongoing dialog as the design moves from conception to finalization. The client should plan on bringing any sketches, photographs, plan ideas, magazine clippings, or written documentation to this meeting. We will use these ideas during the design process and combine them into one cohesive representation in the form of construction documents that a contractor will use to build your project. In addition, the client must also be prepared to make a non-refundable, good faith deposit to put things in motion. The fee is covered elsewhere on this website.
Schematic drawings are developed for the purpose of identifying, capturing, and expressing design intent for a given project. These drawings typically consist of basic floor plans, elevations, and even renderings. During this phase of the design process, an ongoing dialog is carried on between us and the client as we work to achieve the desired results. Once it has been determined that the design is ready for final review, schematic drawings are prepared and submitted for design review.
A design review can be a formal meeting or an informal exchange of information. Either way, the client is asked to review the design using the schematic drawings and make sure we are ready to use them to produce construction drawings and specifications. After the client has approved the design presented in the schematics, we are ready to begin Design Phase 2.
Construction documents serve as a means of obtaining bids from contractors and are used by contractors to obtain price quotes from subcontractors. The construction documents define the quantities and qualities of, and relationships among, all materials required to construct a project; they also establish the contractual obligations for the client and the contractor.
A check print of the final plan set is submitted electronically to the client in the form of an Adobe pdf file. If the client desires to have a hard copy, an 11x17 hard copy can be provided in addition. These drawings will have a watermark on them stating, "Preliminary, Not For Construction." The client is expected to inspect these documents, raise questions, point out errors or other discrepancies, and so forth. Our obligation is to make corrections and ready the plan set for final submittal.
Before the final plan set is delivered to the client, any balance still owed on contract is due. After payment is received, the watermark is removed from the final plan set and a clean electronic copy is submitted to the client. If the client needs assistance getting full size architectural hardcopy drawings printed, we can assist, but printing costs are the client's responsibility.
Depending on the jurisdictional authority where the client lives, it is not unusual for counties or cities to require all residential structures to be reviewed and stamped by a structural engineer prior to obtaining a building permit. These costs and any other special engineering costs such as environmental studies, impact fees, site engineering, etc., are also the client's responsibility. Skyline Design can assist by providing excellent references and support to get these tasks accomplished as cost efficiently as possible.
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