-The Schematic Design Phase begins during our first free consultation, where we will come to your home to learn all about your project. We list the requirements you have for your space, which we will use to write the Design Services Proposal. Our fee is based on an hourly estimate of the time we expect to spend on the project. If the proposal is approved, we will revisit the home and take dimensions and pictures that we will use to create the existing floor plans and elevations. (For new home designs, this step is not necessary.) After the initial consultation, we conduct the majority of communication about the project over the phone or by email.
-For new homes, a topographical survey is required so that the building can be located on site and special conditions considered. For existing homes, we will take measurements and photos of the spaces being modified so that we can create accurate representations of them in our drafting software.
-For new homes, and for additions and renovations, a set of construction documents must be prepared. This set of documents must be submitted to the local codes administration office for approval before construction can begin. These drawings will guide the contractor in building precisely according to the client's wishes. We specialize in creating these construction documents.
-We will first develop the schematic floor plan, a rough representation of the final design. The schematic floor plan will be modified as many times as necessary until it receives the client's full approval. At the end of this phase, we recommend that the client have a general contractor use the Schematic Plans to generate a preliminary cost estimate.
-For 3D Rendering packages, the floor plan will be used as a base for the 3D model.
-For a Basic Construction Documents package, the Design Development Phase includes production of a site plan, a roof plan, of the interior and exterior elevations, and of a schematic electrical layout. It is on the site plan that we will locate the improvement on the building site, and design sidewalks and driveways if necessary.
-For Interior Design packages we perform a number of additional services during the Design Development Phase, including selection of materials, colors, finishes, and designing any special casework needed. We can also select plumbing and light fixtures, as well as kitchen and other electrical appliances.
-For Landscape Design packages we prepare the landscape design package including plant material specifications, planting beds, planting arrangements, and the care package.
-In this phase we produce the final set of construction documents. This set will include the completed site plan, foundation plan, floor plan(s), roof plan, interior and exterior elevations, as well as the wall sections and door & window schedules required by the builder. If applicable, we would specify in these drawings all material, finishes, fixtures, etc. selected during the previous phase.
-If requested, Organicus LLC will act as your agent as you select a contractor and during construction. We will visit the site an agreed number of times and during important construction events such as the pouring of the foundation, any required demolition, application of finishes, etc.