When looking at these drawings, try to imagine yourself actually using the spaces. Ask yourself: Do the traffic patterns flow well? Does each space serve all the needs of its intended purpose? Do I have a good sense of what it will look like? Do I like how it looks? Do I agree with the selection of wall, floor and ceiling finishes, door types, windows, etc.?
Remember, there are still many more details to be established about your project and that this cost estimate is very general. It is hard to predict market conditions, the availability of materials, and other unforeseen situations that could drive up costs. Therefore, this figure must include a healthy contingency to cover cost changes that arise as the design matures. A 20% contingency is recommended.
Based on these drawings, we may prepare a more detailed estimate, though final costs will actually depend on market conditions. At this point, the client is advised to seek a preliminary estimate from a contractor. Our clients are encouraged to review every element with us to make sure you are getting the most out of your construction dollar.
The Design Development step usually takes another 20% of our service fee.
This is also the time that all applications for planning and zoning approvals should be made. Because the planning process varies with each individual project, this procedure is considered an “additional service” < prev next >