Our custom designs are a creative, integrative, and artistic collaboration with you, supported within an intelligent process. We’re passionate about capturing your needs and desires in a uniquely beautiful design that caters to your lifestyle and stands the test of time.The following walks you through the step-by-step phases of TAG’s Design Process.
Regardless of what level of service/design detail we provide for you, our greatest joy is in creating a beautiful customized design that will surpasses your highest expectations!
Initial Design Consultation (Complimentary)In this initial conversation, either in person or on the phone/Skype, we’ll want to hear all that you can tell us about your needs, ideas, and dreams for your project, as well as its location, estimated size, budget for design and construction, and timing. This open dialogue helps us understand how we can best serve you, determine the scope of work, as well as answer your questions.Given this understanding, if you’d like to pursue further, a Proposal is drafted and sent for your review, outlining the estimated size of your project, scope of work, and associated design fees. Upon your approval of the Proposal, a Design Agreement is prepared for your review, and once signed, serves to formally engage our services to commence work on your project!
Pre-Design PhaseOnce engaged, TAG conducts a site visit at your property to evaluate access, view planes, determine wind direction, and ideal positioning of the structure(s), based on the topography and all the variables affecting the project. We gather all the information which may be needed, such as a topographical survey, plot plan to show property lines, setbacks, and drainage. (NOTE: Modern computer technology has revolutionized architectural design so that not all projects require an initial site visit.)During this Pre-Design Phase, TAG’s Design Team will collect and study additional information on zoning, county requirements, and your specific neighborhood design guidelines, (where applicable). Simultaneously, we conduct a detailed Design Evaluation with you to go over what we’ve determined about your property site, discuss options for different building methods and any sustainable elements you may wish to incorporate into your project. Using this in-depth questionnaire, we gather information about your lifestyle and determine your preferred aesthetic design style.
Conceptual/Schematic Design PhaseNow that TAG has gathered your information, we can begin the fun part…Designing! We realize that most people have a hard time envisioning what their project will look like in a 2-D floor plan, so using the latest 3-D software technology, we create your initial design layouts in a 3-D model that is perfectly to scale. No longer limited to your imagination in trying to visualize how a space will look and function, your first design concept enables you to see your project layout on your property, including the size and shape of the building(s), as well as the relationship between the spaces and how they will function and flow. Either via ‘shared computer screen’ or a face to face meeting, we walk you through your future dream project from both exterior and interior views from any angle, showing you interior room sizes, initial windows and doors, and a preliminary furniture layout. This walk-thru is exciting to see, as well as efficient for design discussions and making design adjustments. You may know what you’d like right away, and/or you may wish to take time to study the layout and come back with questions and revisions. TAG’s Design Team will assist and guide you through this process and make sure that you are happy before moving forward. Once approved, the design proceeds to a higher level of detail, and to the next phase.
Collaborating with you either via ‘shared screen’ or a face to face meeting, TAG’s Design Team will work to select specific windows, doors, flooring, ceiling treatments, cabinetry, countertops, appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting, as well as other materials/products needed for construction. During these interactive sessions, TAG will offer suggestions that meet your design aesthetic, suit your project’s budget, and provide you with cost-saving recommendations on materials and finishes.At the end of Design Development, your material/product selections and interior finishes will be finalized, so that the detailed documentation can begin in the Construction Document Phase.
CONSULTANTSIf you hire any additional consultants, such as additional engineers, solar, lighting, audio visual (AV), landscape, etc., TAG will coordinate the work of these various consultants and implement their drawings into your design. Not all projects require additional consultants.
Simultaneously, while submittals are taking place, TAG’s architectural designers and consultants will continue with the Construction Document Phase, working through all technical aspects of the project, including finalizing all structural engineering work and technical design details to produce the completed architectural set of plans for your project.
Submitting to City/County and Design Review BoardsA set of permit drawings is a simplified construction set and is used to submit, coordinate, and obtain your building permit from the city or county. The local reviewing authority doesn’t care to review each and every detail of a project. Their focus is to make sure the drawings meet state, city and local codes. It may be an effective use of time to turn in a “permit set” early in the process, covering the requirements, and getting the ball rolling with the city/county while TAG continues to work on the more complete drawing set required for construction. In addition, some neighborhoods have a Design Review Board (DRB) and, if this is the case with your project, then this set of plans may also be submitted to the DRB for pre-approval. SPECIAL NOTE: Each reviewing authority has their unique submittal processes. What is outlined above is a typical process, however this process may vary in your specific location.