Building design refers to the broadly based architectural, engineering and technical applications to the design of buildings. All building projects require the services of a building designer, typically a licensed architect. Smaller, less complicated projects often do not require a licensed professional, and the design of such projects is often undertaken by building designers, drafts persons, interior designers (for interior fit-outs or renovations), or contractors. Larger, more complex building projects require the services of many professionals trained in specialist disciplines, usually coordinated by an architect.
Why Do I Need a Design Process?
A design process is absolutely necessary for every project you work on. Here are three very important reasons why:
1 - It Sets Clear Expectations - By sharing what the design process looks like with our client, it allows us to establish realistic project deliverables and deadlines together. You will know exactly what to expect from us and when to expect it, eliminating needless miscommunication later.
2 - It Puts Clients at Ease - Many clients begin working with us unaware of everything it takes to transform a good idea into a great final product. With a clear and concise design process in place, we can show you (The Client) exactly where your money is going during the design phase of the project.
3 - It Decreases Risk of Failure All aspects of a product’s design need consideration and a good design process accounts for everything. Sure, we can create a great-looking product with visual design alone, but if there’s no thought behind its usability or no research behind it, we increase the risk that our product will fail.
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Phases of Design
1. The Pre-design Phase: In the pre-design phase, the architect interfaces with the client to learn about the plot of land, any existing structures, and the client's wishes for the future building. We will then researches local zoning and land-use restrictions, then makes a cost estimate.
2. The Schematic Design Phase: In this next phase, TheDenham Corporation design team begins to translate the client's wishes into a building design concept. This may involve sketches, drawings, 3D renderings, and preliminary site plans, floor plans, and building elevations.
3. The Design Development Phase: This is the phase where the architect's design intent manifests as a detailed plan. If the project requires a structural engineer, that person typically joins the team at this point. At this point, a more realistic cost estimate will come into view.
4. The Construction Documents Phase: The Denham Corporation will produce two sets of detailed drawings that specify every detail of their final design. One set is called the construction set, and it remains on-site throughout the construction process. The other set is called the permit set, which we will sends to the local permitting authority.
5. The building permit phase: At this point, The Denham Corporation must submit the permit set of drawings as part of a larger permit application. The city or county reviews the submittals for structural integrity and adherence to zoning laws and building codes.