Initial Scope Definition occurs through the first meeting(s) and conversations with the client. The process includes determining a real budget for the project, and a program that is feasible within the constraints of the budget. The program will include realistic time frames for the design process, permitting, estimating costs and construction. Note: The “full” definition of the scope of the work occurs in later phases, where the particular details of the chosen design are realized.
Existing Condition Drawings are needed as a baseline. In preparation, the required portion of the existing building is measured and then drawn. Quite often the entire building must be measured in order for the full impact and effect of the addition to be understood.
Schematic Design encompasses the process of “lightly” developing various schemes and showing them to the client. Rough cost estimates can also be supplied based on square footage and use of the addition/renovation (kitchen and bathroom additions/ renovations are more expensive then adding on a family room.) Sometimes further iterations of this process are required due to the client’s response to the drawings and cost estimates.
Design Development includes fleshing out the specifics of the basic scheme to create more formal drawings. These drawings are not suitable for obtaining construction permits, however they reveal the basic layout and function of the spaces.
Construction Documentation is necessary so that building permits can be obtained. Additionally, the builder can use these to build the project. For this, a set of specific construction appropriate drawings will be generated.
Construction Administration might be needed to oversee this final stage in the process. Depending on client needs, some level of interaction of the architect in monitoring the building process is agreed to and performed.