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This is our third installment in this series dedicated to familiarizing you with the phases of design. If you haven’t read Part 1 – The Programming Phase, click here. For Part 2 – Schematic Design Phase, click here.
At this point you have established the programme for your project and you have approved some preliminary conceptual direction for your project. A direction has been established. Both you and the design team should have a fairly clear trajectory. While there is still room for changes, the design is getting ‘tightened’ up and the more changes are made in this phase the more opportunity there is for additional fees or cost overruns. Your contract will address these potential pitfalls. Clear and open communication with the design team is crucial.
And so what is the design team up to in this phase? During Design Development, we are finalizing space plans and layouts. We are in general continuing with the development of the design concept. Architectural and interiors finishes are being determined and presentation boards are being prepared. We may also prepare area plans and renderings depending on the contract and scope of project. Budgets and schedules are being reviewed and revised and once again you will review drawings such as floor plans, elevations etc. for approval before we move into the next phase. This phase is very important and many decisions need to happen now. Take the time to reflect that things are just as you want them and revise anything you are not completely happy with now because the next phase is Contract Documents. These are the documents that will be submitted for permit and that will form the tender and construction documents. Making changes during the next phase will undoubtedly slow your project down. Sometimes it’s unavoidable. As they say “stuff happens”…but the Design Development Phase is where you want to pin down the design.
Excited? We are too. After this point, you can take a little breather from decisions. You’ve made lots of them and you might feel stressed and overwhelmed. Fear not for this is the beginning of something good.
The next blog will focus on Contract Documents…stay tuned and as always contact us to find out how we can help you.