CADENCE Design Process for Existing Buildings

Note: If you have a new build, please see this page: New Builds

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Define Program - wish list

We meet with you to discuss your lifestyle, develop a “wish list” and determine the functions, budget and scope for your residential or commercial design project.

Site Discovery – documenting existing conditions

We visit your building site to gather information on the existing structure. Typically we measure and photograph existing spaces, natural features and views. On many projects we will also hav e a 3D scan of interior/exterior completed. The constraints of the existing building informs the design, so first hand knowledge helps us to integrate the new with the old.  For urban sites, documenting bulk planes and reviewing any zoning implications on the site are part of the process (if needed).

Schematic Design – sketches & models

We create sketches and simple 3D models of your project which give form to the qualities and functions described in your wish list and respond to the unique features of your site. Together with you we review the sketches and models to refine the scope of the project.

Pricing/Bidding - reality check on construction costs

We will gather together the preliminary project information and create a pricing set. We help you find a contractor that is the right fit and then walk the site and clarify any questions each contractor has. Preliminary bids are reviewed and a direction forward established based on your comfort level with the budget.

Design Development - refine design

Once any additional options are approved or removed from the project based on the pricing, we develop the schematic design by enlarging drawings to the appropriate scale and creating plans, elevations, and 3D views that begin integrating materials and building systems. If consultants such as mechanical or structural engineers are required, we coordinate with them.

Construction Documents - plans and specifications

We prepare dimensioned architectural drawings and detailed specifications for construction which describe the materials, sizes, and relationships of built components. These often include large-scale details, window and door sizes and specifications, enlarged kitchen and bath drawings, lighting layouts, fixtures and switching plans, and product selections.

Construction Administration - fielding questions

During construction, we serve as your advocate either on-site or over the phone from the office, to interpret the construction drawings, answer questions and work out details as necessary. At a minimum, we require site visits at each major milestone throughout construction.

Interiors-Furniture (optional)

We help you complete your home or commercial space by designing and specifying fixtures and furnishings not already included in the construction documents, such as built-in or freestanding furniture, window treatments, rugs, artwork and accessories.