At Alka Design Studio, we make it our mission to layout the process of working with us as clearly and succinctly as possible. That way you can gain an understanding of how we operate from the initial consultation all the way through construction administration.
Ideally, we would prefer to work with you through every phase we describe below to ensure the smooth completion of your project — we carry out each phase with the intention of keeping your project on budget and within code.
That being said, you may decide to contract with us to complete one or more phases separately, as you see fit. We can discuss your options further during an initial consultation meeting. The initial consultation will result in a proposal for our services as well as a breakdown of our fees. At this point you’ll have the option to either sign the contract as-is or negotiate the particulars to your satisfaction.
Once we have come to an agreement, we will pass through the phases of the architectural design process mentioned below.
PHASE ONE – Problem Structuring & Finding your Goals
Our creativity flows from the understanding of your goals and objectives. Finding solutions to your goals and objectives and discovering opportunities in those results are the very essence of the architectural process.
We meet with you and fill out a detailed checklist of options and possibilities or requirements for your project. In this way there will be a unity in design and you will understand each intention and the why behind them.
The goals fall into four primary categories:
Function: – the productive operation of users
Form: the visual shape that logically follows and enhances function
Budget: the financial strategy of the project
Time: the enduring use of space through flexibility, expandability, and phasing.
PHASE TWO – Site Analysis
A site visit by Alka Design Group to the property where the project is or will be located is an important part in the development of the design program. No two sites are alike. So in keeping with our mission, we intensely analyze the land and the climate conditon and plan for its best and wisest use and material selection .
PHASE THREE – THE FORMATION OF CONCEPT and SCHEMATIC DESIGN
During this phase of the architectural design process, we will take the information we’ve gathered from you and through our field surveys to come up with a concept and create one or two design options for your consideration. We will generally present these options in the form of sketches, so you can visualize the different routes your project could take.
You will also have the opportunity to request any modifications you’d like us to make to your preferred design. Once you have selected a design option that best suits your needs, we will begin the process of refining the design during the Design Development phase.
PHASE FOUR – COST ESTIMATION
After deciding on the schematic design we can give you a rough cost estimate to aid you in selecting materials that meets both your aesthetic preferences and budget requirements.
PHASE FIVE – DESIGN DEVELOPMENT & COST ESTIMATION UPDATE
At this point, we will take the schematic design you selected, as well as any requested modifications, and revise the design as necessary. We will also update the cost estimate we provided during the Schematic Design phase to reflect any changes we’ve made to the initial design. We take our clients’ budgets very seriously and continually strive to provide accurate estimates throughout the early stages of design.
This phase may require additional give and take as we work with you to finalize the details of the design before moving into the next phase.
PHASE SIX – CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
By now, we will have settled on a final design and will begin preparing drawings, notes, and technical specifications necessary for bidding, construction, and permit application. This is the phase that many people think of when they picture the work of an architect – the creation of blueprints.
Contractors will use these detailed drawings and specifications to prepare for the next phase in the architectural design process.
PHASE SEVEN – CONSTRUCTION
In Construction process Alka Design Group can assist the owner in 2 ways:
1- As supervisor of the project:
By observing the work and checking to see that the construction is in compliance with the plans and specifications, as well reviewing the contractor’s application for payments and keep the owner informed about the progress of the work being done by the contractor. Each owner may decide how much oversight they need and want for the project.
2- As construction project manager
A construction project manager is the one who do overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion and has responsibilities as listed below:
• Prepare and negotiate cost estimates, budgets, and work timetables
• Choose and coordinate the purchase of the materials to be used
• Select appropriate construction methods and strategies
• Report on work progress and budget matters to clients
• Instruct and supervise construction personnel and activities onsite
This final phase, along with all the others described above, will ensure the smooth and satisfactory completion of your project construction or renovation project. Our ultimate goal as architects is to help you turn your dream into an affordable reality.