Schwartz and Architecture
How We Manage the Process Residential projects traditionally develop through five, somewhat overlapping phases:
Evaluate Pre-Design (2 Weeks) We begin this phase by getting to know you, your objectives, your home and itís potential. We will visit your home and evaluate and document the opportunities of your specific site and strategize how they might best be utilized in your project.

At this phase itís critical to work together to develop a budget, discuss priorities, and set realistic goals for the project.
Focus Schematic/Concept Design (4-6 weeks) We begin this phase by getting to know you, your objectives, your home and itís potential. We will visit your home and evaluate and document the opportunities of your specific site and strategize how they might best be utilized in your project.

Given the length of time many projects take for permitting, we typically create a Permit Set at the end of this phase and begin the process of gaining approvals.
Develop Design Development and Permitting (varies depending on permitting and project size/complexity) During this phase, we develop the project by adding detailed information to the drawings and working with consultants to create a Pricing Set of documents that can be competitively bid by selected contractors. Over the years, we have seen that the quality and completeness of the pricing set has a direct impact on the accuracy of the contractorís bids and the ease of the construction process. Because of this, we try to complete as much of the detailed decisions and drawings as possible during this phase.
Refine Construction Documents & Bidding (4-6 weeks) Upon selection of the contractor, we refine the project by tapping into the selected contractorís expertise and feedback and adding technical information, specifications and design details to complete the final Construction Documents set of drawings.

This set of drawings acts as the instruction manual for building your home.
Build Construction Administration (varies depending on project size/complexity) Once the contractor starts to build your project, we remain actively engaged throughout the process. We are available to answer any questions you or the contractor might have, and we typically schedule regular meetings on site to monitor progress and review the construction.

At the end of the project, we walk through every aspect with you and the contractor and manage the process of completing all work.