Built By Newkirk

Design Process

The Essentials

Sound interpretation of your vision is the foundation of every successful design. We listen carefully to you so we're certain we are cultivating ideas that achieve your needs, appease your senses, and can be accomplished within your budget. By understanding how you live - and how you want to live - we can express your style and taste.

Program & Analysis

Palos Verdes Estates Home

We start each project by meeting with you the client, listening carefully to your needs and desires for your home. We ask a lot of questions and utilize the information we gather to create a program which details the design goals. We thoroughly analyze the site, as well as local zoning, code and property requirements. We look at the view and sun angles, and begin to consider how best to begin the approach to the design solution.

Schematic Design

Once we begin putting "pencil to paper," we typically look at multiple plan and elevation concepts to examine different design directions and plot a course for further design refinement. These initial drawings are based on the client-approved program. We carefully consider this program, along with the budget and zoning requirements, to make sure all are working together in harmony. Your design ideas will be discussed and analyzed with our initial design concepts until a single direction is determined for the project.

Design Development

This phase of the design concentrates on the refinement of your approved schematic design and looks at specific areas of detail for further development. Each portion of the design is thoroughly considered, from façade detailing to the introduction of interior materials and textures. We begin to develop whole building sections and interior elevations, as well as update square footage and preliminary budget assumptions. Additional drawings that can be commissioned at this stage include 3D perspectives and computer modeling of the home.

Construction Documentation

During the construction document phase, detailed drawings are created that will be used by Built By Newkirk to apply for the building permit and to construct the home. This phase of the project also includes the coordination of the structural, mechanical, electrical engineers and landscape architect as needed. Detailed Specifications are written that describe specific quality standards, itemize products to be used, and list all subcontractor bidding requirements.

Elevation Plans

Plan Submittal

You can relax while plans will be submitted to the building and planning departments in your jurisdiction. During the plan check process, plans will be reviewed for compliance and comments will be noted. After reviewing comments and making any adjustments necessary, we will re-submit the plans for final review. Your neighborhood may have a community association, HOA, art jury, historical, or planning commission, that requires additional review before the submittal process begins. We will act as your representative to present the project and answer questions to the committee members to satisfy their concerns. Our goal is to give you an enjoyable experience and exceed your expectations.