Construction Administration: The Final Design Phase

What IS Construction Administration? I recently heard an architect friend compare it to the healthy food in a meal, but if we're to compare it to food, I see it more like a chef planning and carrying through a meal:

  1. First, she determines what kind of event the meal is for (programming).

  2. Next, she generates ideas for the meal (schematic).

  3. Then, she begins testing the meal- putting the ingredients together and tasting them (design development).

  4. Finally, she writes down the recipe (construction documents)

  5. Lastly, she prepares the meal... or in this case, we'll say the restaurant prepares the meal with her oversight (construction administration). 

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Construction Documents: The Final Set

In a way, the design process is like writing a research paper.

Programming can be compared to doing the research. Schematic Design is our project outline. Design Development is the rough draft and Construction Documents is the final draft. It sometimes seems as though the final set should be the easiest part. It's all done, right? But, remember finalizing those papers and getting it from rough draft to final? It is detail work that requires reviewing again and again and again.

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Design Development Phase

This is the phase where all these decisions must be finalized. It is typically this phase where we do any shopping trips. A trip to the appliance store, the granite yard, the tile showroom, the plumbing showroom, etc. will help us see the preliminary ideas we have developed and determine whether they work as well in person as they did conceptually. Sometimes, samples need to be ordered and other times there is no way to view the item in person, so we work with what information we have to ensure the finishes match and/or complement one another. 

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The Design Process: Programming Continues

The design process is definitely that. A process. While to many, it may seem like I'm chatting it up, then running off and blasting ideas onto paper, there is so much more to developing a design. A design is more than good ideas put on paper. It's an articulated plan that begins with the design program.

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Westside Farmhouse

This beautiful farmhouse was screaming for an update. The 1920's kitchen had never been touched and the family had only one restroom on their main level in a home that frequently houses guests. I was so proud that they chose me to bring this beautiful home up to date, while preserving its original charm!

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Spokane Kitchen: My Sentimental First

This Spokane kitchen design was the first project that was "mine", in my first design job! To this day, I am thrilled and proud of the extraordinary creative space we created!

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Interior Designers Fight Back

Imagine this. A website invites you to sign in to share pictures of your child with family. 

Years later, this company starts using your child's information to sign up for something you are morally opposed to... but the terms are airtight. They've covered all their bases, and all the families who signed up in a frenzy to join this super cool site are throwing in their towels out of frustration. What can you do? Just give up?

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Budgeting Your Design Project

We do not take on projects without an established budget. But, how can one develop a budget without understanding the costs? Well, for starters, whether it is known or not, the budget exists. There is a number that is definitely too high, and there are expectations that would deem a low budget too low.

There are two crucial factors that should be considered before even scheduling that initial consultation. Time and Money. They absolutely do matter in planning a design project. Read on to find out how to develop your budget.

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