Phase II: Design Development

Design development is a crucial step in the construction of a building, so working with a trusted company is essential. Imagine Architecture P.C. is a well-regarded architectural firm in New York and Connecticut with extensive experience in every aspect of the design and construction process. Imagine Architecture P.C. would be an ideal candidate for any type of residential design project.

What Does Design Development Involve?

The Design Development Phase generally commences once your schematic design has been agreed upon. This phase consists of additional details to translate the Schematic Design into a collection of drawings and other documents to generally fix and describe the size and character of the entire Project with respect to the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, materials, and such other elements as may be appropriate for the construction of the project. As well, if you have hired or would like to hire any additional consultants, such as lighting designers, interior designers, surveyors, filing consultants, audio/video, alarm systems, etc., this would be the point when we would start coordinating any pertinent information with them so they may prepare their documents necessary to include with the overall construction document package.

Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical Systems

This is also the phase in which construction materials become a topic of conversation, as well as important things like plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems. We find it helpful to think of this as the time when your building starts to seem more real—rather than being a sketch, the building becomes something with moving parts.

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Developing the Building Elements

Primary building elements

The primary building elements are all related to the basic structure of the building: the foundations, walls, floors, roofing timbers and the roof covering. When a house is being constructed these are usually the first elements to be constructed. Foundations • Block Work • Brick Work • Floors • Walls • Ceilings • Roof Structure

Secondary Building Elements

The secondary elements relate to aspects such as wiring, plumbing, internal joinery (such as doors, architraves, windows), plaster and painting. Roof Coverings • Windows • Doors • Electrical • Plumbing • Mechanical Cabinetry • Millwork • Finishes • Accessory Construction • Environmental