About Us

Our work strives to enhance our sense of surroundings, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made.

Process

The Process.

Browse the timeline below to learn about our modern, custom home design process. Click any phase to learn more about each of the architecture and interior design phases.

Architecture Timeline

This initial process is what sets our studio apart and where we work with you to carve out a unique concept that will drive the entire project. This phase is an intricate balance between the program (the environmental and client constraints) and concepts (the wild ideas and unconstrained sketches.) This is when we dream big, where an accident can become a solution, and where we question the norms.

 

Simultaneously, this is when we are studying the needs and desires of the client, the path of the sun, the city codes, the ideal views, the necessary timeline and the construction budget; ultimately tweaking our once-frantic sketches into tangible ideas. These concepts will ultimately be distilled into a presentation of diagrams which will organise the spaces of the future home in a way that best addresses the clients needs.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The first deliverable from our team will be a presentation of minimal diagrams which will easily explain our proposed solutions for three primary challenges: Client Constraints, Environmental Considerations & Concepts. These simple-to-understand diagrams will determine the overall organization of spaces.

WHAT WE NEED

Before starting the Concept & Programming Phase we need to learn about you and your property. We ask that each new client fill out a pre-design questionnaire which will help us get a better idea of your required program, budget, expected timeline, and an overall idea of how you hope to live in your new space.

 

We will also need access to the property, a site survey and permission to contact the town/city/village in your name. Lastly, a signed contract and receipt of deposit will set us on our way to begin the custom home design process.

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

Following an approval of the broad concepts presented during Phase 01, our team will refine the massing of the home. The schematic design process will shape the residence’s overall form while simultaneously developing a workable set of floor plans. These drawings will grow to define room sizes and will include locations of significant utilities and amenities. Concurrently, the exterior elevations of the project are developed to the point of producing a detailed rendering of the future residence.

WHAT TO EXPECT

A second diagrammatic presentation will reintroduce the client to the proposed project solutions and further explain why the massing and aesthetics of the project were arrived at. Additionally, the client can expect to see floor plans, black and white vignettes (showing various highlights of the design) and a photorealistic rendering of the proposed design.

WHAT WE NEED

Since the schematic design phase concludes with a photorealistic rendering, it is important that we have a strong understanding of your aesthetic preferences before proposing exterior material selections. While this is often understood from conversations during the first phase, sometimes it is not. If this is the case, we will present you with a presentation of project references to comment on. Studying these precedents is a quick way for us to understand your families personal preferences.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Just as the name implies, the Design Development phase futher develops the design concepts presented in the Schematic Design Phase. Using modern design software our team of architects and designers will create a detailed 3D model that will refine the home’s exterior and interior structure simultaneously. Before heading into the Construction Documents phase the overall design of the home needs to be resolved.

WHAT TO EXPECT

During the design development phase we build a 3D model which allows us to simultaneously refine the details of the exterior facade and interior floor plans. This interactive design process will allow us to define locations of windows, doors, and primary fixtures / utilities. In this phase we will not only lay out what you will see and feel in your future spaces, but we also begin to lay out the hidden systems that live within walls and floors.
Additionally, the software allows us to create interactive 3D virtual reality experiences. However, at this time, we use this technology as a design tool and not a means of presentation.

WHAT WE NEED

Before completing the design development phase, we will meet with you or your family to make exterior material selections. This involves an in-person meeting in our Long Island City studio where we can compare physical material samples.
Seeing these materials will allow us to compare color, texture, dimensions and the installation procedures that are necessary for each product. Lastly, our team of architects will then bring these material selections into the 3D model that we have built of your home.

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

This phase is where we take all of the designs we have created (and refined) and now turn them into construction documents that the project can literally be built from. The meticulous details that make the design shine will be resolved in this phase and translated to set of drawings that a contractor will reference when bidding on your new home. Every material is specified and every detail essential to the design is defined and prepared for delivery to contractors and the building department.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The documents that are created in this phase will be handed off to contractors and building departments so they must include rigorous detail. This includes everything from foundation plan, door and window schedules, plumbing diagrams, base electrical plans, base structural drawings, notation of existing conditions/demolition, power plans, plumbing fixture locations, reflected ceiling plans and notes indicating finishes and materials. These details, sections, schedules and notes will communicate, in detail, the design intent in a format suitable for construction and that will meets code requirements. “

WHAT WE NEED

Refining every inch, inside and out, is a monotonous task and requires a keen, deliberate attention to detail. For this reason, the Construction Documents Phase is often quite time-consuming. Although, we know you will be excited about the future home, we ask that you bear with us as we nit-pick the little details that we promise will make all the difference in the end.

BIDDING & VALUE ENGINEERING

Once a set of construction documents is finalised in the previous phase, that set will be sent out for bidding and permits. In the Bidding & Value Engineering phase we collect quotes from multiple contractors and solidify a realistic budget for the construction cost of the home. While we are coordinating with the consultants, we will also deliver a set of construction documents to the building department of the town/city/village and await a permit.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Based on the quotes from contractors and conversations with other trades, we will work with you to revise some specific items that may be over budget and/or allocate additional funds to items that could be further enhanced. Additionally, if the building department issues any comments that need to be resolved before issuing a permit, we will address them as well. Ultimately concluding in a revised set of documents that will be filed on record and delivered to the selected contractor for construction.

WHAT WE NEED

In this phase, we will collect and organize the bids from multiple contractors but will ultimately need your input to guide us the final decisions. Often, many of the revisions that are required will be spurred by an open dialogue about your budget, however some may simply derive from your comfort working with certain contractors and trades. The Bidding & Value Engineering phase will end with your selection of a general contractor and a receipt of permit from the building department.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

During the construction administration phase, our team will work on your behalf to ensure that the original design intent is executed properly. We do this by attending regular site visits to inspect the work that has been constructed to date. At each of these visits we will meet with your general contractor and subcontractors to address any questions or concerns that may arise. While some items may be able to be resolved on site, it is common for our team issue additional documents and drawings that propose ideal building solutions.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our team will work as a liaison between your family and the contractors that you have selected to build the new home. During the construction administration phase, we will oversee the residence’s construction to ensure that the design intent is met.

WHAT WE NEED

It is important that you and your family enter the construction process with an understanding that issues will arise. However, with a proactive approach and an open dialogue between our team of architects, your builders, and your family, we will quickly find resolutions.

Design Timeline

INTERIOR THEMES & LAYOUTS

In the first phase of our interiors process, we work quickly to best understand your constraints. We do this by having transparent conversations to establish a realistic budget and timeline. This is also when we work to unearth some of the the overall aesthetic preferences of you and your family. Secondly, we study the proposed architectural solutions and begin to formulate concepts on how the interiors will work together to create a consistent thread through all areas.

These initial studies allow us to understand how the basic aesthetic themes and layouts will affect your family’s daily life.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Since design is an objective endeavor, the more that we can learn about your families aesthetic preferences, the better we can design to your goals. We do this by providing you with our Client Questionnaire which helps us learn more about your lifestyle and preferences.

Once we receive your initial responses, we will curate a presentation of interior reference images from our vast library of inspiration. These images will begin to establish an overall theme for the aesthetics of the home. Your feedback from this initial presentation will guide our vision for the “shell” elements of the project like Floors, Walls, Ceilings & Trim. Additional presentations will follow shortly that will aim to guide our vision for how we populate specific spaces of the home. They will also include space-planning diagrams with minimal detail to simply study how you will move through, and interact with the space.

WHAT WE NEED

We begin by asking you to fill out a questionnaire that helps us understand how you live and how our design can enhance your life. – Will your home primarily be a quiet oasis filled with books or will it be a bustling space for large gatherings and entertaining? Do you live alone or will your family be growing in the coming years? – Our Predesign Questionnaire will help us gather important information about you and your family and will inform all our design decisions going forward.

Following this series of questions, we will ask you to gather interior reference images and chat with us about what you both love and loathe in each of the images. These precedent images can be shared with us via Houzz, Pinterest, or our custom upload form.

INTERIOR MATERIAL SELECTIONS

Phase 02 of our interior architecture process focuses on material selections. In this phase we will research and gather physical samples of proposed materials that are consistent with the approved themes from Phase 01. Starting with the most complex areas like kitchens and bathrooms, we will propose material selections that fit within your budget and construction timeline.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our presentations during the Interior Material Selections Phase will be broken down by areas of the home including presentations for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and any other areas of the home. These presentations will include digital vignettes of key areas of the home. Although these are not fully photorealistic renderings, they will help you visualize the materials in use. Additionally, our team will study cost, specifications, durability, and installation methods for each material and will then curate a collection of physical material samples that you and your family can see and feel.

WHAT WE NEED

The Interior Material Selections Phase cannot conclude until you and your family have selected the materials that we will integrate into our drawings in the following phase. These selections will cover flooring, wall covering, countertops, cabinetry styles, and color. Our team of architects and designers will curate a focused collection of options for you to see and feel. This will also allow you to see the many materials paired side by side, which is fundamental in the decision-making process.

Often, these materials will be selected from the large material library in our studio in NY. However, we may collect and catalog new materials that are uniquely fitting to your desires.

INTERIOR DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

The third phase of the interior architecture and design process is when we further develop the design. Using all feedback, references, and materials selected in the previous phases we’re now ready to apply those decisions to our architectural drawings. Using an innovative, 3D modeling software we are able to apply our material selections and understand how each will be applied.

WHAT TO EXPECT

In the Interior Design Development Phase we will model all elements of the home using cutting-edge 3D software. These drawings will grow to include flooring, baseboards, mouldings, doors, and custom millwork. It will also involve modeling all elements of the primary spaces like kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, bathroom vanity, tile, fittings and fixtures.

WHAT WE NEED

After all assets have been modeled in 3D, we will provide you with a series of more black and white vignettes and elevation drawings. Without being fully photorealistic, these architectural drawings will allow you to better visualize our proposed designs for your future home. While visualizing the space we will also present you with a curated collection of product options for all fixed assets. These are the non-moveable elements of the home which includes bathroom vanities, kitchen appliances, lighting options and more.

INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Once you and your family have approved the interior design drawings and made your product selections, our team is ready to move into the Construction Documents Phase. This is when our team of architects and designers create a buildable set of drawings for the approved design. These drawings get into minute details and construction specifics that will allow your general contractor to expertly execute the home’s interiors.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our interior construction documents will provide meticulous detail on electrical power locations, reflected ceiling plans, finish floor plan, custom wall details and millwork shop drawings. Since our studio is multidisciplinary team, these interior construction drawings will be simultaneously meshed with all other architectural construction documents. This will conclude with a highly detailed drawing set that provides the municipality, builder and subcontractors with all documents they will need to approve and build the project.

WHAT WE NEED

Refining every inch, inside and out, is a monotonous task and requires a keen, deliberate attention to detail. For this reason, the Construction Documents Phase is often quite time-consuming. Although, we know you will be excited about the future home, we ask that you bear with us as we nit-pick the little details that we promise will make all the difference in the end.

INTERIOR FURNISHING SELECTIONS

The final phase for our interiors team is the selection of all furnishings that your family might desire. In this phase we research, curate, bid and shop for all non-fixed elements of the home. This includes decorative lighting, furniture, art and accessories of all kinds. While we believe it is crucial to adorn the home with furnishings that are symbiotic with all other elements of design, we do understand that these selections are often personal decisions. So it is ultimately up the homeowner to decide which furnishings you would like us to curate.

WHAT TO EXPECT

In this phase we explore all furnishings that will inhabit the home along side you. These furnishings (including decorative lighting, furniture, art and accessories) are usually readily available for purchase. In this scenario, our team will gather quotes, confirm dimensions, coordinate delivery and oversee installation. We can also handle the purchasing of select furnishings which allows us to extend our designer discount to our clients.

Occasionally, some projects require a one-of-a-kind item. In these situations our team will either coordinate with the appropriate subcontractors and create custom shop drawings or rely on our extensive network to source the perfect piece.

WHAT WE NEED

Our interiors team has an encyclopedic knowledge of modern furnishings and a large network of connections within the industry – specifically in New York City. This allows us to expertly select furnishings that are consistent with the aesthetics, budget and materiality of your project.

Via a series of presentations we will provide you with highly refined selections where we will need you to select your ideal furnishings and approve each item for purchase. We will take care of the rest.

What is your design style?

Not sure yet what is your design style? You have that look in your mind and still don’t know what is the correct them for it?

We got you covered!
Head over to our Pinterest profile where we created easy to understand albums for your the scroll through for hours.

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