Process

From the initial client inquiry through to project completion, Purple Cherry Architects is dedicated to helping each project succeed. By taking the time to listen carefully to our client’s needs, conduct necessary research and explore options, our design team develops solutions that exceed the client’s expectations. Our firm identifies and supports the unique needs of each client and project through a proven design process.

1. Initial Introduction/Consultation

The client and a member of our design team discuss the client’s architectural needs. The client shares information regarding their project such as general vision, design intent, and desired architectural style and/or details. This initial conversation helps us understand our client’s goals and identify next best steps.

2. Site Visit

During this phase, a member of our design team may visit the site. The site visit allows our design team to learn more about the client’s project. It also allows the client the opportunity to “interview” our firm. From the start of each project, we believe in cultivating a positive client-architect synergy. The site visit is the next step in building this important relationship.

3. Letter of Proposal

During this phase, a Letter of Proposal and AIA contract is provided. The Letter of Proposal defines our firm’s understanding of the project and provides related potential architectural costs.

4. Kick-Off Meeting

Once the client has reviewed, signed and returned the Letter of Proposal and the AIA contract, a Kick-off Meeting to discuss project details is scheduled. During this working session, the programming of the home with related room sizes is developed and images that speak to the client’s preferences and inspiration are shared. Our design team sketches room relationships and diagrams to create visuals that help illustrate the client’s intent.

5. Schematic Design

This phase includes the freehand concept sketch of floor plans and exterior elevations. This is a collaborative process, in which our design team is very sensitive to client input and approval. Having a well-developed client wish list in place, as well as having both the client and architect fully engaged in the process, helps to expedite this phase and minimize the cost related to initial concept sketches.

6. Model Load, Design Development & Construction Documents

During this phase, the project information is loaded into the firm’s design software in order to develop the construction documents and 3D model for the project.

7. Interior Design

At the client’s request, our design team can assist with final color selections; kitchen cabinet design; tile selections and pattern design; selection of countertop materials and laminates; selection of flooring materials and selection of all lighting and plumbing fixtures. The firm can also provide designs for interior custom built-ins.

8. Coordination of any Related Consultants

During this phase, our team can assist with the coordination of any additional consultants that may be needed for the client’s project such as Civil and Structural Engineers, Landscape Architect, Interior Designer, Lighting and A/V Consultants.

9. Permit Filing

At the client’s request, once the construction documents are complete, our team can coordinate all building permit applications for the project.

10. Bidding Assistance

At the client’s request, our team can assist with the bidding process including preparation of the bidding documents, distribution of documents to bidding contractors, and selection of the bidding contractor through the review of references, portfolios, and client interviews.

11. Construction Administration

At the client’s request, our team is available to support the construction process in a variety of ways: interior design assistance such as the final selection of finishes and materials; developing millwork details such as replace mantels, bookcases/built-ins and ceiling treatment details; site visits with the client and/or the Contractor; review of applications for payment; review and negotiation of change orders; coordination of all field questions; preparation of Contractor’s final punch list; and issuance of Substantial Completion certificate.