The Northcape Design Advantage
The first step after determining your budget is to sign the Northcape Design Advantage, a comprehensive design process designed to minimize the confusion that can be inherent in the early stages of home design. This very simple agreement lays out the estimated project cost range and the fixed cost of the design process.
The conceptual design process begins when the designer receives your custom design program and existing building or site parameters. From these, the designer can begin space planning and with frequent review by you, will begin conceptual floor plan design. Once you approve the general building form and floor plans, we move into Design Development.
This phase brings a refinement to the design by determining final building components and dimensions. Structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems are chosen and we encourage you to make product selections such as doors, windows and roofing, along with the assistance of our Selections Coordinator.
Our Project Coordinator is a very talented designer and can manage the project details by using our cloud-based online CRM tool. As our Project Coordinator, she can be working with you to choose from the myriad of choices when it comes to cabinetry, hardware, counter-tops, plumbing fixtures, lighting and all of the other details included in residential construction. Later, she can help you with furniture placement using your existing furniture or help you select the right combination of new furniture for your new home. She can assist you with any other traditional interior design services too.
Over the years, we have found that making your product selections during the Design Development phase enables us to deliver the most accurate final project cost. And because you’ve already made your decisions, you are free to relax and enjoy the construction process when it begins.
Final Plans & Construction Documents
At this phase of your project, our design team creates the final dimensioned and notated floor plans, site plan, sections, and elevations. All of the details, including the window, door and finish schedules are produced and supported by written specifications that identify the products and materials that will be used in construction. And just to be sure we get you the best end product for the best price, we recruit trade contractors and suppliers to review your final plans to give us feedback on the best and most cost effective construction strategies. When the final plans and specifications have been reviewed and approved, we request pricing from our trade contractors and suppliers.
We choose our trade partners based on a variety of reasons. While price is large contributing factor, we feel that all our partners have high levels of experience, quality, cooperation and communication. But before we can choose our trade partners and construction can begin, we get pricing from every single partner so that we are able to submit to you a fixed-price proposal. While it is more work at the beginning of project development, we feel that a highly detailed scope of work, with fixed pricing, is good for the customer, the trade partners and the entire design-build team.