The Final Schematic Design Phase begins when the homeowner accepts a design scheme and a very preliminary cost estimate. We then annotate the final schematic design with general descriptions of materials so a qualified contractor can make his own preliminary cost estimate. This is not an actual bid but rather an estimate that we use to compare to our own estimate to ensure that we have two estimates that are in the same range.
The intent of this final schematic design process is to confirm the preliminary project cost estimates before we begin the extensive work required for the design development and construction documents phases.
In the accompanying drawings, the black parts of the drawings represent the existng house, the red parts represent things to be removed, and the green parts represent what is proposed.
For example, in the Preliminary Proposed Site Plan below, the original house is the black area labeled "2 1/2 Story Frame House". The proposed additions, wrap-around porch, driveway and patio are rendered green.