The time estimates you see here and in the following posts are averages for how long things take when you factor in life made busy by kids and work and family and everything else. It’s possible to go faster, definitely possible to go slower, but on average the process will take 52 weeks with our clients.
Let’s take a look at Phase I and weeks 1-7.
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Weeks 1 and 2 are spent consulting. We spend time getting to know you, your home and your goals for the project and assessing what your legal parameters are. We consult the city to find out some basic starting points like how large you can build, how high you can build, where you can place it, what the main zoning considerations are and how you can maximize the benefit of your cottage within all of these rules.
Over weeks 3, 4 & 5, our design team synthesizes information from your design book, city requirements, our on-site consultation and our understanding of your goals, and produces an initial floor and site plan. These drawings show you what the outside looks like, how the inside is arranged and where the cottage will be situated on your site. We also take the time to research and understand all the fees you may face.
Wrapping up Phase I in weeks 6 & 7 initial design for your goals and drafting an estimate budget to work from when we start customizing schematic design in Phase II. In summary, Phase I is dedicated to shaping your ideas within parameters set by your city, conceptualizing a design and targeting an estimate budget.
Continue to the next topic: New Avenue Process Phase II – Weeks 8-17