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ROBERT BLACK 5 design is a full service, design focused practice with a specialty in residential and light commercial commissions. 

OUR PROCESS

 
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INITIAL CONSULTATION

The design process starts with a meeting to walk through your project, discuss your wish list (functional needs, aesthetic preferences, and budget requirements) and establish an initial project scope.  Through this collaboration, the “program” develops.  The program outlines the list of needs or function for the space.  

 
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PREDESIGN

This involves a site visit to measure and document the existing structure and/or site conditions. We will prepare existing condition drawings and research building code and zoning regulations relevant to the project. These drawings will be used as the base for the next phases of the project.

 
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SCHEMATIC DESIGN

Schematic design is a fluid process during the project where we prepare conceptual design sketches, drawings or graphic models that are developed based on our initial meeting and predesign phase. These drawings will assist in making early decisions for the design direction of the project.  

 
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DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Once we establish a design direction we will further develop the drawings to work out any design conflicts and start thinking about material choices. We develop details such as layouts of lighting, cabinets, windows, doors and can also make recommendations for selections of specific fixtures, finishes and other products. At this point in the project we recommend bringing in qualified contractors early in the process to establish initial project budget.

 
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CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION

This important phase in the project is when we take the approved schematic design drawings and detail them as well as coordinate the project with consultants. We will provide the necessary floor plans, elevations, sections, details and schedules to communicate the design intent to the contractor. We pride ourselves on the details as these communicate the vision to the project team. These drawings are used for permit processing, bidding and construction.

 
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CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES

We will have regular site visits during construction to ensure there is proper execution of the drawings and specifications as well as approve the contractor's applications for payment. Working closely with the contractor enables good communication so we can provide clarification or additional details on the job site and trouble shoot any issues that may arise.