1. PRE-DESIGN -  Includes programming (creating a list of client needs) and any research necessary before work begins. This includes the initial interview, documenting existing structures and site conditions, and researching applicable codes.

2. SCHEMATIC DESIGN - Initial Design Concepts; this phase is very collaborative. These drawings can be loose sketches or digital floor plans and elevations. You can expect to meet and discuss one or several options.

3. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT -  Once a direction is agreed upon, we will start to select materials, refine the plans and elevations, and work on construction details. At the end of this phase, you will have enough information to begin interviewing contractors and start getting cost estimates. This is also where we would apply for a Preservation Permit if the project is located in a historic overlay.


After design decisions have been nailed down and a contractor has been selected, we will add another level of detail with additional drawings and notes. This final set will be submitted for permitting and will be the set that the contractor will need to build. This is not the most glamorous phase but necessary for a well-built project.


We are not done when we hand the drawings over to the contractor. We are available to answer any questions, assist with any issues that come up in the field, and check in regularly to make sure things are going well during construction. It is important to us that your project is being built to your expectations and standards.



1. INITIAL MEETING - In this meeting we will define the scope of your project, as well as discuss the design style that you tend to lean toward. If you have any inspiration images or elements you know you’d like to incorporate, now would be the time to bring them. 

2. CONCEPTUAL DESIGN - After the initial meeting, our designer will take the information provided and come up with 2-3 design directions that encompass the look you’d want to achieve. From here, we can decide on a single direction and begin to specify product based on this concept.

3. SELECTIONS - From here we will select two groupings of selections that will fit within your desired style and will fit the overall design of your house. From these two groupings that are largely interchangeable, you will work with our designer to decide on final selections. This phase is where the most refinement and detailing will take place, and can be as collaborative as you are comfortable with.

4. SPECIFICATION AND CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION - Our designer will not only select finishes fixtures and equipment for your project, but will also provide a detailed specification package to give to your contractor as the final deliverable.. She can work alongside the contractor for 
coordination and check in onsite during construction to assure that installation is executed properly.


At Nine12 Architects, we start with an initial consultation to understand your needs, the scope of work, and the space we need to create. It is a good chance to get a feel for how well we will work together and make sure it is a good fit, personality-wise. After the initial consultation, we will be able to provide a proposal for our services that includes scope of work and outlines our fees. 


Part of our process can include interior design services as needed. A large benefit of having interior design services offered in house to our clients is the fact that it is integrated with the rest of the design process. Starting with architectural planning, our designer is involved from the beginning and will know the project very well. This will assure that the selection process is smooth and cohesive with the overall direction and design decisions of the project. 

After an agreement is signed, design can begin! Most projects can be broken down into the following design phases: 

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