Residential Architects Ohio

What We Do - The Design Process

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At RTA Studio we offer a wide range of architectural services - design and drawings are part of what we do, but only part.  There’s a lot more to the design process than that.

We know you’re eager to get started, and anxious to find out what’s possible, so we’ll start with a consultation.  Whether you know a lot or a little about what you want to do, we'll help you decide what your next steps should be.

And you don't need to wait until you're ready to start before contacting us, either - even if your project is down the road a ways, we can help you plan an appropriate long-term schedule.


Design Phase – PreDesign

Your project gets underway with Pre-Design - we'll discuss your needs, budget, and timeframe and write it all down in a "creative brief" for you to review and comment on.

We'll also examine your building site in detail and prepare a graphic site analysis showing all of the important features that can impact the design of your home.

For a remodeling project we'll measure and digitally photograph the house and prepare "existing conditions" drawings that we'll use throughout the design process.

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Design Phase – Preliminary Design

The Preliminary Design Phase is when sketches and ideas begin appearing on paper and you start seeing the project take shape.  We’re big fans of brainstorming, and will likely have several very different design concepts to review with you.

But we don't work alone; your constant involvement in the design process is essential. We'll go back and forth a few times, until we arrive at a design we all like, and a preliminary construction cost that's within your budget range.


Design Development

Design Development takes your design to a much greater level of detail throughout. We'll look at 3D images and scaled drawings, scrutinizing all of the important architectural details of the interior and exterior of your home.

With these more detailed drawings in hand, we'll be able to give you a more accurate projection of the construction cost and proceed to the next phase with confidence.

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Construction Documents

Construction Documents are prepared once all of the design decisions are made. The construction drawings are detail-heavy to ensure that we get accurate, competitive prices from our bidders and clear communication to the builder of what we're trying to accomplish.

Bidding Phase

We recommend getting three competitive bids from experienced, qualified contractors on every project.  We’ll help you choose the right contractor by managing the process of selecting bidders and requesting detailed bids.

Once the bids are returned we’ll carefully analyze them line-by-line and report to your our opinion of the best value.



During construction we'll be on site on a regular basis as your expert "eyes and ears" on the jobsite, answering questions from you and the contractors and helping to assure that the project is built as designed.

That's the Design Process in a nutshell - contact us to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help make your new home or remodeling project exciting, valuable, and unique.

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