Our Design Process

Our Design Process

At RTA Studio, your project moves through a multi-step process designed to assure excellence from concept through construction. We know you’re eager to get started, and anxious to find out what’s possible, so we’ll start with a consultation to help you decide what your next steps should be.

If your project is still a few years off, we can help you plan an appropriate long-term schedule.


Your project gets underway with Pre-Design – we’ll discuss your needs, budget, and timeframe, and write it down in a “creative brief” for you to review and comment on. We’ll examine your building site in detail and prepare a graphic site analysis showing all of the important environmental 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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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 consistent 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 almost 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.


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.