Pre-Design Services

We follow a Master Construction Plan To Stay On Schedule

We at ZFE Design Build offer pre-design services that permit us to collaborate architectural services with a client’s exact home-building or remodeling needs. By using today’s technologies, we can offer clients a realistic rendition of how their home or remodel will appear. By taking this approach, we can increase the level of client loyalty and confidence.

Looking at a Design from Various Perspectives

The use of 3D imaging enables architects to offer exterior views of a proposed home construction. You can review the home from various angles – all which emphasize the finishing looks of the house. Therefore, by using today’s technologies, architectural professionals can provide both front and side perspectives of a building. By taking advantage of this pre-design step, clients can easily make modifications to the model at the preliminary stage – a move that saves money, time, and effort. 


We Organize the Design Process

Using 3D Technology to Support Project Planning

A 3D model not only gives the client defined views of the fronts and sides of a new home build, it also features the various textures, colors, and external products that can be used as well. When using 3D imaging, architects and clients can coordinate their efforts in designing a home that meets with all the expectations and preferences of the buyer.

Using the Right Mix of Colors and Textures

Using 3D imaging also allows clients and designers to experiment with a variety of color schemes and compare combinations of textures and hues. By taking this approach, the client is ensured that his or her home or remodel will feature just the right mix of colors, textures, and materials. Architects work closely with clients to ensure that their ideas are converted in a 3D model that represents their vision for their dream home’s design.

Making an Architect Selection

An architect selection is important in the pre-design phase of construction as the architect must be able to meet a client’s specifications and offer the proper support. Therefore, he or she should be flexible in meeting these objectives.

Implementing a Home-building or Remodeling Plan

During the pre-design stage of home-building or remodeling, the client and architect both outline the goals of the building project, including the expected obstacles and long-term objectives for the overall process. We at ZFE Design Build research the applicable building codes for the design and work to anticipate any problems that may affect schedules or budgets.

Filling in the Details So Work Can Progress

As the pre-design phase progresses, the most important design work takes place. Therefore, we, at ZFE Design Build, work with the client to outline the architectural plan. This plan encompasses the scope of work and identifies the functionality of specific spaces and their sizes. We also work with the client to determine the relation of the spaces in a home’s design.


Getting Your Design Ideas Organized

We put Your Thoughts On Paper

Creating A Construction Roadmap

Proper Planning Breeds Success

A clear and defined plan serves as a roadmap to the entire building process, thus bridging the ideas, concepts, and drawings for the house or remodeling plan.

Pre-design Considerations and Planning Support

During the pre-design phase, a number of considerations must be made. These considerations include the following:

  • The architect must familiarize himself or herself with the structure that is being built.
  • The architect and client must review the specific spaces that are included in the housing plan.
  • Space must be considered, or the number of square feet per unit or person must be addressed.
  • The relationship of space and function must be reviewed.
  • Typical costs per square foot must be determined.
  • Building requirements for the housing type must be reviewed.
  • The ratios for net assignable square footage (NASF) to gross square footage (the area of the outside walls) for the housing must be introduced.
  • Technical, electrical security, or mechanical issues that are pertinent to the housing should be reviewed.

Questions That Need To Be Asked

The architect or designer that customizes your home’s design must know the answers to the following questions:

  • What are the client’s goals and design wishes?
  • What is the client trying to accomplish in building a luxury home, or by remodeling a space?
  • What is the client’s vision of the completed home or extension?
  • What are the client’s building needs?
  • What are the client’s wants?

Other Criteria to Be Considered

Other project criteria include the following:
  • How will the home or space be used?
  • How can the design and architecture support the use of the space now and in the future?What is the size of the home or remodeled space?
  • What lifestyle considerations must be made?
  • What is the size of the family?
  • What are the client’s design preferences?
  • Is access to the site easy?

Milestone Building Goals

We encourage client and architect interaction. Therefore, it is important to know what milestones you wish to achieve and when you want them to be completed.

Reviewing the Initial Cost – Breaking Down the Expenses

Another area of the pre-design phase reviews the initial cost. Therefore, the following questions must be addressed:

  • What is the client’s current budget?
  • Is the client aware of all the costs that are involved? Project costs include profit and overhead, labor, and building materials. Other expenses include design charges and permit fees. 

Other Consultative Services

Depending on the complexity of the building project, other consultative services may be required. These services cover the following:

  • Lighting design
  • Acoustical design
  • Landscape design
  • Mechanical installation
  • Electrical installation
  • Plumbing installation
  • Fire protection

Performing a Site Analysis 

A site of a new build is an important consideration in how the house will take form. Building access, landscaping, and views are influenced by the surrounding topography. A site analysis is frequently helpful, if not essential. A land surveyor can provide a precise survey of a building site. 

Building Codes and Regulatory Approvals

The codes used for construction definitely impact the design of a home. As a result, building codes provide the parameters or frame of reference required to create a design. Without the implementation of building codes, public welfare and safety are compromised. An architect’s input can assist you in determining if exceeding the code minimum will offer more functionality or value to a project.

Sustainable or “Green” Construction Practices

Today sustainable building practices and advanced technologies make planning a home or remodel an exciting activity. Sustainable building practices have been established to save money over a home’s lifespan. While some of the “green” materials that are used cost more initially, they offer substantial savings in the long run. Working toward sustainability can assist you in creating a home that features a high concept design or cutting edge technologies. 

Conceptual Estimates for Determining Cost

To help a client realize his or her vision more fully, we assist a client determine his or her conceptual estimate of a project’s cost. By taking this initiative, a client is motivated to short-list product choices and make more concrete decisions when creating a design.

Planning Support For A New Home Build Or remodel

To further support planning, a floor plan is drawn that shows the functionality of the design, room sizes, air circulation, daylight streaming, and the placement of the windows and doors. 

Relying on Architectural Input

While most people believe that a floor plan is based on personal preferences, the layout is also supported by architectural expertise. As a result, any unnecessary hindrances are eliminated. For example, an in-swing door may create problems with movement or variances in flooring depths may impede convenience and functionality. Noting these issues early can save a client money or save a builder from correcting design mistakes.

Creating a Floor Plan

We believe at ZFE Build Design that floor plans should effectively combine design principles with customization. The architect of the design should keep three fundamental factors in mind when creating a floor plan layout. These factors include the following:

  • Producing a functional plan that encourages ease of movement.
  • Creating a natural lighting plan to reduce the consumption of energy.
  • Creating a design that imparts traditional architectural methods and integrates them with today’s technologies.

Combining Architectural Expertise with Client Preferences

The pre-design process is indeed an important undertaking. That is why we, at ZFE Design Build, are fully committed to meeting your home building and remodeling requirements. We, at ZFE Design Build, meld our architectural imagination and talents to meet the preferences of the client – all which leads to a luxury customized design.

Interacting with the Client

During the pre-design stage, the staff at ZFE Design Build reviews the goals of the client while asking extensive questions. This helps up develop and establish a project’s scope. After listening to a client’s inspirations, ideas and wishes, we record the information. This information is used to establish a project’s plans. 

Drawing the Schematics

A schematic design is then drawn up – one that is based on discussions and client preferences. The client is then presented with drafted site plans, elevation drawings, and floor plans. The schematics are displayed using a 3D model design. 

Perfecting the Concept

Preliminary window placements, possible furniture layouts, and bathroom and kitchen solutions are all part of the schematic layout. After each concept is reviewed and refined, the schematics are typically surveyed one more time. Everything is done to perfect the total design concept for the client.

The Design Development Phase

Once a schematic sketch of a new home or remodel is approved, the developmental phase begins. During this stage, the design is refined further. The structural, mechanical, and electrical systems are added to the plans. We, at ZFE Design Build, work closely with clients to make sure that the exterior and interior materials are what they want and like.

Receiving a Price Estimate

Near the end of the developmental phase, the client receives a price projection. This estimate can be adjusted and adapted to the client’s budgetary requirements and the project’s final scope, using a cost-plus pricing technique. Once the budgetary requirements and scope are completed, the construction process can begins.

Open and Transparent Client Communications

We, at ZFE Design Build, diligently focus on communications during each pre-design phase. By taking this approach, we can provide clients with exceptional service and deliver a product that is both aesthetic and functional – one that meets with both the vision and expectations of a client.


Scroll to Top