Oria Builders: Our Design, Architectural, and Engineering Process

For the successful implementation of any architectural project, a clear, systematic, and well-defined procedure is required. This is because it not only helps to accurately execute the client’s original vision but also ensures that the project is completed within the agreed time schedule.

As Oria Builders, we are committed to giving you the best experience both in terms of the quality we deliver and the short time we take to complete your project whether it’s new construction, remodeling, room addition, or ADU.
This is why we have a well-thought-out, systematic, and clear architectural and engineering process that we adhere to. This is so that we can achieve the best possible construction outcomes for our clients. Our process is as follows;

Pre-design stage

This is the very first step before any design and architectural work begins. While it is the least technical phase of the process, the pre-design stage is very critical in determining the ultimate success of the project.

At this stage, a client shares with our architects their vision and expectations of what they want the final project to be and look like. The client also communicates the purpose of the project whether it’s residential, retail, industrial, or any other. This helps the architect to have a basic idea of what the project’s aesthetic and functional features will be.

At this stage, we conduct extensive consultation with the client just so our architects can fully internalize and get a clear picture of the client’s vision. Issues such as the client’s budget expectations and the actual projected construction costs are also discussed.

Effective communication is vital at this stage and by the time it’s done, the project’s scope is clearer to both the client and the architect.

Schematic design stage

The schematic design builds upon the deliberations made in the pre-design phase. This stage gives the client a general overview of the project by providing three-dimensional sketches and drawings of the interior and exterior finishes, floor plans, elevation, and site plans.

Schematic design essentially helps to give the client a physical illustration of the spatial and structural qualities that the final project will have. The client can then decide whether the architect understood their vision clearly or if they would wish some adjustments to be made.

This helps to avoid problems that involve making changes at an advanced stage of the design process. Once the client is satisfied with the schematic design, they give their approval and the architect proceeds to the next stage.

Design development stage

At the design development stage, our architects advance the design plan further by adding more specifications to the design scheme made at the schematic design stage.

Finer structural details such as the materials to be used, window and door locations, interior wall dimensions, and structural grid dimensions are outlined in keener detail. Other aspects of the construction such as the plumbing fixtures, the indoor and outdoor structural design, electrical and HVAC systems are also expanded upon to create a vivid and accurate depiction of the final construction outcome.

While the design development stage is very technical and hence a client’s role is lesser, our architects still work with the client when choosing the materials, appliances, and other items such as the doors and the windows to be used. This helps to ensure that the final result will be personalized to fit the client’s unique aesthetic vision.

Construction drawings

The construction drawings stage is the final stage of architectural design before actual construction begins. This stage involves finalizing all aspects of the design and engineering work that go into the construction of the project. Details are expanded and schedules, notes, and specifications are prepared.

The Department of Buildings has to approve all buildings and as such construction documents are prepared to capture all the details of the project. These construction documents are then submitted to the DoB for approval before permits are issued out.

For easier and effective coordination, separate documents that capture different aspects of the construction from the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical works are submitted to the respective workers to minimize confusion and interference with each other’s work.

Construction stage

Once all permits have been issued and all specifications completed, we proceed to the actual construction of the project. We ensure that we work to implement the client’s vision in the most thorough, well-coordinated, and efficient process.

Our highly skilled and experienced team also streamlines the expenditure to fit within the projected budget estimates to prevent the client from incurring any additional costs. All this is done without compromising the quality of the work done. All time schedules are adhered to and by the time our team is done, the client gets to bask in the splendor of their new elegant, stately, architectural masterpiece.