The Project team and their responsibilities:

Homeowner – responsible for clearly and thoroughly expressing the desired project end result and outcome.

Architect – responsible for producing the drawings, specifications, and scope of work.

Interior designer – responsible to make interior spaces functional and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They are familiar with reading the drawings / blueprints, and aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.

General Contractor – responsible for hiring sub-contractors, acquiring construction materials, and providing the equipment to build the project in accordance with local building laws and regulations.

Specialized Expert Consultants – responsible for providing professional design guidance usually for mechanical purposes, such as heating and cooling systems.

The Design Process

Initial meeting – source, interview, and discuss ideas with designers and/or architects

Arrange contracts – allocate responsibilities, determine who is going to be responsible for what

Pre-design – gather inspiration, determine any existing conditions, review feasibility, agree on the work scope, etc.

Design development – produce drawings and other presentation documents to crystallize the design concept

Construction Documenting – thoroughly record the work scope and finalize selections of finishes with schedules/drawings 

Permits (if required) – submit required documents to the appropriate city agency for approval

Finalize Contract – source general contractors, distribute project documents and walk-through the project site with them. Then, after analyzing their bids, select the contractor you wish to proceed with, and sign a contract with them.

The Construction Phase

1. Arrange project meetings with the team

2. Release advance payment to the contractor

3. Break ground, commence project build-out

4. Release progress payments to the team in a timely manner, especially the contractor, to ensure smooth progress

5. Approve (or reject) any change orders

6. Provide any requested information when needed

Post-construction

1. Final walk through / inspections with building or city agency

2. Complete punch list items

3. Request product manuals / warranties from contractor

4. Release final payments to team