Colorado West Design
General information for new or prospective clients.
CW Design is a companion business to Western Light Graphics and Roy Kastning. For the record, I am NOT an architect or an engineer. Rather I am a designer, both graphic design and house design. The two disciplines are related in the principles of good design. I have many years of drafting and design experience with many projects. I have actual experience in many phases of construction and have worked several years on a framing crew. Invaluable experience!
The vast majority of my projects come directly from select contractors or engineers and generally, I am not open to the public. I work closely with the client, contractor and engineer at all stages of the plan process. I like working this way, a team effort, because it helps the project move smoothly from start to finish. The general contractor is responsible for determining the cost of a project so getting this input early on is very helpful in the design process. It is also very helpful to be able to consult with the contractor on construction details during the design stage since this is the person building the project. This saves time, money and is my preferred method of working.
The Design Process
All projects, wether it be new home construction or remodels, have basically two stages in the design process. The first stage is the conceptual plans and the second is the construction plans. During the conceptual stage put together the features we want the house to have and then we look at various design options and ideas. This is where modern CAD software really shines in being able to easily look at different options and explore various design ideas such as roof lines, windows, exterior materials and so forth. Once a design is decided upon then the plans are ready to work on the construction drawings. Along with input from the contractor all of the construction details are drawn and when complete the plans are sent to the engineer. The engineer specifies all the structural elements that go into the house including foundation, framing, roof design, etc. The final stage for me is to annotate the plans with the engineer instructions so they can be stamped and submitted for a building permit. Also involved can be an approval process by the HOA - home owners association. The general contractor is responsible for submitting all permits for building, driveway, septic systems, etc. Also for arranging any surveying and soil testing if necessary.