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The Planning and Design Process
Each St. Clair Builders design is unique. We carefully combine technical expertise and artistic vision in the design process. This results in solid designs that are practical and functional, and that also possess architectural merit.
St. Clair principals are highly knowledgeable about a range of architectural styles, from traditional classically-inspired designs to modern international projects. We have worked with many design-build clients during our more than 35 years in business. The result is a unique skill set that benefits clients in many ways.
The first step in the creation of an architecturally distinctive home is an assessment of the building site and a survey of the client’s specific needs.
From this information we develop a program description and a cost estimate for the project. The client then has the advantage of knowing with reasonable accuracy how much the new home or other project will cost prior to investing time or money in the design.
Upon approval of the cost estimate, we prepare conceptual drawings, carefully considering the client’s input, the construction budget and the principles of good architectural design.
Next, we review the drawings with the client and further refine them until the floor plan and elevations are finalized.
We then begin preparing the final construction drawings. St. Clair Builders’ team works together to anticipate and resolve design and structural issues before construction commences.
From the start, we take into account interior design considerations – a function of having worked for many years with an in-house licensed interior designer. Furniture placement, audio-video and technology systems, window treatments, millwork and lighting are among the many aspects of interior design we address throughout the design process.
The Construction Process
During construction, we often meet informally with the client at the building site to clarify construction details.
Clients of St. Clair Builders benefit from having a project manager on the job site frequently, providing close supervision of workers. This careful supervision is necessary to ensure that St. Clair Builders’ exceptional standards for craftsmanship and structural integrity are met.
A comprehensive approach to quality assurance has become the cornerstone of operations at St. Clair Builders. This is reflected in every phase of the building project, from the initial design, throughout construction, to customer service after the project has been completed.
St. Clair Builders brings uncommon dedication and diverse technical and creative backgrounds to the residential design and construction profession, making us the ideal choice for the design and construction of your custom home.