The Architectural Design Process

The Architectural Design Process

The architects at New England Design & Construction have been designing functional, beautiful award-winning spaces for years. Our architectural design process lets you fully realize your project before we start work in your Boston area home so you know exactly what to expect.


Architectural Design with New England Design & Construction: An Integrated Process

What sets the New England Construction & Design architectural design process apart from other remodelers in the Boston area? Seamless collaboration throughout our entire architectural design and remodeling team.

Our team of architects, designers, and construction professionals allow for an integrated concept-to-completion architectural design and remodeling process.

A great architect should consider:

  • • Your functional needs for the space
  • • Aesthetic cohesion and brilliance
  • • Your budgetary restrictions
  • • Material limitations
  • • Any possible issues during construction

While many architects deliver a beautiful design that works well in theory, often that’s where the beauty ends. Since architects are not involved in the project after coming up with the design and architectural plans, they are not held accountable to the finished product.

When you work with New England Design & Construction, we are held accountable end-to-end.

Since we specialize in both the architectural design and construction process, our designs are informed by our years of experience delivering award-winning spaces for our clients. We only design spaces we know will work, and we only build functional and beautiful spaces.


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Our Architectural Design Process

1. Complimentary In-Home Evaluation

One of our architects will come to your Boston home to evaluate your needs. We’ll

  • • Work with you to understand the functional needs of your new space
  • • Develop architectural design goals for your home
  • • Discuss next steps and our architectural design and remodeling process
  • • Review preliminary budget requirements


2. Architectural-Design Development

Once we’ve mutually agreed that NEDC is a good match for your architectural design and remodeling project, we’ll work to get a deeper understanding of the scope of your project by…

  • • Taking accurate measurements and generating architectural floor plans
  • • Complete in-depth surveys to understand the styles and finishes desired
  • • Create a direction and plan for your project
  • • Identify and isolate any possible architectural design challenges and solutions
  • • Research past projects, subcontractors, vendors, zoning laws, and historical requirements
  • • Develop an accurate budget for the proposed project scope


3. Construction Documents and Material Selection

Once our architects determine the the perfect design for your Boston home, we’ll collaborate with you to select the rights features, appliances, fixtures, and materials for your space.

We’ll then develop custom construction documents laying out exactly what your new space will look like. This includes photo-realistic renderings that’ll allow you to see what we’re building before we begin. Our construction documents include:


Based on the final design we’ll present the final timeline and budget, which will include a line-by-line breakdown of the costs.

Unlike other design-build contractors, whose budgets fluctuate 11-15% during construction, NEDC’s architectural design process keeps our average change rate at just 3%!


4. Pre Construction Meeting

Before we begin construction, you’ll have an opportunity to meet your project manager and production team. During the meeting, we’ll review:

  • • Lines of communication
  • • Material and tool storage during construction
  • • Dust protection
  • • Work hours
  • • Special requests

We not only want your new space to turn out perfectly; we want the construction process to be as easy for you as possible.


5. Weekly Meetings

Communication is important throughout the architectural design and remodeling process. Our Project Manager will be available the entire time, including during a weekly meeting where you’ll have the opportunity to bring up any concerns or questions that pop-up during the construction process.


6. Substantial Completion Walkthrough

Once the project is complete, we’ll walk through the house and develop a punch list of items that still need to be taken care of. We’ll assign those items value, and withhold that amount from your final invoice until completed. We always want you to be fully satisfied with our work, from the development of the architectural design to the finishing touches.


7. Post Construction Wrap Up And Project Binder

After you’ve had a couple weeks to live in your new space, we’ll schedule a sit down to gather feedback on your experience. We want to continue to improve our process and serve you even better the next time we work with you.

At this time we’ll also provide you with a “project binder” including all of the documents we used in the construction of your new space, such as:

  • • Contracts
  • • Construction documents
  • • Rendering
  • • Fixture and appliance information


8. Warranty

At NEDC, we provide a 2-year service warranty on all work. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied with our work, and we’ll make right anything you’re not completely satisfied with.


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“From initial ideas through the completed project, we felt we were dealing with a professional and responsive company throughout. It was a great feature to include both design and build under one umbrella so that any issues that arose during the build phase could be dealt with quickly.”

– Joshua Pakstis


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About New England Design and Construction

New England Design and Construction (NEDC) is Boston’s trusted, 5-star architectural design and remodeling firm.

Our design-build firm specializes in:

  • • Architectural design and home additions
  • • Whole home remodeling
  • • Kitchen remodeling
  • • Bedroom remodeling

Through careful planning and attention to detail, our team creates bright, beautiful, and functional spaces that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

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