Creative System

Our Design Process


Schematic Design

During the beginning phase, we work out the floor plan and establish the design direction for the project. The client provides all building shell drawings in CAD and PDF formats necessary to complete the preliminary floor plan.

  • Meetings, emails, phone conversations and other communications with the client, architect and team members as necessary to discuss design direction and space planning.
  • job site visit
  • Preliminary floor plan indicating major elements such as the kitchen location and furniture layout
  • Conceptual digital 11” x 17” mood board

Design Development

Here, we work out the total design of the restaurant and develop drawings to aid the bidding process. Some details may still be in review throughout the project, but the general character of the design should be in sharp focus by the end of this phase.

  • Continuing communications and meetings with the client and team members
  • Weekly meeting with the client
  • Preliminary drawings for plans including floor finish, reflected ceiling, and furniture layouts
  • Finish selections for all interior and exterior areas of the project submitted in a physical color & materials board with images of proposed lighting, artwork, furniture, and specialty décor selections
  • Printed 11” x 17” bound full-color presentation book to include typical rendered elevations, rendered floor, and reflected ceiling plans, and a digital color and materials board
  • AutoCAD drawings
  • Finish and item schedule
  • Floor plan with item call outs and elevation references
  • Reflected ceiling and floor finish plan
  • Interior elevations
  • Details necessary to describe intent throughout the project
  • Millwork details
  • Specialty interior design drawings
  • Any plan check corrections as required
  • Coordination with other project contributors
  • FF&E Job Book: Typed 8 ½” x 11” specifications in binder based on client approval. To include Preliminary budget estimates on FF&E
  • Job site visits

Purchasing of FF&E

This Phase includes the purchasing of all furniture, fixtures, finishes, décor and equipment, as well as the procurement and coordination to the jobsite. We keep track of all purchased products to ensure the project remains on schedule.

  • The gathering of all pricing of approved furniture, fixtures and equipment specified. Pricing to include shipping/handling and sales tax.
  • Formulate a complete all inclusive bid for client approval
  • Collect all required deposits and final payments
  • Create all Invoices and Purchase Orders
  • Track all shipping date and coordinate with onsite supervisor for deliveries
  • Make sure all product meets clients approval
  • Troubleshoot any unforeseen issues such as: Back-orders, discontinued product, re-selection of discontinued items, extended delivery dates, price change, delayed receiving dates do to construction delays
  • Product Delivery List – Create master list of all products to be shipped for the on-site supervisor who will be signing off on the goods.

Design Administration

The final step in the project development is the design administration phase. Here, we coordinate with the owner and their design team to ensure the design intent is executed as desired, and the owner is happy with their final product.

  • Coordination with the owner’s design team on the project as necessary for execution of design intent.
  • Review and comment on shop drawing and finish submittals
  • Job site visits
  • Punch list – walk-through for follow up of FF&E deliveries

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