- Analyze documentation of the existing house and/or land if applicable, including measurements and photographs. The owner is responsible for providing an accurate survey if needed and the aforementioned documentation.
- Develop a Program with the owner as the basis for the design work. The Program details the size of each required space, its proximity to other spaces, its qualities, special requirements and any details.
- Establishment of the construction budget or range of budget.
- Review design options with you and establish a list of changes or modifications resulting in an approved design direction or concept. If a custom design is preferred, Hive Modular will produce scheme options and design, specify and draft the project with features and finishes per the clients wishes.
- Coordinate with a Contractor, chosen by you or recommended by Hive Modular to give them the plans and as much information as possible. The Contractor may or may not be willing to provide a preliminary cost estimate at this point; this will vary by contractor and location. The Contractor may charge a consultation/feasibility study fee for providing pricing.
- Review preliminary plans to establish a rough cost estimate based on the finish level described in the program and advice or estimates from the chosen Contractor. This will be an estimate to confirm the budget only, or to enable us together to make design adjustments to meet the budget. Design adjustments to meet a budget will be charged hourly.
The Owner’s written approval of the Schematic Design is required to begin the Design Development Phase. Services typically provided as part of this phase are as follows:
- Continue to develop the plans, showing dimensions.
- If a structural engineer is required to review the structure or to design the structural system required for the house or site features these services are billed to the owner by Hive. Factories typically include basic engineering for the modules/prefab portion, but foundation walls or other features may require outside consulting.
- Develop interior elevations and produce a room finish schedule.
- Develop reflected ceiling plan with a lighting and electrical plan.
- Review the design with the Owner as required.
- Review the Design Development drawings with the Contractor so that they can provide their Preliminary Cost Estimates. Further owner-requested changes or unforeseen site conditions could subsequently change this cost.
- Upon written approval of the Design Development package, continue to develop the drawings and specifications to include all details (interior millwork and, cabinet details), a complete lighting and electrical plan, a complete room finish schedule and selection of light fixtures, hardware, floor materials, tile and stone, plumbing fixtures and appliances, etc.
- Provide drawings and specifications necessary to submit for construction financing appraisal if necessary.
- Review with you all decisions and the detailed drawings.
- Review with the Contractor to answer questions and resolve any construction issues so that he can establish their sworn construction cost of the project.
- At least two site visits are required for each project. A Hive Modular representative will visit the factory contracted to build the modules during the module construction to assure conformance to the design documents and to check quality control. A Hive Modular representative will also be present at the building site when the modules arrive and are set on the foundation. For non-local projects, travel and lodging expenses incurred on these visits will be reimbursable.
- Other typical Construction Administration tasks are Monitoring job progress, field inspections to consider unforeseen issues or conditions and to insure conformance to construction documents, and consultation with the Contractor to clarify details of construction, if necessary.