Visualize It Built

Architectural Design

Daniel Hruby is a licensed architect in the states of California and New York.  Dan specializes in high-end residential design and can provide architectural design services for new construction or remodeling of an existing building.  Dan is very sensitive to the site constraints as well as the client's program and budget.   

Using Graphisoft's ArchiCAD, a 3d  Building Information Model of the project and site is developed with the client able to follow along using state-of-the-art viewing software on the iPad or desktop.  Virtual walk-thoughs and PDF plan sets linked to the BIM model are provided for up-to-date viewing and exploration of the project.  This allows for the client to have a clear understanding of the spatial relationships in 3d during schematic design as well as the ability to study finishes and color schemes in the design development stages.  When it comes to construction documentation, the BIM model is directly leveraged for the production of the drawing package.

For the client, this method of project delivery improves understanding and encourages involvement and exploration of design ideas.  The BIM approach also enables more accurate contractor bids and provides faster turnaround for RFI's during construction.  

Below is a detailed outline of the process that you can expect your project to go through.


Initial Site Visit

In order to get a general understanding of the parameters of the project, Visualize It Built will conduct an initial site visit to review and discuss the basics of building your home.

site feasibility

After the initial site visit, Visualize It Built will need to gather detailed information about the site in order to define the design parameters.

    •    Zoning ordinance and local design guidelines – the building framework is directed by local zoning and design guidelines.  Visualize It Built will review the local ordinances and design guidelines and meet with local officials to confirm and document the administrative design parameters.

    •    Site topographical survey – a topographical survey will be needed in order to kick-off the formal design process.

    •    Soils report – a soils report is required before we can begin to design the foundation.

    •    Utility assessment – the availability and location of utilities impact design decisions and thus their location is needed before the design phase.


Visualize It Built will deliver to you a Site Analysis Report which will include all of the above details and their impact on design options.



Initial Design Meeting

Let the fun begin!  We will present ideas and images that will trigger the creative process to design your new home. 

Design Questionnaire – Visualize It Built has a comprehensive design questionnaire that is used to help guide the initial design meeting.

Design Principles – the goal of the initial design meeting is for Visualize It Built to gain a thorough understanding of your ideas, needs, objectives, timeline, and budget.

Schematic Design

After the initial design meeting, Visualize It Built will commence the design of your modern home.  The preliminary design will include floor plans, elevations, renderings and 3-d models to help you visualize your new home.

Preliminary Budget & Schedule

Once the schematic design is approved Visualize It Built will prepare a pricing set for the purpose of obtaining contractor bids.

Design Development

Now that we have an approved schematic design and preliminary budget to guide our decisions, Visualize It Built will work with you to select the finish details, systems and materials.  Here is a preview of the areas that we still need to design, and types of decisions we will be making:


    •     Detailed kitchen design

    •    Appliances

    •    Detailed bathroom design

    •    Furniture layout

    •    Built-in cabinetry & casework

    •    Stairs and handrails

    •    Decks, trellises and other outdoor structures

Finishes and Materials

    •    Tile

    •     Flooring

    •    Counter tops

    •    Fixtures

    •    Baths, showers, toilets

    •    Hardware

    •    Doors

    •    Paint

    •    Exterior materials

Building Envelope

    •    Windows and skylights

    •    Insulation

    •    Roofing



    •    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

    •    Forced air

    •    Radiant floors

    •    Whole home ventilation


    •    Lighting design

    •    Switches, outlets and controls

    •    Low Voltage Systems

    •    Audio/Video

    •    Data

    •    Security

    •    Smart home systems


    •    General plumbing

    •    Recirculation systems

    •    Gray water

    •    Rainwater catchment

    •    Water heating

Renewable Energy

    •    Solar Thermal (hot water)

    •    Solar Photovoltaic (electricity)

    •    Geothermal (Heating

    •    Energy Modeling and Monitoring



engineering plans – once your materials and systems have been selected, Visualize It Built will develop the architectural plans and documentation, and will engage the civil, structural and mechanical engineers to translate the floor plans and renderings into buildable designs.  Additionally Visualize It Built will coordinate with the landscape architect to ensure the built environment blends with the natural environment.


architectural review - if your local jurisdiction has an architectural review process, Visualize It Built will provide the necessary architectural plans, material boards, and renderings to obtain approval.

architectural plans – Visualize It Built will prepare two complete sets of construction drawings to be submitted to the state and local permitting agencies.  We will work directly with each agency to secure your building permit.

5. BID

DetailingWhile state and local agencies are reviewing the plans, Visualize It Built prepares a detailed scope of work and construction drawings for building professionals to provide firm bids for the construction of your home.

site work  - Visualize It Built will work with you in the evaluation and selection of a local general contractor to perform the site specific work.  We will provide the general contractor with the site specific plans and a detailed scope of work in order to get competitive bids.


Construction administration – as the site work commences. Visualize It Built will conduct regular site visits to inspect progress for conformity with the construction drawings and that all elements are built as designed. 


Project Completion - final inspection and close-out of the project will be be the final step in completing your new home.  Final as-built drawings will be provided if required by city officials.

Interior – there will be a few finishing touches needed on the interior to complete your home and most of this work can be completed in the first few weeks after your home has arrived.