Our Process

Creating a home should be engaging, inspiring and rewarding. Although each client and home are different, we start every project the same way: by listening.

Transparency and trust are essential to everything we do. We know that for clients, budgets and schedules are often the most stressful part of building a home. That’s why we always talk about costs as early as possible in our process, provide regular budget updates throughout the project and let you know if there are any changes that could affect the bottom line.

We also build trust by keeping promises. That means we do what we say we will. Show up on time. And clean up at the end of the day. These little things are big part of who we are.

Great design requires great communication. Whatever the project, we believe in working together.


Working Together

Every client is different, so our process changes slightly for every project. But it typically looks something like this process below.

Free Initial Consultation

  • We discuss your goals and whether CCM is a good fit for your project
  • CCM prepares a design proposal that outlines costs, schedule, design process and deliverables



  • We review and refine your project details and wish list
  • Research site and land use codes
  • Convert measurements and sketches into design software
  • Enter project into CCM system
  • 2-4 weeks to complete


Schematic Design

  • CCM creates exploratory drawings, sketches and models
  • Study up to three alternative concepts
  • Confirm the schematic design is within the specified budget
  • Create plans, elevations, 3D model and virtual reality walk through
  • 4-8 weeks to complete


Design Development

  • Further development of schematic design
  • Finalize building form and begin to incorporate building systems such as Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP)
  • Coordinate with consulting engineers/designers (Structural, Civil, MEP, Interior & Landscape)
  • 6-8 weeks to complete


Construction Documents

  • Further development of design drawings
  • Finalize structural and MEP design
  • Create full set of Architectural, Structural and Civil drawings
  • Material and fixture selection and specification
  • 8-12 weeks to complete


Building Permits

  • Submit plans and applications to permitting jurisdiction
  • Monitor application process and respond as needed
  • Time to complete varies by jurisdiction and project type


Bidding and Negotiation

  • Assist in identifying, interviewing and selecting a general contractor
  • Issue drawings and answer questions from bidders
  • Advise client on final selection


Construction Administration

  • Act as client’s agent during construction process
  • Ensure construction meets the intent of the drawings
  • Coordinate with contractor and subcontractors as needed
  • Review pay applications, shop drawings and submittals
  • Approve final punch list and pay applications