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Studio J Architecture Design Process

We believe that designing your project should be a creative and rewarding collaboration from start to finish.

The first step of the design process is listening.


Step 1 - Initial Meeting

We will set a complimentary appointment to meet with you at your property. We will walk your property with you, ask questions about your intentions, timeline, design ideas and budget. Once we have a good understanding of your project we will send you a proposal outlining in detail our design phases and estimated cost.

Step 2 - Schematic Design & Feasibility Study

Our crew will come to your site and take existing dimensions. We will create an existing plan of your property & site and conduct research with the building department if needed. Design will begin and we will present you a few different options based on

your requirements and a rough estimate of construction cost.



Step 4 - Planning Permit Submittal (if required)

With your approval we will submit your plans to the Planning Department. We will keep you updated throughout the process and respond to comments or questions from the planning department if needed. Some clients prefer to send out their plans to builders at this point for estimates.


Step 5 Building Permit Submittal (if required)

Once we receive approval from the Planning Department we will order drawings and calculations from the structural engineer if needed. (Some projects do not require a structural engineer.)

Once we receive structural drawings we will submit for your building permit. 


Step 6 Permit Approved

Congratulations! Your permit has been approved and you are ready to build.


Studio J Architecture is here for you every step of the way. We are available to meet with the builders during the construction process if needed. From design to done, we will guide you through.

Step 3 - Design Development

After our meeting we will complete the design based on your comments. The design edits might take a few rounds based on your comments or if you decide to make changes during the design process. Once complete we will review all drawings with you and present you with a set of drawings that are ready to submit for permit or to present to builders for an estimate.

Studio J Architecture  


100 pine st., suite 1250, San francisco, CA 94111

Studio J Architecture  


574 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960 

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