The Process

design process


We have a well-established design process that takes the client from the conceptual phase through the detailed construction drawing phase. Our clients remain engaged in every aspect of the design and budgeting process. By doing so, we are able to achieve the goal of a beautifully designed home that meets the Owner's requirements and expectations.  

1. Pre-Design Phase

  • Initial meeting with the client to discuss the project parameters and scope of work
  • Preliminary site evaluation
  • Perform fieldwork as necessary for renovation projects (i.e. field measure & photograph)
  • Create accurate as-built drawings in CAD
  • Research all zoning regulations, building codes and FEMA requirements

2. Design Phase (schematic design and design development)

  • Conceptual design sketches, studies and illustrations
  • Preliminary presentations and plan review conferences with client
  • Revise and further develop the design drawings reflecting client directed revisions
  • Preparing a preliminary Bid Set prior to the construction document/engineering phase
  • Evaluate preliminary contractor bids

3. Construction Document Phase

  • Engaging the services of a licensed structural Professional Engineer
  • Detailed construction drawings and specifications for the building permit
  • Review shop drawings and contractor submittals

  4. Bidding or Negotiation Phase

  • Assistance in obtaining and evaluating all bids or proposals

  5. Construction Phase

  • Site inspections, project management and contract administration 

our projects


The primary focus of McCoy Residential Designs, Inc. lies in the custom housing market, with an emphasis on coastal flood zone projects. Our work includes new construction and renovations of varying size and complexity. 

Past and current project descriptions include: new custom designed single and multi-family dwellings, renovations, alterations and additions, historical preservation/rehabilitation, feasibility studies and new product development for homebuilders and developers.

Our renovation projects typically involve alterations and additions. In most instances, our work is affected by FEMA's Substantial Improvement regulations. Such projects require a level of expertise that comes from years of experience.



McCoy Residential Designs, Inc. is committed to excellence and client satisfaction in every aspect of the architectural design process. A successful partnership with the client is essential to achieving the common goal of perfection. It is a combination of the Designer’s imagination and skill, and the client’s vision, that is crucial to accomplishment of this objective.

Our goal is to provide exceptional service with dedication to guiding our clients through a positive building design experience. We serve each client with respect, sincerity and courtesy. Every project, no matter the size or scope of work, is deserving of our upmost consideration and timely response. From the initial conference through the completion of construction, McCoy Residential Designs, Inc. will provide the professional services and attention to detail that every client deserves.