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Design Process

farm + barn clients have a dream in mind, but are looking for professional guidance to achieve that dream. Most clients undertake a construction project once or twice in their lives and it is a new world for them. Linda Royer deals in that world every day, guiding decisions, pulling together resources and assuring the optimal outcome for the site, the client and the budget.


Above all, we believe in personal service, listening carefully to your needs and desires, and then using our years of expertise in facilitating your dreams becoming reality. We always advocate for the health and well being of the horse, the safety and comfort of those who use the facility, and the environmental benefit to the land. We guide and advise for the best results of the clients’ investment and long term financial plan. Every client, every site, and every jurisdiction is unique and requires the personal design appropriate to their needs and budget.

Conceptual Design

  • Visit site and photograph

  • Gather all available existing site information in digital format whenever possible; this includes site boundaries, air photos, existing site plans showing existing structures, vegetation, grading and utilities
    Complete site base information as necessary through survey work and create digital

  • Site Plan

  • Interview clients to determine program, design style, materials preferences, budget, phasing, schedule and required approvals

  • Research applicable codes; determine if additional professionals input is required;

  • Create site analysis looking at topography, drainage, soils, existing vegetation, access, available utilities, and microclimate

  • Develop footprints of desired structures

  • Arrange structures on the site to minimize impact and maximize efficiency

  • Estimate grading impacts

  • Review with clients

  • Modify from clients input


Design Development

  • Develop enhanced floor plans and building elevations for all structures

  • Explore structural systems and building sections

  • Assemble appropriate materials information

  • Develop preliminary cost estimate

  • Review with clients and modify from their input

  • Prepare any planning applications including any input from other professionals

  • Prepare marketing graphics as requested


Construction Documents

  • Consult with other professionals for fees and services as needed

  • Complete design and construction drawings including:

  • Dimensioned Site Plan showing entry, drives, fencing, arenas and buildings

  • Grading and Drainage Plans in coordination with Civil Engineer

  • Site Utility Plans with Civil Engineer

  • Floor Plans

  • Building Elevations

  • Building Sections

  • Materials Schedules and specifications

  • Lighting and Electrical Layout

  • Foundation Plan from Structural Engineer

  • Framing Plans and details from Structural Engineer

  • Planting Plans and Plant List

  • Irrigation Plans

  • Site Lighting and Signage Plans

  • Prepare Building Permit application and submit; answer questions of jurisdiction

  • Prepare Request for Bid and distribute to pre-qualified bidders; pre-bid conference

  • Coordinate ordering of specialized equine equipment


At the completion of Phase Three you should have complete drawings. Building permit, and competitive bids ready to select a contractor and break ground


Consultation During Construction

In this phase we are available to consult with the contractor and owner on questions

and details as they arise.


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