The initial meeting, with you and your representatives, acquaints all of the parties involved and establishes a dialog covering the overall scope of the requirements. These discussions develop a basic understanding of your functional requirements, as well as your operational expectations. The discovery process brings to light any special considerations, construction practices or any other requirements that must be addressed and any impediments or limitations that would restrict the overall design. Your budget allocations are discussed at this meeting, and a framework for proceeding adopted.
Although we work on an hourly basis, many of our projects are undertaken on the basis of a proposal for a given scope of services at a fixed fee. Establishing this fee often requires more knowledge of the project, the client, and the nature of the design effort than can be obtained at the proposal stage, or depends upon decisions made on the basis of our working interaction.