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Note: Design Forward LLC is proud to have served the Southern California area designing straw bale homes for over 15 years. However, we have moved on to other business ventures and have closed the business as of January 2017. We will not taking any new projects or responding to phone and email requests. This website will be left up as an archive of data for straw bale and design. You may find that some of the links are broken or out of date, but we will not be updating this site any longer. Thank you!
Services Background



Because projects and clients' needs vary, Design Forward® is ready to help Clients with any one or all of these phases of work.

Logo ButtonPreliminary Design

At the first meeting a program of ideas is created to formulate the basic design concept. Here is the clients' chance to really express their needs and ideas. From there, a Schematic Plan is drawn and reviewed in subsequent meetings.

Logo ButtonDesign Development

After the initial approval of the Schematic Plan, the project is further developed and revised. Scaled Plans, Elevations, and Sections are drawn and reviewed by the client. At this point, the project is general reviewed by a Structural Engineer and/or Civil Engineer, as needed.

Logo ButtonConstruction Documents

A complete set of Construction Documents, or working drawings and specifications, is the final creation by the designer. This set will be used to submit to the Building Department and ultimately used for the complete construction of the project. Collaboration with a Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, and any other Consultants is finalized at this point.

Logo ButtonPermit Acquisition

The approval process by the Building Department is the first step to construction. The Construction Documents are submitted and reviewed. Once approved, permits are received and construction can begin.

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Logo ButtonConsulting

Design Forward is available at an hourly rate to help with design ideas, suggestions, or resources for those individuals who do not require the need for full design services. Meetings can be scheduled at your convenience, either in person or over the phone. (1 hour minimum)

Logo ButtonContract Drafting

Design Forward is also prepared to create CAD Drawings (Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, and Miscellaneous Drawings) for companies or individuals.

Logo ButtonComputer Modeling

Developed in FormZ, Computer Models will give a three dimensional look at a project. These models can be either Low-Res or High-Res. Typically Low-Res models are black and white and are quickly produced for a small fee. The full color High-Res models can take a few weeks to produce and can be costly.

Logo ButtonModels / Hand Renderings

Hand crafted models or colorful, hand drawn plans are a beautiful way to document a project.

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More samples of work can be found under 'Projects.' If you would like any additional information or samples of work please contact us.

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Revised August 25, 2011