When you know you want to start a new construction project, it’s hard to know where or when to begin. There aren’t many tasks in the construction process that are short or that don’t take a fair amount of planning.


If you’re thinking of starting a new construction project this spring, here are a few steps that you can get working on right now:


  1. Decide on a Design

Often, your best bet is to hire a design professional – an architect and/or interior designer – who can help you shape that vision. Meet in person, see what services they offer and make sure it matches your goals and budget.

With the help of a design professional, you’ll be able to:


  1. Map it All Out

Do you have the right site for the project? How much will it all cost? Once that’s all figured out, you can work with the design professional to create a plan or schematic design to visualize your plan.


Most cities have strict zoning regulations that determine what buildings can be built in which places. Be sure to check these regulations for the city where you plan to build. If your building type or use doesn’t fit the zone, you can apply for a zoning permit for special zoning permission.


  1. Prepare for Construction

At this stage, you’ll identify a company who you’d like to work with for the actual construction process and any potential subcontractors. You’ll also get more specific estimates which can help you zero in on what fits in the budget and what does not.


You will also at this point make sure your building plans are up to code. A construction company can work with you on value engineering, to make sure that you’re getting the best features for the lowest cost possible.


You also may want to keep a designer on hand to decide interior design elements before construction begins, such as doors, tile and wall color.

  1. Apply for a Permit

This portion of the construction process can take months to be approved. When you apply, determine how long the project may take so you can give an estimated end date. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website has information about Minnesota building codes and permits, but check your local government website for more information, because the rules will be specific to the city in which your site is located.


Sometimes, you can find many of these services together in one place. That’s the case with Miller Architects. Miller can help you with the development, architectural, and construction sides of your project – from schematic design to project management, to post-construction.


Check out our portfolio and start planning your next project right away!