Construction Contract Documentation

The Construction Documentation (CD) Phase is the final phase in the project design process. In this phase, the architect transforms the fully developed design into a complete set of instructions that communicate to the builder the design intent of your project. The drawings will be more concise and will be embellished with dimensions, notes, architectural details, schedules and specifications designed to direct the contractor in building your project. The goal, of course, is to arrive at the desired result outlined by you and the architect, specifically in terms of look, feel, utility and expense. And, equally as important, the Construction Documentation drawings will allow you to price and bid your project with a contractor and to obtain construction permits from your town.  If included in your contract, the following items will be included in the Construction Documentation set of drawings:


  • Electrical Layout Showing Outlets, Switches, Security & A/V Devices

  • Layout of Decorative & Architectural Lighting

  • Interior Trim & Millwork Design 

  • Interior & Exterior Door & Hardware Selection

  • Window & Hardware Selection

  • Cabinetry, Closet, Built-In Design & Detailing

  • All Material Species; Type & Finish Selections

  • Full Structural Drawings, Schedules & Details

  • Layout of Kitchen Design and/or Coordination with Kitchen Designer

  • Comprehensive Bath design

  • Stair, Railing & Balustrade Design


During the Construction Documents phase, drawings typically consist of floor plans, foundation plans, roof plans, framing plans, exterior and interior elevations, building and wall sections, interior and exterior construction details, window and door schedules, electrical and lighting plans and outline or short form specifications.