All the help you need to plan and build your dream home


All the help you need to plan and build your dream home

Enjoy a complete service experience

Tackling a custom home build or renovation is complicated enough. That’s why we’ve created a service model that covers all of your needs, no matter where you are in the process.

As a Design-Build firm, we provide you with the full spectrum of services needed for a seamless transition through project phases. You get the simplicity of working with a single team that manages it all, from pre-construction, due diligence, and design, to permitting, documentation, and construction.

However, if you’re not yet ready to kick off a complete project, we also offer standalone service packages to help you figure out the basics. These Project Action Plans give you the insights you need to determine your budget, schedule, and design goals before committing, allowing you to step back, assess, and decide what’s right for you. We offer Project Action Plans of varying scopes that address the key preparatory steps of a project: due diligence, conceptual design, and preliminary pricing. By focusing on your unique needs, we make our collaboration a true partnership, one that yields results tailored to your circumstances and vision.

Project Action Plans

Our Clear™ 4-Step Process

When you’re thinking of building new or renovating your home, you want the guidance of a professional team that can help you navigate all of the ins and outs. At LETTER FOUR, we’ll work hand-in-hand with you through every stage of your project, following our Clear™ 4-Step Process.

This approach starts with an Action Plan, which gathers all of the information needed to advance your project toward concrete plans. These are laid in the Technical Documentation step, establishing the final design and preparing it for building. Final Touches are made to address permitting, interior, and landscaping needs. Once this is finished, we’re ready to take you into the Construction phase, where your dream home will finally be brought to life.

Get the licensed architectural design services required to develop a build-ready design. Before putting pen to paper, our professionals go the extra mile to understand your needs, motivations, and practical goals. We then leverage these insights to craft a design that goes beyond the surface, one that addresses function and experience as much as form.

You’ll receive all of the documentation and coordination needed to prepare your project for the construction phase. In addition to due diligence, design, consultant coordination, and permitting, we’ll also work closely with your contractor to see that your design is built with complete success.


Need licensed general contracting services to build per your architect’s plans? Our skilled construction team is here to help you prepare for construction and get the work done with outstanding quality. As contractors who understand the value of design, we’ll work with you and your architect to ensure that construction stays true to your vision, down to the smallest details.

This includes pre-construction pricing to confirm that your design can be built to your standards and expectations. Our experts can prepare detailed, itemized bids, giving you the power to compare costs and make adjustments as necessary.


When you want one team to handle your project in its entirety, Design-Build is the solution you need. As Design-Build specialists, we offer seamless integration of licensed architectural design and general contracting services, giving you the advantage of a simplified process and enhanced collaboration.

Our team has mastered the process of in-house cooperation, ensuring that clear communication is maintained and all project goals are aligned with one another. We help you develop a design that is tailored to your construction budget, and coordinate to guarantee that your build reflects your design exactly. Our Design-Build services allow you to get better results in a reduced time frame, with clear communication and a high level of customer service.


Get the personalized assistance you need in managing your project. Our owner’s agent and project management consulting services help you ensure that every stage of your project is managed by a professional, dependable expert capable of keeping everything on track.

We understand that the architectural design and construction process can be stressful and time-consuming for those who are not familiar with it. Our goal is to alleviate your stress, advocate for your interests, and provide you with one go-to authority who can keep you informed of your project status at all times.

Are you unsure of what type of build or renovation your property can support? Do you need to explore the potential costs of a project you have in mind? Is expert input needed before you decide to buy a particular piece of real estate? Also known as our Project Action Plans, our feasibility studies can provide the answers you need.

We help you gather information and determine possibilities by performing a thorough analysis of the property in question. You’ll be able to learn what options are available to you, as well as estimated costs. While this Due Diligence is an essential building block of all standard projects we work on, you may also combine it with other standalone services such as Conceptual Design to form a complete review of your project’s feasibility.

Need help fleshing out your vision for your home? Our team can help you fully develop your design concept to accurately reflect your personal style and way of living. You’ll get a clear picture of what to aim for, providing the perfect springboard for final architectural design work.

Going through intensive concept exploration and planning allows you to correctly pinpoint the right architectural style and identify what your home’s design should accomplish. By implementing our extensive experience creating residences for clients with a wide variety of lifestyles, we’ll help you visualize a home that is wholly consistent with your aesthetics, habits, and values.

Everything you need to plan and outfit your interior is provided by our team. We handle all of the initial budgeting, selection, approvals, purchasing, stocking, and detailing of all finishes and fixtures.

You’ll work closely with our design team and Amina, our in-house Interior Designer, will walk you through the process of  selections such as tile, countertops, flooring, and more. We can even help with choosing furniture and decor. Prior to this, you’ll be guided through design inspiration sessions that explore your tastes and give you a chance to get creative. Through this fun, collaborative process, you’ll be able to envision an interior that perfectly reflects your personal style.

Your property is more than just your home. We ensure that your landscape design is perfectly suited to your architecture, accenting the right features, adding functionality, and adhering to City codes. Via our strategic partnership with our professional Landscape Designer, we will work closely with you to determine optimal hardscape design, planting selections, exterior lighting, and irrigation.

Once the landscape design is complete, she will create drawings with all of the exact specifications for our installers. Site visits will be performed to coordinate all installations and ensure the work is true to the design.


Due Diligence

The goal of this phase is to gather the information needed to design and construct the project.

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During this initial phase, LETTER FOUR will evaluate both the project’s goals and constraints. This includes existing conditions, project timelines, and city requirements as they relate to the Client’s description of budget and project needs and desires.


Conceptual Design

This phase involves the creation of proposed floor plans and interior and exterior features.

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We create hand sketches to scale to review with you for comment and approval before completing the project phase.When working with a retail brand we will prepare imagery from complementary and competitive brands, and prepare material and color palettes that work with the brand graphics, aesthetics, and brand mission. It is during this phase that we develop the big idea: What is the overall character and vision for the project and how does it relate to the site and comply with code requirements?


Preliminary Pricing

We prepare preliminary pricing for each requested option and relative to the project master plan and phasing where applicable.

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Pricing is limited to the building structure(s) and does not include site work or landscaping. The pricing provided is based upon a per square foot cost for affected and new square footage areas only. The preliminary pricing for each option will be an assumed cost range based off of historical data from our past and current projects.


Schematic Design

This phase involves modeling and drafting the approved hand sketches prepared in the Conceptual Design phase.

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If needed for budgeting, we will sign on consults, such as a preferred structural engineer to determine the structural scope of work. We present our clients with 3D model views alongside floor plans, site plans, exterior elevations, etc. in order to secure Client approval of the design documentation before starting the next phase.


Design Development

This stage is the start of the more technical part of the project. We begin by developing the project documentation to the level necessary to coordinate with required engineers and secure Client approval.

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We prepare the basic project drawings and documentation required to submit for plan check with the department of Building and Safety. Specific drawings and documentation for individual agency approvals will be prepared as part of the Building Permitting project phase.


Construction Documents

During the Construction Documents phase we complete the bulk of our fixed fee services.

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We will develop the construction drawing set and project documentation that it needed in order to build the project. This includes additional drawings like lighting plans, power plans, and additional details.For the vast majority of our projects we will finalize our construction bid, and Permitting and Interior Design phases as concurrently as well.


Permitting + Approvals

This stage involves hourly work to aid in securing the required agency approvals on the Client’s behalf.

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This phase involves modeling and drafting the approved hand sketches prepared in the Conceptual Design phase.


Interior Design

At LETTER FOUR our Interior Design phase is typically not a matter of picking furniture and window treatments, but rather focused on selecting finishes and fixtures like tile, countertops, flooring, decorative lighting, and plumbing fixtures.

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We have developed a way of compiling inspiration imagery, communicating with our clients, and budgeting and tracking selections needed, purchased, received and delivered online with shared logins for full transparency. We love helping our client’s projects come to life!


Construction Admin

This stage is crucial as it is during this phase that our design team works with the field to interpret drawings and make decisions with a design eye.

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We make sure that every detail is completed beautifully and as-designed. When we act as architect-only this phase involves the administration of the building contract with our client’s chosen contractor and includes the review of change orders and keeping the project on schedule. Time spent by architectural and administrative staff is charged hourly as some clients prefer to be more hands-on.

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