When you go to build a house, do you just grab up a couple of pieces of wood and have at it? With a hammer and a few nails, you just go to work, putting some wood together, maybe some metal and steel. However, when you go to put it all together, nothing fits. That’s because building a home, office, or commercial building starts with the design phase.

DBaC is the best construction contractor in Newport Beach. With dozens of years of experience, we are promise to build your project on time and within budget. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how to build a building by starting at the design phase. Contact us today for architectural design services!


Like we mentioned above, designing a building is not just a haphazard guessing game. Instead, it’s a carefully thought out plan that, when implemented correctly, will yield a beautiful building. DBaC, or Design, Building, and Consulting, will outline some basic things you need to think about in the architectural design phase.


It’s important before you begin any construction and design project that you think about the purpose of the building. This is extremely important if employing an architectural firm to help you design your building. You will need a clear vision in order to convey that to the architectural team, or you won’t get what you want out of your building project. The purpose of your building will help you determine the layout, the size of each room, where you want the walls placed or where you want openings, where you want the bathroom, and even where the front door should be.

This has been a very important consideration since ancient times and beyond. The Great Pyramids of Giza were designed with the express purpose of providing the pharaoh with an eternal resting place, a place the pharaoh’s spirit, or ka, could spend eternal life, and to keep out burglars. Castles were designed for the express purpose of keeping the lords and ladies of the manor safe from invaders. Medieval cathedrals were designed to represent the power of God, and thus were huge building projects that also served to show the people the power of God. Today, a restaurant will have a very different layout than an apartment building because its purpose is to serve food to patrons, while an apartment building is a home to many.


Your budget can be the deciding factor in your architectural design and can affect key building elements that may not be necessary, such as granite countertops versus regular countertops, or whether to add in skylights. Most of the time, things will happen that can push you above your budget, so it’s important to have extra money built in just in case this happens to you. This can be caused by weather delays, a key layoff in your construction company, or an unexpected illness. There are a myriad of reasons you could go over budget on a building and construction project.

However, when you partner with DBaC as your construction contractor of choice in Newport Beach, you can rest assured that your building project will be on time and within budget. We have been offering this guarantee to our customers for over 24 years. If something unexpected happens, we find a way to make up the time and expense.


If you’ve ever been to the island of Santorini in Greece, you will immediately notice that many of the buildings there all features a white facade and a blue roof. There is something captivating about the beauty of this matching architecture that makes the island even more enchanting. It beckons you to explore every nook and cranny of its streets in an effort to discover the magic it holds.

The same holds true when you are in the design phase of constructing your new building. DBaC in Newport Beach recommends that your building match the character and aesthetics of those surrounding it. Unless you are going for the “stand-out” look, a building that matches the other surrounding structures will not only enhance the location, but will also add value to your building. In architectural design, one design may not work in one location but may in another.


What you decide to use as your building material ties in very closely with the location, purpose, and budget of your building design. For example, in many places and towns in Italy, including in the Tuscany region, many of the buildings are built with terracotta red roofs. If you were to build a home in this location, you would be advised by your architectural design firm, such as DBaC in Newport Beach, to use terracotta red on your roof as well. As for purpose, if your building is an outhouse designed to house hay for your horses, you probably just want a simple tin roof. If your budget won’t allow for copper roofing of your whole house, you may have to settle for copper trim instead.

Another consideration with materials is architectural details. Many commercial builders, while desiring to keep with the architectural character of their neighborhood, do want an architectural design that will stand out from the crowd and distinguish their building from others. For example, the Opera House in Sydney is famous for its curves and unique structure. That building would just not be possible to build with bricks and stones, which are better suited for straight lines. You’d most likely have to pick a synthetic element for super creative designs. However, material is something that definitely needs to be considered when in the design phase of building.


DBaC in Newport Beach can help you with the best architectural home design, office design, or commercial building design. We excel at all phases of construction, from design, building, and consulting. We value our clients who use us again and again for their architectural design needs. Our service guarantee to be on budget and on time with your building project. We work tirelessly and diligently to ensure you are informed every step of the way. We welcome your input throughout the architectural design phase.

DBaC’s mission is to ensure you are over-the-moon happy with your architectural design. With over 20 years of experience in bringing Newport Beach the best in home construction and commercial building design, we know a thing or two about making your dreams come true. Our website offers many case studies of some of our most recent construction projects. Visit us today to see what we can offer you. Contact us now!