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Our Services

Kestrel Ridge Views by Residential Architects Grand Junction, CO, Kraai Design Architecture



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Design Process

We understand our clients need architectural design solutions that are innovative, cost-effective and functional, as well as simultaneously responsive to both architectural and engineering considerations. Our architectural design process translates our client’s vision into practical solutions, achieving the proper balance of aesthetics, function, budget and schedule.

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Pre-Design (Programming)

  • Discuss the project
  • Gather Information
    • Scope of work
    • Goals
    • Program
  • Analyze Constraints
    • Site
    • Budget
  • Diagnose the problem
    • What would you like to get out of this process?

Schematic Design (SD)

  • Develop solutions
  • Introduce Concepts
    • Bubble Diagrams
    • Sketches
    • Spatial Relationships
  • First Drafts

Design Development (DD)

  • Refined Designs
    • Provide Feedback
  • Dial in the details
    • Present Specifications
  • Review & revise Solutions
    • Set Priorities on design features

Construction Documentation (CD)

  • Produced Drawings
    • Stamped Documents
  • Coordinate with the team
    • Review Engineering Drawings, Landscaping, ETC
  • Finalize the design

Construction Administration (CA)

  • Oversee Construction
  • Provide Consultation
    • Additional Details, Information
  • Coordinate Solutions
    • Work with the construction team to overcome any potential challenges

Additional Services


When it comes to producing a successful project, planning the site is every bit as important as the design of the building itself. Whether it be for a large commercial project or a singular residence, the design team at KDA is skilled at achieving highly efficient planning solutions. By taking into account key factors such as solar path, traffic, circulation, surrounding uses, and topography, KDA ensures that your site will be every bit as functional and beautiful as your building.

3D Renderings

Using advanced BIM software, KDA has the capability to produce scaled, highly realistic renderings of projects which allows clients to preview what a project may potentially look like once built. This is often very beneficial as it allows the client a detailed look at materials and massing from a human perspective. Renderings can be produced both in the form of still images or fly-by videos that can take you in and around the building.

Solar Studies

Solar studies allow the design team and the clients detailed insight into how sunlight and shadows interact with a project. These elements are integral in the success of a completed building, so the ability to convey them during the design process to a client is extremely beneficial. Solar studies can be done in several ways including stills or timelapse videos that illustrate how the sun and shadows change over time.
Meet The Team

Our Expert Designers

Eric Kraai

Eric Kraai

Principal Architect

RJ Salaver

RJ Salaver

Project Architect

Thai Dedduang

Thai Dedduang

Project Architect

Zeb Wagner

Zeb Wagner

Architectural Associate