Robert Miller, Designer
Design Process

The following presentation explains the typical steps in creating designs, preparing documentation, and following through with construction administration for a project:

Conceptual Design:
At this time the client and designer must establish and nurture a strong personal working relationship that is to be necessarily sustained throughout the duration of the project. Together they must create, quantify and integrate the final project design and theme. This is accomplished through design charette meetings in which pictures, finish materials, tear sheets and other media and concepts are examined for compatibility and suitability with the project design theme and requirements. Concepts which are approved are catalogued for use in the design specifications manual. Once this has been accomplished the design team incorporates these guidelines and milestones into conceptual drawings and details for review and approval. Upon completion and conceptual approval, the process moves forward to the schematic design phase.
Schematic Design:
Floor plans are now laid out and drawn to scale over the client's site, with elevations of the project on full size sheets to review and revise as necessary. This is an exciting time as our clients begin to see their project and vision materialize and take real shape. Flow, scale, mass, and feeling are all addressed in detail. Importantly, the central design theme must be maintained, expanded, and built upon.
Design Development:
From the schematic drawings we now develop more concise and detailed drawings that help establish size, appearance, colors, equipment, and costs. Once the major materials have been selected and approved, we may begin construction documents.
Construction Documents:
This phase begins after development drawings are reviewed and approved by the client. These documents will include architectural drawings, details and specifications that establish the quality of materials and systems to be utilized on the project. These drawings will be used for the building permit, construction costing, and actual construction and administration of the project. If changes occur, and they do, these permitted drawings may be used to establish any cost change by means of a change order. All change orders will have to be approved by client, designer, and contractor before proceeding with the change.
Construction Procurement:
In this phase we start selecting a group of contractors based on qualifications. Upon completion of selection, the contractor and design team then begin actual bidding and scheduling of the project. Once those items are complete and approved, actual construction activities can begin.
Construction Administration:
As the client's onsite representative, we make periodic jobsite inspections to determine the progress to date and to ensure that construction activities are complying with the contract documents. Additionally we review and respond to requests for information and clarifications from the contractor, owner, and other project team members. We review and approve contractor draw requests as well as meet with the contractor and his subcontractors and suppliers. Our goal is always the successful completion of the project to the client's satisfaction.
Completed Project!

Robert Miller, Designer (The Miller Company) has designed and furnished a vast array of lavish custom homes and developments. His accomplishments include: quality custom homes, mid-rise condominiums, vacation resorts, hotels, apartments, small towns and private yachts. Services have been performed for some of the most credible and well known individuals in the hospitality and entertainment industry, as well as the private sector. Originally organized in 1970, T.M.C. has been performing residential & commercial architectural/interior design, contract purchasing, construction, and construction management for over forty-five years. In 1977 Robert Miller established the RobertRose showroom in Honolulu, where he created furnishings for the projects he designed. In the same style, T.M.C. opened another showroom in the northwest, Sterling Chandler.

Casually elegant and graceful, yet uncomplicated, T.M.C. designs with an emphasis on classic architecture and interiors. Space and proportion relate in harmony with the light sources, surroundings, proportions, and textures. All are crucial when arriving at a pleasing and harmonious conclusion. The result is a design that reflects the distinctive personality of the region and it's era.

Attention to detail is ensured by T.M.C., who oversee each project, and accept only a hand-full of projects per year. The design team consists of talented and qualified architectural, structural engineers, interior designers and administrative personnel. These individuals posses knowledge and resources to provide each client with the level of quality service needed to ensure highly successful projects.

Our level of dedication does not stop with drawings, designs, and specifications. At T.M.C. our level of commitment and pride in our work creates an environment in which we work intimately, on a one to one basis, with project craftsman to ensure the proper esthetic and functional execution of all elements. We achieve this through diligent coordination and interpretation with precise attention to detail.

T.M.C.'s offices are located at Friday Harbor, in the San Juan Islands, Washington. T.M.C. routinely travels to fulfill the needs of it's clients.

The scope of design services offered consists of:

Project/Site Consultation
Project/Site Planning/Development
Architectural Drawings/Details
2D & 3D Computer Generated Drawings/Renderings
Hand & Computer Colored Renderings
Remodeling Design/Consultation
Lighting Design/Consultation
Construction Administration


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Contact Robert Miller

Address: 640 Nash St, Friday Harbor
San Juan Islands, Washington 98250
Phone: 208-691-0681

Robert Miller's designs have been featured in leading magazines and on television.
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