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Wolter Design Group Architects was established 32 years ago and still retains an intimate, personal feel, where our clients know they are being well looked-after. We are a full service architectural firm located in Redmond, Washington. WDG’s goal is to work closely with our clients and develop a project uniquely designed to meet their goals,vision,and needs.

We specialize in helping our clients visualize their projects, and are trained to solve problems in creative ways.  Architecture is both the art and science of design and building for the enrichment of life.  This drives us to find design solutions that create great spaces.


We provide a wide variety of customized services, including feasibility reports, site evaluations, design and construction drawings, and permit application.

We have over three decades of expertise in residential additions and remodels, new custom residential and builder-spec homes, and commercial tenant improvements. We have extensive experience with office and retail spaces, restaurants, churches and even barns!

Donald Wolter



CJ Wolter



Will Hagen



The design and permit/construction drawing process can seem like a mystery.

What are the steps and drawings required to permit a project?   Why does it take as long as it does to produce permit/construction drawings?  


Below is a portion of a sample proposal/agreement that defines the process by phases and the steps involved in each phase.  



Sample Agreement

RE:    Agreement for Architectural Services for the design and construction documents for your project. I am pleased to have met you to discuss your new project.  Per our site visit and provided information I propose to provide the following Architectural Services:


Design Phase:

1.  Visit the site and or project structure to measure and photograph conditions that apply for the new project.  Review in detail the client desires and requirements and help establish the project program.

2.  Design meetings to finalize scope and character of project by sketching floor plan, exterior sketch elevations and 3D views.

3.  Develop preliminary Auto-cad plans and exterior elevations that meet with your approval and will be the basis for starting the Permit Drawing Phase. 

4.  Verify and coordinate with the County/City to confirm requirements and ordinances that apply towards a building permit.

5.  Meet with a general contractor to review project requirements, structural layouts, and help obtain a preliminary cost estimate to confirm final scope of work.

Permit Drawing Phase

6.  Develop a complete set of permit drawing plans for obtaining a Building Permit.  Plans to be included: (The following is a sample only and reflects a small residential project and may not reflect your actual project.)

Architectural Drawings:

      Sheet A1    Site Plan, and Project Information

      Sheet A2    Main Level Floor Plan

      Sheet A3    Upper Level Floor Plan

      Sheet A4    Exterior Elevations

      Sheet A5    Building Sections

      Sheet A6    Architectural Details

      Sheet A7    Architectural Notes


Structural Drawings:

      Sheet S1    Foundation Plan, and Foundation Details

      Sheet S2    Flooring, Framing Plans and Details   

      Sheet S3    Roof Framing Plans and Details

      Sheet S4    Structural Details

      Sheet S5    Structural Notes and Schedules 

7.  Meet and coordinate with structural engineer for foundation, framing plans and structural details and integrate his drawings into the permit set.

8.  Coordinate with consulting engineers such as, civil, mechanical, and electrical as required for the project. 

9.  Progress meetings and emailed updated drawings to review project status and details.

Permit Submission Phase 

10.  Energy Calculations and project information as required by the County/City.

11.  Apply for Building Permit by submitting all required documents.

12.  Track permit process, answer questions, and resolve any issues.

Interior Design Phase: (If required or desired)

Basic interior design will be considered during the Design Phase, however, an interior design phase can look at commercial casework and interior detailing, residential cabinets, moldings and casings, and will integrate the lighting and electrical requirements into the design.  This phase can start at the conclusion of the Project Document Phase while the project is being reviewed for a building permit.


13.  Design meetings to determine style and character of interior spaces.  3D drawings to suggest interior views.

14.  Construction drawings that delineate electrical plans, interior elevations,cabinets, casework and construction details.

15.  Develop an interior finish schedule that determines location and finish materials to be used.

Construction Phase:

The architect should visit the site during construction.  This verifies that plans and specifications are being followed and provides coordination with owner, contractor, and project manager. Wolter Design Group Architects LLC will visit the site during the foundation, framing, completed shell with rough-in, and at finish stages.  Contractor and owner questions and concerns will be addressed and answered as required.


16.  Provide construction site visits, coordination and answer questions and concerns as described above for the construction period.

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