Our Mission

David Heide Design Studio is a full-service architecture and interior design firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Guided by a mission to Honor the Past while Anticipating the Future, we see history as a starting point, not simply something to be imitated. This philosophy informs all our projects, from historic restorations to new contemporary-style houses.

Our trusted design process, honed through the successful completion of over 300 projects, means we have the organization, creativity, and experience to follow through from start to finish. We honor the process, ensuring no aspect of the project is overlooked.

Each project benefits from the Studio’s collaborative approach—architecture and interior design departments work hand-in-hand to ensure seamless integration of all aspects of the design.

An initial Site Visit gives us an understanding of the project and your goals for the future. Through each step of your project we serve as your advocate, facilitating communication and acting on your behalf. The most important person in the conversation is you, the client.

Building Documentation & Programming

Step OneWe need to understand existing conditions and the story of the structure. To start, we document all pertinent areas for a renovation or addition in a Measure Draw. Whole-house measures are also offered.

After existing conditions are documented, a Programming Meeting is held with you to discuss your vision and priorities. This is both a fact-finding and brainstorming session, and will inform the design process.

Schematic Design

Step ThreeEvery project needs to “find itself,” and this step is the proven way there. Based upon the Programming Meeting, we present possible solutions in rough, conceptual drawings during a Schematic Design Meeting. Simple massing models may be produced to illustrate one or more schemes. The concepts are refined based on your feedback.

The builder of your choosing then prepares initial cost estimates, helping to define a scope and budget. Upon request, we provide a list of contractors with whom we’ve completed projects similar to yours.

Design Development

Step FourOnce a design direction is decided, we refine the drawings to more completely reflect your goals. At this point, we’ll enter into a new contract with you
for continuing services.Our sample library boasts a broad range of unique and innovative products sourced both near and far. We’ll work with you to refine the large selection of materials, fixtures, hardware, and lighting available to you during a series of meetings called the Design Development Process. The previously established working budget guides this process, ensuring we stay on track.

Contract Documents

Step FiveOnce designs are finalized and materials selected, the Studio prepares a thorough set of drawings and specifications that become the contract between you and your builder to price, permit, and construct the project:

Site Plan
Floor & Roof Plans
Exterior Elevations
Building Sections
Interior Elevations
Interior & Cabinetry Details
Construction Details

Contract Administration

Step SixConstruction begins!

With over 20 years of award-winning work, we know how to serve as your advocate, advising and consulting with you, the builder, subcontractors, and craftspeople. We conduct regular on-site observations during the construction process to ensure your needs are met and the project is completed as designed.

From pre-construction meetings to punch lists, we’re with you every step of the way.

Interior Design

Step SevenYou have the rare opportunity to have our in-house interior design studio work collaboratively with the architecture department, ensuring your completed project is a cohesive whole.

We work with you to select interior products according to your goals. Our holistic approach means the space is always designed with the end result in mind—furniture arrangements are included in the floor plans to illustrate space planning and how the room will function once you move in.

We look forward to working with you!

Please contact David Heide Design Studio at 612.337.5060 for more information on our architecture and interior design services for new construction, remodeling, and restoration.