How the process starts
.Selecting an architect is one of the most important steps you will take as you begin your project. As a key part of your team, we will serve as your consultant and advisor through the entire experience, from the inital meeting through construction. We will make this experience the best one possible, ensuring that your budget, schedule, and goals are met. Prior to your initial meeting with us, your role includes selecting a site, setting a budget for the project, and signing contracts. Beginning with your initial meeting with us, we work with you to develop a “program” that meets your needs, function, size, spacial relationships, character, and numerous other considerations. We will analyze your site for special character, capturing views and maximize use of natural light. Additionally, we will discuss materials and technologies to be incorporated into your project.
Construction drawings are prepared as the design is translated into working drawings for the contractor. Floor plans, elevations, and sections are fully detailed, and necessary technical details are incorporated, insuring that the design intent is carried through. Final selections of exterior materials are made, as well as light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and and interior finish materials. Construction drawings are carefully coordinated with any shop drawings provided by manufacturers and/or project consultants. A complete set of working drawings is developed, reflecting any required changes or additional details.
The design process involves a steady exchange of ideas between you and your design team. A preliminary design begins to take shape through a series of rough sketches and study models. Initial concepts are evaluated and refined, as the general layout and overall form are developed, unique to the site. Features such as cabinetry, fireplaces, and built-in furniture are given attention. Such elements are given detail that reflects the overall character and appearance of the design. The design is finalized as floor plans, elevations, and sections are prepared. You and your design team review these drawings together, allowing for additional input before proceeding.
As construction of your project begins, we will continue to be involved. Regular visits to the site allow us to evaluate progress and handle any questions or problems that may arise during construction. Regular and open communication between you, your design team, and the contractor insures that design intent is maintained on both the key elements and overall scope of the project.
As construction of your project begins we will continue to be involved. Regular visits to the site allow us to evaluate progress and handle any questions or problems that may arise during construction. Regular and open communication between you, your design team, and the contractor insures that design intent is maintained on both the key elements and overall scope of the project. If client wishes we can expand our service to act as a construction manager and review specific aspects of the construction process.