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Our work includes new homes, remodels and additions. Projects range from those designed to maintain the historic character of the existing residence, to those that take the house in a new but contemporary direction. Successful projects begin with good design, while considering both function and beauty. Understanding the budget, feasibility and paying attention to details are critical to the success of any project.
HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH A PROJECT?
It’s simple – talk to us. We will be happy to discuss your project with you. If it is mutually agreeable, we’ll visit you at your home to determine the feasibility of the project. If you like what you hear, we move to the next step.
The first step is to gather and analyze all of the information necessary to create your custom home. During this time we formulate a ‘program’ which defines your needs and objectives: function, size and relationship between spaces, character and image, and a host of other considerations that affect how you will live in your new home. We also research and study the local building codes and zoning ordinances. Finally, we work with you to establish the construction scope, budget, and schedule.
II. Schematic Design
Conceptual brainstorming and exploration define this phase of the house design process. It begins with the creation of concept diagrams and rough sketches. During this time we create the general layout, form and overall appearance of both the house and the site. Sketches, drawings and study models are prepared to help evaluate the house architecture ideas and concepts and set the final direction for refining the House.
III. Design Development
After the general size, layout and character of the home are established, we begin to refine the house. Floor plans and elevations are prepared with greater accuracy than those prepared during the schematic phase. Work commences on the architectural building systems, including the structural frame and mechanical system. Ideas are explored for feature elements of the house such as stairs, cabinetry, fireplaces and built-in furniture. Drawings are prepared that describe some of the important technical details. Floor plans, elevations and sections through the house are developed. By the end of this phase, seventy to eighty percent of the creative work will be complete.
IV. Construction Documentation
Construction Documentation is the phase where the custom home design is translated into the technical language of the contractor. Working Drawings (sometimes referred to as building plans, floor plans or house blueprints) and specifications are prepared which define in detail all of the materials that are to be incorporated into the house, where they are to be located and how they are to be installed. Although this phase is primarily intended for working out the technical aspects of the project, some designing also takes place. In addition, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and interior finish materials (tile, carpet, paint colors, etc.) are selected.
V. Bidding and Negotiation
During the bidding and negotiation phase, We distribute the plans and specifications, answer questions, interpret the documents and prepare addenda (revisions to the plans or specifications) We obtain competitive bids or negotiated proposals from subcontractors and assemble the final working budget. After we finish selecting the team we submit the plans to the local building department for review. Once the building permit is obtained, construction may begin.
The final phase of the process is the home’s construction. In this phase we review the progress of the work and facilitate any architectural changes that may be required. We answer questions, review submittals and shop drawings (manufacturers’ and subcontractors’ drawings of specific elements to be incorporated within the house). Final selections of finishes and fixtures are made at this time. Upon completion of this phase we thoroughly inspect your home to ensure that it is complete and ready for your use.
• One Hour In Home consultation: $125
• Conceptual Kitchen Layout with Preliminary Budget: $750-1200
• Detailed Kitchen Design and Permit Submittal Documents: $2,500-$4,000
• Residential Remodel Drafting & Design: 5-8% of project value
• Minimum Construction Document Fee : $500.00
• Structural Engineering: By Project
• Drafting & Design Services: $85.00/HR
• 3D Modeling: $250.00 per rendering.