We approach your project in a systematic way to efficiently meet your design requirements. We organize our design process into three phases: pre-design, design, and construction documents. We advance through each phase with your feedback and approval.
During the pre-design phase, we discuss your big picture goals and objectives. We study the site, analyze the zoning parameters, and develop diagrams to communicate our design strategy. We continue our discussion and conclude this phase upon your approval of our design concept.
During the design phase, we zoom in and take a closer look at the details. You continue to be an integral part of the process as we update our drawings and 3D model based on your input. We conclude this phase with an approved set of design drawings.
With the design confirmed, during the construction documents phase, we produce technical drawings for you to obtain bids from contractors and building permits to start construction. We are always available to answer inquiries from your contractor and the building department.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES THE ARCHITECT SEE AS IMPORTANT ISSUES OR CONSIDERATIONS IN YOUR PROJECT? WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF THE PROJECT?
We continually investigate and study options to address your project objectives. Often times, this exploration is guided by considering the balance between your goals and budget, while meeting the zoning and life safety codes of local authorities. It is especially important to understand the existing conditions, plus the urban context in which the project is situated.
HOW WILL THE ARCHITECT APPROACH YOUR PROJECT?
Our ultimate goal is to offer the best design for your lifestyle while providing a pleasant experience throughout the design process. This means that we approach a project by first listening to your needs and requests, and then continually integrating your feedback into our proposal. We thoroughly enjoy this dialogue and find that communicating our thoughts through diagrams, drawings, and 3D models keeps everyone on the same page.
WHAT SETS THIS ARCHITECT APART FROM THE REST?
Beyond our design abilities, we regard each project as an opportunity to turn a house into your home. We feel personally invested in producing a project that you are thrilled to call your own. We use the latest building modeling software which not only ensures accurate coordination of the drawings, but also allows us to study more options in less time.
HOW DOES THE ARCHITECT SET FEES FOR A PROJECT?
We provide fixed fees based on the estimated number of hours required to complete our scope of services. We provide additional services, if requested, which exceed our standard scope of services at an hourly rate.
WHAT DOES THE ARCHITECT EXPECT YOU TO PROVIDE?
We ask for your feedback throughout the design process and as much information as possible about your design objectives.
WHAT IS THE ARCHITECT’S DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
We believe successful residential architecture is largely informed by the users and should enhance their way of living. As such, each residential project is regarded as an opportunity to create a unique set of spatial relationships for each client and site.
WHAT WILL THE ARCHITECT SHOW YOU ALONG THE WAY TO EXPLAIN THE PROJECT? WILL YOU SEE MODELS, DRAWINGS, OR SKETCHES?
Yes, to all of the above! We use a variety of visual techniques to help you fully understand the proposed design.
HOW DOES THE ARCHITECT ORGANIZE THE PROCESS?
Our process is organized to guide you from design concepts to custom details. The first step is understanding the parameters of the project, such as the programmatic requirements and the existing conditions. Then, we paint our vision with broad strokes and refine the design based upon your feedback. Once the design is approved, we prepare technical drawings for the bidding and construction of your project.