The Design Process
what my services include)
first step in the architectural process is to meet you.
I like to
sit down with you and your family to discuss your needs and desires for
your home, preferably in your current home for your convenience, but
also to help me get to know you better. This initial meeting
will cover your daily routines, how you use your home, in addition to a
list of rooms you would like, their preferred sizes, your time frame to
complete the design and construction work, and your budget for the
project. Many people have clippings of homes they like or
photos of places they've been, all of which help me understand what you
are trying to create. After this meeting, I prepare
a written proposal that covers architectural services I can
offer and associated fee.
conceptual design is produced to begin the dialog process.
This is offered as a complimentary service to give you the
best sense of my ability to address your family's specific criteria,
rather than showing you a collection of other people's homes with
varying degrees of applicability to your circumstances. This
initial design will be based on the actual site for your new home or
your existing home for makeovers, taking measured dimensions and
photographs, along with research of your local municipality's building
code and zoning requirements to give you an accurate picture
of what is possible. Click here for
an example of
what is included in a Conceptual Design Package.
meetings, phone calls and emails follow, to refine the three
model of your home through discussions of the floor plans and
perspective renderings of the exterior and interior spaces.
We will consider such things as room arrangements, sight line
vistas, lighting, furniture placement, cabinetry built ins, window and
door design. This process continues until you feel your dream
home is materializing, as changes become smaller and smaller in detail.
At this point, a set of documents will be produced, suitable
for securing financing and insurance underwriting.
of Materials and Finishes
design, we begin selecting flooring materials, wall and ceiling
treatments, plumbing and lighting fixtures, window and door hardware,
kitchen appliances, home entertainment and automation technology.
This can be a combination of things you like and
recommendations or product samples I can provide for your
consideration. I will act as your guide through the maze of
possibilities, which can be accomplished by visits to local showrooms,
online searches or in special cases that involve the talents of an
artisan, visits to their studio to see samples first hand.
To give you some ideas, I maintain an online
resource of links to a sample of the latest and more popular
selections have been made, so real costs of construction can be
determined, we send the design out to builders to bid the work.
This can be several General Contractors I have worked with on
previous houses, or ones you are familiar with, or a combination of
both. In some cases , homeowners act as the builder, in which
case I help them source material and subcontractor labor prices.
Bid documents, that include written specifications spelling
out details of materials and methods of fabrication, are used to
clearly explain the scope of work and so the bids can be compared
apples to apples. I will work with you as your
negotiator, explain to you building terminology and industry
standards, using my
experience to secure a construction contract in your favor.
contract in hand, I prepare the design to obtain a building permit from
the local municipality. This typically includes plans,
elevations, and section drawings, along with energy calculations and a
written application. In some cases it will involve meetings
with building inspectors, planning review boards or zoning hearings.
All of this will be handled by me with your participation as
permit is issued, I will work with you
and the builder to determine strategies for sequencing the stages of
construction, so work can be expedited efficiently. Meetings
will continue routinely on the jobsite based on the pace and nature of
each building component, including working with you and the builder to
resolve unforeseen issues that arise with any house project.
I will watch over the construction to make sure the design we
created is built correctly, acting as your agent to insure a house
built with integrity. My job is not complete, until you move
your new home.
My goal is
to help you realize your dream for a home with no regrets. At
the end of the process, I want you to be pleased with my services and
to feel like you have an architect that understands how you live, so
you can contact me with any questions you have about your new home.
Click here if you would like to
schedule a meeting to discuss your home ideas.
If you would like to see some examples of what I can do for your new
home, makeover or a simple addition, please click on the Case