Comprehensive architectural service is typically executed in phases, very
briefly described below:
Identify detailed project character and scope.
Depending on the nature of the project, a land survey
and geotechnical report may be required.
Addition and alteration projects require accurate
measuring and drawing of existing structures. These drawings are the
foundation of design and construction drawings.
Design and Development
Schematic, design developmemt and final design drawings.
Construction Cost Estimate
Calculation of estimated cost of construction, often
in concert with a general contractor.
Hire and coordinate the work of the structural engineer
and other consultants as required.
Drawings & Specifications
Bidding & Negotiation
Schedules (window, door, hardware, equipment and electrical)
Assist Owner with contractor selection and contract
Construction site visits and meetings with contractor
and owner. Problem solving and clarification of construction details.
Review and approval of contractor's monthly invoices.
SELECTING AN ARCHITECT
The Owner / Architect relationship is professional and personal.
The duration of a project from conception through construction can last several
years. An architect helps define your goals and priorities. An experienced
architect is also able to mediate the often differing priorities of a multi-party
client or household.
Choose an architect who listens with demonstrated design and problem solving
skills pertinent to your project needs. Your architect is your ally and
representative and seeks to realize your dreams and control cost.
WORKING WITH AN ARCHITECT
Not all owners require full architectural service. Architects provide a variety
of services including:
Evaluating the remodel or addition potential
of a prospective purchase. Architects have design vision, a working
knowledge of construction and experience with building and land
use codes. Realtors do not.
Some owners require limited service ranging
from a single design consultation to design and permit drawings
only. Owners with interior design skills and Owner / Builders benefit
greatly from design guidance from an architect.
Property managers, realtors, building and home
owners often engage architects to provide accurate as-built drawings.
Architects are a Resource
Architects are an excellent source for consultant
referrals: Geotechnical, structural and civil engineers, interior
designers, contractors and subcontractors. Architects have knowledge
of material sources.