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Guides

 

7 Tips for a Successful Renovation

Getting ready to start a renovation or addition? Check out my free guide to learn how to save time, money, and headaches!

Residential Process Guide

A simple guide to creating your dream home.


FAQ

 

+ Why do I need an architect?

Architects are trained to find solutions that add value to your project, both maximizing your investment and creating a space that is perfectly suited to you. We can help you optimize your space and select materials and systems, increasing cost savings over the life of the space.

Working with an architect is an up-front cost to help refine and clarify your project in the design stages. This limits costly changes and inefficiencies in the construction process, saving you time, money, and headaches.

+ Why should I hire you?

Working with an architect is a long-term relationship. The most important thing is that you hire someone you trust and with whom you enjoy working. The last thing you want to do is hire someone solely based on price.

I enjoy working with people to create beautiful and unique spaces. I’ve worked on a variety of projects, and love taking on new challenges.

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+ When should I contact an architect?

I recommend contacting an architect as soon as you consider starting a project. An architect can help you navigate the complex process of preparing for your project, including selecting and analyzing a property, and determining all the constraints and requirements.

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+ How do I get started?

Everything begins with a simple conversation. From there we can determine the best path forward for your individual project and goals. Check out the resources above for guides designed to help you through the initial planning stages. The more you invest in initial planning, the easier and more enjoyable things will be down the road.

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+ What do I need to do?

The more information you can provide, the better. This includes property surveys, existing building drawings (if you have them), deed restrictions or unique constraints on your property, etc. This information is often obtained during the purchasing process. If you don't have it, we'll work together to get all the necessary information.

In addition to the property details, a list of wants and needs can help set the tone for your project. Not sure what you want? No problem, this will all be expanded upon and refined throughout the planning and design process.

+ How do you charge?

My fee is determined based on the scope and complexity of the project: I charge hourly for the planning and early design phase. Once we have a clear direction, I switch to a fixed fee for the remainder of the project.

+ How does the process work?

Check out this guide for a detailed look at how to tackle renovations and new construction.

+ How do I get my project built?

There are two primary routes to getting projects built. The most common is to have the architect complete the construction documents, issue them to a handful of general contractors for bidding, and then select one to move forward with construction.

However, I prefer the process of hiring a general contractor as we finish the conceptual design. This allows the contractor time to build familiarity with the project, as well as being more cost effective and efficient.

+ Do I need an interior designer?

My scope includes the design and selection of all materials, fixtures, and finishes; however, an interior designer would be helpful in choosing furniture, decorative accessories, etc. I’m happy to coordinate with interior designers, kitchen consultants, or any other specialists desired to bring the project to reality.

+ Do I need an engineer?

This will vary from project to project. Different requirements (building codes, city mandates, etc.) or design decisions may necessitate the involvement of a structural, mechanical, or other engineer. I’ll advise and make recommendations if one is needed.

+ Can you do 3D drawings?

Wouldn’t do it any other way! I use a process called Building Information Modeling (BIM), where the entire project is built in the computer. This enables the drawings to be more accurate, and to leverage the model for 3D views and analysis. Exploring the project in 3D is a critical part of the design process!


Can't find what you're looking for?

 

Drop me a line and I'll see what I can do! I provide the range of architectural services, from programming and planning to design, and construction observation. If I'm not able to offer what you need, I'd be happy to help you find the right person.