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Information on Architectural Services:

Myths about Architects 

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Guide to Architectural Services

Typical services 

FAQ's  

Once you better understand the Owner/Architect relationship, you'll be ready to begin your project:

You and your Architect  


The Architect's typical services


The basics: 

As part of our education and training, the Architect has specialized knowledge in building, design, and construction. As an advocate for the project owner, our first obligation is to ensure that plans are executed as designed. This is especially important during construction if changes in materials and construction procedures are proposed. Our typical services encompass the following:


Programming:

The initial phase in which the Architect and the project owner discuss the goals, needs and function of the project; design expectations and available budget; and pertinent building code and zoning regulations. We assists the owners in developing a realistic design and budget estimate through a life-cycle cost analysis, which calculates the design's expected future impact on operating and maintenance costs. Following the initial discussions, we will produce an outline of the scope of the proposed project.

Documentation and design development:

The Architect documents and measures all the existing elements like examining all previous legal documents on the project to identify past violations, previous alterations, or measuring existing spaces or properties. These issues determine the physical parameters of the project to be designed.

 

We provide concept sketches of design options and explains how they meet the requirements discussed in the programming stage. The overall scope of the project, building materials proposed, and a preliminary budget related to the schematic design are also discussed. Refinements are discussed until the project owner approves the design.

 

We prepare detailed drawings and finalizes the design plans, showing actual sizes and shapes for rooms. Also included is an outline of the construction specifications, which lists the major materials to be used. When the project owner approves the design drawings, we prepare a cost estimate.

Construction documents:

One of the most important elements of the Architect's services. We develop detailed drawings and materials specifications. The contractor will use both to estimate construction costs and to build the project.

Hiring the contractor:

The project owner has several options available, including asking the Architect to make contractor recommendations or choosing a contractor on their own. We can assist you in selecting contractors by reviewing bids and estimates based on the construction documents;

Construction phase:

The Architect represents the owner to the contractor and observes the pace and quality of construction. As the owner's agent, we look out for your interest, making the construction process go smoothly by keeping you informed of the project's progress and overseeing any changes or problems that may arise with the project.

 

The process works in the following manner. With a new building, a lot's size and location represents a sizeable amount of the total cost of a new project. We help determine the best location of the building for the owner's needs through the process of programming, examining all of the project variables and owner needs prior to the design stage.

 

Understanding the site's characteristics as well as owner's needs and financial resources is essential to create an intelligent design, developed to best use available square footage, yet flexible enough to change as future needs require. Above all, the design is balanced between the owner's program and budget, and local building and zoning codes, focusing on long-term resale value so owners get the maximum benefit of their investment in property.

Written contracts to make life easier for all parties

Contracts are coordinated, designed to work in sets as needed and with the flexibility to cover every aspect of the agreement between an owner and the Architect. The agreements thoroughly cover all the roles, responsibilities, and obligations of the owner and architect.

 

Also, the Architect provides contract forms that are intended for use with small projects and large, such as residential renovations and additions or multi-story buildings. These contracts outline each phase of services, helping owners better understand the type and quality of services expected from us.

 

Before proceeding with a project, The Architect prepares an agreement that includes the scope of work, our services and responsibilities, the owner responsibilities, construction budget and schedule, and compensation method. The contract addresses our role should scheduling or quality-control issues arise while the project is under construction.

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