Welcome

“Architectural design as a process of discovery”

With exception of “You & Your Architect”, a guide prepared by the American Institute of Architects for a successful partnership, I put together the rest of these guides and charts, after seeing so many people struggle with understanding the design and construction process. This process can seem like a complex and frightening roadblock for those who haven’t been through it before. These guides and charts can provide clarifications and can answer many questions for those who haven’t been through this process yet, or can provide additional information and education for those who have, and want to get re-engaged in the process with a better understanding.

The truth about hiring an Architect

The first and most important step is to find and hire your architect. You may be wondering: how do I find the right architect for my project? Do I really need to hire an architect? How much are architects’ fees? Most importantly: what are the key, critical steps I need to take to ensure that I hire the architect that is the perfect match for my project? I hope you’ll find this guide useful, and look forward to your feedback or to any questions you may have.

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The truth about hiring an Architect

How to hire an architect

How to prepare for your Design project

Building a new home, adding to or renovating an existing one can and should be really exciting. However too often we hear stories of unexpected surprises, misunderstandings between contractor, client and designer on the contracted scope of the project, and about allowances for items not specified in the contract. A well thought-out design brief is the foundation for a successful project, and this guide will help you cover critical aspects of a design brief.

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How to prepare for your design project

How to prepare for your design project

How to prepare for your Interior Design project

The process of design is mysterious to many people and how to choose a professional interiors architect who will fit your needs, wants and lifestyle is no easy task. This is a person who will come to know more about you than almost anyone else, and you will be working closely together for months, if not years. You will experience many challenging and exciting moments during the process of creating the home that reflects your unique personality and fits your lifestyle. The first step to smoothing that road is finding the design team who understands your vision and can help you achieve it.

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How to prepare for your Interior Design Project

How to prepare for your interior design project

Good tips when hiring a Contractor

Hiring the best general contractor for your residential project is an extremely important decision. This choice will determine the quality of craftsmanship and the timely completion of the project within budget, and it will minimize emotional stress and unexpected costs. All projects vary in complexity, cost and duration. The following guide contains considerations and questions for interviewing and hiring a reputable professional contractor in your area.

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Good tips when hiring a Contractor

How to hire a contractor

Residential design process – Connecting the dots

Knowing how to visualize the steps in the design and construction process for your residential project and how to relate them to each other is very important. These charts are very basic and very reader friendly: they outline the steps of the process and, by color designation, they outline the sequence and position of activities in relation to each other. Additionally, they show the relationship between changes and cost at different stages of the process.

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Residential design process – Connecting the dots

Residential Design Process – Flow Charts

What you need to know when Choosing a Site

Buyers usually turn to one of three kinds of people for advice when considering purchasing a property – realtor, architect or builder. The opinions you can get from these professionals may vary for different reasons. This guide will help you navigate through these different opinions and will help you understand other considerations you need to make, maybe important to you, and to how the property you are considering relates to your project.

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What you need to know when choosing a site

Residential Design – Choosing a site

The Low Commitment Initial Consultation

It is not uncommon for people to know they want to do a building project, after having put quite a bit of thought into it – but just don’t know how and where to start. This guide will explain why it is important to start any project, of any scope and size, with smaller, initial steps, before committing to a full contract for final design services, without carefully establishing the groundwork for the project.

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Introducing: The Low Commitment Initial Consultation

Why competitive bidding will save you money

The proven way to get the most for your money is by seeking competitive bidding. Contractors compete against each other for the opportunity to construct your project. Generally, it is not in the contractors’ best interest to exactly define the work when bidding, since this is, instead, in your best interest and it will allow you to directly compare prices before you select the contractor for your project.

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Why competitive bidding will save you money

You and Your Architect

Knowing how to work with your architect will enable you to get the most from this special collaboration. You and Your Architect guide can help you to do so - personally, professionally, creatively, and sustainably.

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You & Your Architect

You & Your Architect

The Pre-Purchase Renovation Review

It is not uncommon that a homeowner will purchase a house with the intent of a major renovation or addition, but may not fully understand the restrictions or costs involved with such an endeavor. This guide will provide you with options on how to facilitate the P&S process, when buying a property with the intent of renovating it or adding to it.

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Introducing: The Pre-Purchase Renovation Review