Building a custom home from the ground up means you can have everything exactly how you want it. It can be the home...
Designing a new home or major renovation should be exciting and fun, not scary and stressful. So we have set out help you have the best experience. We have written guides to help you understand the process, we post articles for homeowners on our blog, we send out tips to folks on our mailing list and we have provided answers to many frequently asked questions below. If there is a question you don’t find an answer to just drop us a line in the form below.
READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO WORK WITH AN ARCHITECT
Nothing is more exciting than designing a new home for yourself or your business, and nothing will affect the success of your project more than the right architect. Finding your perfect match is not impossible and we’ll show you nine points to guide you along the way. Use these points to help analyze the qualifications, design strategy and communication skills of your candidates.
We prepared this guide after seeing so many people struggle with understanding the design and construction process. This process can seem complex and frightening for those who haven’t been through it before. The most important step is choosing the right architect for your project.
READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO BUILD A MODERN HOME
This valuable report includes three cost ranges starting at $1.5 million for a typical 4 bedroom 5,000 square foot custom modern house. Example images and a list of features are included for each range. At the end of the report we have included bonus content that tells you what 3 mistakes to avoid when building a custom modern house.
This is the only report available online with budget information for your modern house project and it is written by industry experts. The report is free and will be delivered to your email address once the form below is filled out. We will not share your contact information with anyone else but we will continue to share valuable information on designing modern houses with you if you are interested.
We have intentionally decided to keep the office small working on only a few projects at a time so that we can give each one our full attention. Our philosophy is “less, but better” and that applies to our design approach as well as our business model.
Although we are small we have a big firm mentality. Ours is a tightly run ship. Rather than being “Jack of all trades, Master of none,” we encourage our leadership and staff to master an area of expertise. This allows us to bring the best of the best for each and every project. We employ systems and processes that ensure a high level of consistency and quality throughout everything project and allow us to provide you with a smooth and enjoyable experience.
As we each have our unique areas of expertise you will get to know all of us as the project unfolds. You will probably first meet Mette, our CEO, as you are getting to know our practice and what we are about. Then you will meet Andrew and Tala who will guide you through the Design and Details phases. Andrew is our Director of Design Research and oversees all of the design work in our office. Tala is our Director of Design Collaboration and Production. She is responsible for communication and project management on all of our projects. We also have between 1-3 Intern Architects who are learning their craft under the direct supervision of Andrew and Tala.
We base our fees on a percentage of construction cost because we have found this to be the best representation of the value we bring to a project. Construction cost is an indicator of quality and complexity and our level of involvement rises proportionally. We are creatives and the creative process is inherently non-linear, therefore we cannot do hourly billing. For small scope changes we can provide a fixed fee.
The design process takes between 6-12 months depending on the size and complexity of the project. We have simplified the process down to two phases. The first phase is Design and it involves a dialogue with you structured over a series of meetings with a particular theme. The themes progress from general to specific as we work together to develop the design. The second phase is Details, Selections and Specifications in which we transform the design into documentation that provides specific direction to the contractor.
It is our job to make sure the contractor is building exactly what we have designed and what you are paying for. We provide quality control to protect your investment. We are on site regularly and we have processes and systems in place that leverage our expertise. We run the job meetings, track issues and accountability, review substitutions and product submittals, answer questions from the contractor and owner and review payment applications.
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