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The Role of the Architect
:: WHY USE AN ARCHITECT?
:: HOW TO SELECT AN ARCHITECT
:: THE STEPS OF USUAL SERVICES
:: FEES AND CONTRACTS
:: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our usual services are typically comprised of 5 steps:

  1. Preliminary Design,
  2. Final Design,
  3. Town Planning,
  4. Working Drawings, Bidding & Negotiations, and
  5. Contract Administration & Site Inspection.

Progressing through each step of the design process will transform very general information into a specific design for your project.

It's important to understand each step of the process as each affords its own opportunities and restrictions. For example, during schematic design, you may request that noise from the kitchen not disturb you in your bedroom. To solve this problem, the architect may locate the bedroom away from the kitchen. If you wait to communicate the same request during construction documents, or even during the actual construction of the project (during construction observation) the solution may be to install an ultra quiet dishwasher and more sound insulation if the bedroom was located adjacent to the kitchen.

1) Preliminary Design

Preliminary design usually begins with collecting data for your project. We arrive at a program of spaces with you, study any codes and ordinances that may affect your project...

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2) Final Design

In design development, we will transform the sketches developed in sketch design into a more specific design proposal...

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3) Town Planning

During the contract document phase, drawings will be developed that will be used to obtain necessary building permits...

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4) Working Drawings, Bidding and Negotiations

Completion of detailed drawings, specifications for construction purposes and the preparation of tender documents to be used by contractors for pricing and ultimately to construct your project is dealt with during this stage...

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5) Contract Administration and Site Inspection

During the construction of your project, we offer ongoing interpretation of the Contract Documents and elaboration on the detail intended, in order to achieve the best possible results...

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