Construction Costs During Design

As we discussed in previous posts, construction costs can be difficult to identify during the pre-design¬†and design process. With the many moving parts and constant state of change, cost evaluations must be performed in stages. A deeper dive under the hood reveals that there are key pieces of information needed to perform these cost evaluations. […]

Wellness and Sustainability for your Home

The concept of wellness aims to find a balance that can bring harmony, while still giving each one the space to develop. A few well-known examples of wellness are exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding reckless behavior. Lesser-known examples gaining popularity in the past half-century include emotional and mental therapy and paramedical services. […]

Construction Drawings and Contracts

Construction drawings and specifications are considered contracts between you and your builder. The more detailed the contract, the more precise the scope of work for the builder and their sub-contractors. Let’s discuss what makes your contract work better and why you want to have a detailed set of drawings to communicate your intent. Drawing Types […]

Secrets in Finding a Great Contractor

One of the biggest challenges that many new homeowners face when building a custom home is finding a great contractor. The relationship between owner, contractor, and architect should be that of trust and good communication. Here’s our advice on how we determine if a contractor is a good fit for the team.

Design Phase 3: Construction Documents

We have discussed Schematic Design which answers the “what” and Design Development which answers the “How.” The next step is to communicate the information to the general contractor, the subcontractors, and the material suppliers to help facilitate the logistics of building the project. This communication comes in all forms with a lot of information to […]

Design Phase 5: Construction Administration

It’s time to build your house! It’s time to hand the construction drawings from your architect to your contractor to start construction, right? Well, not exactly. Don’t let your design team off the hook that easily. Their knowledge of the project is overwhelmingly valuable to you all the way to the end. How are architects […]

Design Phase 4: Bidding and Contracts

The smallest phase of the architect’s scope is all about distributing information and helping find a great contractor. The bidding phase is set up for the more traditional “design, bid, build” approach to construction and design, in which the main purpose is to provide consistent information to all contractors bidding on the project. The Traditional […]

The “Big Picture” Process for New Homes

Looking over our blog posts, we realized we have described how to start your project and bits and pieces of the various stages, but needed a post that brings it all together from beginning to end. Understanding the process from beginning to end in a general way gives you an overall view of the steps […]

Design Phase 2: What is Design Development?

If you have worked with an architect before you have probably heard the term “design development.” If not, that’s okay, here is what you need to know about this phase of design. What is Design Development? Last month we discussed phase 1 and how schematic design is all about the big picture and making broad […]

Design Phase 1: What is Schematic Design?

It is time. You have your survey, and you have gone through the planning exercises and feasibility studies of pre-design. It’s finally time to start the first part of the design process. The design process takes place in five phases, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration. Here’s what the first phase, […]