The Architect’s Drawing Guide

Construction drawings can be complex oftentimes featuring hundreds of pages of drawings and specifications. I have found over the years in my practice that there are a lot of folks who either have a difficult time reading construction drawings or have a hard time finding specific information related to the project. This is why we […]

Pre-Design Architecture – Why Is It Important?

The first phase in home design is not actually a design phase at all but rather a series of planning exercises to prepare you for the design. We call this phase “pre-design.” Pre-design has one primary objective; to gather and understand the project parameters and make sure that you have all the data about the […]

Sustainable Design and Green Building Practices

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There is something romantic about creating an architecture integral to nature. An architecture that is sustainable and carefully uses green building practices to share with nature rather than dominate it. Sustainable building practices take time and energy to be done correctly.   What is Green Building? Green building is the design and construction method that […]

Pros and Cons of Flat Roofs & Roof Decks

    At our firm, we focus on creating high-end modern homes often pushing the boundaries of form and material. One of the signature forms found in many modern projects is the flat roof. In today’s blog, we look at how flat roofs work and what you should know when considering one for your next […]

Naturally Artificial: Concepts of Treeline Home

Last month in our “Naturally Artificial Post” we discussed how context can inform an architectural response and tie the place to the functions of the program. This enhances the sense of place and creates strong exterior connections. We gave specific examples from the “Hub House” at Coffee Ridge. Let’s discuss another example only this time […]

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 […]