The Creative Process Starts With...

The creative process starts with a strong collaboration between client, architect, and builder.  It takes a seamless participation of all parties to bring out a truly vibrant and unique design that will be your special home for years to come.  The right architect will not only have a strong creative ability, but will also have the technical savvy of years of experience with design and construction technology.  Architects that maintain a reputation for superior residential design do so because their buildings are stunningly conceived, technically sound, and well crafted within your budget.  As the key member of this design partnership you will need to provide

your architect with a well thought out program, an idea notebook, certain relevant site information, and above all, a well conceived budget.  From there the architect will begin the preliminary design phase to create schematic concepts and bring your ideas into focus.  Once your wish list, site and budget have been translated into graphic form, the next stage will address the technical drawings – called “Contract Documents” or “Working Drawings.”  Upon completion of these drawings, work with the contractor will begin and a building permit procured.  As the project moves to the construction phase, most of your involvement may be with your builder.  At this point, the architect acts in your behalf as a consultant to assure that the spirit of the design and intent of the working drawings and specifications are followed exactly.  During the construction phase you may also wish to retain your architect to oversee payments to the contractor, review shop drawings, provide more detailed interior design services, and, perhaps, provide communication with the builder.

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