Architectural services commence with Basic Services which are identified with each phase of work involved with a project. Basic Services include the following:
We take notes of what the owner states that they want in the project. These notes are in the form of typed format, possibly with photos of the property, with some discussion of site features and opportunities for the to-be-built items. They include a site visit with an understanding of site elements and how and where the built structures might be located.
The Program established in the previous phase of work to conceptually create a diagram or plans of the proposed project. We combine Design Development with Schematic Design, and sometimes only make a hazy sketch in schematics while others times we start out the project on computer and stay on computer. It’s creative therefore there is no precise right or wrong method. Each project has its identity as we create and floor plans and site plans. Based on a desired method of creation, it is quite common to see elevations and conceptual building sections.
This phase incorporates exterior building elevations, roof plans and building sections. Additional dimensions are tested to insure that various items will fit into the proposed design. Depending on the scope of the project, this can become a very detailed phase where equipment selection is made and tested to make sure it all fits within the building shell and arrangement. Also, energy calculations may be made to test glass, insulation and other requirements to insure that the building will properly function to meet Energy Code.
Traditionally, this working drawings & specifications phase is where the final details are added to the project. Building sections, wall sections, finish schedules, door schedules, title sheets, index sheets, final graphics, blow-up detail plans and elevations of critical conditions, notes, final detailed dimensions, interior elevations (depending on scope of services and other additional services). We coordinate all the building consultants, whether provided under the architect’s umbrella or not. The amount of fee can and will affect the amount of drawings and other items provided by the architect.
In the event that an owner doesn’t have drawings for their existing home or building that they wish to renovate we will need to produce existing condition architectural and structural drawings. These “record drawings” disclose that they are being prepared using measuring instruments such as flexible measuring tapes and laser readings. The creation of record drawings is almost impossible to estimate in terms of fixed fees and for that reason, should almost always be provided hourly. The project could be a one-story, one-room cabin, or it could be a complex laboratory 6 floors high. The amount of required Record Drawings will vary with the type and complexity of new project desired by the owner. This service is could become quite involved. We will not be expected to perform destructive investigations to look above ceilings or under floors to actually see structural elements and other items that are concealed by the finishes and other other elements of the existing project.
This is not required for most residential projects but sometimes highly recommended, as the architect has special knowledge about the organization of a home project, including appliances and cabinets and room arrangements, without which the owner may experience some difficulties.
This may be required by a jurisdictional authority and is a detailed service. The architect may be required to detail cabinetry elevations as the electrical schematics and those are closely related.
These complex additional services are where the architect periodically visits the project site, reviews contractor submittals, including shop drawings for the various items of the project, including but not limited to doors & windows, insulation, concrete, wood, paint, and many other items. The architect will process the contractor’s pay requests, checking on the progress of the construction and comparing that with the amount invoiced.
Renderings and Animation
We are on the forefront of technology and have the capabilities of producing computerized renderings, flythrough animation and virtual reality media of a client’s project. Images can be either fixed (static) of a single viewpoint, or have multiple single views. The imagery may be plain and only consist of lines, or may be photorealistic. We typically will not include such imagery in a Basic Services agreement, unless paid additionally for these services. 3D computerized imagery may be provided from a third party specialty source, as such imagery typically requires expensive and complex software and powerful computers to provide high-quality images. We provide these services as a fixed price or hourly.
Engineering and Permitting.
Based on scope and projects complexities a structural engineer may be required for the integrity of a building including but not limited to: soil scientist, surveyor, and others. This may also include drawings from MEP engineers (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumping) as a requirement of building departments for permitting.
Engineers provide the energy calculations and ductwork layout, as well as the plumbing layout, often worked out in the field, as the work is accomplished by the respective subcontractor.
In order to obtain a Building Permit several items are required such as a stamped set of architect’s construction documents, structural engineering drawings coordinated by the architect, licensed surveyor, soil testing, slope analysis, energy calculations. These documents are required by construction as the entity obtaining the building permit and the licensed contractor.