Your home, commercial building or institutional facility becomes as important to me as it is to you. My job includes listening carefully to help you achieve your goals.
Responsive new home design, remodel and renovation design, as well as commercial and Institutional architecture.
I often provide a permit set of drawings for an owner-builder; and a full set of design drawings and documentation for competitive bidding.
A permit set of drawings is just enough to meet the building and zoning codes of the City or County that has jurisdiction. This set is focused on the structural and site plan requirements. It will show that the building meets the WA State energy code, that the structure is adequate to support the building components, and that the site plan meets the zonig requirements. For an owner that intends to build or contract the home or addtion themselves, a permit set is an inexpensive option.
A full design set will include additional information to convey the owner's selections for materials and fixtures to a general contractor (GC). The full set can include:
Electrial layout plans
Interior elevations showing trim and cabinets
Details for architectural trim and assemblies
Schedules listing items such as doors, windows, and fixtures.
Specifications; written instructions to the contractor with product information
Contracts for construction
Architect's assistance to secure bids for construction costs
Architect's review of the built work during construction
The architectural fee will vary depending on the size of the project and the level of the permit or construction set. I generally charge by the hour for the initial design phase of the project and then provide a fixed fee quote for the hours to complete the drawings. This way we can determine the scope of the project, and then lock in the set of drawings you need for permitting and buildng.
Please call me and let's discuss your project, no obligation of course.
I use SketchUp Pro, a 3D design and drafting software for most of my work. With this program a three dimensional model is created of the site and structures. Then using the drafting portion of the program, 2D drawings are developed for printed sets.
I have used other programs in the past such as; AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, DataCAD and Architrion. 2D programs are limited in the capability to show the complexity of the building, as well as requiring more time. Using 3D SketchUp takes less time, and you can see the building in 3 dimensions.