Working With an Architect

Maybe I’ve taken it for granted because I’ve worked with architects and other design professionals my whole adult life so I know what architects do; but I’ve learned most people (builders included) have never worked with an architect and have no idea what an architect does. read more →

22 Jan 2010
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How detailed are your drawings?

How detailed are your drawings? In a phrase, VERY detailed. My drawing set includes plans (site, roof, floor, framing) and layout drawings (foundation, electrical, mechanical, plumbing). I also add elevations (exterior, interior) and finish schedules (door, window, room, cabinet). Last but not least, I include architecturally-unique construction details and 3D drawings to show how to.. read more →

16 Dec 2009
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How do I get a good construction estimate?

How do I get a good construction estimate? The jury is still out, but one thing is for sure; no one knows what a project costs until it’s finished. The industry and most contractors will suggest they are better estimators than architects are. I agree that a contractor will arrive at a price for your.. read more →

12 Dec 2009
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Tutor17-Project Specs

The project specs are a description of the product quality, quantity and practices you and your contractor use to build your project. read more →

Tutor16-Project Manual

The project manual is one part of the construction documents (The Docs). It is a pamphlet that includes architecturally-unique construction details and perspective views. These details show your contractor how to construct components unique to your project. read more →

Tutor15-Project Plans

The project plans are one part of the construction documents (The Docs). The plans are D-size sheets (24″x36″) that show the builder how to build your home. read more →

Tutor14-Project Audit

The project audit is an online and screen shot review to tour the entire home. I send 3D screen shots and host an online meeting to walk through the 3D design so you can see everything. read more →

Tutor13-Sections

The sections are a technical drawing that is cut through the home to show structural, architectural and space for mechanical, plumbing and electrical sections. read more →