William Howard Studio

William Howard Studio

4 employees
17 years in business

About this pro

What we do is special. We are great designers, but we are also extraordianary at managing project costs, details and deadlines. Of course you want a beautiful project, which is completed on budget and on time. We manage the all of the little details around every project, with nothing left out.

I enjoy the diversity in the clientelle and projects. Our clients are often engaged in the field of design and contribute greatly to the process and outcome of the project. We are not a heavy-handed design firm bent on doing things the same way in every project. Quite the opposite it true and we value change and evolution in our design approach and collaboration with each client.

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Pasadena, CA 91101
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We start with design and specifications to assure the right feel for the project. Then we revisit the budget to align all of the our costs. We then bid out to various contractor and verify fees and scope of work. After we ward the contract and have started construction, then we monitor progress keeping a sharp eye on quality and deadlines.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architcture, Bachelor in Kinesiology study of human movement. 15 Years experience in design and architecture, 20 years experience in business management. Historical Preservation Award 2014, City of Pasadena, Ca.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Our fees run 8-12 percent of the project hard costs, meaning the construction costs. For this fee we provide a 3-part service.

1. Design, permits and engineering

2. Contractor and vendor selection to aling with the budget

3. Construction support during the building period

How did you get started in this business?

Worked for large restaurant companies to design and manage the build-outs of new restaurants.

What types of customers have you worked with?

We work with private clients who have recently purchased a home which needs work, developers and business owners. We are often referred by real estate agents for support before and during the escrow phase.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

1. Have a budget

2. Make a list of questions and priorities

3. Look at the previous work and see if it resonates with your tastes, otherwise you'll be bumping heads.

4. Be flexible, trust your hiring decisions and listen to what is being asked of you ask how you can be a good client.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

1. Know what it is that you want out of your project, what is it that you would like to have done.

2. Formulate a realisitic budget and discuss it early in the discussions.

3. Be ready to think about when you would like to start construction and consider variables such as holidays, vacations, and possible relocation during constuction.

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