My wife's disabled father was moving in with us and we had to re-vamp the downstairs bathroom to accommodate him and his his walker. We asked InSitu to design a handicap accessible bathroom that would also fit our sense of design. Wow! We couldn't believe what our gutted bathroom turned into, and then some! InSitu proposed something that nobody else even thought of: opening up the floor over the basement for a step-down tub/shower! We (wife and kids) now step down three steps into a jacuzzi tub with double shower heads and no curtain to hide the tiling and keep kid-generated mess under control. My father-in-law showers in a different bathroom upstairs, but the toilet "grab bars" were disguised as the toilet-paper/magazine rack on one side and the counter top on the other. Worked like a charm for my father-in-law. Tons of storage space, too, and a big mirror my wife can see the back of her head in. InSitu organized an army of different workers who did great work in a small space. Guests now inevitably comment on the great bathroom and only on careful inspection realize that it is actually handicap accessible.
Studio InSitu Architects Inc (InSitu) will provide full architectural and interior architectural services as described below, graduating from one phase to the next:
1.) Existing Conditions:
The essential work of this phase is to identify the site-related factors which will influence the design solution. Accurate documentation of the configurations and conditions of the space and structure at the building itself are prerequisites to design work. InSitu will measure and photograph the space and build a 3-d computer model of the building. From this model, we will extract a set of 2-d Existing Conditions Documents, and together, these 3d and 2d products will serve as the basis for design work.
2.) Schematic Design:
The essential work of this phase is to explore a range of possible approaches to the project’s spatial compositional puzzle, then narrow and deepen the focus of that work to establish a cohesive single scheme. Design work is investigative and iterative in nature. While very simple problems can sometimes be well resolved in 2 or 3 rounds, exploration and discovery in early rounds can expand or re-frame the design problem – and require additional iterations. It is anticipated that the Schematic Design phase will prompt and integrate other work such as generating and scrutinizing concepts for the potential use(s) and programming of the building and landscape.
3.) Pricing and Value Engineering Schemic Design:
When a scheme has gelled to clients’ satisfaction, InSitu will prepare a Schematic Pricing Package intended to convey enough detail for your preferred builder or a small group of bidders to generate Preliminary Cost Estimate(s) (or Soft Bids) based on the established design intent. This package will include dimensioned drawings to conclude Phase 2, plus InSitu’s suggested materials and specifications. InSitu will collaborate with the builder to support his/her development of a Cost Estimate.
4.) Value Engineering and Construction Documents:
With schematic design and schematic pricing in-hand, InSitu will work with the builder to develop the Scope and Details of the project to align with owner’s price targets. InSitu’s value-focused consultation with the builder will continue through the completion of our Construction Documents. This phase will include the work of InSitu's consultants for relevant disciplines. Other disciplines such as Landscape Architecture may also have small roles.
5.) Construction Observation:
This phase involves InSitu's ongoing participation throughout the construction work. We will visit the site to monitor construction and participate in Construction Progress Meetings at intervals approximately weekly. We will review shop-drawings and make other pre-order confirmations for any custom-fabricated pieces and parts, from structural members to windows and doors, custom cabinetry, and/or any other sensitive items. If the client requests it, we will review builder’s invoicing for correspondence with progress on-site. InSitu will follow Massachusetts/NJ/NY/NH/PA Commercial Construction Control processes for site inspections, reports, affidavits.
Billing Rates: InSitu's work for Phases 1 through 3 is billed in quarter-hour increments, at rates based on level of certificiation: Principal, Production Director, Project Architect/Manager, Assistant and/or Intern. A fixed rate may be applicable in stages 4 through 5 in relation to construction costs, depending on the depth of detail and the breadth of associated responsibilities.
Tim’s passion and capacity for designing authentic contextual places and comprehensive immersive environments has helped win national and regional awards for the homes, neighborhoods, flagship retail stores, and restaurants he has designed. He earned a professional B'Arch at Cornell and practiced with leading design firms in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts in 2004. He developed a thriving and award-winning design department in three years with a Groton Design/Build contractor, broadened and modernized the vocabulary in several years as a principal with a staid Concord, MA Architecture firm, and integrates all of this broad experience in his new place-making practice at Studio InSitu.
In 2009, Tim founded the Moonlight Studio, a volunteer after-hours program whose motto is “we design like we give a damn”. The studio has designed entries for the SHIFTboston, Build-a-Better-‘Burb, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Waltham’s Embassy Park competitions, placing 2nd in New Bedford. Other Moonlight projects include a deep-green 20-acre artists’ co-housing neighborhood and farm, and a light-green house for the North-Central MASS chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Tim advocates for sustainability and community as a member of the International Living Building Institute, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the SEEd network promoting a development paradigm with a triple-bottom-line of Social, Economic, and Environmental benefits. Tim performs Design Review for the Town of Maynard, chaired the Maynard Cultural Council through official state recognition of the Assabet Village Cultural District, and served on the town's Coolidge School Re-Use Task Force. He served the Town of Groton on the Planning Board, Open Space and Recreation Committee, Station Avenue Design Guidelines Committee, and charied the Design Review Committee for the Town Center Overlay District. In 2013, Tim served on the AIA's R/UDAT Charrette Team to re-vision and revitalize the town of Seabrook Island, SC, proposing specific schemes and initiatives aimed at opening-up the gated community to the vitality and prosperity of inclusion.
Tim serves as a Director of the Maynard Business Alliance, and a Corporator of Emerson Hospital.
In 2008, Tim taught a design studio in the Architecture+Design program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has returned many times as a guest critic in undergraduate and graduate studios there.
Residential, Commercial, Retail, Mixed-Use, LEED / Sustainable design, Urban Planning & Development
-ARTSPACE Maynard Open Studios
-Fruitlands Annual Craft Festival
The AIA recently release a list of 25 questions that you should ask before hiring an architect. If you’re in the initial stages of planning a project, it may prove valuable to answer, review, and rank these in order of importance. By doing so, you’ll immediately narrow your focus and determine your project priorities and architect search criteria.
What is your design philosophy?
What sets your firm apart from other architects with similar experience?
Do you have experience with the building type and size of my project?
Will you share with me a portfolio of similar projects and provide a list of client references?
Who from the architecture firm will I be dealing with on a regular basis? Is this the person who will design my project?
Are you interested enough in this project to make it a priority?
What challenges do you foresee for my project?
What do you see as the important issues or considerations in my project?
What is your estimated timetable for my project?
What means will you use to collect information about my needs, goals, etc.?
How will you help me to fully understand the scope and sequence of the project? Will you utilize models, drawings, or computer animation?
What are the steps in the design process, and how are they organized?
What criteria will be used to establish priorities and make design decisions?
What do you expect me to provide?
How disruptive will construction be?
What role do you have during construction? Am I expected to work with the contractor directly?
Do you have experience with “green” or sustainable design?
Do you regularly integrate low or no cost sustainable design strategies into projects?
Considering the many areas that may be affected by sustainable design, how will you determine which options to pursue?
If sustainable design technologies are implemented, do upfront costs exist that may affect the construction budget? What are the expected pay back times?
How do you establish fees?
In anticipation of a formal proposal with costs, what would you expect your fee to be for this project?
What is included in your basic services and what services would incur additional fees?
If the scope of the project changes later in the project, will there be additional fees? How will these fees be justified? How will this be communicated to me?
What is your track record with completing a project within the original budget?
-Schedule / Timeline
-Your values within the development of your project (sustainability, time and/or cost, craftsmanship, potential areas of compromise as the project develop)
-The long-game of your project: Forever-home? Increase sale value? Comps in your neighborhood.
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