I am personally involved in all steps of the project and I am available to my clients at all times.
I also have experience in construction, so when I design something I really know how it can be built and I provide excellent drawings for the contractor, helping the construction proceed easier and faster.
I love meeting new clients and figuring out how I can make a home function well but also reflect a unique part of their personality. It feels good to work as a team to create something special.
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For a typical residential project I usually start with a design and feasibility phase where I develop several design options that meet the client's needs but may be more or less extensive. I would provide a budget for each option so they can determine which option works best. Once we decide on the design and budget, I can provide a proposal for the remainder of the architectural work. That includes developing the design, producing detailed drawings for filing with the building department, schedules for finishes/appliances/plumbing, bidding the job, and overseeing the job during construction.
The fee depends on the nature of the particular design project but I always provide a fixed fee proposal prior to the start of the job so the cost of my work is completely clear.
All types! Occassionally I do work for builder/developers but mostly my work is with homeowners. For my residential work the townhouse renovations are often young families looking for more space and moving up from a smaller apartment. For apartment renovations the clients are often young couples or single women. I have some clients who are intensly involved in every decision, and others that are more hands-off and want fewer options to choose from.
I recommend that you prepare for your meetings by having information available that will help the architect understand your goals for the project. Type up a list of everything you want to accomplish. Cut out magazine images or print photos of things that inspire you or illustrate your design aesthetic. Know what your budget is and your time frame for completing the work. Make sure you ask questions about any special challenges or needs you may have relating to you and your building.