Roger Greenwald Architect, PLLC
I'm a licensed architect in New York, specializing in residential architecture and consulting. I've been designing houses and renovations for clients for 40 plus years. Check out my website at:
I work with my clients to design their project, and then assist them in setting up the bidding process, and helping them negotiate a contract which will protect them during construction.
I offer a free phone consultation. Give me a call or drop me a line.
Roger Greenwald, AIA
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Here are the services which I will perform at your request once you have hired me:
FEASIBILITY STUDY: Our first phase will be the Feasibility Study:
· You will send me a copy of your survey
· We will have a short initial meeting, usually by phone, generally an hour or two, to discuss your needs for this project
· I will do an initial zoning review to research what we are legally permitted to do. This typically takes 3-4 hours
· If the project appears feasible, I’ll come out for a site visit to view the building and to discuss the project in more depth. That meeting typically requires about 2 hours of my time. I also charge travel time, but I limit the travel time to 1.5 hours per trip.
· At this point, if you choose, you will have the option to proceed to the next step, which is the design phase.
· I will measure up the property and prepare the “as-built drawings” showing the existing house as it stands.
· I will prepare floor plans, elevations, and sections for your review. These are called the “Conceptual Drawings”.
· We will review these drawings together, and revise them as needed. Once you are happy with the Conceptual Drawings, you will sign them.
· I will then prepare the “Bid Set”. This set adds notes, specifications, allowances, and structural drawings which the contractors will need to bid the project. It represents the Scope of Work for the project.
· You will meet with several contractors who will then bid the project based on the Bid Set and specifications.
· Once you have bids, you may or may not decide to adjust the Bid Set to adjust the scope of work.
· I will go over the bids with you and suggest whatever clarifications are required to ensure that the bid includes all that you want constructed. I’ll help you analyze any exclusions, or other traps.
· Once you have selected a contractor, I will prepare the final Contract Documents. These are just the Bid Set documents with all adjustments brought up to date, and general conditions such as hours of work, time frames, etc.
· I will assist you in the preparation of the contract. I recommend using the standard AIA contract documents, which give you solid protection as the Owner.
· You will have the contract reviewed by a lawyer if you choose.
· I will assist you in negotiating the contract with the contractor, if you choose.
· The plans will be submitted for permit. It’s generally cheaper for us to have the contractor obtain the permit, or we can do it.
· If the City desires any clarifications or additional information, I provide that at this time.
· Once construction begins, I can, if you wish, perform periodic site visits, generally before you make a payment to the contractor.
· In the event of any problem or dispute with the contractor, I can support you in the enforcement of the contract.
Just let me know if you have any further questions.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a licensed architect in New York and a member in good standing of the American Institute of Architects