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135 W. Oxmoor Road, STE 319
Homewood, Alabama 35209
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We put together some frequently asked questions that may help you as you are contemplating hiring us as your Architect.
How do I know if I need an Architect for my project?
If you are looking for a custom approach, an individualized project focused on design and representing the way you live in the space around you, you may be a good candidate for using an Architect! Also Architects are helpful in solving problems with existing spaces and showing you multiple solutions and options. They are also great at helping you navigate getting a project developed and drawn so that it becomes a set of instructions and drawings as a blueprint for Contractors to build your project. Great Architects see the craft as a marriage of Art and Engineering.
What type of Architecture do you do?
All types! We specialize in custom residential (new homes, renovations and additions) but we have also done several Restaurants, Corporate Office Makeovers, a Veterinarian Clinic and many other types of projects. We love helping folks take their initial ideas and develop them into something special, regardless of the project type!
How much are your fees?
Well that depends. We never like to answer that question without fully understanding the scope of the project and what it needs. We like to tailor all of our discussions around what works best for you for each project to determine whether it’s a fit with what we do and if we think we are the right firm to help your dream turn into a reality. If the answer is “yes” for both of us, we figure out the best way to move forward and give a detailed proposal that outlines all of our services and what you can expect in terms of cost. This also breaks down the fee schedule which requires a retainer to get started but is broken into parts based on what we deliver to you in the phases of design and development. We do not require payment all at once.
What is your style of Architecture?
That’s a hard one to answer. We hope our Architecture is timeless. That it’s also warm, cozy and livable. Design doesn’t have to be stuffy or cold. We love clean lines and beautiful spaces and that comes in all forms of Architecture. Check out some of our images from a few of our featured projects and hopefully that will give you a better sense of who we are.
What should I expect from the process?
We start with an introduction call where we ask some questions of you so that we can get a better understanding of what your project entails. We may ask for inspiration images, what your timeline is, what your vision and budget are so we can determine if we are the right fit for what you need (and vice versa!). Once the initial call is had, if it feels like the right fit for both of us, we follow that meeting up with a proposal so you have a document that spells out what you can expect. From there, we get to designing and drawing. You always get to approve and make sure we are going in the right direction before the design is fully locked in. We want you to be a part of the process. That always requires a series of touch bases and milestones that are written out in the proposal to get us from design to actual construction documents.
What makes an Architect different from Home Designers?
An Architect is an educated, licensed and registered professional with liability, a professional code of ethics and certain guidelines in which they must operate. Continuing education is required annually to maintain the Architecture license. Many Architects (us included) are also members of the American Institute of Architects, which require Architects to live up to a certain standard of education and professionalism. Home designers usually cannot or do not insure your project or incur liability. They cannot stamp or seal drawings for construction.
What’s the timeline look like once you hire us?
The timeline varies depending on the scale and complexity of the project. The conceptual design phase is first and could take from a few weeks to a few months. This happens as we work to refine and developed the design together. Once the design is locked in and finalized, working on selecting finishes and issuing construction documents could take a few additional months, usually between 2 and 4 months to complete the process and issue drawings.
Do you do design consultations?
Yes! We love working out designs and helping people move their project in the right direction. Our consultations are an hourly rate with a minimum of one hour.
Why should I hire you?
Because we are passionate, dedicated to the process, and design focused. We are also fun to be around!