Studio C Architecture & Interiors specializes in custom residential design for primary residences, lake houses, mountain homes, beach houses, and multi-family home and include New Construction, Renovations and Additions, and Design-Build Services.
Starting a project from the ground up is a very special experience! We visit about what your new home could be and needs to be, study how the house sits on the site and craft a home that is just for you.
RENOVATIONS & ADDITIONS
Residential Additions and Renovations is another specialty of ours. From large whole house transformations to additions that are designed to look as if it has always been a part of the house, we love to breathe new life into an existing house in a way that suites our client perfectly and feels as though the house was always intended to be. These types of projects require an initial extra step that new construction does not require, As-Built Drawings. See Below to learn more about the design process.
DESIGN + BUILD
Residential Additions and Renovations is another specialty of ours. From large whole house transformations to additions that are designed to look as if it has always been a part of the house, we love to breathe new life into an existing house in a way that suites our client perfectly and feels as though the house was always intended to be. These types of projects require an initial extra step that new construction does not require, As-Built Drawings. See below to learn more about the design process. The advantages of working with us as a Design-Build for your project are a streamlined design process, time budgeting, early cost estimating, efficient communication and accountability. With Architect led Design-Build the project becomes collaborative from start to finish.
COMPREHENSIVE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Full-service design and documentation for construction of additions, renovations, and new buildings
ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING: On-site meeting to advise Owner of potential architectural design solutions
MASTER PLANNING: Exploration of design possibilities, recommendation of best solutions, prioritizing, and consideration of project phasing
PREPARATION OF EXISTING CONDITIONS (AS-BUILT) DRAWINGS: Survey of existing facilities and documentation of conditions already in place. This includes field measuring the existing structure(s) inside and out along with taking pictures then creating floor plan(s) and exterior elevations drawings in CAD (computer aided drafting). This gives us accurate drawings of the existing conditions to work from during design and is also used to create demolition plans. Typically required for all Renovation and Additions projects.
HARDSCAPING: Design of patios, decks, trellises, retaining walls, walkways, and other outdoor features as they relate to the architecture and to the site
BIDDING & NEGOTIATIONS: Aiding Owner in the processes of bidding and construction contract execution
CONSTRUCTION OBSERVATION: Project observation and regular site visits to aide Owner throughout construction.
CONSTRUCTION BUDGETING: Prepare preliminary construction estimates during conceptual design phase and final construction estimates for Design Build Projects.
DESIGN BUILD SERVICES: As a licensed Alabama Home Builder, Cherri can provide Architect led construction ‘true design build’ services for Studio C projects.
INTERIOR MASTER PLANNING: Exploration of design possibilities, recommendation of best solutions, prioritizing, work scope development, and consideration of project phasing
INTERIOR SELECTIONS: Product search, selection, and design solutions for tile, cabinetry, decorative lighting, molding, hardware and finishes
- As-Built Drawings
For renovations and additions, the project starts first with creating as-built drawings. We spend time at the home and measure, photograph and document the existing structure and then create floor plan, exterior elevations and roof plan drawings of the existing conditions so that we can start the design process with the most current and accurate information about the existing conditions.
- Schematic (or Conceptual) Design
During schematic design, we formulate a concept which turns our written description and adjacent diagram into spatial definition. This theme, much like the topic sentence in a paragraph, directs our design work. Schematic design is perhaps the most important time we spend interacting with clients. At this stage, we have frequent discussions in order to keep clients abreast of our work and direction. During these meetings, we present drawings that describe design ideas with respect to your budget. Throughout schematic design we expand your design options as well as challenge your and our own assumptions to ensure that the project design is exactly what you want.
- Design Development
After reviewing the options completed in schematic design, we all work together to choose a future design direction. In most cases, we find that the chosen direction is a compilation of several ideas from the schematic design phase. At this point, we continue to define, through plans, elevations and sections, the size of rooms, types of materials, and exact placement of the building. During this phase, we study the whole building as a system, including discussing your sustainable/”Green” options, and discuss specific construction issues which may affect the final project. During this phase, a fairly accurate cost of construction may be obtained from the drawings we prepare.
- Construction Documents
In order to convey all of the discussions, decisions and drawings that result from schematic design and design development as precisely as possible, a set of detailed documents are prepared. This set informs the builder of the appearance and construction detail of the trim, built-ins, doors, and surface elements. These documents outline the expected level of performance and quality, both in written and drawn format. Construction documents insure the final product matches the product you ultimately envisioned after working through the design process. They also ensure the bids you receive from contractors reflect the details and quality you expect. In addition to securing design decisions made by you and the architect, construction documents also minimize change orders and stressful snap-judgments made on the job site. At the end of this stage, we continue to work with you, as your advocate, to select a contractor (when necessary) and/or sub-contractors.
- Bidding, Permitting & Construction Observation
During this stage we operate as our clients’ advocate to ensure work is performed to the standards and quality described in the contractual documents we prepared. As part of our role, we answer contractors’ questions, communicate details when requested and make regular job site visits. Since the actual construction is often a busy and stressful time for our clients, our presence during construction is usually appreciated.
Choosing the right architect is absolutely essential to a successful project. So, it’s vital to find an Architect who listens and understands your style and needs. Once you’ve decided, here are a few simple things to do before meeting with us:
TIPS ON PREPARING FOR YOUR DESIGN PROJECT
Collect an Idea Portfolio
Go through magazines, either pulling out or marking pages that have pictures that appeal to you. The most comprehensive portfolios would have pictures in each of a number of categories, such as Exterior Appearance, Kitchen Ideas, Bathroom Ideas, Landscape Ideas, Window Ideas, Flooring Ideas and so on. However, if you do not have time to make an extensive collection, any pictures you provide will be extremely helpful. These photos will help to inform us of your style and general likes and dislikes. There are many great resources for inspiration on the internet too-like Houzz and Pinterest. Many of our clients create and share a pinterest account with us as we start working on a design.
Form a List
Create a list of some of the uses that you want your new project (house or building) to fulfill. This list could include things like the number of family, guests or employees who would normally be using it, and the types of requirements you have for dining, entertaining, working, solitary activities, and recreation.
Through work and discussion with us this list may change dramatically, however an initial list to get the ball rolling and open topics for discussion makes our meeting progress more efficiently.
It is important to know in advance what your budget will be.
Some people make the mistake of choosing design features that far exceed their budget. This results in ’shock and awe’ when the construction cost is revealed, and disappointment when the project has to be scaled back to a realistic cost. Your Architect should be advising you, all the way along in the design process, the relative cost of your plans.
It pays to be totally honest and realistic about your budget with your Architect. Designing on paper and working through budget issues in design is always more economical than design changes in the field during construction.
Open Your Mind
Having an open mind as design kicks off is the last, but possibly the most important part about getting your money’s worth from your use of a talented Architect.
Architects are trained to creatively design a project that meets your needs, while it reflects your unique requirements and tastes. If you are too prescriptive with your Architect, you are not maximizing their talent to create something that is uniquely yours.