an Architect Can Help
clarify and refine your wants and needs.
Through a process called programming, we will discuss your
requirements, needs and budget. We then help define what is
to be built and establishes the project’s scope, many
times presenting you with creative solutions you might never
your needs specialized enough to warrant building a custom-designed
home, or would a tract home built to certain specifications
suit your needs just as well? The cost of building your custom
home and its anticipated value should be consistent with real
estate values of the surrounding neighborhood.
Share everything you can with your architect: your thoughts,
notes, sketches, photos from magazines — anything that
illustrates what you like. Tell us about your routines,
the way you function in your current home, and what you like
and don’t like about it. Doing so sets the stage for
building cost-efficiency into your project. By setting parameters
early in the process, we can help you control costs before
you even break ground.
often said that architects not only have the answers, they
also know the questions to ask:
many rooms will you need?
How will the home function?
Who will use it and how?
What are your tastes?
How long do you plan to live in the home?
Do you work at home?
How much time do you spend in the living areas, bedrooms,
kitchen, den, office or utility space?
How much time and energy are you willing to invest to maintain
Are you building for yourselves or future buyers?
this is your "forever home," we can:
flexible design options to accommodate your changing family
size or reduced mobility, as you grow older.
Help choose certain amenities that can affect long-term
value and resale.
Propose ways to lower energy costs and house maintenance
over the long term.
Suggest features such as window options that can protect
carpets, flooring and upholstery from damaging ultraviolet
the list of possibilities seems endless, we can help you see
the big picture and design solutions with the long term in
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