In this phase, there are two principle questions that are asked:
1. What is being built?
2. Who is it being built for?
These questions tell us what the overall scope of the project will be and who will be using the structure when it is complete. Knowing and understanding the end user is critical to making buildings that excite and satisfy. As part of all our residential projects, we ask the client to fill out a detailed questionnaire that explores their priorities and lifestyles.
This is where the creativity begins. Creativity is an exercise in "what if". Inspiration can come from many sources: the site, an in depth understanding of the client or perhaps even an object the client holds dear. The key is to not throw away any of the "what ifs" before they have had a chance to inform the design process.
In this phase the schematic design is taken to the next level. The spaces are refined and developed in three dimensions, structure is planned and material selections are begun.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The documents created in this phase describe the building in detail. These are the "instructions" that tell the contractor what to build.
The administration phase is critical to making sure the client gets what they paid for. Site visits, submittal review and payment application certification are all part of what we can do for the client.
Think of green building as better building.Green building, or sustainable design, is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and reducing buildings negative impacts on human health and the environment over the entire life cycle of the building.
There are many levels of "greenness" and attaining some of those higher levels can still be expensive. There are however, many ways to achieve good results in the categories above by making good choices and insisting on quality architectural detailing and best construction practices. We can help you make those choices, detail them properly and connect with a contractor who has the knowledge and concern to implement them.
WHAT WE DO
Homesmith Architecture can tailor it's services to fit your project and budget. We design everything from residential additions to commercial projects. We pride ourselves on keeping up to date on the lastest in technology and innovations for cost saving, sustainable, well designed structures.