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The Step by Step Process


1. Meet and Greet:
The first step is to meet, get an idea of the scope of the project, and to show the client a bit about Sugarbeet Architects.  If this seems to be a good fit in working together, the architect, Catherine Scott will put together a proposal of hours, based on her experience as an estimate to complete the project; it is not a fixed price, but an estimate that both parties try to adhere to, and the architect will not exceed without consent from the owner.   The estimate may vary depending on whether or not the Client has requested a highly detailed set of drawings with specifications for each and every fixture or more simply a set to get through the local permitting process.  Once the proposal is agreed upon, it will be added to a standard A.I.A. contract and signed off by all parties.  If the scope of the project changes at any point, the parties will need to revisit the hours together. 


2. Programming:
Once the contract has been signed, Sugarbeet Architects will further define the scope of services based on the budget, the timeline, the conditions of the site, and all that is requested by the Client.  Photos portraying a specific style or character, a wishlist of wants and a list of things one does not like in a home are very helpful for the Architect and help to get all involved on the same page quickly.  Sometimes simply listening to the client is enough for the Architect to extract what it is the Owners are really looking for in their dream home.

3. As-Built Drawings:
The architect will need to gather any pertinent existing information such as the Improvement Location Certificate that shows the site information, measuring and photographing an existing structure, and gathering local requirements and guidelines necessary for a permit. 

4. Schematic Design:
At this time the Architect and the Owner work closely together to formulate the initial design solution based on the Programming Phase.  Conceptual plans and elevations will be drawn to give form to your ideas, functional as well as personal.  If the budget allows, a 3-D rendering may be executed to better clarify the design and/or as a study of how the sun will affect the project.


5. Design Development:
This stage will further develop and refine the design solution.  At this point, it would be helpful to bring aboard a contractor to help form up the team effort of identifying mechanical and structural systems,  and the quality of the finishes based on the budget.  Once completed, these drawings may be submitted to the Structural Engineer as well as to a certified HERS rater.

6. Construction Documents:
These will be the drawings used to submit for permit as well as to be submitted to the Contractor for a hard bid.  They will document the design in drawings and will include a site plan, floor plans, a roof plan, electrical and reflected ceiling plans, elevations, sections, details, structural as provided by the engineer, and interior elevations.


7. Construction Administration:
Once a permit has been issued and the Client has agreed to the Contractor's bid, the actual building process may begin.   As a continued part of the team effort, it is recommended that the Architect be included throughout the building process as a collaborative effort of someone who has been a part of the process from the beginning and who knows the reasoning behind putting wall "a" exactly where it is situated, be if for aesthetics, per local codes, or as a request from the Client.   At this point, the Architect may be used as the Client's representative to review the progress and the quality of the work to ensure that the initial idea that was executed by the Client is truly executed as a form that the Client will eventually call Home.


Catherine Scott
Sugarbeet Architects
Ph: 303.359.1134