What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It used to be in the Architectural world we set up percent of construction numbers to handle the fees. These used to be in the 10-14% range for the smaller projects. And of course the larger projects would be a lower percentage like around 4 - 7%. But it is an analysis of how much time & effort will a project take. That's what it comes down to. How much time do we "think" it will take. And that is always up to speculation too.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We are required to do 12 Continuing Ed hours each year. I think we actually get more than that as a result of seeing the latest & greatest ideas that help us & you the client when dealing with the many different subjects that we are confronted with each day.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was born while my dad was in School studying to be an Architect. I was raised in and around this all my life and I have a Passion for creativity.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We do Residential New & Remodel Homes. We handle light to large Commercial Construction Projects. We've designed & built from ground up many building types. These would include Automotive Dealerships, Bank Buildings, Churches, Retail Centers, Multi-Family Condos & Apartments, Health Care Facilities including Assistant Living & Nursing Homes, Hotels, Restaurants, Mixed Use Facilities & many other building types.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of the first Restaurants that J. Christopher's Breakfast & Brunch started in 1996 we did a total renovation of it and it looks great.
We're also working on a brand new Culture Change Nursing Home that we are hoping will get built within the next year. It totally recreates the atmosphere of the old run down buildings that are housing our elderly. We are looking at a design that gets rid of the long, long hallways and give the residents back their freedom to actually feel like they are still at home. As well as give their family members something that they don't mind going to. Check out some of our photos on all these projects.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Primarily that Time is Money. If you come to the Design Table with all your ideas thought out and have some fairly precise ideas of what you want to achieve that helps the time frame a great deal. Of course we put our creative experience to work on each project we undertake to give you the best results for your money. But if you put together an Ideabook, as we call it, you will speed up the process a great deal.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Architecture is a creative profession but we also have some limits on that creativity. It can be things like the most common one, your budget... We can only do so much for what we are given to work with.
There are Limits on what we're working with too. What condition is the property in? If you are in the process of buying property you need to hire the professionals that know what to look for. We do that all the time. We call that "Due Diligence".
Limits can also be encountered with the Permitting Officials. There are limits on the project you might desire due to what zoning & Building Codes will allow. That is our job too. We do the research to tell you if we think it is possible to handle the Building you want in the location you want to build it.
These are just a few items, as there are many more.