Residential Architect FAQ’s
What should I do to get ready?
- - Know your lifestyle and your tastes.
- - Start an image file by collecting pictures of spaces and buildings you like.
- - Create a list of the rooms and functions you want accommodated.
- - Write down your dream of the perfect experience in your completed home.
- - Identify your goals for the project schedule and budget.
Why should I involve my builder in the early design phase?
If you involve your builder (general contractor) from the beginning, they will provide additional help to keep the project on budget through the design phase. In addition, the builder will gain the insight of how your design evolved and will make informed decisions during construction process to maintain your design intent.
What is a typical timeline for a home remodel?
The project scope of a home remodel can vary greatly, but most take approximately 1-3 months timeline for design and creation of construction drawings. Municipal plan review and building permit approval will take approximately 4 – 8 weeks. Once building permits are approved and a contractor is selected, construction time ranges from 3-6 months depending on the scale and complexity of the project.
What is a typical timeline for a custom home?
Most custom home projects take approximately 3-8 months timeline for design and creation of construction drawings. Municipal plan review and building permit approval will take approximately 6-12 weeks. Once building permits are approved and a contractor is selected, construction time ranges from 6-24 months depending on the scale and complexity of the project.
How do I keep the project on budget?
DESIGNline ARCHITECTS offers an alternative Design/Build approach that will pin down the cost question quickly, so you can make the decision to move forward. We’ve developed a three-step approach:
- - Identify your budget and design goals, and offer a low cost conceptual design package. Once you approve the conceptual design and scope of work, we will work with your general contractor to confirm the approved design is on budget, with a construction cost estimate to within a +/- 20% range of variability.
- - Once the conceptual design and budget align, we will finish your final design phase. Then when the construction documents are 75% complete, we will again work with the contractor to refine the construction cost estimate to within +/-10% range.
- - And when the final project is bid to the subcontractors, the costs are locked in, assuming no design changes.
How do I get started?
To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the typical cost of construction?
This varies widely depending on the scope of work, location of the project, and the level of finishes. In general, a new custom home in Phoenix, Arizona in 2011 will start at about $150 per square foot (psf) with very simple finishes and range to $300 and up per square foot for high end finishes. Most of our homes fall into the $175-$250 psf range. When we meet with you, we can show you examples of the differences in cost per square foot.
What do I need to know about hiring an architect?
A licensed architect will translate your dreams into reality. DESIGNline ARCHITECTS will really listen to you and will pay attention to your needs, but will also contribute our extensive knowledge and design talents. This ensures that your home takes the most advantage of its own unique opportunities and is beautiful. This level of design directly impacts the quality of your life in the home and increases the resale value.