Where to begin ...
Many of our clients say that they have never sought the help of an architect and don't know what to expect. Our design process offers clients a logical path to follow while bringing concepts from the schematic phase through the exciting building transformation. Our work process utilizes decades of residential and commercial building knowledge, and typically adheres to the following format:
Learning About You & Your Project
The initial project meeting allows us, at no cost or obligation to you, to meet you, visit the property that you are interested in renovating or developing, and learn more about the project as a whole. After the initial meeting, we will supply a detailed proposal. Upon acceptance of this proposal, we will begin the three phase process:
Schematic Design: Front Elevation
Phase I: Schematics
Phase II: Construction Documents
Phase III: Permitting, Bidding & Construction
We are not a "design build" firm. Instead, we become our client's primary resource for concept & design, establishing budgets, collecting and analyzing bids from numerous builders (including any that you submit), executing building contracts, sourcing unique or budget friendly materials, and monitoring the actual construction
process through project completion. In the third phase, we ...
Whenever possible we design spaces that take advantage of natural light, ventilation and solar gain. We specify the most efficient mechanical and electrical systems that the house will support. We guide clients to reclaimed or locally harvested materials, and recycle some historic elements that are not needed in one project, but can be used in another. We work closely with clients to locate reclaimed architectural elements that are appropriate to the period and design of their houses and that may be found at local salvage yards or other sources.
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Knowing What to Expect:
We are proud of the fact that we are truly advocates for our clients during the bidding and construction process.
When we prepare a contract for a client and General Contractor to sign, it represents a set price for the construction with a bench-marked payment schedule so that you know exactly what to expect.
If changes are made during construction, we will prepare detailed change orders so that you will always know exactly what the final cost will be.
Roger O. Hoit, AIA | 1175 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043 | (781) 749-5563 |