1175 main street, hingham, ma 02043

Working With Us


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


  • Measure and photograph the interior and exterior of your house, or the site for new construction.
  • Prepare "as built" plans of the existing house, which are required by Town Building Departments, and to use in the preparation of various design options
  • Prepare a preliminary construction cost estimate for the scope of work.

Side Elevation

Phase II: Construction Documents


  • After your approval of the schematic plans, we will prepare construction drawings including site plan, foundation plan, floor plans, exterior and interior elevations, building sections, and framing plans.
  • Prepare mechanical and electrical plans
  • Prepare a detailed document of materials specifications

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 ...

Rear Elevation

  • Submit the construction plans to the local Building Department and any other Town agency having jurisdiction over the property to obtain the building permit.
  • Solicit bid quotations from contractors and review all bid proposals and contractor references.
  • Draw up a contract for the work as specified and a schedule of work to be accomplished and payments due as the project progresses.
  • Supervise the construction process and respond to site conditions including regular inspections of the progress of the work.
  • Review and approve periodic applications and certificates of payment from the general contractor
  • Review and process requests for change orders and the submission of construction completion documentation.
  • Review the final "punch list" and the finished project to be certain that all details have been attended to and that you are completely satisfied with the results.


Green Design:


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  |