Design / Build
Although we work with some very talented architects, we also do design work ourselves. You have the option then of collaboration with us or with a third party -an architect - as the situation requires. We aren't just designers, however, we're Design/Builders. What this means is that as we do the Design, we write a detailed Specification, and also do the Estimate, so you know exactly how much the design will cost when completed. This takes the guess work out. These are the three ingredients you must have for an accurate idea of your proposal. You know how much it will cost and you know it fits your budget. For a more detailed description of how Design/Build works, check out the article called Design/Build and Design/Build Part Two.
Be Your Own Architect. Want to do some of the design yourself? We advise our clients to buy 3D Home Architect. (About $80) This is the retail version of our powerful Cad program Chief Architect. With 3D Home, you can draw your own floor plan, add furniture etc, even do 3D walkthroughs, and then we can add the refinements and prepare working drawings for you by transferring your plans to our program. You are the blueprint what were collaborating on is the manifestation of your dreams. Its only proper that you have major input in the design. But without scale drawings your ideas mean very little. This program allows you to be creative and at the same time, accurate. Check out the Resources for Renovating
click on the plan at left to see a blueprint of the project.
About the programs: computer programs provide invaluable tools for design work, visualization, and estimating. We work with Chief Architect, which is a professional version of the popular 3-D Home Architect. This program provides all the bells and whistles that 3D Home is missing, and we invite you to join us at the computer to design your renovation and see a virtual reality tour of the project. To see a sample, click below.
Check out the Chief Architect Virtual Reality Walkthrough