Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp Awarded Residence of the Year

Yellowstone Club's - Headwaters Camp

Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp by Dan Joseph Architects

YELLOWSTONE CLUB’S – HEADWATERS CAMP #djawest : Based upon utilization of historic Architecture, respect for cultural heritage, outstanding natural beauty and the incorporation of sustainable design principals, a Western States Architect has designed Mountain Living’s ‘Most Responsible’ Residence of the Year. 

The project Headwaters Camp, located in Yellowstone Club – Big Sky, Montana “is carefully cradled in a world defined by the orderly needs of program and the random artistry of nature in the extreme,” says the architect Dan Turvey.  Set upon the edge in a series of ponds, streams and falls designed by Turvey, a rustic cabin appears to hover over the sparkling waters of a high mountain alpine lake.  “Developing our Master Plan on this 22 acre parcel from among others available was a critical decision made by the owner,” says Turvey.  “It wasn’t readily apparent that such potential existed on a site that lent itself more to limitations than an envisioned family encampment.”

Designing a structure in the Rockies at 8000 feet, proximate to Yellowstone National Park presents many challenges; including an active seismic zone, annual snow fall approaching 8’-0” and an underlying geology that must be considered well in advance to undertaking any formal response.  Within these constraints the Architect looked to the National Park and our collective early century architectural heritage for creative inspiration.  “The idea was to showcase and celebrate an enduring, regional vernacular that conveys strength, permanence and a sense of confidence amongst an overwhelming panorama of majestic mountains and weather extremes,” says Turvey.  “The added practical benefits of this vocabulary allowed us to seamless integrate moment frames, shear panels and a wide flange ridge beam, while also accenting the dwelling with rafter tails, reclaimed dimensional timber and log assemblies throughout a substantial structure.”

The difficulties of achieving energy efficiency in a rustic vocabulary, which by this example utilizes the appearance of dove-tailed, hand hewn, sand chinked timbers, dry stacked stone and old world planking, was accomplished with an artistic approach of applying materials to a conventional wood framed structure.  The final result is a modest sized, 1800 sf, rustic dwelling that reflects sustainable values that have been honored at the highest possible level by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

This LEED-Platinum designated home is the first in Southwest, Montana and the third home in the state to receive any certification from the USGBC.  “The vision for Headwaters was to create a family camp that feels and looks like it has existed for 100 years,” says owner Todd Thomson.  “I was also determined to build a home that reflects my values as an environmentalist and board member of the World Resources Institute.”

Yellowstone Club's - Headwaters Camp

Near view of Headwaters Camp – Guest Cabin

Photo Insert:  The Guest Cabin as seen from the near side of a high altitude pond, which provides for family enjoyment while serving as a thermal mass for a WSHP exchange loop.The primary axis of the structure aligns to a water feature and another towards a magnificent view of the nearby Pioneer Mountain located deep within the Madison Range. 

Notice how this home gently keys into the waters edge, complimenting the rustic structure’s connection to the landscape.  (Photos by Audrey Hall) 

“Really what makes this project so special was the commitment on behalf of all the parties to push Headwaters Camp to a level that currently has no equal” says Turvey.  “In the big picture of things, the end product is a reflection of an Owner’s exceptional vision and directive.” while adding “The contractors collective commitment and determination to make the mark cannot be understated; without the teams applied effort, certification would not have been possible.”

Dan Joseph Architects shares the true power of architecture with a breathtaking example of a modest sized, rustic dwelling that reflects sustainable values.

 Green Building

‘Green Building’ often evokes images of rectilinear like structures with clean, geometric lines. So how is it possible for a Rustic Cabin that appears to have been built decades before, to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum rating: a top designation for residences awarded by the United States Green Building Council?

Consider for one…that the Headwaters Camp – Guest Cabin is an original design and likely the most efficient ever built; for instance eliminating problems of uneven settlement, air and insect infiltration normally associated with buildings of this type, a fully insulated Chimney and Fireplace enclosure and a WSHP- Pond Loop sized for Cabin and Home alike.

 Design – Performance Accomplishments

 1.  Hidden Seismic and Live/Dead Load Engineering – Wide Flange Ridge Beam, Micro-lam Roof Framing, Moment Frame, Shear Panels and Shear Walls all disappearing seamlessly into a structure that appears to have been built 100 years earlier.

 2.  Applied Reclaimed Finishes – Eliminating Air and Insect Infiltration typically associated with Rustic Dwellings; utilizing Dove Tailed Timbers, Dry Stacked Stone, Standing Dead…Log Beams & Columns, Rustic Wall/Floor Planking, and Dimensional Rafters/Beams.

 3.  Unique fully insulated, tube steel framed Fireplace and Chimney, utilizing an Isokern Fire Box and Chimney Chase.

 4.  WSHP – Pond Loop, Radiant Flooring, Air Exchange Units, Grey Water Reclamation, etc.

 5.  Super Insulated Structure (combined closed cell spray foam and batt overlay) and Triple Glazed Window Units

 6.  Conventional wood framing at prescribed, increased spacing, saving material and money

 7.  Over 100 – third party certified points in the designation of LEED Platinum.

Celebrate the universal capacity of Good Planning and Outstanding Design with Dan Joseph Architects

Regardless of vernacular, the principals of ‘Green’ building still apply; with DJA…Rustic and Western Design can now share in the same positive attributes that other environmentally responsible buildings enjoy; fostering sustainable building practice as a good steward of our natural resources.

 Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp:

 ‘Single Source’ Professional Services provided by Dan Joseph Architects

Construction Administration and Oversight · Site Master Planning: Building Envelopes, Aquatic Design (Ponds and Streams) · Infrastructure and Site Access Planning · Civil Engineering Coordination · Geothermal WSHP Engineering Coordination · Building Design – Schematics, Design Development, Construction Docs: Cabin, Horse Barn and Primary Residence · Structural Engineering Coordination · Architectural Review Committee submittals · Mass Modeling and all other related Professional Service tasking for this outstanding and unique High Mountain encampment.

Owners
Todd & Melissa Thomson
Headwaters Capital: Todd Thomson Walks the Walk
http://www.headwaters-capital.com/todd-s-thomson/articles/big-sky-mountain-high-todd-thomson-walks-the-walk/

Project  Location  Yellowstone Club – Big Sky, MT
http://www.yellowstoneclub.com/

Architect & Construction Administrator
Dan Joseph Architects – Big Sky, Montana
http://www.djawest.com/

Architect’s Consulting Engineers
Civil:  Allied Engineering – Bozeman, MT
Structural:  Bridger Engineers – Bozeman, MT
Geothermal:  Major Geothemal – Wheat Ridge, CO
Solar:  Independent Power Systems – Bozeman, MT

LEED Consultant    Kath Williams – Bozeman, MT
http://www.usgbcmontana.org/headwaterscamp.html

General Contractor
Highline Partners – Big Sky, MT

Interiors  Carole Sisson Design – Big Sky, MT

Photos by Audrey Hall
http://audreyhall.com/Home.html

Thinking of Building? Think “Design/Build”

Thinking of Building?  "Think Design/Build"

Pierce Lake Professional Center by Dan Joseph Architects

Thinking of Building? Think “Design/Build” #djawest :  Construction delivery is changing before our very eyes. Design–Build previously known as just another option to the built solution may now be the most preferred method of the built response. The old method in the separation of design and construction is not the standard in many other more complex and cost driven industries. Why then has there been a separation in building design and the construction process?

Well, formally and until just 1978, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct suggested that architects should not be allowed to participate in the construction process of any project, including design-build project delivery. Now repealed, owners are now choosing design-build for a number of good reasons (see attachment link below), including: Single Source for Design and Construction, Quicker Project Delivery, Guaranteed Project Pricing, Minimized Claims and Damages, Extended Product Warranties.

Further, Design-Build keeps the appropriate stake holders involved in the process from concept to turn-key, by formally integrating all entities into a simplified contractual agreement of “Single Source Accountability.”

ARE ALL ARCHITECTS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SINGLE SOURCE DELIVERY SERVICES?

The standard prerequisite is experience, capacity and diligence; therefore it is fair to say that not all Architects are equal in delivering a Design-Build service. However, the risk of taking on a professional practitioner that lacks experience in the built response can be greatly diminished by insisting that the Architect pre-qualify and collaborate with a well respected and capable Construction Manager.

WHAT QUALIFIES A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AS CAPABLE?

As in any endeavor a successful track record over a number of years is an important benchmark; but no less important is the utilization of a proven process and the comprehension to a number of related topics including:

Costing of Preliminary Design, Design Development and the final Construction Document (Uniformat, WBS, Master Format), including Request for Information (RFI’s), General Conditions, Allowances, Equipment Rentals, Estimated Costs, Solicitation of Bids (RFP’s), Self Performance, Cost Plus Work (T&M), Pay Applications, Change Orders, Wavier of Liens, Sworn Statements, Project Scheduling, On Site Supervision, Safety Program, Owner Review Documentation-Disclosures, Insurance, Bonding Capacity and other similar relevant matters.

VERIFY, VERIFY, VERIFY

Long gone are the days of Cost Plus Services (commonly known as Time & Material Agreements), when it was sufficient to enumerate a list of activities that equaled an owner proposed budget. Project expenditures can equal millions of dollars and each listed item of service or expense must be verifiable in both quantity and unit cost modified to equal regional norms.

Believe it or not there are still some contractors in the industry that will start with a proposed budget under a “Cost Plus” and will quickly allocate by percentage to multiple pages of cost, with no verifiable means in which to support the data of expense shared. Simply stated, if the line item is not quantified, it is not valid, should be held as suspect and is likely erroneous!

Engaging a process that is not verifiable results in one of two outcomes; the first is in the proclamation that the final cost is under the overall budget. Such a declaration is meaningless; with some diligence in review, it will be revealed that while some line items are much less then anticipated, many more are over….either way the owner will likely have paid much more then the value of the total work provided in a game of pushing numbers to match an inflated, unverified, misrepresentation of expenditure.

The second possible outcome of an unverified process of project delivery is a long parade of Requests for Change Orders. Change Orders can either be for deductions (reduced scope of work, substitution of means, methods or materials), or for adds. The emphasis here is Change Order Adds or a Request for Change Orders that inflate the final contract amount. If the unverified sum proposed is undervalued, say due to an error of not pumping the number high enough for a safe outcome, the result will be in the form of a dreaded Change Order.

So take note…predictable project expenditures will require consistent, verifiable means of back checking; and in the absence of quantifiable measures, your final project cost will most certainly exceed your expectations.

(Please note that some Change Order Adds are legitimate, such as: Owner driven requests for change, unknown below surface conditions, missing detail, etc. and will not be expanded upon during this brief discussion.)

THE PERFECT STORM

By example here is one scenario that you should avoid at all costs.

The contractor is charming, energetic, articulate, they also appear to be competent and have completed a few projects in the area; in fact they may have even been introduced by an acquaintance or friend that was introduced to the contractor in the same unsuspecting manner. Accomplishments are often times exaggerated, as they confidently offer to cost out your project. Within a few days or sooner they will have quickly presented you with an estimate, likely well before any other reputable contractor and at a price that appears to be competitive.

Interested, you invite them back for another discussion. During this meeting you may feel a little rushed; as the contractor talks about pending weather, a backlog of work or perhaps that labor and material pricing is at an all time low…”now’s the time to act” you are told. During your discussion a budget that appears very well organized and detailed, over many categories and a number of pages is pushed across the table. In your review it appears to all be all accounted for, plainly stated and best of all the contractor has offered to perform this work on a cost plus basis.

Cost Plus you are told is by where all work is completed for the submitted cost and a reasonable margin will be added to the bill later for overhead and profit. You talk about the margin of mark-up and settle on a percentage that works well for both parties. During this meeting or perhaps later on you are presented with an agreement where the basis of payment is “Cost of the Work” plus a fee and there is no “Guarantee of Cost”. Wow what a deal…you are only going to pay for cost and a small margin of mark-up to oversee your project!

At this point you willingly sign the agreement, pay the deposit and work commences. However upon the first pay request some of the costs have been exceeded and suddenly you are confronted with requests for Change Orders (a formal document that inflates the contract sum). After several months into construction a pattern of busting budgets and requesting change orders is well established. You are told that while some items have exceeded expectations, many others are under and the in the end it will all even out. You aren’t happy, but you feel stuck…what can you do; you’ve got to finish the project? If you pull the plug now, it becomes just a heap of uncompleted work; you will loose momentum, be distracted from your work and will end up with yet a larger headache. You decide to bite the bullet and sign off on the change orders.

Truth be told…far too many good natured and unsuspecting home owners have been down this bumpy road. But what can you do, how do you build the home of your dreams for a fair and predicable price? Here is some practical advice….

First, I highly recommend that large scopes of work be delivered under a Design-Build enterprise; dollars will be maximized under this arrangement and allows you to be in control of the project every step of the way. Next, if you are determined to work under a separate agreement for the built solution, have several reputable, competent and capable contractors competitively bid the project…per plans and specifications, under a Lump Sum–Fixed Fee Agreement. The price will be competitive, is guaranteed and change orders will be less frequent. Lastly…if you are determined to work under a Cost Plus arrangement be forewarned….

Under a Cost Plus agreement profit incentives invite the following: Less on-site management (reduced overhead for the contractor, more cost to you, shoddy workmanship, mistakes), a buddy system of sub-trade selection (higher pricing, inappropriate gifts or referral fees, no competition), delayed and extended schedules (padding down time between projects, increasing profits, working on other projects), requests for multiple change orders (costs exceeding a poorly estimated and managed project expense), work performed is on your clock not theirs (dramatically increasing labor costs, hiring of incompetent craftsman, inaccurate or false reporting of time, material, equipment, etc.), increased cost of equipment rentals (the longer the equipment is on site the more margin paid the contractor)…the list goes on and on and on.

At the very least…if you are going to move forward under a Cost Plus arrangement despite the many pitfalls and disadvantages, require the following:

i.) That each itemized line of expense be supported with “units of measure” (cubic yards, square foot, tons, board feet, per item, allowance, man-days, etc) and the “price per unit”, that can be compared to the architects take-off and other competing contractors estimates. Remember…in the absence of these “units”, the estimate and thus the proposal or agreement is bogus!

ii.) After confirming all units of measure to the plans, estimates, etc. approve of the amount(s) as an “NTX” or a “Not to Exceed” only. In other words the amount noted is the cap…approval is not granted for sums exceeding this amount. However, this arrangement will not guarantee you a price that will be less then the sum proposed; and in fact will likely equal or exceed the amount noted in the desire to earn all available sums within grasp of the contractor.

iii.) Be leery of work self performed by a contractor that can be competitively bid for less by outside sub-trades.

iv.) Watch for material, finishes, or equipment, etc. substitutions that reduce the cost that are not translated into a savings for you or the project; but rather improve the contractor’s margin of profit only. e.g.: windows, flooring, hardware, roofing, furnaces, etc., etc.

Wrapping up…many contractors are reputable, honest and deserving of praise and sums paid for their service; this example has been provided in the attempt to help the unsuspecting from becoming victims of tactics by dishonest business practices known to exist in the market place.

CONCLUSION

With decades of construction specific and professional service experience, Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ is ready to assist with your project needs. We have prepared a list of pre-qualified contractors and continue to interview, audit process and capacity to meet the growing list of tomorrows demand. Give us a call and discover the joys and the many advantages of a Design-Build Team for your next project!

POINTS TO REMEMBER

1. A Design-Build relationship keeps all stake holders actively involved as “Single Source” accountable from concept to completion.

2. Not all architects are capable of delivering an effective Design-Build service; qualify experience, capacity and diligence.

3. Design Build is the most competitive, timely project delivery system known, as supported by intensive study (see attachment below)

4. When selecting a Contractor, a successful track record over a number of years is an important benchmark; but no less important is the utilization of a proven process and the comprehension to a wide range of related topics.

5. Most importantly…predictable project expenditures require consistent, verifiable means of back checking; and in the absence of quantifiable measures, your final project cost will most certainly exceed your expectations!

6. Stay away from “Cost Plus” agreements for large scoped projects.

Click on the link below to view Design Build attachment:

http://www.djawest.com/DesignBuildBrochure.pdf

Saving on Professional Service Fees and More

Saving on Professional Service Fees and MoreSAVING ON PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FEES #djawest :  More than ever Architects are aware of a demand to deliver value for the least amount of expenditure.  By allowing clients to define specific assistance as needed, or to alternatively budget and bundle a multiple of defined tasks for a fixed fee, Architects can and do maximize the value of assistance provided.

Think of it this way…a trip to the grocery store often times is augmented with a list of things to purchase; and more times then not, could be categorized by the isles in which a product would be found.  This predetermined, systematic approach allows you to maintain focus on what you really want, while gathering those things in the shortest time possible….purchasing architectural services can be thought of in a similar manner.  There are many isles and many products or services that could distract you from the few things that you may be willing to purchase.

Often times, consumers think of Architects or the services they provide as just “well rendered plans and elevations” and not much more; however in the broader context of true professional tasking, a mature Architect will earn his or her fee many times over by delivering a precise solution, at the highest quality, for the least amount of construction dispute and hard cost required to build your project.

In affect, a seasoned Architect understands a wide range of issues that in the opinion of most professionals are considered non-negotiable; as a short list those concerns may look something like this:

Planning
Design & Construction
Operations & Maintenance

Within these broad categories, there are multiple isles; and found within those isles are many, many items on the shelves in consideration to the tasks undertaken.  For example under Site Analysis alone, a very important step in the Design Process, there are dozens of evaluation categories and hundreds of checklist items.  By understanding that many tasks are involved in the comprehensive delivery of a top-notch, professional service, it becomes very easy to acknowledge that fees for certain assignments would equal tens of thousands of dollars.

 SO WHAT NOW…HOW CAN I AFFORD AN ARCHITECT ???

Well…strategies will vary and much dependant on the depth and breadth of the actual project, intended use, public safety, zoning, etc.; for instance say a Community Hospital verses a Private Residence; however most Home Owners may find the following fairly useful:

SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE

SCHEMATIC PHASE

  1. Think about your space needs or program; write them down.
  2. Understand and inventory various Site considerations. (see Site discussion below)
  3. Determine your budget or what you can afford for construction (all inclusive including Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management Fees).
  4. Think about an Architectural Style or character.
  5. Visit with three or more Architects on Site; discuss items 1 thru 4.
  6. Ask for a firm price to generate a Schematic Design only; of what they themselves would propose as a solution given the shared constraints.
  7. Request that the work product be in the form of a scaleable sketch of floor plans and each of the 4 primary elevations.
  8. Qualify that Plans and Elevations are yours to own for single use, provided you pay in full for all services rendered.
  9. Require that they provide a progress review document at the 30%, 60%, 90% and at the final solution phase of tasking.  Doing so allows you to comment and direct revisions along the way during this period of tasking.

Please note that if the Architect doesn’t seem to understand your goals and or that the work progress is inferior, reserve the right to cancel service immediately during any scheduled progress review meeting.  For instance, if you dismiss the Architect at the 30% review phase, only 30% of the fee would be due; and only if he or she had completed at least 30% of the work. Incidentally all progress payments would be paid along the same percentages noted.

The design is now your property….to complete as desired; you may terminate all services at this point, or alternatively if you are satisfied with the work product through the 100% review phase, you may now elect to allow the Architect to continue with tasking during the Design Development Phase of service.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE

  1. The development side of activities will allow for a refinement of concepts, detailing and consideration to structural and performance aspects of the dwelling.  In fact, performance considerations should occur during the Schematic phase as well and continue to evolve during this period of work. (see comments re: Engineering below).
  2. Ask for a firm price to undertake Design Development only; and a short and long list of things yet to be completed.  Next decide what tasks are of value to you; then have this scope priced accordingly.
  3. Like before, require that the Architect provide a progress review document at the 30%, 60%, 90% and at the final solution phase of tasking; allowing you to comment and direct revisions along the way.  At any point the Developed Design remains your property and may be completed any way you would like; you may terminate all services at any phase of completion.  Alternatively, if you are satisfied with the work product through the 100% review stage, you might allow the Architect to continue with tasking during the Construction Document Phase of service.

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT PHASE

  1. As the name implies, the Construction Document phase is the assimilation of all work to date prepared and presented as a Plan or “How-to-Build” document.  The importance of this document should not be understated.  For most, a well prepared plan and accompanying specifications will save the Owner many times the actual cost for this service.

However, like anything there are exceptions to rules; an experienced builder in collaboration with a competent structural engineer may proceed with minimal plans, supplementing documents to building officials with detail cut sheets.

  1. Ask for a firm price to undertake the Con Docs only; and a list of things yet to be detailed.  Then decide what tasks are of value to you and have this scope priced accordingly.
  2. Yup…just like before, require that the Architect provide a progress review document at the 30%, 60%, 90% and at the final solution phase of tasking; allowing you to comment and direct revisions along the way.

ENGINEERING

Do not dismiss the need for engineering review; and keep tasks well defined as you had previously for the Architect.  Ask for cut sheets in lieu of drawings and a list itemizing proposed activities.  If there are any coordination issues to be undertaken with the Architect, make sure that the Architect has already agreed that those issues will be included with the Design Development phase of tasking.  Activity for this type of service…if managed correctly, can be very cost effective.

SOIL BORINGS

Some understanding of underlying bearing capacity will be needed to size footings, bearing pads, etc.  In questionable terrain, soil borings are required for each and every home location; in other parts of the country the geology is fairly predictable and may not require a formal analysis at all.  Verify this important consideration with the Engineer before undertaking a soil analysis.

SITE

Visit with your Architect regarding the following:  Property Lines, Setbacks, Right-of-Ways, Utilities, Building Restrictions, Sight Lines (in and out), Solar Access, Septic, Well location, Entry Procession, Landscaping and Hardscape Schemes, Privacy Issues, Security, Future Expansion (on site and off), Wildlife Habitat, Drainage, Erosion, Slope, Geology, Existing Trees and Vegetation, Snow Storage, Emergency Services access…..and so forth.

COSTING

What a sad day it would be…if all the effort taken to effectively buy-out professional services was lost by engaging an unscrupulous builder.  Some shifty-hacks (undeserving of the name Builder), will attempt to blur costs by throwing big numbers at you and then substituting inferior means, methods and materials during construction.  Further, you are no better off by engaging large scopes of work under a time and material basis either (hourly fees).

Look…it’s very simple; using the store analogy if you buy a bunch of bananas you pay by the pound; if you want the best price for a bunch of bananas you check the price per pound everywhere.

That’s it….simply ask for quantities of materials i.e.: Cubic Yards of Concrete, price for material and the price per CY Installed, Floor Framing and Sheathing, Wall Framing and Sheathing, Trusses and Sheathing, Roofing, Window and Door Openings, Painting….you get the idea.  Break everything down to labor (including mandays) and material, and then compare pricing to others performing those same tasks.

Now don’t think that you are safe at this point…I’ve witnessed all trades coordinating price and manipulating quantities and data in the attempt to rake in huge sums from unsuspecting owners.  I strongly suggest that you engage an Architect or Construction professional to verify quantities and expected costs before bidding; and unfortunately not all Architects or Contractors are capable of performing these tasks either…so please be careful.

I’ve personally saved my clients hundreds of thousands of dollars (often times on a single project), by putting their better interest first, and quantifying the work well before it was even undertaken for installation.  Don’t become a victim!!! Profit gouging occurs more times then most would ever care to admit or even realize…

You know what…stay tuned! I’m thinking of an upcoming blog that will utilize real-life stories, that I hope by example will help a lot of people when undertaking their own projects.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

If you are capable and competent, managing your own construction project will save you thousands in this area of responsibility.  If you are not Construction specific capable, you stand to loose a large percentages of your budget to profiteering…no matter the size or value of the undertaking.

With proper administration, delivered by an experienced and qualified Architect or Construction Manager, final pricing can be verified, proven as fair, responsible and guaranteed from the onset.  Certainly there will be open allowances for unknowns such as weather conditions, below grade obstructions or debris, undetermined geology or water table, etc.; but over all in the right hands, the process will give you much peace of mind and save you money.

WHERE ARE ALL MY SAVINGS ?

Simple, you have taken a walk down the fewest isles possible, selecting only the few items of service that you most value.  Bottom line…if you utilize this strategy you will save big money, allowing nearly anyone of modest means to afford an Architect and other construction services.  Like a water faucet, you control the flow and quantity of activity based upon budget, performance demonstrated and the information or tasking needed.

OTHER ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES

As shared earlier there are literally hundreds of tasking responsibilities in play when delivering professional services; visit with your Architect and discuss these topics:

a.) must have
b.) nice to have
c.) and the things you are willing to do without.

CONCLUSION

With decades of construction specific and professional service experience, Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ is ready to assist with your project needs. Give us a call and discover the joys and the many advantages of a Design-Build Team for your next project!

POINTS TO REMEMBER

  1. A predetermined, systematic approach allows you to maintain focus on what you really want, while gathering those things in the shortest time possible….purchasing architectural services can be thought of in a similar manner.
  2. A mature Architect will earn his or her fee many times over by delivering a precise solution, at the highest quality, for the least amount of construction dispute and hard cost required to build your project.
  3. If your Architect doesn’t seem to understand your goals and or the work progress is inferior, reserve the right to cancel service immediately during any scheduled progress review meeting.
  4. The importance of a Construction Plan should not be understated.  For most, a well prepared Con Doc and accompanying specifications will save many times the actual cost for this service.
  5. If there are any Engineering coordination issues to be undertaken with the Architect, make sure that the Architect has already agreed that those issues will be included with the Design Development phase of tasking.
  6. Verify your soil bearing capacity requirements with the Engineer.
  7. Understand all limitations and potential opportunities of your Site.
  8. If you want the best price for a bunch of bananas…you must check the price per pound everywhere!
  9. Unfortunately, not all Architects or Contractors are capable for performing detailed cost analysis…so be careful.
  10. With proper administration, delivered by an experienced and qualified Architect or Construction Manager, final pricing can be verified, proven as fair, responsible and guaranteed from the onset.
  11. Like a water faucet, you control the flow and quantity of activity based upon budget, performance demonstrated and the information or tasking needed.
  12. Stay tuned! I’m thinking of an upcoming blog that will utilize real-life stories, that I hope by example will help a lot of people when undertaking their own projects.