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We have a comprehensive list of goals for your projects that take into account various aspects of sustainability, client needs, and environmental responsibility. To ensure that your projects align with these goals, here are some specific strategies and considerations you can incorporate into your design process:

 

  • Client Interaction and Budget Consciousness:

  • Conduct thorough client interviews and needs assessments to understand their goals and priorities.

  • Establish clear communication channels to keep clients informed and engaged throughout the design process.

  • Provide cost-effective design alternatives that align with the client's budget while still achieving their goals.

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  • Resource Efficiency and Sustainability:

  • Consider adaptive reuse of existing structures or elements to reduce waste and resource consumption. Find ways to make roomss feel more spacious even in tight conditions.

  • Implement energy-efficient design strategies, such as optimizing building orientation for natural light and passive solar heating.

  • Explore the use of recycled and sustainable materials in your designs.

  • Prioritize low-impact construction techniques and practices.

  • Note: It is not always necessary to build extensively. Sometimes a change in furniture locations or removing some walls or adding windows can solve the problems with the existing design.

  • Climate Resiliency:

  • Conduct climate analysis and design with climate resilience in mind, considering factors like extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

  • Include features such as flood-resistant foundations, stormwater management systems, and resilient building materials.

  • Material Selection:

  • Choose materials that are renewable, recycled, or locally sourced to minimize carbon emissions from transportation.

  • Evaluate the environmental and social impact of materials to ensure they are fabricated without harming communities.

  • Prioritize materials with long lifespans to reduce the need for frequent replacements.

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  • Nature-Inspired Design:

  • Incorporate biophilic design principles to enhance occupants' connection to nature, even in compact spaces. Introducing natural light can make spaces more pleasant .

  • Use natural forms and patterns in your designs to optimize energy efficiency and work with natural processes.

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  • Zoning and Historic Context:

  • Familiarize yourself with local zoning regulations and design within the constraints they impose.

  • Respect and integrate the historic context of the area into your designs, preserving cultural heritage when applicable.

  • Well-Being of Occupants:

  • Prioritize indoor air quality, natural ventilation, and access to green spaces to promote the well-being of building occupants.

  • Design spaces that foster a sense of community and social interaction, even in dense urban environments.

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  • Life-Cycle Analysis:

  • Consider the long-term life-cycle costs and environmental impacts of your design choices, including maintenance and operational expenses.

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  • Collaboration and Certification:

  • Collaborate with experts in sustainability, such as environmental engineers and green building consultants, to ensure your designs meet sustainability standards.

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  • Continuous Learning:

  • Stay updated on the latest developments in sustainable design, construction materials, and technologies to continually improve your projects.

 

By incorporating these strategies and considerations into your design process, you can effectively optimize your projects to align with your stated goals and contribute to a more sustainable and resilient built environment.

PRE DESIGN

We meet with you to determine issues to be solved. Next, we'll develop a program, evaluate the site and/or existing building (s), check zoning, explore options, identify priorities and where to spend your budget.

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

We develop several options, sketch architectural layouts, and then meet with you to identify how these options help your needs. Then we help you prioritize your most urgent needs. With your feedback, we develop the schematic design for you to visualize the final schematic architectural design. For cost control, we work with contractors for a preliminary cost estimate.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Once you have decided on moving ahead with the design, we work out the schematic design with dimensions to assure everything fits. We will meet with you a number of times to help you decide upon the style of the design with a focus on details and the selection of materials.

 

Our design process is informed by sustainable technologies and green materials. We will produce a set of drawings with dimensioned plans and elevations with specific materials called out, details of how things are built, elevations for specific rooms (baths and kitchen, etc.), framing plans and electrical plans, schedules that show which windows, doors, finishes, light fixtures, hardware, and other components are used, where and what types of materials and methods are specified.

PERMITTING, BIDDING AND HIRING A CONTRACTOR

If there are permitting issues requiring special permits, we will help you prepare the documents and present to the relevant government boards. We help you develop a list of contractors. Our construction documents are used for bidding. We will then help you organize the bid to send out and finally select the contractor.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

We will observe construction work in progress to confirm compliance with the Construction Documents. We represent your interests during construction to make sure that the work, for which payment is requested, is correct. We help in resolving issues that arise during construction to make sure your interest is well served.
 

POST-OCCUPANCY SUPPORT

Once you occupy the space, we help you with any issues that might arise for the best functioning of your building.

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