As a residential architect, my job is to help families create homes that tell their unique stories: what they love, where they laugh, and how they live.
Every project, from a kitchen addition to a full house renovation, begins with a conversation about your family and your home. That conversation begins by asking questions. What space do you have? What space do you want? What kinds of spaces do you like? How much do you want to invest? Documenting your current space and working through your answers to these questions are crucial first steps in the process of designing a project that is unique to you and your family.
During the Design Phases, your story takes shape. Building on years of experience in residential design and construction, Taylor and your building team incorporate the information you provide and work to develop innovative solutions to your design concerns. Regular meetings to discuss design decisions, as well as potential cost and time implications are critical to this phase, and your involvement in the process is a key component.
During Schematic Design, your possible design solutions will be illustrated by diagrams, site and floor plans and conceptual elevations or renderings. At the end of this phase, you will have a preliminary design scheme that is functional, buildable and changes the way you think about your space.
Design Development is the phase of the project which describes, in drawings, how all the pieces of the project work together, including appliances, lighting, finishes and fixtures. It is important to retain the services of a contractor during this phase, if not before, to obtain rough pricing for your approval prior to moving forward to the next phase.
With the pieces of the project in place, production begins on a detailed set of drawings for the building department to review and the contractor to price and build. These detailed drawings can include floor plans, elevations, details, and lighting plans, as well as specifications for products and materials and quality standards to be used during construction.
Construction means that your project is coming to fruition, and Taylor’s commitment to exceptional client service means seeing projects through from concept to completion. The architect’s involvement in this phase helps minimize problems and prioritize your project goals, and we spend time during construction working with your contractor to answer questions and to see that your project’s design is realized.