Preliminary Design Phase
This is the very first phase of the architectural services
agreement. During this phase a thorough documentation of the
existing site is made. This may include documentation of existing
conditions in the case of a building alteration or site visitation
in the case of new construction.
Prior to our meeting(s) a client is expected to collect
images of desired solutions through books or magazines of
interest. Making a list of programmatic or pedagogic goals
also helps in preparing for these meeting(s).
Back in our office, conceptual ideas are put on paper to
create a preliminary plan of each floor and an exterior elevation(s)s
of the proposed building envelope.
Meeting(s) are then made to review these preliminary drawings
during which a back and forth discussion “critique”
takes place between us as the architects and you as the client.
We have found that this approach allows for the best solutions
to emerge for a given program need.
This phase of work typically accounts for one half of our
meetings and requires about one half of the total fees paid
to the architect.
Construction Drawing Phase
Once the preliminary design has been developed and approved,
the construction drawings are prepared. These are the technical
documents that are tailored to the requirements of the municipality
and will instruct the builder. This phase of work typically
takes one half of the remaining meetings quoted. Fees for
this phase of the services are quoted within our original
A well produced and detailed set of construction drawings
is crucial when building a house. At Thomas Baio Architect, we believe that our review process ensures that
your project will go forward with the least amount of complication
or confusion. At the completion of the construction document
phase, the Project Manager & the Principal Architect go
through the entire set of plans to insure that our construction
drawings are detailed and accurate.
This time-tested process helps clients save money by finding
trouble spots sooner and avoiding expensive oversights. Our
skills and experience let us bring broad and extensive knowledge
of architectural design, construction processes, and materials
to every project.
Bidding, Construction, and Completion
It is normal for us introduce several contractors for your
project. The contractors who work with us understand that
others are also bidding these same drawings. Different building
contractors bring alternative ideas to the bidding process.
Among many of the issues which need to be reviewed in selecting
the right builder for your project are the four aspects which
we have found to be the most crucial: Price, Quality, References,
and Speed. These crucial points properly reviewed in advance
help avoid the pit-falls of selecting the wrong builder in
haste or from the appearance of the lowest price. The completion
of this phase will include the recommendation of a payment
schedule and consultation aimed at producing a signed contract
with a builder. Bidding service fees tend to average about
1% of the construction cost
Construction administration is an often overlooked service
that we provid. In addition to the regularly scheduled job
meetings provided by us (usually on a weekly basis), we review
the progress of the work, answer questions, and facilitate
any changes that may be required along the way. Assistance
with final selections of finishes, fixtures, and even sometimes
colors are also made. Often we can be found sketching solutions
of details we envisioned right on the gypsum board walls of
the yet uncompleted house.
As construction completion approaches, we thoroughly inspect
your home to ensure that it is as we had expected and then
help produce a punch list of items needed to be completed
before a final payment is made. Finally, lien waivers are
obtained and forms distributed to the contractors for execution
and return to the client at which point the construction project
Fees for construction administration average about 2 to
3% of the construction cost.