We Organize the Design Process
Using 3D Technology to Support Project Planning
A 3D model not only gives the client defined views of the fronts and sides of a new home build, it also features the various textures, colors, and external products that can be used as well. When using 3D imaging, architects and clients can coordinate their efforts in designing a home that meets with all the expectations and preferences of the buyer.
Using the Right Mix of Colors and Textures
Using 3D imaging also allows clients and designers to experiment with a variety of color schemes and compare combinations of textures and hues. By taking this approach, the client is ensured that his or her home or remodel will feature just the right mix of colors, textures, and materials. Architects work closely with clients to ensure that their ideas are converted in a 3D model that represents their vision for their dream home’s design.
Making an Architect Selection
An architect selection is important in the pre-design phase of construction as the architect must be able to meet a client’s specifications and offer the proper support. Therefore, he or she should be flexible in meeting these objectives.
Implementing a Home-building or Remodeling Plan
During the pre-design stage of home-building or remodeling, the client and architect both outline the goals of the building project, including the expected obstacles and long-term objectives for the overall process. We at ZFE Design Build research the applicable building codes for the design and work to anticipate any problems that may affect schedules or budgets.
Filling in the Details So Work Can Progress
As the pre-design phase progresses, the most important design work takes place. Therefore, we, at ZFE Design Build, work with the client to outline the architectural plan. This plan encompasses the scope of work and identifies the functionality of specific spaces and their sizes. We also work with the client to determine the relation of the spaces in a home’s design.
Getting Your Design Ideas Organized
We put Your Thoughts On Paper
Milestone Building Goals
We encourage client and architect interaction. Therefore, it is important to know what milestones you wish to achieve and when you want them to be completed.
Reviewing the Initial Cost – Breaking Down the Expenses
Another area of the pre-design phase reviews the initial cost. Therefore, the following questions must be addressed:
- What is the client’s current budget?
- Is the client aware of all the costs that are involved? Project costs include profit and overhead, labor, and building materials. Other expenses include design charges and permit fees.
Other Consultative Services
Depending on the complexity of the building project, other consultative services may be required. These services cover the following:
- Lighting design
- Acoustical design
- Landscape design
- Mechanical installation
- Electrical installation
- Plumbing installation
- Fire protection
Performing a Site Analysis
A site of a new build is an important consideration in how the house will take form. Building access, landscaping, and views are influenced by the surrounding topography. A site analysis is frequently helpful, if not essential. A land surveyor can provide a precise survey of a building site.
Building Codes and Regulatory Approvals
The codes used for construction definitely impact the design of a home. As a result, building codes provide the parameters or frame of reference required to create a design. Without the implementation of building codes, public welfare and safety are compromised. An architect’s input can assist you in determining if exceeding the code minimum will offer more functionality or value to a project.
Sustainable or “Green” Construction Practices
Today sustainable building practices and advanced technologies make planning a home or remodel an exciting activity. Sustainable building practices have been established to save money over a home’s lifespan. While some of the “green” materials that are used cost more initially, they offer substantial savings in the long run. Working toward sustainability can assist you in creating a home that features a high concept design or cutting edge technologies.
Conceptual Estimates for Determining Cost
To help a client realize his or her vision more fully, we assist a client determine his or her conceptual estimate of a project’s cost. By taking this initiative, a client is motivated to short-list product choices and make more concrete decisions when creating a design.