Conceptual-design services vary depending on the complexity of a project and the experience of the owner. Most owners need our experience and research capabilities to determine the project’s requirements.
Programming consists of establishing & documenting requirements for your project including: design objectives, desired rooms or spaces, room sizes, relationships between spaces and relationships to the site.
The budget should estimate both hard and soft costs. Hard costs are construction related—material, labor, and the contractor’s overhead and profit. Soft costs are non-construction related—consultants, city and bank fees, and insurance. It is also important to assess if the budget is adequate to complete the project.
A few factors contribute to the project schedule:
- Owner’s schedule
- Owner’s decision ability
- Architect’s schedule
- Consultants’ schedules
- Project complexity
- Permit process
- Contractor’s availability
- Because of the various factors we will continually adjust the schedule as the project proceeds.
Cities and specific regions within cities have different sets of rules governing many aspects of your project. HMH’s experience in researching and understanding codes is critical to preventing costly errors.
Most remodels or additions to existing homes require a record of what is built. Since most of our clients don’t have drawings of their existingbuildings, we will need to create “as-builts.” We measure and create drawings of your building to use as a base to develop the new design.
SITE ANALYSIS AND SELECTION
Whether you already own a site or would like our assistance finding one, we are diligent when it comes to site analysis. Great design comes from a building’s relationship to its site, so we analyze how if can be best utilized for views, sun, land, access and enjoyment.