FAQs2019-06-30T22:33:40-07:00

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions; we have answers. If you don’t see your concern listed here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How many projects have you completed?2019-06-21T11:43:39-07:00

I have completed approximately 800 projects over my 18 years in business. Initially, as a sole proprietor, I took on 10-12 projects a year, but now with six employees, I complete 50 – 60 projects throughout the course of the year. Of these, 65% are residential projects and 35% are restaurant, retail and commercial projects.

How do I work with an architect?2019-06-21T11:43:09-07:00

So glad you asked! Read more about our approach.

How do you charge for your services?2019-06-21T11:40:14-07:00

Our rates are hourly and tiered, based on the staffing required for the different phases of the project. Hourly rates are highest for my time, as senior architect, and my hours are concentrated at the outset of the project on the layout and floor plan. From that point, my designers progress the design and prepare all the permit and construction documentation and assist clients with specifications for everything from doors and windows to tiles, all at a lower hourly rate. At a more limited number of hours, I remain involved in every step of the process, ensuring quality control from the beginning to the end. At the outset of a project, you will receive a complete estimate of expected fees, based on other similar projects. We typically stay below the estimated amount.

What services are included in your work and which ones are not?2019-06-21T11:39:40-07:00

Services are unique and specific to every project, but typical services include: site verification for existing conditions, code research, schematic designs, detailed floor plans, 3D modeling, permit and construction drawings, and assistance with specifications for all materials that are “fixed” to the structure. We issue plans for permit and follow the process through until permits are issued. Full construction administration, contractor coordination and engineering services are included. We do not specify window treatments or residential furniture, typically, or provide interior design services for rugs, accessories or art. We refer to other professionals for structural engineering, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, as well as for construction and general contracting work. We also refer out for landscape design.

How long does a project typically take?2019-06-21T11:39:18-07:00

The design portion of a project is typically a six-month process from the initial meeting until we have a full permit set ready to submit. (Much of this timing depends on how quickly the client is able to make decisions). The length of time to obtain a permit depends on the City in which the plans are being reviewed and the complexity of the project. Our relationships with permit offices in Oakland and Berkeley usually result in a smoother, speedier permitting process.

Do you have contractors that you work with and can recommend?2019-06-21T11:38:31-07:00

Yes, we have a list of experienced and talented contractors with whom we have done projects in the past and enjoy referring to our clients. We will do our best to pair a contractor to a specific area where we know they like to work, or with a certain architectural style that we know they do well. We also take care to connect clients with contractors whose personality we feel would be a good fit. And we are open to introductions to new contractors when they come highly recommended by our client.

Can you provide references?2019-04-23T23:00:55-07:00

Answer here.

What do you require from your client and how much do they need to be involved?2019-04-23T22:59:19-07:00

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