Q: How much does it cost?
A: Our fees are only a small part of the total cost of your project.
When assessing your budget, both "hard cost" (also known as "construction cost" - including materials, labor, and contractor’s profit & overhead) and "soft cost" (including surveyor’s fees, architect’s fees, structural engineer’s fees, reimbursable expenses, taxes, permit fees, and a contingency fund) need to be considered.
Your budget should allocate a minimum of 30% for "soft cost".
Some projects have unique features which may require specialized services, such as geotechnical engineering, soils testing, and environmental impact analysis. We will help you assess your project and establish an appropriate budget, if needed.
Q: How do I find the right contractor?
A: Our studio works with many of the most talented builders, subcontractors, and suppliers in the Pacific Northwest, ranging from small shops to large companies. We are happy to provide suggestions of builders who have demonstrated success with projects of similar size and style.
Q: What's the first step?
A: Contact us, and be sure to tell us a little about your project goals, timeline, budget, and location. If your project seems like a good fit for our studio, we typically schedule a phone call to discuss more specifics and then set up a time to meet in person. After this meeting, we'll follow up with a proposal for services.
A: A good rule of thumb is that the design process takes about as long as the construction process. Small projects can take as little as a few weeks, while larger or more complex projects can take months, a year, or longer.