1. Get to know each other
The first step is to meet and discuss goals, budget and scope of project in order to get a sense of whether or not we're a good fit. Depending on the project, this meeting may also include a site visit. There is no charge for this initial meeting.
2. Brainstorm, design and
"The vast majority of homeowners who consider remodeling their house first call a builder. Builders are regarded as practical problem solvers who would have sensible ideas and could provide budget estimates. I say categorically that any builder worth his salt would recommend hiring an architect. Builders execute designs – they “build.” Architects offer design solutions and work with builders to develop strategies to achieve your goals. There is a myth – unfortunately based on conspicuous examples – that architects are inevitably extravagant and the architect’s fee would be an extra cost that would blow your budget. But let’s look at it another way. You have a fixed budget and should ask, “Who can assure me that I am getting the most for my money and am adding value to our house?” An architect can show you ways of saving money (sometimes more than his fee) and can add considerably to the value of your house." -John Milnes Baker