“Dana worked in a way that made her relationship with us personal. She made it clear that she valued our goals and kept her team involved and on schedule at all times. I have never had as involved of an experience with any Architect as I have had with her and her team.” – Chuck Holt, Lexington ISD Superintendent
I have seen this question a lot in some form or fashion over recent years. It is my opinion that it is the Architect’s job to help determine what you need and work with your style. I have worked with many clients in residential, commercial and government applications. Every client is unique, and requires a different approach. Yes, of course, I have a style that I like, but what I enjoy designing is for you. That is part of the challenge brought to the table, and what makes these projects new and exciting everyday. A good designer should be able to step outside of one box and into another, or better yet, not have a box to constrain at all. With proper focus we should be able to reach your goals.
“I just wanted to thank you for doing what you say you will when you say you will and even going beyond. I don’t usually encounter that in my line of work, and I want you to know how much I appreciate it.” – James Siegert, General Contractor
As soon as possible! If you look over at the “Services” page you can see that we can get started in the process early. As soon as you are thinking about what your possibilities are an Architect is trained to help you get to the end. The answer is similar regarding the contractor. While traditionally, you get started with your Architect, and then you can competitively bid to contractors I am finding that model to be more and more rare. It is not uncommon at all for a client to find a builder first, then be directed to an Architect. Your report with your contractor can be more important than the low bid. Keeping that in mind, having your contractor on board during the planning stages with the Architect can increase your likelihood of getting you a more refined finished project that finishes on time, in budget, and meets your needs. In short, the answer is “now.” Let us help you answer the rest of your questions.
“We have worked with three different designers and have not been able to get to a design solution that we were happy with. You have just hit it out of the park on the first try.” – Karl Hilberg, Custom Residential Client