The job of an Architect is a multi-faceted role. The core of what we do is design work for our clients (you)! Design is a fairly nebulous umbrella covering a range of phases that, when put together, add up to a complete architecture project. We will lay out what each phase consists of through a series of posts, including the construction phase, so you may gain a greater understanding of what to expect when you renovate or build your new home.
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Construction Administration: This is the final phase; your project is being built by the contractor. Construction Administration (CA) is typically the longest phase and for our clients it is usually the most exciting. The design and documentation is done, and you see your building rising up from a bare site or empty space to its final shape.
Eckxsudio is typically very active on the project during this phase. We observe the construction at the site and meet with you and the contractor as needed to answer questions that may come up along the way.
Given the wide-ranging scope of building programs and ever-changing conditions in the construction market, it is challenging for me to state how long it takes to build a house. Construction that takes 9 months to build in Dallas, Texas might take 12 months in another city due to a whole host of factors: different costs, different speed of labor, transport distances, weather, and more. In general, a rule of thumb is larger equals longer. There is only so much work a labor crew can complete in any given time period and more Building Program usually translates into a longer time to complete.
During construction we advise clients to have a very established communication plan. You as owner and client are always welcome to visit the job site and watch the progress. I welcome your feedback as time goes along, and I’m here to answer any questions. Having a good communication plan means that if or when you see something you might want to change or possibly add, you know who to contact and can be sure the change will be made correctly.
I’ve seen a client try to tell a subcontractor at the site where an item should be installed, and then the client showed up a few days later and the part was not located where the client wanted it. A good communication path to follow is to contact the Architect first and describe what you need, then the Architect will evaluate it and determine how to best communicate the change to the contractor. We might draw up one or more sketches to show how to do something – after all a picture is worth 1,000 words.
What’s left? Move in and enjoy. Let us be the first to say, “Welcome Home!”
Eckxstudio has written this series of posts on major phases of the design process. If you have any questions or are not sure where to start on your project send us an e-mail or post a comment below, and we will get back to you quickly.
This post was originally written before re-branding as Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture at the end of 2017.
At Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture, we design unique and stunning projects, individually crafted for our clients’ lives. We’re passionate about listening to your needs, wants and desires as inspiration to design the dream home you’ll never want to leave.