ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN SERVICES
Commitment: Karen Smuland Architect is committed to create each home to be an authentic, distinctive place that unites your needs, lifestyle and values with the unique characteristics of the site, and to ultimately improve your daily living experience as well as your property’s value. KSA also provides value by maximizing: the efficiency of design; functionality; circulation patterns; spatial qualities; quality of light; furniture placement; energy-efficiency; form, scale, proportion, and harmony.
Site Analysis: Document and consider solar orientation and access, wind patterns, views, automobile access and optimum building location.
Building Program Development: Extensively review project scope, requirements and budget: including requirements for each space, style desired, lifestyle, furnishings, measurements, views, etc.
Green Building Advisor: Determine goals for project, advise and design home to meet LEED, Earth Advantage, Northwest Energy Star or other standards for certification; Prepare documents and coordinate submittal.
Schematic Design: Prepare concept sketches based on project requirements. Drawings will include site plan, floor plans with furnishings, and elevations. Revise, refine, or re-design Schematic Design until approved.
3D model: Cutting-edge software using BIM (Building Information Modeling).
Construction Documents: Prepare drawings required for construction: Site Plan, Floor Plans, Elevations, Building Sections & Details; Foundation and Framing Plans (excluding structural calculations, done by a structural engineer); construction details, lighting design and kitchen design.
Contractor Selection: Assist the Owner in selecting a Contractor by either negotiating or obtaining proposals and bids for contracts for construction.
Material Selection: Advise the Owner in making selections for all materials and finish colors for the shell of the home including windows, roofing, siding, stone, doors and trim. Interior design services also available.
Construction Administration: During the construction, make regular site visits and assist the general contractor regarding the interpretation of the construction documents.