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Some philosophies behind our practice of architecture:

 

1.   Our costs are based on the time we spend on projects.  Each step of every project is intended to be independent financially.  Our compensation comes from our time and information.  We don't receive commissions, kickbacks or incentives.  Product suggestions are based on honest opinion.  We believe that fees that increase with what you spend (percentage of construction cost) create the appearance and possibility of a conflict of interest, and we do not support its use.  If we reference them, it is only in general terms to assist clients in budgeting.  When we think of a way to save you money, we don't want to be "penalized.  We also don't want to be "rewarded" just because you decided to spend more on your project.  We work on an hourly basis; on a standard fee schedule, based on project area; or on a lump sum basis, provided the scope of our work is clearly defined.  Our projects range from as little as one hour of design consultation to major alterations or new construction.

 

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2.   We never assume we know what is best for our clients.  Our approach is to present enough information so that our clients can make informed decisions themselves.  We are happy at any point to make decisions on your behalf if you indicate that is what you would like us to do.  We try to present choices in such a way that our clients can make informed "cost-benefit" decisions with the assistance of our experience and judgement.

 

3.   Our finished projects are more reflective of our clients' needs and desires than our own stylistic goals.  We do not impose on our clients any design themes or force them to look at things the way we do.  We influence the design by the range of alternatives we present in searching for common ground between our judgement and that of our clients.  In our opinion, the best evaluation of the success of our projects is the degree of our clients' satisfaction.

 

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4.   We like to solve problems on paper and in our imagination, not with saws and sledge hammers.  We describe the completeness of a set of documents on a scale of 1 to 5.  The minimum requirements (1) are enough for a building permit, but not to communicate the design intent clearly, define the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the building process, or the quality of materials and workmanship.  Although to be competitive with "standard" practices we will provide less than "class 5" documents, risks and responsibilities of the client increases with less complete design and documentation.

 

5.   We love what we do!  We hope our excitement and enthusiasm will add to your enjoyment of the creative process.

 

 
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