Services

PROJECT TYPES:

  • New Homes
  • Home Additions
  • Home Remodels
  • New Commercial Buildings
  • Commercial Additions
  • Commercial Remodels / Build-Outs

OUR SERVICES:

We try to get a good understanding of your project and put together a package of services that meet the needs of your project.  We can provide very preliminary services just to see if your project is feasible or provide complete services or to any point between.  We try to be as flexible as possible for our clients.

Preliminary Design Consultation Meeting:
Up to a 1 hour long, no cost and no obligation design consultation meeting with an Architect to discuss your project so that we can get an understanding of your wants and needs, evaluate if your project is feasible and prepare a proposal of our services.

Hourly Consultation:

Consultation with our staff on an hourly basis can be performed for a variety of services and as needed.

Project & Code Analysis:

We review your project needs and research the building and zoning requirements for your building site and determine the local building authorities building requirements and restrictions for your project.

Public Meetings/Zoning Variations:

If some type of public meeting is required, including zoning variance or annexation into a village, we assist the owner in preparing for these type of meetings or we do the actual presentation as the owner representative.

Design Development:

We pull together all your wants, needs, and must haves for your project and mix in our ideas and vision for your project through a series of design presentations.  Our designs are presented in various forms, including 2D plans and elevations and 3D drawings so we can convey our design ideas to you.  We also keep our eye on your budget by presenting estimated construction costs.

Construction Documents:

After you approve the design for your project, we expand on the design and prepare detailed drawings as needed to obtain a permit from the local authority and a contractor can bid and construct your project.

Bidding Services:

We assist you in the bidding process, including sending out bid invitations, collecting bids, calling references, and reviewing the contractor bids.  Then sit down with you and review all bids.

Permit Submission:

Most of the time, this is done by the contractor.  However, there are times that you may want to get the permit process moving before a contractor has been selected.  We fill out all the necessary paperwork and submit the permit application and our construction documents for you.

Construction Administration:

We are available to answer questions from you and the contractors throughout the entire construction of your project.  We also provide site visits during construction if needed.

Design / Build Services:

We are not a contractor and we do not perform contractor duties. We leave that to professionals so that we can focus on the design of your project. However, if you would like a design‐build type of project, we do partner with several very reputable contractors to perform this type of project. If you already have a contractor selected, we can work with you and your builder to design and build your home. This is a great option to help you control costs a little more tightly during the design process.

Civil Engineering, MEP Engineering and Structural Engineering Services:

We have Engineering Consultants that we continually work with so that we can provide complete Architectural‐Engineering services.


OUR TYPICAL PROJECT PROCESS:

This is a basic outline of how a typical project might go from beginning to end and what services are usually included. You should refer to our Owner‐Architect Agreement for services that are actually included.

  1. Preliminary Design Consultation Meeting ‐ Meeting to get understanding of your project and prepare agreement outlining our services and fees.
  2. Execute Architectural Agreement and pay retainer.
  3. Kick off meeting ‐ the first part of the design development phase of your project where through a series of questions, we get a detailed understanding of your wants, needs and must haves for your new home.
  4. Project & Code Analysis ‐ We researches the building and zoning requirements of the local authority for your project before starting any design work.
  5. The Design Development Phase‐ Through a series of 3 or 4 design presentation meetings, we take your ideas and mix them with ours and we present our vision of your project in 2D and 3D drawings.   At each meeting we take your feedback and continue to revise the design until we have a new home you are proud of.
  6. The Construction Document Phase ‐ We take your approved design and add the necessary detail to obtain a permit and the contractor can bid and construct.  We walk you through these drawings for your final review so that we can make any last minute adjustments to the drawings.  We finalize any comments you might have and turn over the finalized set of drawings to you so they can be submitted to the contractor for bid and the building department for permit review.
  7. Permit Submission ‐ if you have not selected a builder and want to start the permitting process, we will assist you in filling out the permit application. We do not typically submit construction documents to the building authority under basic services, but we can do that if you opt for expanded permit services.
  8. Permit Comments ‐ If the building department has any comments on our documents, which can happen, we address those comments and make them ready to be resubmitted to the building authority.
  9. Construction Services ‐ We answer any questions that might arise from you and the contractor (or any of his suppliers) during bidding and construction. We also do site visits during construction if needed.

OUR TYPICAL SET OF DRAWINGS FOR A NEW HOME:

Our typical set of drawings for a new 2 story home is usually between 12 and 18 sheets and really depends on the project scope and the amount of detail required to properly convey the design.

  1. Title Sheet
  2. Project Specification Sheet(s)
  3. Elevation Sheet(s)
  4. Building Section Sheet(s)
  5. Foundation and Floor Plan Sheets
  6. Wall Section, Detail and Schedule Sheets
  7. Structural Sheet(s)
  8. MEP Floor Plan Sheet(s)
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Craftstone Architects, Inc.
14150 S. Route 30, Suite 201 Plainfield, Illinois 60544
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