Architectural design Process overview

 

Architectural Design

Typically consists of four phases: We often help clients with pre-design services including feasibility studies, conceptual design, zoning, planning and conservation research etc

 Schematic Design Floor Plan for Net Zero Lincoln House

Schematic Design Floor Plan for Net Zero Lincoln House

Schematic Design

A3 Architects develops several conceptual designs in both plan and elevation while working closely with the client to create an architectural vision for their specific site that incorporates solar orientation, views, privacy etc. The deliverables include 1/8" scale plans and elevations and a preliminary site plan. A preliminary specification and construction cost estimate can be provided at the end of schematic design.

 Design Development Phase:  Net Zero Lincoln Exterior Elevations

Design Development Phase:  Net Zero Lincoln Exterior Elevations

Design Development

This phase involves developing the conceptual drawings into more precise working drawings from which a permit set usually evolves. We coordinate with site engineers to prepare a site plan. During this phase most regulatory meetings and approvals are obtained. Deliverables include 1/4" scale plans, elevations, sections, permit set, site plan. The specification and construction estimate will be updated.

 Construction Documents Phase:  Sections through Net Zero Lincoln 

Construction Documents Phase:  Sections through Net Zero Lincoln 

Construction Documents

A3 Architects will add all necessary structural details to build the project and issue a construction set of drawings including: plans, elevations, sections, foundation, framing plans, details, schedules, electrical and mechanical plans as required, as well as a more detailed construction specification. A3 can assist clients in obtaining bids from contractors by reviewing bids.

 Construction Administration Phase:  Site Visit during framing at Lincoln Net Zero

Construction Administration Phase:  Site Visit during framing at Lincoln Net Zero

Construction administration

A3 Architects will visit the construction site to review and approve any changes in the field as required by the specific project. We will complete as-built documents for clients and verify contractor schedules, changes and pricing information as necessary.

 The Lincoln Net Zero site had an existing barn on a corner of the property that was unobstructed by trees and faced due south for optimal solar gain.  

The Lincoln Net Zero site had an existing barn on a corner of the property that was unobstructed by trees and faced due south for optimal solar gain.  

Energy Consultation

A3 Architects offers energy consultation for clients who need assistance with this aspect of design. We are knowledgeable regarding incentives and rebates for construction and alternative energy including: Energy Star for homes, LEED for Homes and Passive House certification.

 Early Conceptual Sketch Rendering of Lincoln Net Zero House

Early Conceptual Sketch Rendering of Lincoln Net Zero House

3D Modeling and Rendering

A3 Architects often provides 3D renderings and models for clients to visualize their project. We offer this service to non-clients who may need assistance seeing their project in context and/or interior spaces.