Architectural Design Consultation
Starting off on a Solid Foundation
BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM EARLY IN THE PROCESS
Congratulations! You’ve arrived at the starting point of your home-building experience. This is, in many respects, the most important stage of all. During the architectural and design development phase, you will put together the team that will guide you through the entire process of designing and building your dream home. In addition, this team can determine if your home reflects your dream and stays on schedule and budget. These next few months will be exhilarating and creatively satisfying with the right team on your side. You’ll share your vision, and we’ll work together to make it a reality.
HOW IT WORKS
PRELIMINARY DESIGN WORK
PRELIMINARY BUDGET ESTIMATE
Final Plans & Structural Engineering
WHY RR CHANDLER?
- Closely work with the architect and designers
- Maintain the timeline for plan development
- Provide design concepts from a builder’s perspective
- Create an initial estimate based on the preliminary design.
- Offer valuable building expertise and insight
- Provide cost-cutting and value-engineering choices
- Recommendations for high-performance house features
- Decrease the potential of constructability problems
- Ensure the home design and budget are in line
- Include universal design features to provide for in-home aging
Given the number of residential architects in Portland, this is critical. A significant first step would be to ask people you trust. Then, you can ask us for some recommendations. We have worked with some of Portland’s most talented residential architects for the past 20 years, and we are constantly on the lookout for emerging high-quality talent.
Take the initiative of researching numerous architects and interviewing the top two or three who appear to compliment your specific design aesthetic. Visit our blog article “How to Choose an Architect?” 10 Questions to Ask for More Answers
Don’t be alarmed. If your plans and specifications have not yet been finalized, there is still time for us to review them and give assistance without going through a lengthy and
costly architectural revision process. At this phase, we will search for value-engineering options and constructability constraints, as well as provide a budget estimate to assure that your home design and targeted budget are in sync.
We're happy you're looking into it because most people don't until it's too late. In short, bringing in a builder while your plans are still being finalized assures that the home your architect is building fits within your budget and does not pose any constructability challenges that should be solved before breaking ground. Builders, specifically those with extensive experience in custom home building, such as ourselves, are very aware of current construction costs, material and labor availability, scheduling requirements, and other aspects that influence the price of a house. Once your architect has completed a preliminary design for your home, having us provide a rough estimate of building costs is highly beneficial. This will allow you and your architect to determine whether the home design is on the right track. Throughout the rest of the design phase, we will continuously update this estimate while improving your home's design by providing a building experience and innovative ideas.
To begin, you should be aware that in the state of Oregon, not anyone can be a builder.
There are licenses and various certifications required by law in this state. There are
many homebuilders in and around Portland. Do as much research as possible to determine how experienced and capable your builder prospects are. Interview them. Request to accompany them to a home they've built and even one in progress (so you can see how they run their site during construction). Speak with their past homeowners. Learn their processes to ensure they are well-organized and
efficient. Assess whether they're a good fit for you and your family. If you need more information on this subject, check out our Learning Center How to Choose the Right Builder for You.