The west facing wrap-around verandah gives the public living areas and the private suites and bunk rooms access to covered outdoor rooms, the barbeque island, pool and lake and the passive solar protection a house with this expanse of glass needs.

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Nightshot Tucker Residence

Architectural Services

Out of Office Expenses

Structural Engineer:
What, if any, engineering and consultant fees are included in the architect's proposal. You will need, at a minimum, a structural engineer to design and prepare construction documents for the foundation, floor framing and roof framing. How much is the architect proposing to spend on the engineer? This may give you some indication of how thorough the engineering documents will be.

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer:
HVAC design and construction documents are not necessarily required, but are recommended for some houses.

Civil Engineer:
If the project requires a septic system, you will need a design and permitting by a civil engineer.

Soils Engineer:
Frequently, structural engineers require a soils engineer to prepare a soils report from soil borings from the building site.

Landscape Architect:
A distinction needs to be made between hard and soft landscaping. Hard are items such as retaining walls, planters, patios, walkways, outdoor lighting, etc. Soft is the design of the plant material within the designated landscape areas.

Color Rendering and Study Model:
These tools help make decisions in the design and construction documents phase. They also are very helpful to illustrate ideas to clients. [+]

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About Architecture

"The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you are talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams"

Robert A. M. Stern


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