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Questions You Should Answer Before Designing Your House

When my firm begins a new house with a client, and after an initial meeting, we create a customized “design questionnaire” that we think will be useful in asking and soliciting answers to a number of important questions.

These questions form a framework for uncovering your needs and desires for your house, what you expect in a home (including expectations that you may not have consciously examined) and how you may plan on using your home.

We ask couples and family members to answer these questionnaires separately since many of our clients […]

What You Should Ask When Interviewing a Builder

Fourteen Recommended Questions for Initial General Contractor Interviews

Rhodes Architecture + Light

When initially interviewing a general contractor, you will want to gather as much information as you can before making your decision about who to work with. Eventually, the potential contractor should walk through the design and plans with you. In the initial interview, you have an opportunity to assess the contractor’s experience, work ethic and personal demeanor. We are sensitive to builders who try, in the early meetings, to re-design or who quickly suggest changes in materials and construction.

Let the […]

How Your Architect Designs Your House

In collaboration with you and your family an Architect is trained to think about your house in an integrated and systematic way. An Architect also brings a sixth sense for light, space, your land, and your family’s needs. Architects are trained to think deeply about “home”. They seek to reach you to unlock and learn ways you will use space, to synthesize many design influences including land, topography, environment, the neighborhood and the context that will support your house; the seasons, sunlight, wind and weather, the climate, a local design […]

What Does My Architect Do?

Part I

You and Your Architect

Successful built projects, those that achieve the desired results for owner and users, result from INFORMED clients working with skilled, licensed Architects. ARCHITECTs are registered professionals bringing many years of education, experience, and registration to your design and documents while acting to protect you, your time, money, and your property.

Listed below are phases of typical architectural services. The Registered Architects at Rhodes Architecture provide all of the services listed. However, we do not discriminate against smaller projects, which may not require or have the budget to […]

What Architects Do Part II

Your Architect, Your Contractor, and your Building

Bidding and Negotiation

Hiring a contractor to fit your needs is a crucial part of this process. As your architect, we will develop a list of prospective contractors that are qualified for your project and can provide you with the end product you desire. Contractors can either be brought onto the team early in the design process or several contractors can be invited to submit bids for your project once construction documents are complete. Both scenarios have their own unique sets of advantages and disadvantages.

Deciding […]