Our goal is to create great living and working environments that bring pleasure and harmony to our clients, their families and friends and in workplaces to our clients’ staff and their customers. To achieve this goal, we believe in collaboration – working first with our clients and their vision and their property and then with nature, our consultants, regulators, suppliers and contractors. Our projects begin as a puzzle of many pieces. Our process is the key to finding the best solution to each particular puzzle. Solving these puzzles is our passion.
Whether through the web, a referral or other contact, we begin typically with a phone call to gather basic information about the client and project and then we usually schedule a meeting. At that meeting we pose a series of questions and listen intently so we can fix the scope of work, understand the client’s expectations and outline a process tailored to the specific project. The primary goal in this step is for everyone to get comfortable with one another, the project and the process. The second goal is to develop a program.
At its core, the Architect to Client relationship is a business arrangement whereby the Architect’s education, experience, knowledge and talent are harnessed to serve the client and their project. The proposal is the document that lays out the work, its phases, timing and costs. And critically, it sets expectations based on what is known and the inevitable unknowns.
If the project involves an existing structure, the work begins with a survey of it so we have an accurate understanding of existing conditions. Some projects are sufficiently undefined and require a feasibility study to tighten up the program and determine options so a direction forward can be established. For the bulk of projects, the work begins with design of floor plans illustrating major spaces, their adjacencies, circulation, and relationship to fixed elements like the sun, good and bad views, parking, common spaces, and more. The phase is interactive, collaborative and often involves several meetings. This phase demands some heavy cognitive lifting to visualize and understand the complexities of yet to be built space. Depending on the size and scope of the project this phase may have several subphases.
This aptly named phase is where general ideas begin to converge towards a detailed understanding of the look, the feel and the life of the project’s spaces. The plan and elevations will be fixed and communicated as will some notion of materials, colors, textures, construction type and more. It will yield a recognition of the interdependencies of design (the creative) with construction (the practical.) At this point we often begin the Interior Design Process selecting finishes, fixtures, furniture, lighting and more.
Steps 1 – 4 culminate in an approved design which has been studied and communicated. Construction Documentation is the process of layering on details and specifications to provide sufficient information for bidding, to obtain building permits and guide construction. This may include the work of consulting engineers. There is a mountain of information, complexities, interdependencies and interferences that must be considered, managed and documented.
Every project is a prototype and depending on the size and complexity will require support once construction documents are released to contractors, vendors, and regulatory authorities. These may take the form of Requests for Information, clarifications, submittal reviews, site visits to inspect work, discuss and verify design intent, approve payment requests and more. It may also include work to redesign as the design takes on three dimensional reality.
- Black and White & Color 3D Sketch Graphics
- Rendered Floor Plans & Elevations
- Before & After Photoshop Illustrations
- Photo Realistic Renderings
- Video Walkthroughs
- Insulated Concrete Forms
- Siting & Planning
- Sustainable Materials
- New homes
- Clubhouses & Recreation Facilities
- Interior Design
- Energy Consulting
- Green Building & Sustainability
- Building Code Conformance & Permit procurement
- Space Planning
- New Facades
- Interior Design
- New Construction
- Green Building & Sustainability
Architects are trained to see the big picture. Not just any architect but OMNIA Group Architects! After many years of intense studies and many sleepless nights It ain’t easy being an architect and lots of professional liability insurance, we help you explore your plan. See STEPS 1 THROUGH 6. OMNIA’s team will help coordinate design, engineering and construction professionals as they sort through the maze of building codes and zoning requirements, essentially providing design leadership so that your project is built as intended. Architects provide important pre-design services including site evaluation, and can help you explore options you may not have considered. Involving an architect early in the process can help avoid costly missteps, and increase the likelihood of your satisfaction with the project.
Most homeowners have an idea for a design solution. However, our expertise will avoid mistakes and create opportunities for improvement upon the initial concept. Our insight will go beyond simply ‘redrawing’ a plan. A well thought out, thorough design solution will lead to a buildable, economical and exciting finished product.
Fairly! Our compensation is based on a fixed fee. An architect can actually save you money by monitoring your budget, negotiating your sustainable and functional materials and workmanship, reducing energy and maintenance costs and providing efficiency in creating your buildable project.
Construction costs begin at approximately $125 per SF on up! It all depends on your choice of workmanship and materials.
Typically, four to six weeks. More for larger complex additions.
A site engineer is sometimes required to provide existing conditions with regards to building setback locations. An owner provided plot plan / deed description may replace the need for an official site survey.
A code based electrical layout is provided. (Owner’s specific items can be incorporated) HVAC and plumbing plans are typically provided by the contractor.
Interior design services are provided as an additional service beyond the base fee for additional design and permit drawings.
Most additions will not require an outside structural engineer. If a unique condition does arise, and a structural engineer is required, the owner will be notified and a proposal will be provided prior to engagement of the engineer.