Hillview Design Collaborative is primarily a residential and light commercial design firm. Our versatile team of architects and designers can help you realize your dream project, whether it’s a renovation of a historic Victorian or a new net-zero ready, high-performance home. We look forward to getting to know you and applying our creativity and experience to the design of your new home.
This includes gathering information about the configuration of the existing property as well as further definition of your program of spaces and space requirements.
Every site presents design constraints and opportunities. We’ll carefully review the applicable zoning and building codes pertinent to your site. A survey of the existing property and topography is sometimes warranted. We can also assist you in determining what is most helpful to a full understanding of the site.
This very important phase is defined by the architect’s interpretation and consolidation of the site and program requirements into design schemes that best fulfill the client’s design criteria. These preliminary models and sketches are then further formatted to present descriptive 3D model views, schematic floor plans, and elevations that best describe the building and its relationship to the site.
We strive to make this phase of the project an iterative and efficient process informed by feedback from you. This is a step-by-step process which may involve several changes along the way.
This phase further refines the approved schematic design to incorporate additional information suitable for preliminary estimates by the builder, such as accurately dimensioned plans, elevations, sections, window and door schedules and schematic foundation plans.
Please note that Design Development drawings will be noted as “Not for Construction”. The use of the Schematic or Design Development drawings for construction purposes shall be solely at the contractors and/or owners risk.
This is work to produce drawings and documents suitable for construction including fully dimensioned plans, elevations, sections and details. This work shall include all pertinent information required by the contractor to build the project as drawn.
As the architect, our core desire is to work on your behalf to insure that the work is proceeding in accordance with the Construction Documents, and to assist the contractor. Questions may arise that require supplemental drawings and/or documentation to provide additional clarification to the construction documents. This service shall be provided on an as-needed basis only with your prior approval, and is a supplemental service billed hourly (not part of our basic service fee).
Supplemental services, if requested, are be provided on an hourly basis. Some supplemental services may be expected for your project and we’ll note these accordingly. For example, the services of a structural engineer are a requirement of drawings issued for construction but are not included as part of our basic services fees (See “Design Development” above).