Whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one, before we begin designing we take a thorough study of the site and all variables that could impact the design. We determine the sun path, wind patterns and views to find the best siting for the home and consider any existing conditions or requirements specific to your lot. For example, this could be designing around a mature tree, setback requirements, height, size and OCRM restrictions, neighborhood scale and historic context. After decades in architecture and interior design, we’ve encountered a variety of challenges, providing our team the aptitude to solve problems quickly and confidently.
From our meetings together, we gain an understanding of your specific needs, taste and budget which guide the design direction. The sketching process begins with a site plan and/or floor plans. Next, we begin to develop exterior elevations that allow us to create the style and character of your home. These drawings can be used to secure conceptual architectural review board approvals.
During the Design Development phase, conceptual design decisions are worked out in further detail. A clear and coordinated description of all aspects of the design including Architectural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire protection systems is worked out providing a basis for the preparation of construction documents. A completed DD set will provide the exact size of the home and is used to submit for Architectural Review Board approvals if required. We take time to understand the restrictions and requirements of your local Architectural Design Review Board, should you have one, and have experience working with various design review boards all over the greater Charleston and Kiawah area.
Three-dimensional models and renderings are helpful in visualizing what the home will look like and can also be helpful in understanding view potential. These services can include: massing and presentation models, colored renderings, photo-realistic computer renderings and animation.
As specialists in the design and construction of high performance homes, our clients expect the highest level of functionality from the spaces we create. We have kitchen planning expertise, we integrate the needs of low voltage lighting and entertainment systems, we plan for the space and location requirements needed for mechanical systems that will deliver superior air quality. Detailed drawings and specifications are prepared based off the above and are necessary for pricing and permits.
We design and build homes to survive in some of the most challenging environments like high humidity and coastal oceanfront exposures. This requires a full understanding of FEMA coastal regulations and a close working relationship with our structural engineers and building enclosure experts. We understand the challenges of controlling humidity, both by designing a superior building envelope and by specifying testing during construction, assuring that the home is performing up to our expectations.
There are a number of ways of selecting your Contractor and negotiating the construction cost for your Project, and we are able to assist you with your preferred method. The three most common methods are:
During the Construction Administration phase, Herlong Architects administers the contract between you and your Contractor, which is based on our drawings and specications. During the construction of the home, we act as your representative by observing the progress of construction for conformance with our drawings and specifications, by providing clarifications to our drawings, or with your approval, making modifications to the design, which may impact the Contractor’s work.