The development of the design process
When you decide to work with me there are different possebilities to fulfill the mission. I can manage the whole process from the first sketch to the final project delivery. But If you wish I can just provide the design manage and the permit application.
A design process always starts with a first meeting. By listening to your desires and asking a lot of questions I try to understand the scope of the project. This first meeting is always free. When you commission me with the project I start with a first sketch. This sketch will give a first form to the building translating the program into spaces, walls, floors and roofs. This is the preliminary design .
When you as a client are confident, on the basis of the first sketch, that our cooperation will result in a building to your liking the project will continue with the detailed design phase. IN this phase the building will be further developed. The result of this phase will be a set of documents ready to apply for a building permit. Based on your needs and and capabilities there are three solutions:
- I complete the detailed design and you will take charge of the permit application and the construction management.
- I complete the detailed design and apply for the permit (it is mandatory in France that this is done by an architect when the building is 170m2 or over)
- I complete the detailed design , apply for the permit and manage the bid and building processes.
In the contract drawn between the client and the architect the scope of the mission will be detailed.
From Permit application to construction
As an architect I will manage the building permit application and provide all the necessary documents. The processing of the application will take some time. In general in France it is 2 months but this can be longer when the project lies in the immediate surroundings of a historical monument. This invokes the involvement of the architectes de batiments de France which will lengthen the procedure to 4 months max. Knowing that almost every old church classifies as a monument this is not uncommon to happen.
Meanwhile I will be busy working on the bid documents.
When the permit is obtained it has to be posted on the site at least two months before the beginning of construction work. During this period third parties can file an objection against the project.
Detailed drawings and a thorough description of the building form the bid documents. On the basis of these documents one or more contractors will be asked to bring out a bid. Take notice that here in France on single family house projects there is usually no general contractor but every specialty, carpenter, mason, plumber etc, will be contracted individually.In general it is the architects who coordinates these parties during construction.
After an analyses of the different bids of the bid results the various contractors will be selected and contracted. Usually the architect coordinates the process, the client is the contracting party.
Meanwhile I will be busy preparing the construction documents. Detailed plans that describe how to build the building.
Construction and handover
Finally, when the permit has been obtained and the contractors have been selected, construction can begin. My role is to oversee the construction and to organize the weekly meetings.
When completed the building will be handed over from the contractor to the client. At this official moment the contractors work is inspected for conformity to the contract and a list is drawn up of subjects jet to be corrected. At this moment the client is invited to accept the building and the building will be handed over officially from the contractor to the client. It is finally yours.