Residential Architecture Terms

    Approved equal:
    Material, equipment, or method proposed by the contractor and approved by the architect for use in the work as equivalent in essential attributes to the material, equipment, or method specified in the contract document.
    Architect:
    A designation reserved by law for a person or organization professionally qualified and duly licensed to perform architectural services.
    Building Codes:
    Regulations, ordinances, or statutory requirements of a government unit relating to building construction and occupancy, generally adopted for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare.
    Change Order:
    An amendment to the construction contract signed by the owner, architect, and contractor that authorizes a change in the work and/or an adjustment in the contract sum or contract time.
    Construction Budget:
    The sum established by the owner as available for the construction of the project, including contingencies for changes during construction.
    Construction Documents:
    Drawings and specifications created by an architect that set forth in detail requirements for the construction of the project.
    Design/Build:
    A method of project delivery in which the owner contracts directly with a single entity that is responsible for both design and construction services for a construction project.
    Design Development:
    The architect prepares more detailed drawings and finalizes the design plans, showing correct sizes and shapes for rooms.
    Programming:
    The architect and homeowner first discuss the goals, needs, and function of the project, design expectations and available budget, pertinent building codes and zoning regulations. The architect prepares a written statement setting forth design objectives, constraints, and criteria for a project, including special requirements and systems, and site requirements.
    Project Budget:
    The sum established by the owner as available for the entire project, including the construction budget, land costs, costs of furniture and equipment, financing costs, compensation for professional services, contingency allowance, etc.
    Schematic Design Phase:
    The architect consults with the owner to determine the requirements of the project and prepares schematic studies consisting of drawings and other documents illustrating the scale and relationships of the project components for approval by the owner.
    Specifications:
    A part of the construction documents consisting of written requirements for materials, equipment, construction systems, standards, and workmanship.
    Square Footage:
    Can be calculated as net and gross square footage. No uniform standard for computing residential square footage exists. Architects, builders, and realtors each measure square footage differently. Square footage is not always an indication of the amount of livable space available in a structure. In general, the square footage of a house does not include porches, garages, and unfinished basements, however, buyers should always ask for an explanation of which spaces were included in the square footage calculation.

Residential Architecture Terms

    Approved equal:
    Material, equipment, or method proposed by the contractor and approved by the architect for use in the work as equivalent in essential attributes to the material, equipment, or method specified in the contract document.
    Architect:
    A designation reserved by law for a person or organization professionally qualified and duly licensed to perform architectural services.
    Building Codes:
    Regulations, ordinances, or statutory requirements of a government unit relating to building construction and occupancy, generally adopted for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare.
    Change Order:
    An amendment to the construction contract signed by the owner, architect, and contractor that authorizes a change in the work and/or an adjustment in the contract sum or contract time.
    Construction Budget:
    The sum established by the owner as available for the construction of the project, including contingencies for changes during construction.
    Construction Documents:
    Drawings and specifications created by an architect that set forth in detail requirements for the construction of the project.
    Design/Build:
    A method of project delivery in which the owner contracts directly with a single entity that is responsible for both design and construction services for a construction project.
    Design Development:
    The architect prepares more detailed drawings and finalizes the design plans, showing correct sizes and shapes for rooms.
    Programming:
    The architect and homeowner first discuss the goals, needs, and function of the project, design expectations and available budget, pertinent building codes and zoning regulations. The architect prepares a written statement setting forth design objectives, constraints, and criteria for a project, including special requirements and systems, and site requirements.
    Project Budget:
    The sum established by the owner as available for the entire project, including the construction budget, land costs, costs of furniture and equipment, financing costs, compensation for professional services, contingency allowance, etc.
    Schematic Design Phase:
    The architect consults with the owner to determine the requirements of the project and prepares schematic studies consisting of drawings and other documents illustrating the scale and relationships of the project components for approval by the owner.
    Specifications:
    A part of the construction documents consisting of written requirements for materials, equipment, construction systems, standards, and workmanship.
    Square Footage:
    Can be calculated as net and gross square footage. No uniform standard for computing residential square footage exists. Architects, builders, and realtors each measure square footage differently. Square footage is not always an indication of the amount of livable space available in a structure. In general, the square footage of a house does not include porches, garages, and unfinished basements, however, buyers should always ask for an explanation of which spaces were included in the square footage calculation.

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Studio Z Architecture

P.O. Box 87889
Canton, MI 48187
phone: 734.394.9400
fax: 734.394.9401
email: dzuber@studiozarch.com
website: studiozarch.com
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