Studio Z Services – Custom Homes

Custom home projects designed by Studio Z typically start with a design consultation. A design consultation gives you an architect’s expertise at a reasonable price. If, after the design consultation, you would like to work with Studio Z for your project, we will write you a contract proposal including the following steps.

The total cost for a custom home project is typically in the range of 7 – 12% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.

Phase 1. Site Analysis and Detailed Programming

In order to proceed with the design phase, Studio Z will perform a site analysis, which consists of visiting your land and preparing a drawing based on a mortgage survey or boundary survey that you provide, which shows the sun angles, wind direction, views, and other important features. In addition, we will spend some additional time discussing your needs, wants, and dreams for your home in greater detail (we architects call this list of needs, wants, and dreams the “program”).

The cost for the site analysis will be a fixed fee based in part on the size and complexity of the home. For most homes, the fee will be in the range of 0.5-1% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.

site analysis of property for new home
custom home designs starts with analysis of the property

Phase 2. Schematic Design

front and back architectural plans for custom homeDuring the design phase, Studio Z will work closely with you to design the home of your dreams. First, we will develop two or three conceptual designs for your home based upon your program. The first designs will probably be limited to floor plans, although we’ll give a lot of thought to the three-dimensional aspects of the design as we work out the floor plan details. Once the designs are ready, we will meet with you and review them. During that meeting, we’ll probably come up with some additional ideas together, which we'll quickly sketch out for you. We typically suggest that you wait a few days before informing us of your decision about which design (or which parts of the various designs, or which new direction) you would like us to develop, since your ideas may change as you think about them further and discuss them with family and friends.

Once you’re ready to move forward, we’ll continue developing the design and schedule a second design meeting. For example, if you like the kitchen and mud room from Design A and the master suite from Design B, but don’t like any of the family room configurations, we’ll put together a drawing showing the kitchen and mud room from Design A combined with the master suite from Design B, and develop some additional ideas for the family room. We’ll also work on the exterior appearance now that we have an overall floor plan concept to guide that development.

The second meeting will be similar to the first: we’ll discuss the designs and continue tweaking them to suit your needs. We’ll meet at least once more to finalize the design, and more times if necessary. The goal of the design phase is for us to collaboratively design a home for you that meets as many of your needs and goals as possible.

When you are satisfied with the design, you can give copies of these drawings to your contractor(s) to have him or her confirm the budget.

The cost for the schematic design phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design ideas, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 2 – 3% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.


Phase 3. Design Development

Once you approve the schematic design, we will further develop the design. Design development will include refinement of the floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections, and interior elevation designs. We will meet with you to review the design development drawings, and will provide up to two revisions to the design development drawings.

During this time, you will select hardware, finish plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath cabinetry, tile, stone, flooring materials, decorative lighting fixtures, shower doors, etc., as appropriate for your project.

The cost for the design development phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design ideas, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 2 - 3% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.

Phase 4. Bidding and Contract Negotiation (As required)

When the design development documents are complete (at the end of Phase 3), Studio Z can assist you with obtaining preliminary pricing. When the construction documents are complete (at the end of Phase 5), Studio Z can assist you with the negotiation of the contract for your custom home and answer any questions that the bidding contractor(s) may have concerning the design and drawings.

Charges for the bidding and contract negotiation phase are usually billed at an hourly rate. The total fee varies based on the clients’ knowledge of construction and comfort level with discussing the project with contractors and subcontractors.


Phase 5. Construction Documents

When you are comfortable with the design, and typically after you’ve gotten a preliminary cost estimate from your contractor(s), Studio Z will proceed with the construction document phase. During this time, we will produce drawings and specifications as required for building permit applications and as the basis of construction. We will need to meet at least once during this phase to discuss electrical and lighting requirements, as well as any questions we have for you.

The design should be finalized before construction drawings are started to avoid additional costs.

The cost for construction documents will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 3 – 6% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.

elevations and specifications for architectural design of new home

Phase 6. Construction Observation and Administration

During construction, Studio Z will answer your questions as well as the contractor’s, make site visits at appropriate points, and help you and the contractor resolve any issues regarding the project. Upon request, Studio Z will help you develop a punch list (a list of items requiring attention before the job can be considered complete) and accompany you on a final walk-through.

The fee for the construction observation and administration phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 1 – 2% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.


architectural observation and administration during the construction phase of house

* It’s a challenge to explain the costs of custom home construction, but we almost always have to gently tell people that construction costs are higher than they think. In 2016, you can buy a new home from a developer for $140 to $160 per square foot because these developers build a large number of homes at the same time, using similar plans and materials purchased in bulk. When you build a truly custom home, it can cost upwards of $200 per square foot, because it’s a one-of-a-kind expression of your personality and your requirements. Before we meet in person, we’ll discuss the probable costs for your proposed project, including construction costs and architectural fees, so that you can evaluate your options and determine whether the project is within your budget or not.

architects field report

plans for custom home outside Ann Arbor, MI



architectural plans for custom home outside Ann Arbor, MI



Studio Z Services – Custom Homes

Custom home projects designed by Studio Z typically start with a design consultation. A design consultation gives you an architect’s expertise at a reasonable price. If, after the design consultation, you would like to work with Studio Z for your project, we will write you a contract proposal including the following steps.

The total cost for a custom home project is typically in the range of 7 – 12% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.

Phase 1. Site Analysis and Detailed Programming

In order to proceed with the design phase, Studio Z will perform a site analysis, which consists of visiting your land and preparing a drawing based on a mortgage survey or boundary survey that you provide, which shows the sun angles, wind direction, views, and other important features. In addition, we will spend some additional time discussing your needs, wants, and dreams for your home in greater detail (we architects call this list of needs, wants, and dreams the “program”).

The cost for the site analysis will be a fixed fee based in part on the size and complexity of the home. For most homes, the fee will be in the range of 0.5-1% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.

site analysis of property for new home
custom home designs starts with analysis of the property

Phase 2. Schematic Design

front and back architectural plans for custom homeDuring the design phase, Studio Z will work closely with you to design the home of your dreams. First, we will develop two or three conceptual designs for your home based upon your program. The first designs will probably be limited to floor plans, although we’ll give a lot of thought to the three-dimensional aspects of the design as we work out the floor plan details. Once the designs are ready, we will meet with you and review them. During that meeting, we’ll probably come up with some additional ideas together, which we'll quickly sketch out for you. We typically suggest that you wait a few days before informing me of your decision about which design (or which parts of the various designs, or which new direction) you would like me to develop, since your ideas may change as you think about them further and discuss them with family and friends.

Once you’re ready to move forward, we’ll continue developing the design and we’ll schedule a second design meeting. For example, if you like the kitchen and mud room from Design A and the master suite from Design B, but don’t like any of the family room configurations, we’ll put together a drawing showing the kitchen and mud room from Design A combined with the master suite from Design B, and develop some additional ideas for the family room. We’ll also work on the exterior appearance now that we have an overall floor plan concept to guide that development.

The second meeting will be similar to the first: we’ll discuss the designs and continue tweaking them together to suit your needs. We’ll meet at least once more to finalize the design, and more times if necessary. The goal of the design phase is for us to collaboratively design a home for you that meets as many of your needs and goals as possible.

When you are satisfied with the design, you can give copies of these drawings to your contractor(s) to have him or her confirm the budget.

The cost for the design phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design ideas, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 2 – 3% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.


Phase 3. Design Development

Once you approve the schematic design, we will further develop the design. Design development will include refinement of the floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections, and interior elevation designs. We will meet with you to review the design development drawings, and will provide up to two revisions to the design development drawings.

During this time, you will select hardware, finish plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath cabinetry, tile, stone, flooring materials, decorative lighting fixtures, shower doors, etc., as appropriate for your project.

The cost for the design development phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design ideas, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 2 - 3% of the cost of construction*, plus expense

Phase 4. Bidding and Contract Negotiation (As required)

When the design development documents are complete (at the end of Phase 2), Studio Z can assist you with obtaining preliminary pricing. When the construction documents are complete (at the end of Phase 3), Studio Z can assist you with the negotiation of the contract for your custom home and answer any questions that the bidding contractor(s) may have concerning the design and drawings.

Charges for the bidding and contract negotiation phase are usually billed at an hourly rate. The total fee varies based on the clients’ knowledge of construction and comfort level with discussing the project with contractors and subcontractors.


Phase 5. Construction Documents

When you are comfortable with the design, and typically after you’ve gotten a preliminary cost estimate from your contractor(s), Studio Z will proceed with the construction document phase. During this time, we will produce drawings and specifications as required for building permit applications and as the basis of construction. We will need to meet at least once during this phase to discuss electrical and lighting requirements, as well as any questions we have for you.

The design should be finalized before construction drawings are started to avoid additional costs.

The cost for construction documents will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 3 – 6% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.

elevations and specifications for architectural design of new home

Phase 6. Construction Observation and Administration

During construction, Studio Z will answer your questions as well as the contractor’s, make site visits at appropriate points, and help you and the contractor resolve any issues regarding the project. Upon request, Studio Z will help you develop a punch list (a list of items requiring attention before the job can be considered complete) and accompany you on a final walk-through.

The fee for the construction observation and administration phase will be a fixed fee based on the complexity of the design, the scope of the project, and other factors, and is typically in the range of 1 – 2% of the cost of construction*, plus expenses.


architectural observation and administration during the construction phase of house

* It’s a challenge to explain the costs of custom home construction, but we almost always have to gently tell people that construction costs are higher than they think. In 2016, you can buy a new home from a developer for $140 to $160 per square foot because these developers build a large number of homes at the same time, using similar plans and materials purchased in bulk. When you build a truly custom home, it can cost upwards of $200 per square foot, because it’s a one-of-a-kind expression of your personality and your requirements. Before we meet in person, we’ll discuss the probable costs for your proposed project, including construction costs and architectural fees, so that you can evaluate your options and determine whether the project is within your budget or not.

architects field report

Dawn Zuber, AIA
Studio Z Architecture

190 N. Main St., Suite Z
Plymouth, MI 48170
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phone: 734.394.9400
email: dzuber@studiozarch.com

Dawn Zuber, AIA
Studio Z Architecture

190 N. Main St., Suite Z
Plymouth, MI 48170

studiozarch.com


phone: 734.394.9400
email: dzuber@studiozarch.com
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