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Sol Studio Architects is a

Full-Service Architectural Practice

PRE DESIGN

The main goal during this phase is to learn everything possible about our clients’ personality, lifestyle, and needs as well as determine how much space you need now and likely to need in the future, and how that space should be used, organized, and arranged. 

Clients should expect to be very involved and ready to answer personal questions during this phase. We sometimes give “homework” assignments to get to know you better. Collaborating in this way allows us to better understand your values and needs, resulting in a design that reflects your unique needs and desired functionality. 

SCHEMATIC DESIGN

In this phase, we begin the process of translating the Program into an efficient building design. This is when we start exploring design concepts; it is the time for testing options and getting a general idea of the look and feel. The floor plans and shape of the project will begin to take form, but the specifics about materials and details will come later.

Clients can expect to be quite engaged throughout this phase and to be asked for approval of the Schematic Design before work proceeds. This is the time to make big design decisions, locate rooms, and figure out how you would like your building to be arranged on the land. 

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

The first priority of this phase is to define and develop all the important aspects of the project and produce a set of drawings to show the dimensionality and height relationships of the design. If adjustments are necessary to bring the project scope in line with the construction budget, it is most efficient to do this sooner than later.

This phase is usually when our Clients feel the project coming to life and it becomes possible to see themselves in the new space. By the end of the Design Development phase, the building exterior will be more fully designed, the interior layout completed and the dimensions of all spaces finalized.

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

In this phase We develop the Design Drawings into a thorough and precise set of Construction Documents. These drawings and specifications have details, dimensions, and notes necessary to communicate the entire design intent to the General Contractor.

Clients should be prepared to make decisions during this phase. It is our job to make recommendations and educate you about the options, but ultimately you will be the one occupying and maintaining the home or building and you have the final say.

PERMIT DOCUMENT SUBMITTAL

Our goal is to shepherd your project through as quickly and painlessly as possible, but the length and cost of this phase can vary greatly depending on the jurisdiction, complexity of the project, and any special historic district or community design review processes.

Clients get to kickback during this time.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

While most of the architect’s work is done before any building begins, our consistent presence during the construction phase is equally important. we answer questions from the builder and proactively address potential issues.  During Construction Administration, the architect’s role is advisor to the owner.

At the end of the project, we help Clients develop their final Punch List to ensure all work is completed to your satisfaction

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

PROJECT COST ESTIMATION

Estimates of probably construction costs

RENDERINGS

3D imagery during the SCHEMATIC DESIGN phase

CODE REVIEW

Project review for compatibility with building code

HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY REVIEW

Review plans, design, or existing property for ADA compliance

FEASABILITY STUDY

We can help a Client with an undefined scope of work with steps and exhibits to assist with informing his or her decisions on how to move forward with the project

FINISH SELECTIONS

Selections of materials, colors, and products for their project

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LET'S WORK TOGETHER

Sol Studio Architects is located in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. 

Please contact us via our contact form below to discuss your next project.