HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED A DRAFTING SERVICE OR A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL? A DRAFTSPERSON CAN DRAW UP CONCEPTUAL AND CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS FOR, SAY, A GENERAL CONTRACTOR OR AN ARCHITECT. A DESIGNER IS ONE WHO CAN CONCEPTUALIZE A DESIGN PROJECT, PRODUCE DRAWINGS FROM THEM AND WORK WITH A CONSTRUCTTEAM FROM START TO FINISH. BOTTEGA DOES BOTH.
DESIGNING AND PLANNING
SOMETIMES A PROPERTY OWNER STRUGGLES MAKING THE MOST OUT OF THE DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS FOR THEIR PROPERTY
To best advise a property owner, Bottega will take site measurements, evaluate utility locations, electrical, plumbing, and structural conditions in order to give options to the client that will maximize their spaces. Through designating zones based on the activities those zones will be used for, proper space planning will strive to achieve the following:
maximizing flow of movement through the space
identifying focal points
maximizing the use of natural light in the space
By using these criteria as a guide, we can help create a space our clients will truly be proud of.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS AND SPECIFICATIONS
COMING UP WITH A GOOD DESIGN AND ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS TO SUPPORT IT IS A TIME CONSUMING PROJECT
Drawing up plans and researching specifications is not just a task that requires skill and knowledge of construction materials and products, it is also a time consuming project. Delegating these tasks to a design firm like Bottega helps both the owner and contractor increase productivity and help save money in the construction phase by reviewing the design before construction starts.
Projects we can do for you include construction documents, occupancy permits, research city planning and building codes, offer design solutions and options to consider.
With her background in real estate investing, Cassie is always on the lookout for ways to increase value in any property she works on.
SITE EVALUATIONS AND MEASURING
A PROPER SITE EVALUATION DEMANDS AN ATTENTION TO DETAIL
A good site evaluation takes note of everything that could affect the project. A good designer will keep their eye out for all of details that may not be obvious or visible. This includes possible electrical, plumbing and structural conditions hiding inside a partition wall. It may mean noting the bearing walls in a building, location of HVAC supply and returns, property lines, elevations, utility locations and anything else that could affect the project or that the planning officials require.
WORKING WITH CONTRACTORS
THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES THAT COME UP DURING CONSTRUCTION THAT ARE OUT OF REALM OF ABILITY FOR AN OWNER TO HANDLE.
A good designer will go out of their way to create an efficient line of communication with contractors so that the project can be completed on time and on budget.
Meeting with contractors BEFORE construction begins and even before the first meeting with the owner, will help establish camaraderie and trust between the two so that they can begin the project as a team.
TALKING TO CLIENTS
DIGGING IN TO A PROPERTY OWNERS DEMANDS, GOALS, AND THE PURPOSE FOR THEIR PROJECT IS WHAT A DESIGNER IS TRAINED TO DO
Bottega listens to a client’s desires for their project and uses their skills to translate their project and paper and then help the contractor make it a reality.
WORKING WITH ENGINEERS
THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF ENGINEERING SPECIALTIES THAT MAY BE NEEDED ON A PROJECT
Engineers need drawings that provide a lot of information in order to complete their engineering designs. That may also require questions to be answered or additional information or adjustments to the design itself. Experienced designers know how to work with them and get them the information they need.
CONSTRUCTION IS A COMPLICATED PROCESS THAT SOMETIMES REQUIRES CHANGES THAT MAY AFFECT OTHER DESIGN DETAILS.
Construction management often is delegated to a general contractor. It requires managing time for all the trades, ordering all materials, managing the budget.
Bottega can help manage this process while keeping the client informed all the way.