Now that you have gone through the Guide "How to Prepare for Your Design Project", what's next?

To further develop your project, the next step is a Needs and Options Review. Here is why we recommend this review:

  • It will give you a better understanding of the requirements, constraints, and potential roadblocks for your project.
  • It will minimize your risk of faulty design decisions by laying out the proper groundwork up front.
  • It will allow you to create the proper foundation for a project, saving money in the long run.
  • It will allow you to explore your goals for the project in a structured format.

This initial consultation will include the following:

  • Obtain an architect’s opinion on the project's feasibility.
  • Produce an outline brief detailing rooms, sizes, orientation, etc.
  • Discuss potential solutions in outline form.
  • Discuss the “look and feel” of a potential scheme.
  • Discuss the planning viability of the project and ideas.
  • To give an outline of construction costing for budget usage.
  • Outline the requirements for building and zoning regulations.

The cost for this service is $895.00 for a single-family home and $1495.00 for all other building types. You will receive a hard copy and an electronic copy of the report addressing your concerns about your project and a fee proposal for the next stages of the project. Site visits and/or follow-up meetings will be billed at our hourly rate plus mileage.

You might ask why this report would be important. A few years ago a local business in Albuquerque was looking to expand its operation. They had gone through the design process, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, up to the point of applying for a building permit. A review of the plans for the building permit revealed they did not meet all of the city’s zoning requirements and that significant changes would be needed in order to comply. Needless to say, the Owner was not happy. 

I have a better approach to this process which is why I offer this service. 

Initial Consultation

A house of P.I.S.E.

Earl Hilchey in Santa Fe, NM on Houzz

La Resolana Architects, P.A.

​the next step

Seventh Day Adventist Church, Las Vegas, New Mexico.

A Needs & Options Review

This is a Needs and Options Review report sample. Your report may look different