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The Process

The residential design process with Archie Crow, Architect

Archie Crow, Architect can help you to create the living environment of your dreams whether it is a new custom home, a remodel of an existing home, a kitchen or bath remodel or a project such as home addition or conversion of a guest quarters. Crow's command of historical architectural periods makes him comfortable working in all styles and he brings his passion for excellence and attention to detail to every project, large and small.

Understanding you and your needs
Each custom home design, commercial project, or remodeling project with Archie Crow, Architect begins with a series of in-depth discussions, the first of which is the client's "wish list."  The wish list is just a starting point for the ongoing conversation and is often modified during the design process. For a new custom home design, examples of some of the elements of a design wish list are:

• General style of house (picture file is encouraged)
• Particular room orientation to capture a view
• Complete room count – 1st and 2nd floor
• Garages
• General feeling of the interior
• Features for each room such as fireplace, built-in shelving and niches
• Furniture considerations
• Room sizes (usually based on furniture arrangement and flow)
• Special storage requirements
• Types of kitchen appliances and any layout preferences
• Detached structures such as arbors, outdoor cooking/eating, play areas, pools and fountains
• Preferred materials
• Construction budget

Again, picture files for styles, rooms and specific features are always helpful.

The site visit
The next step in the custom home, addition or remodel project process is a site visit to view and photograph the site conditions such as topography, sun issues, tree locations, views and neighborhood context. Zoning requirements and deed restrictions, if applicable, are addressed at this point. This is the basic information needed to begin conceptualizing a design solution.

Conceptual drawings
Mr. Crow will then prepare a preliminary drawing that includes accurate floor plans and at least one elevation. Upon approval, a rough estimate of the residential design project can then be provided by a contractor. It is also advantageous at this point to consider talking with a landscape architect (if it is germane to the project).

Final architectural drawings
With the client's approval, the residential design development phase is completed and construction drawings can begin. Construction drawings can include a site plan, floor plans, roof plan, exterior elevations, interior elevations, cross sections, notes, details, and electric/lighting plans, depending upon the project.  Structural Engineering fees will be obtained for the client's approval before foundation design and structural details are begun. 

Upon receipt of the final construction drawings, the contractor can determine the final cost for your residential design project.

Start your project with Archie Crow today. Call 817 336-5000 or email


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