Architectural Design Services

Site Analysis

Site Analysis

Whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one, before we begin designing we take a thorough study of the site and all variables that could impact the design. We determine the sun path, wind patterns and views to find the best siting for the home and consider any existing conditions or requirements specific to your lot. For example, this could be designing around a mature tree, setback requirements, height, size and OCRM restrictions, neighborhood scale and historic context. After decades in architecture and interior design, we’ve encountered a variety of challenges, providing our team the aptitude to solve problems quickly and confidently.

Conceptual Design Phase

Conceptual Design Phase

From our meetings together, we gain an understanding of your specific needs, taste and budget which guide the design direction. The sketching process begins with a site plan and/or floor plans. Next, we begin to develop exterior elevations that allow us to create the style and character of your home. These drawings can be used to secure conceptual architectural review board approvals.

Design Development

Design Development

During the Design Development phase, conceptual design decisions are worked out in further detail. A clear and coordinated description of all aspects of the design including Architectural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire protection systems is worked out providing a basis for the preparation of construction documents. A completed DD set will provide the exact size of the home and is used to submit for Architectural Review Board approvals if required. We take time to understand the restrictions and requirements of your local Architectural Design Review Board, should you have one, and have experience working with various design review boards all over the greater Charleston and Kiawah area.

3d Modeling and Rendering

3d Modeling and Rendering

Three-dimensional models and renderings are helpful in visualizing what the home will look like and can also be helpful in understanding view potential. These services can include: massing and presentation models, colored renderings, photo-realistic computer renderings and animation.

Construction Documents

Construction Documents

As specialists in the design and construction of high performance homes, our clients expect the highest level of functionality from the spaces we create. We have kitchen planning expertise, we integrate the needs of low voltage lighting and entertainment systems, we plan for the space and location requirements needed for mechanical systems that will deliver superior air quality. Detailed drawings and specifications are prepared based off the above and are necessary for pricing and permits.

We design and build homes to survive in some of the most challenging environments like high humidity and coastal oceanfront exposures. This requires a full understanding of FEMA coastal regulations and a close working relationship with our structural engineers and building enclosure experts. We understand the challenges of controlling humidity, both by designing a superior building envelope and by specifying testing during construction, assuring that the home is performing up to our expectations.

Bidding & Negotiations

Bidding & Negotiations

There are a number of ways of selecting your Contractor and negotiating the construction cost for your Project, and we are able to assist you with your preferred method. The three most common methods are:

  1. Select Contractor at project start, then negotiate cost.
  2. Select Contractor during abbreviated pricing process during Design Development.
  3. Select Contractor after competitive bid process with fully developed drawings and specifications (Construction Documents).
Construction Administration

Construction Administration

During the Construction Administration phase, Herlong Architects administers the contract between you and your Contractor, which is based on our drawings and specications. During the construction of the home, we act as your representative by observing the progress of construction for conformance with our drawings and specifications, by providing clarifications to our drawings, or with your approval, making modifications to the design, which may impact the Contractor’s work.

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What Our Clients Say

  • Do you have model homes available to see?

    • Our team of architects in Charleston SC have contributed to the creation of some amazing custom home plans in this area, as well as in the Caribbean and California. With respect to our client’s privacy, we are unable to share addresses of the homes we’ve designed over the internet, but we are able to arrange in person tours of homes on a case by case basis. If there’s something you’d like to see or if you have questions about what our Charleston architects are capable of, call us at 843-883-9190 or email us at info@herlongarchitects.com
  • Can I have a brochure that shows what your architecture firm Charleston SC is capable of?

    • We have printed brochures available if you’d like we can mail them to you, but please browse our website and Houzz page for a complete comprehensive repository of our portfolio of custom homes.
  • Do you have testimonials available for your architecture firm Charleston SC?

    • Yes! People have numerous architecture firms Charleston SC to choose from, but those who come to us have had a lot of great things to say about working with us to design your home, whether it is new construction or a renovation. We invite you to read our testimonials here.
  • What makes your Charleston architect firm special?

    • We are not your typical architects Charleston SC! Take some time to browse our website and have a look at some of the press we’ve gotten here. If you’re looking for an architect in Charleston who can transcend the typical, Herlong Architects and Interior Designers can deliver!
  • I’m looking for a floor plan designer in Charleston who really “gets” what I have in mind; why is Herlong Architects and Interior Designers the architecture firm I should choose?

    • Our philosophy drives us and it allows us to satisfy even the most discerning clients and the most challenging projects. We pursue perfection, and if you collaborate with us, you won’t be disappointed!
  • What awards has Herlong & Associates won?

    • We’re proud to have been recognized a number of times for the quality of the work our Charleston architecture firm has performed. View a list of our awards here.
  • I need to know that I can trust you as my architects Charleston SC; how can I get to know your staff?

    • We’d love to have you get to know our amazing team! Call us to set up a meeting in our office or read about our Charleston architects and designers here and find out why our team is the experienced and talented team you are looking for.