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.
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. From our meetings together, we gain an understanding of your specific needs, taste and budget which guides 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. A completed conceptual design will provide the exact size of the home and is used to submit for architectural review board approvals if required.
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 - high humidity 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.
Interior Architecture is so much more important than many understand it to be. As the key link between architecture and interior design, interior architecture plays a integral role in creating a well balanced home. Be it a subtle detail of a concealed built-in or the curve of the ceiling that gives the feeling of sublime proportion, we work tirelessly during this phase to ensure that every square inch inside your home has been carefully considered for livability and functionality.
With an infinite number of decisions in the building process, the Owner Selections service assists the client in coordinating product specifications and finishes. Typically this includes appliances, plumbing fixtures, floor and wall finishes, architectural lighting, specialized doors and windows, cabinet styles, countertops, toilet and bath accessories, etc. This service also includes coordinated showroom visits, documentation of the owner’s selections and preliminary vendor pricing.
Bidding and 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:
- Select Contractor at project start, then negotiate cost.
- Select Contractor during abbreviated pricing process during Design.
- Select Contractor after competitive bid process with fully developed drawings and specifications (Construction Documents).
During the Construction Administration phase, Herlong Architects administers the contract between you and your Contractor, which is based on our drawings and specifications. 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.
This is a collaborative process whereby our in-house interior design team will work with you to make design decisions that are both compatible with your individual tastes and complimentary to the interior and exterior styling of the home. As your interior designers, we will work with you to select finishes, colors, furnishings and other interior treatments that coordinate the overall palette of the home. Our vast knowledge of manufacturers and materials make us a key resource in helping you select durable, high quality and stylish pieces that make the best use of your budget.