Stone Tent Architecture provides professional design services for remodeling, additions and new builds in both Commercial and Residential construction. I am interested in tailoring my services to meet your unique design needs, and I am available for an initial meeting to get to know your project and your individual situation at no cost or commitment. As a sole practitioner, I am proud to provide flexible and economical services while providing a consistent face and a quality experience throughout the whole design process. I provide services throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. One of the goals at Stone Tent Architecture is to make good design meaningful to people in their everyday lives.

Commercial Construction options available by design phase

 

Planning:  This phase provides confidence, a roadmap and a scope of work to meet your needs.

  • site analysis
  • building programming
  • feasibility study
  • building code review
  • long range master plan studies

Schematic Design: This phase provides an initial concept, a look, and sets the tone for the design.

  • plan diagrams
  • form studies
  • floor plan options
  • concept renderings

Design Development:  This phase gets the form, relationships and size close to the final product. This phase can provide a contractor with enough information to produce an estimate and test the design against the budget. 

  • computer plan drawings
  • computer building models
  • initial engineering 
  • complete building code review
  • city planning review process

Construction Documents: This phase is required for accurate bidding, acquiring a permit from your city or county and for successful construction.

  • complete documents
  • thorough building and material detailing
  • coordination with structural engineer
  • coordination with mechanical and electrical
  • city permit review process

Construction Administration: This phase is sometimes forgotten, but so important to ensure that the details and concepts crucial to a design make it to reality in a way that doesn't forget all the work that has gone into them.

  • site observation/meetings during construction 
  • shop drawing review/coordination with documents
  • contractor coordination
  • owner generated changes

Full process or phase by phase as needed. I would love to go through this whole process with you, however, I know sometimes unique situations may require only some of these phases, so they are also available as needed. Many options are available within each phase, in terms of the types of drawings or computer models/renderings provided. These options can be discussed at an initial meeting and can be modified throughout the project.

 

Residential Construction available options

 

Remodeling and Additions

Services can range from early sketch concepts (if a homeowner is just looking for ideas) to drawings required for construction and city permits (if a homeowner is ready to build). In between there are many levels of visualization to help guide the process.  

  • concept sketch floor plan options
  • generation of existing floor plans if none exist
  • detailed floor plans with furniture layouts
  • computer modeling / rendering
  • construction documents for contractor bidding and city permits

Architectural services can lend confidence in the many choices involved in making changes to your existing home. Here a computer model can show how roof lines can be resolved, how the overall massing of your home will appear, or how new and existing spaces will flow together.

New Residential

Building a new home is usually a once in a lifetime experience. This is a chance to be creative and build something that fits your unique family and situation. It is also a chance to respond to the individual circumstances of your site. 

An early decision, such as situating your home can be even more important than the later ones, it deals with issues of sun exposure, privacy, approach, sheltering from cold winter winds and often resolves changes in grade. On a small site it can often involve complicated understandings of zoning and setbacks. 

As the design progresses, diagrams of use, both within the home and on the site, sketches and 3d renderings all can lend a confidence in the design process that you are moving in the right direction. This is where the individual aspects of your living in a home differentiate itself from other homes. 

In the end, a careful set of construction documents will translate prior visualizations and planning into a reality. This is about maneuvering the building code, producing a well performing home and communicating clearly with the builder.

Many of the options available in the commercial construction process are available here as well. The process, however, is typically simplified to a design and document phase.