Levels of Architectural Design Service

Architectural design

When you hear the phrase “architectural design,” what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of designing a house from scratch, or perhaps you think of remodeling an existing room in your house. Residential architects offer a range of design services and every project will require a different combination of involvement and skills. 

In this article, we’ll discuss the different service levels typically offered by residential architects. If you have any questions about which level of service is best for your needs, please don’t hesitate to call our team today.

Level 1: Schematic design drawings

If you’d like an architect to sketch out your design, they can provide you with a schematic design drawing. This isn’t an official blueprint or a design that can be submitted to a builder, rather it’s a sketch that incorporates all of your ideas and puts them together in a way that works. It typically includes a floor plan, a roof plan, and exterior elevations. 

Level 2: Schematic design plus schematic design resolution

A bit more detailed than level one, this includes a design with more details and finishings like building sections and wall sections. It’s still not an official blueprint, but can be used to create a blueprint and can be shared with contractors and architects. 

Level 3: Schematic design plus design development drawings

After everything described in level two has been finalized, a set of design development drawings will be created. The design development drawings include floor plans, roof plans, building selection, preliminary details about wall selections, electrical mapping for outlets, ceiling and lighting plans. 

Level 4: Full scope of architectural design services

Inclusive of the first three levels, the full scope of services will also provide you with a set of construction documents that can be used to apply for any necessary permits. Homeowners typically work with the architect to ensure every detail is covered, and you’ll be able to envision your new home once the construction documents are complete. 

Choosing a residential architect in NJ

While some people have an eye for design, others struggle to articulate their vision much less put it down on paper. Residential architects specializing in single-family homes can bring to life the art of the possible while working with your existing space to make the most of it. 

For more information about remodeling your home, or if you have any questions, please contact our team of residential architects today. Discover why so many homeowners in NJ choose us as their trusted residential architects by visiting our website at: https://leeb-architecture.com/


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