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ARCHITECTURE


“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” -Winston Churchill


GREETINGS Thanks for giving us a look. As you’ll find in the following pages, we’re an architecture firm with a unique skill set and approach to our trade. Design Associates Architects is a small but extremely capable firm, built on the idea that a few very talented individuals armed with the right tools and a fresh approach can deliver a better experience for our clients and better buildings for all. Enjoy this brochure of our work. Let us know how we can help you build your new life here in this spectacular place. Sincerely,

Christopher Lee—AIA, NCARB design associates architects (d/a)


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A STRONG CONCEPT Initial inspiration. Early in the process; often at our first meeting, we begin developing an image for your project. It’s a combination of you and your wish list, the site and the context of place. The best buildings are typically a simple expression of a clear idea. Finding the idea that’s right for you and your location is the key to developing a great design. The idea is the Concept. It’s essentially a filter to drive the decision making for the thousands of decisions that need to be made to realize your home. We develop it early and test it often and when it’s right, your home almost begins to designs itself.

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SITE & PROGRAM Program is an industry term for the collection of information gathered to guide the design. You; the client, define the program through a process that details what you want in your new home. We help you establish the Program and then use it to generate your design. The first phase of our process begins with collecting the information we will need to develop an appropriate design. Key information is gathered at the site, including the site’s natural characteristics, views, and neighbors. County and Homeowner’s Association requirements are researched and applied. Next we go through your home room by room and discuss the characteristics of each space. In broad strokes, we begin to paint a picture of your design. This process gives us an outline for our work and gives you the opportunity to define your tastes through a framework of discovery.

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CONCEPTUAL DESIGN When we have all our information together, we begin working on the Conceptual Design. By now, we’ve gotten a sense of how the Site and Program work together and have a good idea what the home character wants to be. The arrangement of the rooms coupled with the site characteristics come together to form the early stages of the plan. As the plan layout is only part of making it all work well, we pull the plan into 3D and make sure the massing of the spaces works too. Roofs and windows are added to give the model some dimensionality and a sense of character. The design is still pretty rough, but it beginning to take shape.

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SCHEMATIC DESIGN While the Conceptual Design is mostly about the character and feel of the project on the site, the Schematic Design begins to develop the workings of the building. The layout is refined and more detail is added so we can get to a place where we can see the individual spaces and how they work together. The model begins to feel like a finished design. We add the materials and start placing the furniture. The whole picture starts to come into focus. It’s typically in this phase that we begin to share the 3D model with you through our BIMx software. It’s your first tour of the design where you can navigate the entire home on your computer to see what we’re thinking for the spaces. We can still make changes easily and explore options so it’s a time when we work out all the issues in the layout and get it just the way you like it. We cycle back as many times as needed till the design looks and feels just right.

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DESIGN DEVELOPMENT With the design pretty well figured out, we start cleaning it up for construction. We correct any outstanding issues and do a thorough sweep of the model to clean up any irregularities. Consultants are brought in to begin designing some of the specialty systems like lighting and AV. More models are exchanged so you can see the changes and additions as the design evolves to have more detail. This is also a time when we can start to get preliminary pricing from our contractor if one has been chosen. The feedback we get from the Contractor is valuable as they know how things get built and what they cost so getting one on board early is really helpful. When we’re finalized, we send it off the Engineers and begin adding the notes and drawing we need for permit and construction.

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CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS With the design now complete, we begin producing the documents needed to permit, accurately cost, and build the home. We produce the detailed drawings needed for permit and construction. Symbols, callouts and dimensions are added to the plans; Section and Elevation Drawings are generated and added to the set. We produce all significant Architectural Details and Schedule the Windows and Doors. Notes and Specifications are added to explain the methods and requirements of the build. Our Engineers design and document the different systems in the home, namely the Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Systems. Our Civil Engineer resolves the site grading with the Survey, our Landscape Architect then refines the design. If the HOA needs to review the project including the site work, this is typically when we submit it to them. We prioritize the County Permit checklist items so we can get the project into review as early as possible as it’s typically a 4-6 week process. During that time, we complete the set and issue the Drawing for Construction.

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CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION The Construction Administration Phase begins when we break ground. As soon as there’s a crew on site, we provide support services so work can proceed smoothly. They usually develop a timeline for the project that has what’s called the “critical path”, or the sequence of events that determine the time it takes to build the home. We work with them in a process known as preconstruction to look at ways we can improve the building process. As I mentioned, they are the experts in methods and means so it only makes sense to involve them in the process. Once we get the project underway, we’re available and accessible to the builder to resolve any issues or questions that come up. It’s company policy to react quickly to any Requests for Information (RFIs) from the site. We literally drop everything and get them the information they need immediately because a disruption in their workflow can have a negative impact on the job. Keeping the Contractor well informed and supported makes his job easier and in the end, makes your home better.

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GREAT PROJECTS & TEAMWORK Process alone is not enough. Successful designs require early insight and direction, and good people working together. The right environment and the right tools keep the project on track to the benefit of all involved. We want our team to love the process of designing and building homes as much as we do and we do what we can to make it enjoyable and easy. One of the things we do that’s not typical for Architects is make sure everyone is working together and getting what they need. Nothing is worse for a Contractor than delays so we work hard to get things sorted out and solve problems fast. We also encourage the Contractor’s participation in the design and respect their skills in the field. When we all work together, we can stick to our core competency and build great things together. It’s a simple idea but it makes a huge difference.

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TIMELINE Although it can vary greatly, this is a baseline for estimating the timing of the design phases. SITE AND PROGRAMMING

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At each phase there is a client review, usually 1 to 2 weeks in duration. Additional reviews are scheduled as needed.

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THE PROPER TOOLS One of the things that makes my firm unique is our expertise with computer modeling. We model everything down to the smallest detail. The advantages of this method are extraordinarily. First and foremost is the way we’re able to present our designs to our clients. We can put you inside the design so you can see exactly what we’re proposing. Our software allows us to send you a file that you can open on any PC, Android or Mac device. You experience the fully rendered and detailed design before it’s built. We can make changes, study different materials and make sure the furniture fits in a virtual environment before construction. By the time we go to construction, you know exactly what your home will look and feel like. When it comes to working with the Contractor, we’re able to give them unlimited information about the design. We can check all component relationships, schedule material quantities and provide the kind of imagery that fully explains every situation. One of our favorite crews is literally using iPads in the field to build the project. Lastly, having a Virtual Model is essential for advancing the technology of the building, everything from optimizing energy usage for the lifespan of the structure to pre fabricating components and assemblies off site to reduce construction cost and time. From the modeling, we produce a fully detailed set of drawings for the project with all that’s typically provided supplemented with the virtual model. It’s remarkable technology that enhances every aspect of our projects.

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WONDERFUL CLIENTS Our clients become our friends and the homes we build are a tribute to them. Our whole team, from consultants to general labor, is there to create something great for you. Design Associates Architects’ portfolio reflects our varied clientele. We produce custom designs for our clients. Tailor-made design takes more time and a lot more effort than using our personal style and kit of parts, but that means our work is always interesting and creative. We never know who will walk in our door or what their dream home may be. One of my favorite contractors has a sign in his office that reads, “Perfect, every time.” Why shouldn’t it be? Getting things right might take a bit more time, but if it starts out perfect, it will stay that way for the life of your home. The perfect design does not cost any more than one that is almost right. When the design is well sorted out, it pays dividends that carry through the whole project..

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TESTIMONIALS “Chris came in with a grand vision for something that naturally meshed with the landscape. We had complex technology, a telescope dome, myriad little things that mattered and he was able to find a way to get everything to fit together. We are delighted with the way things came out.” David & Ellen Siminoff “I have worked with Chris Lee of Design Associates for many years now in Jackson Hole, Wy. We have completed together some of the finest homes in the area and have been greatly successful with client satisfaction. We currently have a project with Chris underway, and another one on the table. I always look forward to seeing Chris' new ideas come to fruition. He has become a good friend and I recommend him wholeheartedly.”

“d/a is head and shoulders above the rest of the architects we have met with. Chris's brilliant design, intelligent decisions, flexible demeanor and complete commitment to the project has made this process a dream. We only wish we had another house to build so we could have Chris design it. We have a wonderful house with great living spaces and such a warm homey feeling. With no hesitation would I refer anyone to Chris and Design Associates for any project.” Lisa Price & Aaron Buffardi

“His firm first designed my home and then later was challenged to design a Garage/Guesthouse. The second project wound up being an exact match in design and finish and looks as though everything was built at one time. The home is now 12 years old and been found to be error free.”

John Jennings - Peak Custom Homes Ross & Christine Hartley “d/a quality and service is impeccable. Chris is a wonderful person to work with, as well as his team. He always gives 110% to any project and to client satisfaction. It has been our experience with them that they strive for excellence in everything that they do”

“Jackson Hole is a special place made even more spectacular by our amazing house. We are ever grateful we found you.” Nick & Bonnie Hopkins

Rush Jenkins - WRJ Design

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REFERENCES COMPLETED PROJECTS:

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Debbie Petersen - Client (307) 734 4478 John Jennings - General Contractor (307) 734 9182

Glenn and Diane Ray - Clients (307) 734 5505 Barry Griest - General Contractor (307) 690 1774 Shannon White - Interior Designer (415) 730 0720

David and Ellen Siminoff - Clients (310) 339 2142 Tim Tennyson - General Contractor (307) 733 3366 Elisa Chambers - Interior Designer (307) 733 3005

Jim Schmitz and Carol Nakai - Clients (307) 203 2758 John Jennings - General Contractor (307) 734 9182

Peter and Betsy Chung - Clients (415) 377 0314 Joe Montesanto - General Contractor (307) 413 1547 Rush Jenkins - Interior Designer (307) 200 4881

Judith Wish and Steve Kuney - Clients (202) 507 1090 Jim Roscoe - General Contractor (307)730 5389 Shannon White - Interior Designer (415) 730 0720

Lisa Price and Aaron Buffardi - Clients (307) 699 7133 John Jennings - General Contractor (307) 734 9182 Foley Morrell - Client (603) 383 6049 Paul Nash - General Contractor (307) 733 4013 Lance Mortensen - Client (925) 788 2500 Dan Putnam - General Contractor (307) 880 8551 Alex and Reagan Freeburg - Clients(307) 203 6979 Robert Huggins - General Contractor (307-203-2460) Nick and Bonnie Hopkins - Clients (307) 733 0688 Worth Coleman - General Contractor (307) 413 5000 Phil and Betsy Stevenson - Clients (307) 734 6255 John Jennings - General Contractor (307) 690 9182

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THANKS!


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