Our contracts are typically a "cost-plus" format which requires a lot of trust from all parties involved. We deliver value from the initial planning stage but also strive for constant value engineering through the project. This is an example where the plans called for a specific pocket door track and roller for every location. After we finalized the door slab quotes we asked the supplier for door weight by location. Using this info we were able to propose appropriately rated tracks by location in the same high quality brand of hardware. This resulted in a total potential savings of $7,470...the client accepted the substitution.
Dimensions and alignments are often shown in architectural plans, but there's still a lot of interpretation and latitude on means and techniques of construction. This is an example of our sketch for the fabricator showing how to use a hidden weld technique on a custom door handle made of cut steel bars.
Sometimes details work in plan view, but hardware limitations can cause potential issues. In this instance the operation of a pivot hinge was not going to allow for all aesthetic alignments shown in architectural plans. Before constructing we made these sketches to communicate our concern and give the architect a chance to approve or adjust details as desired.