Typical details are not always applicable

Architectural plans often show "typical details" that are to be used throughout a home. However sometimes applying these details to unique conditions in one room can cause awkward finishes. We try to spot these instances in advance of completing the work and give our input on different ways it could be handled. This is an instance of the typical "reveals" between doors, walls, and floors meeting a unique condition abutting a cabinet panel. Rather than expressing our concerns and questions verbally we produced 3D sketches of the possibilites we could envision and asked the architect for his preference.

How much will it cost to "upgrade" this material?

While it's sometimes frustrating, the opening line of the response is often "it depends." When a material changes during construction it's important to be clear on the detailing so a well intentioned "upgrade" doesn't become a detractor to the overall scheme of design. This is an example of a stucco wall the client requested be changed to mahogany. Since there were no existing plan details for wood siding, we provided these sketches to the architect for options on corner detailing ranging from lowest labor intensive to most labor intensive.

Finishes are dependent on early planning

You only get one chance to rough in an item. If you discover something needs to be moved at the end of the project, chances are, framing members, insulation, or costs of patching will prevent you from moving it. We plan rough-ins based on final product specifications such as these electric meter, disconnect, and solar panel boxes. When the boxes arrive on site the rough-ins allow the boxes to be evenly spaced and centered on the section of wall.

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Minor Adjustments

We work hard to find the hidden information in plans to meet the aesthetic expectations of high quality modern architecture. Multiple planes intersecting are common challenge where we know a crisp point will be important. We made these sketches to demonstrate an issue for architect approval, then used them to communicate its importance to the framers.