A discussion on how to choose the right San Francisco contractor

A discussion on how to choose the right San Francisco contractor

We are working with clients who had to fire a San Francisco contractor and are hiring a new one. They were not happy with the first one’s performance and now are looking for guidance on how to select the right one who will finish the job. From our experience, the cost estimate a GC provides is just a small portion of what counts in evaluating one. Also in our experience,.

Understanding General Contractor Payment

Hart Wright Architects recently had a conversation with colleague, general contractor and estimator Lawrence Motta about general contractor payment methods. Below is the meat of our conversation which we think is important to share.  Many times GCs use the term T & M (or “time and materials”) to describe billing for the work with an hourly rate and charging for the materials. Interestingly enough, California has specific requirements about how.

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

As the economy heats up we’ve found ourselves discussing the design process and what to expect with potential clients repeatedly. We decided it would be good to share some of this information with you. We know many of you want to build or do a remodel but, like most of our clients, have little idea how much it will cost, how to budget for it or how the process works..

Hart Wright Architects is a great value

Hart Wright Architects is a great value

These are busy times in the Bay Area. Many architects are hiring and there is energy in the air around design and construction. Working with larger firms may get you the brand name you see value in, but you may not get the service you need. At Hart Wright Architects, we work very closely with our clients. We do not send projects onto staff teams or to junior designers and.

Navigating San Francisco Planning Approvals

Navigating San Francisco Planning Approvals

In this post, we respond to the article about San Francisco Planning in the San Francisco Chronicle by John King Tuesday April 4: Architect calls San Francisco planners “obstructive.” Spoiler alert: they’re ticked Hart Wright architects does not bemoan the individual planner doing his or her job. We do agree the process is obstructive to most residents and their architects. For John Rahaim of the San Francisco Planning Department to.

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Another year is coming to a close. In this post, we share some favorite buildings we were lucky enough to see in 2016. We always make an effort to see buildings wherever we go. Some brief highlights: we got to go on a very special tour of the Sheats Goldstein residence in Los Angeles, designed by one of our favorite architects of all time, John Lautner. Here in our home.

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects on Houzz

Why Construction Administration matters

Why Construction Administration matters

Construction Administration is one of the services we offer. As we are contracted to be agent of the owner, we use our intimate knowledge of the project, our vision, and our trained eyes to help the contractor solve inevitable problems that arise during construction. A very thorough set of drawings identifies main issues and communicates the intent of the design, but no single set of plans can ever cover everything.

An Argument for Negotiated Bidding

We are often asked by our clients to bid the project to multiple contractors. The argument for this is that they will be able to compare the price offered by the different contractors and go with the lowest price. This is more complicated than it seems because you are not necessarily getting the lowest price when you sign up with the lowest bidder as we will explain below. Multiple bidding.

An outline of the Phases of Architectural Service

1: Interview When you interview your architect you should like them and feel comfortable with them. Since you will be working with them, a lot can be said for how well they communicate and if working together will be a good fit. The architect should have a portfolio of past projects. It is very important to like their work. They will explain their process and you will get a feel.

Pre-construction Services

We are always advocates of getting a contractor signed up early in the process and to provide pre-construction services. (see post “An Argument for Negotiated Bidding”) This method allows for cost control and builds a real team. We strongly believe in the team approach: architects and contractors work together with the owners to complete a project efficiently, on schedule and on budget. It is without adversarial issues that come up,.

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

We are pleased to announce Gardenista chose our custom water fountain as one of their top 10 favorites! Please click here to read more.

Eliza Hart will be featured panelist in the “Growing a Small Firm” series at the AIA San Francisco Chapter

Eliza Hart will be featured panelist in the “Growing a Small Firm” series at the AIA San Francisco Chapter

Learn about working relationships between small firms. Eliza Hart will be speaking on this panel along with Alex Bergtraun, Carey Bernstein and Tom McElroy. You can read more about it at this link: http://aiasf.org/event/2013/08/29/what-makes-a-successful-partnership-working-relati/

We’ve updated our website!

We’ve updated our website!

Photos of the project that is featured in this month’s California Home and Design Magazine can now be seen on our portfolio pages!

Inagural AIA East Bay Home Tours 8/13/11

Inagural AIA East Bay Home Tours 8/13/11

Our Lafayette Project Will be featured on 8/13/11.  Please save the date for the first ever AIA East Bay Home Tours, August 13, 2011, where you will see one of our projects featured For more information visit: http://www.aiaeb.org/hometours.htm An article in the Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/07/HOVE1KH91N.DTL To see more photos of the house visit: http://www.hartwrightarchitects.com/projects/blackthorn/  

 
                                                    

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