Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

Dan Blossom Landscape Design

Craft & Process

craft
noun, an occupation or trade requiring skill with the hands or as an artist

pro•cess
noun, a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end

Craft

A work of architecture is a comprehensive composition, not limited to the broad outlines of a structure and its barest necessities. A building and its surroundings are carefully planned and executed, from the outward design to the inner workings. Therefore, an architectural set of plans will cover all elements of design relevant to the given project, including that of the structure itself; its myriad of architectural design details; its electrical, plumbing, heat, ventilation, and air conditioning and associated technologies; as well as, where applicable, its interior decoration and land preparation, planning, and finishing, including both hard and softscape.

To create and execute such detailed planning requires dedicated professionals and craftspeople; from engineers to artisans, we enjoy working relationships with highly skilled individuals and companies that bring ideas to life.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

Process

We begin with a thorough investigation of the client’s needs and desires, leading to a final project that will incorporate not only architectural beauty, but also those elements of function specific to the client. Many architecturally designed residences fail to be truly custom and, instead, reflect a broad stroke of style associated with its designer, with little to no customization to reflect the current and anticipated lifestyle needs of those who will inhabit the home. It is our goal to produce a residence that will serve the client’s needs for many years to come while reflecting the client’s aesthetic preferences in an architecturally creative and cohesive manner.

The most important stage in the process is the schematic, when all programming, i.e., functional issues, are communicated and the likes and dislikes—especially the dislikes—of the client are learned. Once complete, this stage represents agreement as to the direction of the project and is followed by detailed design work to arrive at the intended destination. The schematic phase may take only several weeks for a small addition to months for a new residence and surrounding property. What will eventually be constructed represents a significant investment by the client and must be approached with care if that investment is to be sound, with care in the schematic phase of special importance.

The next phase, consisting of detailed design, rests squarely on our shoulders, with continued client communications during design development as options are considered and decisions are made. This is the phase in which final determinations are made with the intention of limiting changes once construction has begun and, therefore, minimizing expense and delays. Toward the end of this phase, the architectural plan is either put out for bid to selected general contractors or the contractor of choice, if that has been pre-determined, is engaged, and building permits are pursued.

Once construction drawings have been completed and permits obtained, construction is free to begin. This is the most exciting and rewarding stage and when an excellent set of craftspeople and contractors becomes exceedingly important. Not only must individual jobs be executed well, but the management of workflow, a difficult task for the general contractor, must be efficient. We work closely with the general contractor to answer questions as they arise so that sequenced work may continue unimpeded. We also remain engaged with the client to address any issues that might arise during this process. It is our responsibility to function as a lynchpin in the process of design and construction , providing both vision and management; creativity and practicality.

In the end, we want our client to be happy with the entire experience that culminates in the creation of a new or renovated home.