Design is the lifeblood of any project... it's the intangible that releases the soul to experience your surroundings
Architect Fayetteville, AR
Architect Fayetteville AR
HECK designWorks specializes in projects where creating an experience through design is allowed to blossom into reality. For design inspiration Heck draws on his research, life experiences, his study abroad in central Europe and travels throughout the United States. His approach to design is to glean information from the user and visualize a space as he tests architectural designs against this information, resulting in a architecture that enhances the users experience.
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One of the great benefits of an experienced architect is the depth of knowledge and collaboration with our clients, builders, and talented craftspersons of every trade. We are continually learning and refining our skills, and we look forward to meeting the challenges that each project brings.
HECK designWorks is a full service architectural practice. We take each project seriously and approach the responsible and inspired practice of architecture with a strong commitment to realizing your goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. We understand that a successful design grows out of discovering where a project’s unique opportunities allow for the creation of lasting quality – functionally and aesthetically.
Whether you have a small project or a large one, we take each professional challenge seriously and are committed to sustainable design as the application of solid design principles. Sustainability is wholistic in the approach of a design, nth just adding bells and whistles to a project. It starts with sensitively engaging a projects site and its relation to the natural world and continues throughout the design. Much of sustainability to us shows forth as “common sense” design.
arkansas architect | oklahoma architect
HECK designWorks holds licenses in Arkansas and Oklahoma and as architects Fayetteville AR, yes, most of work is in our own back yard; but that doesn't limit us. Locally, we have also practiced as a Rogers ar architect, Springdale AR architect, Bentonville AR architect, Bella Vista AR Architect and as a northwest ar architect in general. We also have extensive experience as a lake house architect on Beaver Lake as well.
Nationally, we have experience as a protoype architect, developing and site adapting prototypes for national chains such as Subway sandwiches, Bajio Mexican Grille, Papa Bello Pizza and more, pushing us outside of being just a Fayetteville AR Architect. So, whether you are looking for an Arkansas architect, Oklahoma architect, or beyond, we are here to meet your needs.
HECK designWorks maintains the NCARB certificate affording us the ability to quickly obtain licensure in most states territories as well as many relationships with localized architects. If your project takes you outside of the Northwest Arkansas geographical boundaries, never fear, we are here.
Although not always the same, our process at HECK designWorks will look something like this:
Often we meet the homeowner(s) or business Owner initially to define a preliminary scope of work. This meeting usually occurs on-site to allow us to visualize more of the site or building (the context) that we will working within and goals, needs and requirements are discussed. It is also helpful for the homeowner(s) or business Owner to have a budget in mind although that is not always determined…and we understand that. At the end of this meeting a proposal will be drafted outlining all of the requirements of the project and a fee will be determined and presented for approval t proceed.
In this phase, we visit the site, review the existing conditions and take as-built measurements of what is there. A set of as-built plans are created to work from. These are simple floor plans and exterior elevations – a minimal set showing what currently exists on site and nothing more. A surveyor may be contacted at this stage and scheduled to produce a site survey if one is not available, typically this is coordinated by the Architect but contracted directly with the Owner. The architects gather information from state and city agencies regarding specific land use and building code requirements as well as pre-submittal and pre-permit procedures.
The architect generates 2-3 preliminary designs incorporating the information from step two. At this stage the architects are also bringing design concepts to the table. Maybe there was a specific site feature that could be enhanced with the new architecture or opportunities within the project not previously discussed. The architects explore the sequence of how you approach the structure and flow through the spaces. How the structure is experienced is a focus of this stage. The general locations of the functions within the building are also considered. Graphics, illustrations and sketches are just diagrams at this stage. Features like windows may be added schematically. Simple plans and elevations are produced to represent relationships among spaces and the basic envelope shape. Material options also start to become part of the discussion and a target budget is established/confirmed for the overall project. There are typically 2-4 meetings involved with this step depending on the complexity of the project. The client makes decisions with help from the architect regarding various schematic options and an overall design strategy is chosen.
As decisions continue to be made, the architects develop the schematic drawings into construction documents. The graphics have evolved from diagrams to actual architecture at this step. The drawings are refined in regards to details and methods. Materials are decided on and the architects figure out how everything fits together. Window openings are further defined with mullions and opening locations. Information from other consultants, like a structural engineer, is developed and coordinated with the design drawings. Specifications for materials, fixtures/ appliances, assembly details, and relevant code information are incorporated into the project. Recommendations from trades, suppliers, and manufacturers are added to the drawing set. The client continues to make decisions at a more specific level of detail.
A set of construction documents will be used as permit drawings. The permit documents are used to submit, coordinate, and obtain the building permit from the city or county. The city/county doesn’t typically care to review each and every detail of a home – they just want to make sure you’re meeting state, city and local codes. The drawings continue to develop down to the very last details. Please note that permitting as an architect in Fayetteville AR is different than permitting as an architect in Rogers AR and each cities requirements can vary greatly.
General contractors are interviewed and a good fit is established. Sometimes a client just knows who they want to partner with and they skip the interview step. A contractor bids the project and contracts with the Client on a price, timeline, etc.
The documents and drawings for the project are now complete and construction begins. Typically with a project of any complexity the architect is retained to answer questions, deal with clarifications, review payment requests from the General Contractor, and administer revisions if necessary. The architect also protects the interests of the client and the integrity of the design. The architect reviews the invoices, overall costs and scheduling.
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