The answers to your questions…
What Are Your Hours?
I am available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact me by phone or email. My general hours are 8:00-5:00, Monday thru Friday, with exceptions for afterhours.
When do I need a building designer?
For most projects involving structural change, a building designer is necessary. For example, if you are altering, removing or adding walls , you would use a building designer to draw plans.
What is the smallest project you’ll do?
My work starts when structural change is involved. For example, if you want to expand your kitchen and need to take down an interior wall, or are adding a deck and sliding glass door onto the master bedroom, I would design plans for your remodel. If your remodel does not involve structural change, an interior designer can provide the services you need.
Do you do CAD?
CAD, or Computer Aided Design, is the process of using computer programs for design. I do hand drafting, meaning computers are not involved when I create your design. Your plans can still be shared on the computer. They can be scanned and saved as a .PDF or other file format so you can share them electronically.
Are you an architect?
Architects are licensed professionals that have a degree in Architecture. I am a building designer. I became a building designer after studying Environmental Design. I apprenticed with an Architect for four years to learn the craft of hand drafted building design. Afterwards, I opened my own office and have been providing services to the South Sound region for over 20 years.
Are you a contractor?
Contractors build structures using plans from building designers or architects. I am a building designer, meaning I create the plans you then take to a contractor to build (after obtaining a building permit). I do offer referrals to contractors as part of my services and can always recommend a good contractor based on the type of project.
Are you a structural engineer?
Structural Engineers specialize in design for lateral and vertical loads, such as wind, earthquake and snow loads. I do not practice structural engineering, but use them as consultants on most projects.
Do you do Environmental Design?
Environmental Design is essentially the study of how humans interact with their natural environment. “Environmental” and “Sustainable” are often interchangeable words for environmentally concise practices or products. I practice Sustainable Design, which you can learn about here. I graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Design and apprenticed with an architect for four years before starting my own business.