Our team believes in a collaborative approach to design. This
approach involves the client in a creative collaboration to thoroughly
define and understand the scope of work and the specific objectives
regarding every aspect of the project. In this manner, a clarity
of purpose and a coherent set of ideas can be established to guide
the project’s development, resulting in a design that is mutually
successful and gratifying.
To ensure that all parties comprehend the implications of the design,
we have developed a working method which involves the extensive use
of computer models and fly-thrus, giving the project a certain sense
of reality. It is then possible to verify ideas within the context
(perspective simulation) and analyze more accurately the impact of
the design within its context. Utilizing the latest design and
project management software we offer the ability to collaborate with
the client and contractor via the internet. Potential problems
are more easily identified, with the assistance of computer simulation,
which enables the team to suggest alternative solutions in early stages
of the design process.
We work closely with our clients to maintain project costs throughout the
design, design development and contract document and construction stages
of the project. Starting with the preliminary plans and throughout
all stages of the project, we provide cost planning and cost control services
in order to maintain the project budget. Requirements are prioritized
hand-in-hand in a participatory manner with the client.
Our ability to cost the project prior to its construction allows us
to tailor the design to match its budget, minimizing any unforeseen
current pricing schedules, competitive contractor bidding, and overall
experience allow us to provide a project that will meet the established budget.
our many contacts in the construction industry, we are able assist the client
in selecting a reputable contractor who is well qualified and also provides
competitive pricing. We have worked closely with our recommended contractors
on a variety of previous projects of similar scale and complexity, including
renovations, additions or new structures.
We have found that successful design results from dedication to the entire design
and construction process. We work with the client and the contractor throughout
the construction process, to ensure that the detailed concerns of the client
are fully incorporated into the completed building.
Sticks and Stones Design incorporates sustainable design into each project. Using
sustainable design and energy-efficiency principles minimizes the building’s
impact on the natural environment, and also can substantially reduce operating
costs. The home becomes an integral part of its setting, a part of
the landscape, taking into consideration topography, views, prevailing winds
and the sun. Your home can grow out of the land, using natural materials,
including timber and stone, creating a harmonizing and humanizing effect.
The building can be a reconstruction of nature, rather than a foreign object,
brought to the land.
We believe the overall creation of a healthy environment should be a primary
objective for each project, ensuring that the structure is physically healthy,
for its inhabitants and the environment.