Important Questions To Ask Your Architect

Previously, we discussed the importance of hiring a great general contractor for your new construction or renovation project. Similar to the contractor you choose, your architect is a critical selection in leading to your project’s success. However, many clients are unsure of what to ask when looking for an architect to make sure it’s the right fit. Below, we list some helpful questions to ask before your next project.

“Why do I need an architect?”
This question is one that a client should ask themselves so they can effectively communicate what they’d like for their architect to do. Since architects can provide a variety of services, it’s important for clients to have specific goals in mind. For example, do you need an architect to create a conceptual design? Or do you need someone to review and sign off on a permit?

This question can also help architects better understand your end goal for the project. When it comes to new construction, an architect will factor in your budget, lifestyle, and design preferences.

“What is included in your basic services for a project as my architect?”
Many clients are not familiar with the different types of schematics and drawings that go into new construction. This question helps you understand which basic services your architect will provide. This can also alert you as to whether you’ll need supplementary or additional services for your project.

“What will be expected of me as the client?”
Sometimes, clients do not have existing drawings, surveys, or permit records for the property they are building. In this case, there are additional steps the client may have to handle for the architect to perform their duties.

This is also a point to consider if you want an additional level of detail and management to be provided for your project. This can be delivered for your project through an interior designer, Fixture, Finishes and Equipment (FFE) Selection, or construction administration services.

“What is your design process like?”
This question can help the client understand what phases their architectural project will have and ensure everyone is on the same page. This can also help clients understand their level of involvement at each stage.

If you’re looking for an experienced and innovative architect in Fort Lauderdale, contact us at Rose Architects.

The Importance of Hands-On General Contractors

One of the quickest ways to complicate a project is to have a general contractor who is not thoroughly involved. Without a hands-on approach, a general contractor cannot manage the needs of the client, the architect, and the many subcontractors on a given project. This can cause long delays and expensive mistakes. To help save time and money, we discuss some features of a “hands-on” general contractor below.

Being a hands-on general contractor starts with regularly visiting the construction site and having a full understanding of all of the trades involved, such as plumbing, electrical, and so on. Regular involvement helps to establish a good rapport with the subcontractors and helps the general contractor provide accurate information to their client. This all sets the tone for the project and helps everyone involved stay on the same page for maximum efficiency.

Regular site visits also give the general contractor a chance to zoom out and take in a holistic overview of the project. They must know how every moving part is connected to one another throughout different phases of the project, and how changes or delays can impact this dynamic process. It’s much easier to orchestrate a complex project when the general contractor is proactively at the job site and closely involved with the day-to-day.

A hands-on general contractor also does regular walkthroughs with subcontractors. Usually, a subcontractor receives a “punch list” or a to-do list explaining which tasks need to be done by which date. As a project progresses, however, new tasks may come up and get lost in the constant construction happening on the site. This is where a general contractor can assist with a walkthrough or physical layout of the project. This process helps orient subcontractors so that the architect’s design and client’s desires are executed properly to their full intent.

It’s important for general contractors to be hands-on during every step of the construction process. They serve as the main point of contact for everyone involved on the project and their effective communication and delegation is the key to a successful outcome.

If you’re looking for a general contractor in Fort Lauderdale, you can read more about the typical process here, or contact Rose Architecture + Construction to consult with our team about your dream project!

Supply Shortages and Your Construction Project

For the past two years, supply chain shortages have put the construction industry through the ringer. Materials are scarce and project costs have reached a 50-year high. Yet, many clients don’t know how much this shortage can impact their construction plans. Below, we explain some challenges facing new construction right now and how clients can best prepare themselves.

Challenge #1: Inconsistent, unpredictable inventory
The immediate effect of global supply shortages is that vendors have less stock available. With reduced labor and major shipping delays, it is also difficult to predict restocks.

This means many online inventories and estimated delivery dates are inaccurate. It’s important for clients to understand that many vendors will list products as “in stock” because they’ve ordered it from the manufacturer, not because it’s currently in their storefront.

Similarly, estimated delivery dates are just that – estimates. For example, raw materials typically see a delivery delay of 3-6 weeks. For materials coming from overseas, the delay can be as long as 5-11 months. This is also true for appliances and furniture due to shortages of steel and small, finished parts.

Some vendors have stopped taking new orders entirely for 2022 due to their backlog, further reducing global stock. The lack of inventory brings us to the next challenge.

Challenge #2: Increased construction costs
Limited stock means that projects are more expensive. How expensive? According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, construction costs went up by 17.5% in 2021 alone. Prices for individual materials have also increased. In turn, price quotes have become volatile; as parts go in and out of stock, quotes that used to be good for months need to be updated every few days.

Tips for Clients
So what can a prospective client do in the face of a supply shortage? The most important thing is for clients to remember that their construction team is always working with them to deliver on their design goals. Besides trusting the process, here are some tips:

Be Flexible: It may take a little longer, be a bit more expensive, or require an atypical approach to achieve your design dreams.

Start Early: If possible, it’s best to start planning out your project as soon as possible. This gives your design and construction team time to source supplies at the best rate and account for any market changes. You can learn more about beginning the new construction process here.

Expect Delays: With the supply chain shortage, even the best planned projects may experience some delays. Your design team will help factor this into your project goals.

Be Prepared to Act Fast: Limited quantities means that price quotes can change quickly. Be prepared for any developments in your project and communicate in a timely manner so your team can best serve you.

If you’re looking for an experienced and resourceful Architect and General Contractor in Fort Lauderdale to see your project through these challenges, contact us at Rose Architecture + Construction.

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Fort Lauderdale General Contractor

Finding a Fort Lauderdale general contractor can be very difficult, so here are a few things to look for when you’re hiring a reputable and reliable contractor. With the right contractor, you’ll save time and money and arrive at a result that’s perfectly tailored to your needs.

Here is what you should be looking for in a general contractor:
– If they specialize in project types you’re interested in
– If they carry proper liability insurance
– How long they’ve been in business
– The number of projects they’ve completed successfully
Reviews from their previous clients

Another important consideration is having the opportunity to look at actual completed projects. The projects completed by a general contractor can give you an idea of their level of experience. If they have a number of projects that have been completed, you have to take into consideration infrastructure, materials and products being used. It’s not uncommon to see many contractors building a house with a certain type of wood, tile or even a door.

You may be wondering how you’re going to find a Fort Lauderdale general contractor. If you know someone who has hired a general contractor before, they can help recommend one. You can also consult your local contractor licensing board to get referrals.

This is an important step because the more details you provide about your project, the better you’ll be able to compare quotes. Laying out the plans of your home will help the general contractor give you a more accurate quote. The best way to do this is to hire a licensed architect in the state of Florida to assist with this process.

There are a few questions you should always ask a Fort Lauderdale general contractor before hiring them. They have to have a solid payment plan. They have to be prompt about returning phone calls and emails. Make sure they’re on time with the work being done as well as with their payment schedule. You don’t want to hire a general contractor who’s going to cause more problems than they solve, so it’s important to make sure they’ll complete the project on time and within your budgeted amount.

There are plenty of other considerations when hiring a Fort Lauderdale general contractor so please reach out to us today so we can help you.

Fort Lauderdale Launches Online Zoning Map

The City of Fort Lauderdale recently joined Gridics, an interactive zoning map application. The map simplifies some processes in property development due to the extensive, verified zoning information now readily available online.

One of the most useful features of Gridics is its 3D modeling capabilities. The continuous map allows engineers, architects, and designers to visualize new projects. Through color-coded zoning layers, the app helps calculate build-out potentials without having to consult multiple city officials. Moreover, the map shows existing and proposed projects in Fort Lauderdale all in one place.

For property owners, the app provides key information on their property’s zoning requirements in Fort Lauderdale. This can be helpful to anyone in the first stages of single home family construction. By providing the property’s zoning information in one interactive visual map application, owners can easily understand the potentials and limitations of their design goals.

The new Fort Lauderdale zoning map application provides many helpful features for both developers and owners all in one place. For more information on Fort Lauderdale Gridics, visit their website or announcement.


For more information on zoning, construction permits, and development, contact Rose Architecture + Construction.

Home Builder Digest Recognizes Rose Architecture + Construction

Recently, Home Builder Digest named Rose Architecture + Construction one of the best residential architecture firms in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The national online magazine is a leader on luxury home design and recognized the skill, craftsmanship, and signature aesthetic present in Rose Architecture + Construction projects.

The list features some of the most innovative architecture firms in a highly competitive metropolitan area. Of Rose Architecture + Construction, Home Builder Digest highlights the consistency of quality work on residential projects in the Fort Lauderdale area.

“The firm’s [Rose Architecture + Construction] strong track record in South Florida can be seen in the quality of completed projects,” Home Builder Digest writes.

Home Builder Digest also notes that Rose Architecture + Construction benefits from leadership under its owner, founder, and licensed architect Zachary Rose.

“His [Zachary Rose] strong work ethic and formal training in the field give the firm the confidence to compete with more tenured firms,” Home Builder Digest writes.

 

About Rose Architecture + Construction

Rose Architecture + Construction is South Florida’s premier Fort Lauderdale architect and interior design firm. Founded in 2012 by Zachary Rose, they have worked on numerous projects including commercial, residential, and industrial spaces. They take pride in clean, functional spaces and are passionately committed to design perfection, innovation, and sustainability. As the firm’s driving force, Mr. Rose is a licensed Fort Lauderdale Architect in the State of Florida (lic. # AR96067), licensed General Contractor (lic. # CGC1526625), an accredited LEED AP, and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

 

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New Single Family Construction Checklist

construction worker checklistIn a previous blog, we discussed the different construction surveys needed for building a new home in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Besides surveys, there are several other documents required before and after construction. The City has made available a checklist of the documents online:
https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=36733

Many of these items are completed by your project’s Fort Lauderdale General Contractor (GC) however, it’s important for homeowners to keep track of documents associated with their project. Below, we sum up all of the items listed on the Fort Lauderdale New Construction Checklist.

Required Permit Applications – Many of these documents can be started by the homeowner ahead of time to streamline the construction process. Please refer to our previous blog regarding the surveys you may need to complete these permit applications.

Minimal Plan Submittal – These forms are mostly completed by the project’s GC, but many items will require the signature of the homeowner. Please refer to our previous blog regarding the surveys you may need to complete these permit applications.

  • Signed Contract (including cost breakdown) – legal documentation of the project
  • Park Impact Fee Supplemental Form – to create a parking lot on the property
  • Construction Debris Mitigation Letter – agreement to lawfully dispose of waste
  • Swale Acknowledgement Form – for construction that will affect swales
  • Specialty Paving Affidavit – to create decorative, stamped concrete or paved driveways
  • Two (2) hard copies of current surveys (signed and Sealed)
  • Two (2) hard copy complete sets of plans (signed and Sealed) indicating the following information:
    • Occupancy Group
    • Type of Construction
    • Method of Compliance
    • Interior Finishes
    • Roof Framing Plan (including the required bracing)
    • Property Flood Zone
    • Construction Materials
    • Foundation, Column and Beam Schedules
    • Window and Door Schedules
  • Two (2) hard copies of Soil Conditions (Geotec Report) or Soil Statement
  • Two (2) hard copies of Energy Calculations (reviewed by Department of Resources)
  • Two (2) hard copies of Structural Calculations (signed and sealed)
  • Two (2) hard copies of each Window and Door Product Approvals (approved by DOR)
  • Special Inspector Form (if project involves reinforced masonry construction of pilings)
  • Special Inspector Plan (if project involves reinforced masonry construction of pilings)

For more information on single-family construction permits in Fort Lauderdale, contact Rose Architecture + Construction.

Surveys Required for Fort Lauderdale New Home Construction

architects sitting around construction plansBefore you can build a new home in the City of Fort Lauderdale, you will need various surveys, reports, and most importantly, construction permits. The process of obtaining permits can be overwhelming, especially to anyone building a home for the first time. There are quite a few documents you need to have on hand before you submit your permit application. The City of Fort Lauderdale has a one-page checklist that sums up the required permits: https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=36733

The minimum plan submission requirements are mostly completed by Architects, Engineers, and/or Contractors, but the items with the most lead time (aka time to get completed) can and should be ordered by YOU, the homeowner.

To save yourself some time and stress, we’ve outlined the surveys and reports you will need in order to apply for building a new single-family construction project in the City of Fort Lauderdale. This article is broken down into two sections: PRE-PERMIT and POST-PERMIT surveys/reports.

 

PART I. Pre-permit Surveys and Reports – AKA Items To Order Now

  • Construction Topographic Survey
  • Geotechnical Report
  • Site Percolation Test

1. Construction Topographic Survey – A survey of the property conducted for the purposes of construction. Surveys identify property boundaries, easement and other site feature locations. Specifically this document should include:

  • Topographic Elevation points at 20-foot intervals along the property line and as a grid on the property. Extend the grid to 5 feet outside of property lines as well as to adjacent properties
  • Topographic Elevation points for the crown of road, edge of asphalt, center of city swale, sidewalk, and other public walking paths
  • All easements
  • Right-of-way dedications
  • If there is an existing building on the property, the survey will also need to include all building and site components
  • Finished floor elevation of existing home, if applicable
  • Tree Locations:
    • City of Fort Lauderdale requires documentation on all trees that are 3″ DBH (Diameter at Breast Height) and greater
  • Utility/Mechanical Equipment Locations:
    • Note locations of power meter, water meter(s), natural gas meter/propane tank lid (if applicable), and plumbing cleanout(s)
    • Show AC equipment locations
  • Request CAD file for future use by Architect/Engineers
  • 6 signed and sealed hard copies to be used for permits

Recommended Survey Provider:
Atlantic Coast Surveying Inc
6129 Stirling Road Suite 2
Davie, FL 33314
office: 954.587.2100
www.acsiweb.net

2. Geotechnical Report – Borings are conducted on the site in areas of proposed building and pool construction, to examine the existing soil conditions of the site. A report is then generated analyzing the findings from the borings to recommend suitable foundation designs based on soil makeup and bearing capacities. This report is used by the structural engineer and architect to guide their designs moving forward. Typically a project requires (2) borings, but this may vary based on your final design. Consult an Architect if unsure.

Recommended Provider:
Specialty Engineering Consultants, Inc.
1599 SW 30th Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-752-5440
www.specsf.com

3. Site Percolation Test for Water Drainage – A test done onsite to determine the stormwater absorption rate of the soil on the property for stormwater design and engineering considerations.

Recommended Provider:
Specialty Engineering Consultants, Inc.
1599 SW 30th Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-752-5440
www.specsf.com

 

Part II. Post-permit Surveys and Reports – AKA Items To Order Later (but don’t forget!)

As the project progresses, you’ll need additional surveys. It’s recommended to order all surveys together as a package to save time and money.

Construction Progress Survey Items

  1. 4 Corner survey – ordered prior to laying out formwork
    • shows the literal 4 corners of buildings to be constructed
  2. Form Board survey – ordered just after completion of slab formwork
    • to confirm the concrete slab forms are in the correct locations
  3. Spot survey and elevation certificate – ordered after the slab is poured and prior to tie beam inspection
    • to confirm the correct height of poured slab
  4. Fence survey – ordered prior to installation of permanent site fence
    • marks 4 corners of site to ensure fence is built on correct property
  5. Final survey – ordered after building completion and all sitework is complete

For more information on single-family construction permits in Fort Lauderdale, contact Rose Architecture + Construction.

Zachary Rose Wins AIA Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Zachary Rose, owner of Zack Academy, Rose Architecture + Construction, and a local licensed Architect and General Contractor, has received the 2020 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from The American Institute of Architects Fort Lauderdale. This prestigious nod is part of the AIA’s Emerging Professional Awards, which recognize the top architecture and design teams in South Florida.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is one of the oldest associations recognizing architectural excellence. Through community outreach, apprenticeship programs, and advocacy, the organization also fosters the development of architects. Similarly, “Entrepreneur of the Year” award recognizes designers who have made an impact not only in the design field, but in their community as well.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the South Florida design community, and would like to acknowledge my rockstar team that has helped me push the envelope these past few years to continue to innovate and grow responsibly,” commented Mr. Rose.

Mr. Rose and his firm were recognized for both career and community development. The firm completed over 120 design and construction projects in Broward County over the past five years, while volunteering for local fixtures such as Christ Church School, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Jack and Jill Center of Fort Lauderdale, and Chabad Las Olas. Owner Zachary Rose has also participated in community outreach in partnership with The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Broward County to help youths gain job experience.

About Rose Architecture + Construction
Rose Architecture + Construction is South Florida’s premier Fort Lauderdale architect and interior design firm. Founded in 2012 by Zachary Rose, they have worked on numerous projects including commercial, residential, and industrial spaces. They take pride in clean, functional spaces and are passionately committed to design perfection, innovation, and sustainability. As the firm’s driving force, Mr. Rose is a licensed Fort Lauderdale Architect in the State of Florida (lic. # AR96067), licensed General Contractor (lic. # CGC1526625), an accredited LEED AP, and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

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http://www.rosearchitects.com
954-271-2718