A person who designs and oversees the construction of buildings. They ensure a building follows code and will be safe and meet all local regulations. They provide construction documents and their “stamp” is required to build.
Although an engineer can perform the same tasks as an architect, they often offer a more specific discipline such as mechanical, civil, or electrical.
Also referred to as a builder or contractor, this person is in charge of your project. They handle the coordination of deliveries, managing subcontractors, and the general daily business of a job site.
A contractor who specializes in a specific skill such as a plumber or mason. They are also referred to as “trades.” They are considered a sub because they often work under the general contractor.
While an architect may design for individuals, corporations, or governments, they often have a wider scope of a project. Residential designers focus on individuals, concentrating on lifestyle and space functions and flow. They can recommend materials, provide guidance about regulations and work as part of your team with your builder and architect.
An idea or general notion, not a final design or plan. A concept includes sketches and renderings to develop a design and communicate it to others.
A drawing typically in 3D to express the possible outcome of a finished space. Blueprints are often rendered to communicate a project in a realistic setting.
A 2D drawing of a specific wall or space.
These are drawings and supporting documents that your contractor uses to know how to build your space. They contain material specifications, dimensions, building references and anything else your builder would need to know. These are also used to obtain building permits from your municipality and are typically signed or “stamped” by an architect or engineer.
An ancient Chinese art of arranging buildings, objects, and spaces in an environment to achieve harmony and balance.
These are the details that support a selection–as in the backsplash tile, the size, shape, layout, finish and placement. These choices are communicated to the trade for proper installation.
An innate human instinct to connect with nature. Biophilic design has been found to support cognitive function, physical health and psychological well-being.
The design of buildings, products or environments to make them accessible to all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors. Also referred to as “aging in place.”
A retailer that typically only sells and provides materials to the trade.