308 LLC provides Architectural Design, Documentation, Code Review, Interior Design, Space Planning, and Project Management services in the state of Colorado. We can also provide 3D visualization, concept planning, graphic design, and as-built documentation drawings. While we do not provide engineering services in-house, we do work with excellent consulting engineers, fit for your specific project.
We actually do both! The 308 LLC team has a diverse background of experience which allows us to provide expertise in both residential/single family projects as well as large commerical projects such as hotels, apartments, restaurants, offices, and retail. Our design process is customized to each client, which allows us to find the best solution for a wide variety of project types.
The answer is no, it is not legal to just put a license stamp on a set of drawings that we didn't create, and also breaks copywright laws for the ones who produced them. However, if you have a plan or ideas in mind, we can help create a new design that encompases the goals of what you want to include while fitting the project to the actual site. We find that online plans are a great starting point for a converstaion about what you like and don't like, but they should only be used as a starting point.
We provide Architectural services across the entire state of Colorado and have projects in Colorado Springs, Denver, Wheatridge, Pueblo, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Ridgway, Monument, Palmer Lake, and even in the National Forest north of Steamboat Springs, CO! The majority of our projects are located along the front range, but we love the mountains and western communities across the state and welcome the opportunity to work in other areas of Colorado.
The answer to this will vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, but for a general view these are the steps that we take for a start-to-finish project:
1. Meet with the client to establish the scope of work and overall goals and timeline
2. Create a proposal and contract with the necessary consulting engineers for the client to review, approve, and sign which releases us for the start of the design process.
3. Programming refinement - this may be verifying if a house should have 2 or 3 bedrooms or how many apartment units of each type will be included as well as aesthetic requirements such as the desire to have a mountain-lodge style or meeting certain sustainability goals beyond the code requirements.
4. Schematic Design - The initial layout of spaces and ideas, but to scale to understand how the project can come together. Early exterior designs and options are also explored.
5. Design Development - The designs are further detailed and refined usually with options being presented to the client for decisions on what they want to include. We typically bring the consulting engineers to the project as this point in time to make sure items like mechanical rooms or structural floor depths are accounted for.
6. Construction Drawings - This is where the bulk of the design teams work will be spent to make sure all codes, details, materials, etc. are included in the project per the established scope. Final engineering drawings are coordinated and managed and at the end a stamped/sealed set of drawings is produced ready to go to the building department for reviews and approvals.
7. Optional Bid Phase - many projects don't have a specific general contractor hired and prefer to bid the project to find the best value and expertise for their project. We can assist with this stage, or it can be used to help a selected general contractor answer any sub-contractor questions about the scope of their work.
8. Plan Review and permitting - We work with the building department to answer any questions they may have about the plans, address comments, and manage submittals until the plans are approved. Once the plans are approved, only a licensed contractor, or the home-owner if building a single family home for themselves, are allowed to actually pull the permit.
9. Construction Administration - The scope of this phase will be project specific, but overall it is to help manage the drawings and design information during construction. We stay involved through the construction process to help the construction flow smoothly, answer questions for specific details, and verify changes during construction are reviewed and documented.