Any size interior design project can be designed in any style.
Full services can be supplied. Prices and fees vary depending on
style. The process is as follows.
Phase I Conceptual Design
It begins with the questionnaire and in meetings with the architect
ideas, looking at photos, and visiting the site. A great deal of time is
required in the initial phase to completely get across your vision to
architect and have a proper understanding of your needs, lifestyle and
We study the community and governmental requirements, survey
photos, the neighboring structures, lot orientation, topography, lot
and views. Then we start with the rough sketch.
Communicates the spatial planning of the lot and floor plan by drawing
of you getting instant feedback, brainstorming with you and
information from the questionnaire to develop a floor plan which best
advantage of all of the lots features.
Scale drawings will be done with approximate room sizes and square
many overlay drawings, refinements and fine tunings. Hand drawn 3D
be used to convey special details and features.
Different concept sketches are developed of the front elevation and
styles are researched from magazines, books, etc. All this is combined
and the architects ideas. If the conceptual drawings are not to your
concepts are developed, until we get to a point where the roughs are
All of the sketches are then ready to be inputted into the computer
phase II preliminary design development.
Phase II Preliminary Design Development
To start the preliminary phase either a contract will need to be signed
agreement to work hourly with an additional retainer required. (see fee
schedule). The approved rough sketches are inputted into the computer in
format allowing the most accurate and detailed drawings available. We
with you and collect your ideas, comments, requirements and requests
meeting, which will direct the development and evaluation of the
The continued preliminary design development, meetings, reviews,
research and consultations with architect and staff are included in the
or billable hourly if that option was chosen. The time this phase takes
contingent upon the clients ability to make decisions in a timely
levels of details are discussed until we achieve the desired results.
Approximately 50% of the time in the base contract is allotted for this
Items which will be discussed are extensive and include (but not limited
Kitchen design, floor, appliances and storage requirements.
Bath designs and fixtures.
Mechanical equipment requirements, locations and zoning.
All site features, pool, spas, decks, drives, walks, gardens,
Door and window sizes, manufacturers and types.
Ceiling heights and details.
Roof design and materials.
Wall finishes and details.
Stairways and railings.
Storm protection (if required).
All exterior elevations.
3D hand sketches of special features.
Plus many others
Change requests or changes in scope
It is common that changes in scope, size and level of detail occur
design process. After we have gone through two major revisions, and you
to make further major revisions, there will be fee based on how
revision is and how far we are along in producing the final plans and
A major revision typically comprises more than 20% change in the design.
will never be additional charges or work without your written approval
work. There are no charges for minor revisions as long they occur before
creation of the construction drawings.
Any decrease or increase in size will adjust the contract amount
addendum, if the contract decreases a credit will be given on your
towards the contract amount, in case of any increase a full or partial
will be required.
Just before preliminary drawings are completed, it is suggested that if
community review board, or state supervisory board, or any other
authority involved, that a preliminary review be presented for approval.
prevents costly delays and added expenses due to re-drafting. This may
Re-designing major aesthetic changes and CAD drafting the aesthetic
directed by above mentioned officials, if requested and /or required, if
architects design follows the approved communities guidelines and codes
denied for capricious reasons, this also pertains to changes necessary
presentation display boards is billable at published rates. This may
It is also advised that in order for you to get a handle on the cost of
construction of your project, a builder or cost estimator of your
should be consulted prior to sign off. Please be advised that your
not a cost estimator or a contractor. If re-design is required due to
addendum to contract will be issued.
Sign off is the final step before construction drawings are started.
preliminary design plans will be presented to you. You will be asked to
on (2) copies of drawings, giving Ames International Architecture the
to commence with phase III of your plans, the construction document
Any changes/alterations after sign off will be considered above and
scope of work and is billed on an hourly basis as per prevailing rates
the contract, by approved addendum.
Phase III Interior Design Drawings
o Locates: Built in cabinets, rugs and flooring, free standing furniture
Room by room, wall elevations
o Showing wall moldings, cabinet designs, tile details, plumbing
electrical fixtures, A/C ducts, special finishes, windows and doors,
o Drawn to allow ease of access to detail drawings
Paint colors, wall textures, location of wall paper and faux finishes.
o Identifies flooring materials, identifies flooring patterns and
inlays, wood direction, identifies size of material, shows floor
Exterior material selection
o Stone, precast, exterior paving, pool, decks, driveways, roof color
o Ceiling moldings, ceiling elevation changes, lighting fixtures and A/C
ceiling materials, ceiling design patterns
o Edge details, materials and finishes
Coordinate with electrical plan for furniture and wall elevations, low
Railing and gate designs and specs
Available not included in contract
Interior Design Drawings (see phase IV) Quote required per scope of work
Exterior Renderings Price based on size, B & W, color, media, oil,
Cabinet Drawings Per published hourly rates
Computer Generated 3D Perspective Renderings Price quote per
detail of drawings required. Some work may be subcontracted to third
Plumbing Specifications, fixtures, valves and trim,
water filtration and heating, insta hots, etc. Per published hourly
Exterior Animation or Interior walk thru Price quote per complexity and
of drawings required. Some work may be subcontracted to third parties
Critique of existing plans Per published hourly rates
Appliance specifications, kitchen, bar, barbeque, laundry, etc. Per
Shipping and Mailing No fee with supply owners account #, 15% handling
Paint color specification Per published hourly rates
Courier Services Fee plus 15% handling
Prints, plots, CDs and DVDs Per published hourly rates
Clerical services. Word processing due to changes orders, letters,
others Per published hourly rates
Consultation with owners interior design Per published hourly rates
Meetings with specialty sub contractors, Security System, Hurricane
Shutters, Home automation, elevator consultant, Telephone systems,
sound & media systems, electric screens, etc. Per published hourly rates
Meetings with City or Architectural Review Board
to obtain preliminary approval. Per published hourly rates plus
of presentations required.
Permit processing thru License contactor Per quote
Meetings with chosen contractors to review plans Per published hourly
Client concept changes. Client revisions during
and after the construction documents Approved per contract, addendums
Note: site visit on phase I and phase II included on contract amount.
Phase V billable Per published hourly rates. Door to door.
Study Models Price based on style, size, intricacy, multilevel,
Services of Professionals not included in Contract
All services listed below are not included in the architectural contract
sum square foot fee. The services of outside consultants and trades
may be needed during the Architectural Drawings process of your
documents are additional and will be used only upon your request and
M.E.P. (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) Engineer
Services are required for permitting
Mechanical A/C plans can be done by contractors A/C subcontractor
subcontractors installation cost. If you bid plans the A/C plan is
prior to permitting with specifications.
Drawing done on architects backgrounds
A/C duct layouts. Supply and returns, duct sizes
Equipment location, size and specifications
Heat load calculations to size units due to amount of windows and
Energy code calculations to size efficiency of units
Electrical load requirements to coordinate with electrical calcs.
Drip line drainage
Unit installation connections
Price ranges on mechanical: Depends on complexity
$ 0.60 to $ 0.80 under A/C
Cost paid directly by owner to engineer
Quotes will be secured and presented to you for owners approval
Owner has an option of using own engineer. We suggest that you use our
standard engineer as we have more control over them and will help meet
This work is done during construction drawings.
Services are optional for permitting (in accordance with the provisions
new Florida Building Code any electrical system which exceeds $50,000.00
or is over 600 AMPS requires the seal of a professional engineer)
Drawings done on architects back grounds
Electric Panel schedule
Electronic riser and notes
Electrical layout based on applicable codes and based on architects
Circuited Electric Plan
Generator distribution plan if requested
Coordination with appliance schedule
Coordination with electrical fixture schedule
Coordination with mechanical schedule
Solar Photovoltaic panels
Price ranges on electrical: Depends on complexity.
$ 0.40 to $ 0.60 under roof
Services are optional for permitting. In accordance with the provisions
of the new Florida Building Code, any plumbing system which exceeds 250
fixture units or exceeds $50,000.00 in cost requires the seal of a
Drawing based on architect background
Hot and cold riser diagram.
Waste riser diagram.
Coordination with plumbing fixture schedule
Coordination with water heating system.
Price range on plumbing: Depends on complexity.
$ 0.20 to $ 0.30 under roof
Services are optional for permitting. Some governmental authorities
require professional seal and permitting.
Services of Landscape company required.
Landscape plan based on architects concept and
Landscape specifications (materials)
Plant list and location
Site structures (may require architects
Coordination with drawings plans
Price ranges on Landscape: Depends on size of
property and complexity of
Services are optional
Lighting plan based on architect's layout and
Specify lighting fixtures
Design lighting system
Calculated lighting requirements
Coordinates with electrical plan
Paid directly by owner
Low Voltage Consultant
Services are optional
Specifies control systems for lighting, sound and
Locates controls and equipments
Coordinates with architects plans
Price ranges on Low Voltage: Depends on equipment
and system chosen by client
Paid directly by owner.
Services required for permitting.
Flood plans and elevations
Crown of road
Spot grades on property
Location of City Services and utilities
Location of all structures
Additional information required by architect or
Specialty coastal requirements
Price ranges on Land Surveyor: Depends on
Cost paid directly by owner.
No quotes secured.
Certified Expert Reports
Services may be required to secure certain permits from governmental
- Permitting and Zoning Issues
- Coastal Permitting
- Subsurface investigators. Environmental issues.
- Submerged investigators. Dock permits.
Letter and report writing pertaining to
governmental authority request.
Underwater planting reports for docks.
Locate and test underground environmental hazards
Endangered species reports.
Paid directly by owner.