Design is a process of trial and error, but we take incremental steps to minimize any error. There is a dilemma in the process since the builder needs accurate plans to provide you with accurate estimates for construction, but it does not make sense to create detailed drawings until you determine if the project is feasible. [...]
There are many ways to solve a design problem to satisfy functional requirements, capture the views, maintain privacy, and enable the most natural light while keeping the project on schedule and budget. We evaluate these options with you and the builder to determine the most intelligent solution.
Finding the right builder is based on 3 major factors: • A personality that you are comfortable with • Proven track record of previous quality projects • A thorough understanding of the scope of your project to ensure the bid is correct We suggest builders for you to meet and provide examples of previous [...]
Depending on the specifics of your project, the building department may require the expertise of a licensed surveyor, geotechnical engineer, or structural engineer. Over the years, we have developed relationships with talented and affordable professionals that share our vision of providing creative solutions to ensure the highest quality. We know when the timing is appropriate [...]
We have done projects all over the world and have encountered all sorts of difficult permitting situations. The building departments in Seattle, Bellevue, Sammamish, Woodinville, and Kirkland can be the most challenging governments to work with. We have developed great reputations with city personnel, and we have a 100% rating with prior permit submittals. Our [...]
Although the permit drawings may seem advanced, they really only communicate energy code and safety concerns. Our goal is to provide you with a quality project that is on time and budget. Complete construction drawings communicate the exact size, shape, and materials needed by the builder to communicate your exact scope of work to also [...]
Construction drawings are your contract with the builder, and they can be very technically difficult to understand. Since you have devoted so much time, money, and hard work to find the best architect, the right builder, and design the highest quality project, we act as your advocate in protecting your investment to ensure the construction [...]
International Studio works with US StarCraft to fabricate custom metalwork. Watch the video and read below to learn more: US StarCraft is a custom metal fabrication shop located in Seattle, WA. Recently, I (Josh Brincko, architect with International Studio) met with their owner, Karl Mayer, to try my hand at making custom railing posts [...]