Example #1 of Our Custom Modern Residential Floor Plans- (swipe left)

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Modern Design
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Beauty and the Details
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Integrated Site Planning
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Technically Challenging
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Clever Floor Plans
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Custom Design
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Precise Engineering
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Example #2 of Our Custom Residential Floor Plans (swipe left)

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Integrated Technicals

SpaceLineDesign creates lasting beauty...

Master Plans emerge after many Concept Studies...  

Master Plans emerge after many Concept Studies

Combining wishes, dreams, budgets, steel and concrete. The vision rises.

Combining wishes, dreams, budgets, steel and concrete.

We develop in 3d Virtual Worlds at same time as 2d cad plans. Blending Function and Form with Art and Technology.

We develop in 3d Virtual Worlds at same time as 2d cad plans

We design your building Inside & Out!

Architects Really Do See in Multi-Dimensions

Moving furniture, walls, windows, columns is easy at this stage!

Shifting walls as the design shapes up

This 360° Panorama looks really cool in the Google Daydream Goggles!

Virtual Reality for Architects is Here!

and deliver intrigue.

Floor plans that transcend function,

We love challenging mountain sites.

We love challenging mountain sites.

North Side Patio Pool and Garden Hangout.

Cool Shady Designs for the Sonoran Desert.

About the Design Process

We begin by discussing your ideas through email, Telephone, Skype, or even better- in person.
We learn about who you are, what are your needs, desires, budget and much more, we take a lot of notes and then begin to prepare the preliminary layouts, based on all factors.

First Design ideas are usually ready in about one week!

During the early design process of CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT, we present many interesting concepts and Site Layout Studies. We show the critical access points, solar orientation, wind and views. We comply with proper building codes, setbacks and percentage of site coverage as well as local ordinances and neighborhood regulations.

During this time many different options are studied and presented to the Client. We design several excellent floor plan versions and eventually refine these down to accomplish the Logical, Creative and Exciting Floor and Site Plans and creative building designs that we are known for.

Once the general layout of Floor Plans and Site Plans are well understood, we then proceed to design the 3D Building Massing, and Movie Fly-Throughs where you can witness it's shape and character evolve over the weeks into Realistic Virtual Reality Architectural Views.

This CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT usually requires several weeks or more...depending upon size and complexity of your project.

As we create your floor plans, we make many Progress Presentations where we walk you through the thought process for the arrangement of spaces, functionality and creative features, we listen to your comments and make many revisions until we get it all working the best possible way for your needs and site conditions.

As the 3D model begins to take form, we present dozens of study images and actual 3D walk-throughs of different parts of your new home or commercial space so you can begin to get the real feeling of your new design from both the exterior and the interior flows.

Now Offering VIRTUAL REALITY! Fully immersive 3D viewing from any point in the design as a full 360°x180° Spherical Panorama! (Your smartphone+ Google Daydream Goggles or Oculus, etc.)

Click here to see several examples of our VR imagery: https://www.sldarc.com/new-vr-panoramas

We offer reasonable fees that encompass the Two Main Phases of Design Development Drawings:


We begin each new project with the CONCEPT DISCOVERY PHASE:

Here we discover the actual Project Scope while developing accurate CAD designs for the overall Site Plan, the Creative & Functional Floor Plans, Building Elevations+Sections that guides us towards the Concept Presentations studied through dynamic 3D Digital Models and movie fly-throughs.

We spend considerable time revising and fine tuning all aspects of these layouts to meet your specific requirements, and there is much back and forth communication until we get it all 'just right'!

This Concept Stage is where the expertise of good Architectural Design results in the actual bespoke design character of your project, the success and ultimately how effective is your investment throughout the construction process.

Fees for this first stage CONCEPT DISCOVERY PHASE with concept CAD Plans and detailed fly-thru movies generally cost $6.25 per sf of Built Up Area. (Livable Floor Areas + reduced costs for Garage, Basements, Guest Houses, gazebos, built structures etc.)

The following Architectural design services are provided under our Concept Design Stage of Project Discovery that we do on most new project designs, Villas and Commercial projects:

Site Plan + Floor Plan Design

Elevation Design

Building Section Design

3D Digital Model Design

High Resolution Image Renderings

NEW- Virtual Reality 360° Immersive Oculus Rift II VR goggle views!

Animated Movie Presentations similar as shown on our site.

These detailed Concept Designs provides us the perfect design framework to carry forward into the next stages of project development known as Construction Documents Phase.

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Following the Concept Design Phase we now have a well thought out custom floor plan, accurately drawn as an auto-cad 'fat line' concept drawing- Plus a highly detailed 3D model with animated video fly throughs and lush renderings of the full design presentation.

We then follow through with the next major development Phase:CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS.

This involves making the highly Detailed Architectural Construction/Permit Plans that also integrate the Engineering drawings and requirements for Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural and others (Lighting, Entertainment, Security, Landscape).

Our Construction Documents are made using Full ACAD REVIT detailed drawings to accurately convey our detailed architectural designs, obtain Permits, to obtain Contractor bids and to follow on with field Construction. This detailed package is commonly 36"x48" sheet size and 75+ pages long and includes all required drawings to accurately convey our detailed Concept Designs into technical comprehensive drawings illustrating all factors from Site Plans, Building Layout, Floor, Roof, & Foundation Plans, Framing Plans, Site & Building Sections, Elevations, Details of all creative ideas, Tabulations and Schedules and more.

We act as prime coordinators for all Engineering such as; MEPS - Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural + Civil and Required Consultants (Fee+ basis) Continuous Interaction with Owner during drawing finalization covering all aspects of Building Design. Detailed Tabulations + Material Specifications- Signed, Sealed and Submitted for Permits and then Let-Out for Competitive Bids and Construction.

These plans are used to discuss strategies with the Municipality, present for Hillside or Variance procedures and to be used by bidding contractors to estimate construction costs and eventually be used for the building construction over the next 12-18 months.

On international designs we create the overall GRAND CONCEPTS under our CONCEPT DESIGN PHASE and then we team up with your local AOR Engineer or Architect of Record to insure a smooth completion and PERMIT SUBMITTAL of the CONSTRUCTION DOCS.

There are also INTERIOR DESIGN DRAWINGS which includes all the detailing for bidding and constructing of the Interior decorative elements of Floors, Walls, Ceiling, Lighting, Finishes, FirePlace, Features, Patterns, Niches, Accents, Bathrooms, Stair Detailing, Soft Furnishings and much more.

Villas, Offices, Hotels, Towers, any built structure~ are all quite complicated when you factor in every detail.

Having a great design and a fully detailed set of CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS makes all the difference when investing your precious capital into permanent structures.

"To better insure a successful result and a smooth process, it only makes sense to invest the time and money on the planning and drawing stage."

Once the functional aspects have been designed (Floor Plan, Elevations, Sections & 3D Digital Model) during the initial CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT PHASE, we then have a very good understanding of the look of your building or space, the scope and complexity of the design elements and a good understanding of costs.

Following the CONCEPT DESIGN is the Second Stage of Design called: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS.

Here all necessary items such as specific dimensioning, detailing for stairs and niches, architectural coordination with MEPS Consultants for layouts of structure, beams and foundations, water/sewer plumbing lines- locations for literally every item that will go into the project, material specifications, size and type of windows, doors, equipment and much more as required to follow local building and zoning codes and to be a successful project...too many items to list here.

The floor plans are the basic layout of all spaces, reflective of the building site and other factors, much critical thought goes into this planning but once they are complete after about 6-10 months, then you will be ready to obtain building permits after submitting the detailed Construction Documents showing all designs and calculations as well as complying with % site coverage, building setbacks from property line, boundary wall, entry gate and more.

"At some point the builder will be looking at these very diagrams, standing out on the hot, busy job site trying to accurately place every exact item."

After creating a beautiful new design and producing an accurate set of Construction Docs, we will then be in a strong position to obtain accurate and comprehensive bids from competing contractors and can then value engineer the budget as necessary.

Buildings are quite complicated items and require much thought and planning to make the necessary drawings- plan on a minimum of 6-10 months or more if its a large complicated project. These Construction Docs are what you and your Contractor work off of in order to avoid unforeseen conflicts or situations and to avoid major 'change orders' and additional charges for things not shown on plans or for making too many 'field changes' during the in-field effort to assemble/build the project, usually requiring a few months construction time for small commercial interiors to well over one year to 18 months and more for custom homes and buildings, requiring much effort by hundreds of participants.

The fees for full Construction Drawings are typically around 4% of the approximated construction costs and these directions/detailed architectural drawings are what guides the capital investment into hard fixed items such as concrete, steel, marble, lighting, decorative finishes and functional execution- design and build efficiency that will ultimately result in a beautiful new building to last a lifetime.

Generally our two stage design fees for Architectural CONCEPT DESIGN followed by Professionally Stamped CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS will be based on a lump sum amount of ($4.00+$6.25) = $10.25/sf plus other required costs such as MEPS Consultants, Site Surveys, Civil Engineering, Permit fees, etc.

If full Interior Design detailed drawings are requested it will be additional $8.75/sf livable (not Garage) with discount offered if all services are provided at the same time.

The various fee options for Engineering, Site Design, Interiors etc can be more accurately discussed after the actual design and complexity and size of project is known following the Concept Design Stage as described above.

We hope this explains some of the process, it can be quite complicated to fully anticipate the actual scope of effort and time that will go into making these kinds of custom designs, but in the end you will be well rewarded with a responsible, functional and attractive design!

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Architects provide services and solutions with technical competency and aesthetic sensitivity suitable to the physical, social, cultural, and economic environment, bringing inspiration to the community and our every day lives.

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