Initial project planning defines a realistic scope of work early, saves money, and delivers a better final product. [read more]
For projects where the scope of work, budget or planning issues are not yet defined, we offer feasibility study services that address these and other big questions. Clients often ask: ‘What can I build?’, ‘How much will it cost?’, ‘How long will it take?’ SF Architecture leverages over 20 years of experience to answer these early on so you can look forward to a project that fulfills your needs, at a price you can afford, and a timeline you can count on.
Pre-purchase Real Estate Assessment
Get valuable design feedback before you buy. [read more]
Thinking about buying property and adapting it to your needs? SF Architecture can offer you many of our feasibility study services before you buy, giving you the information needed to critically assess the property in question. Informed analysis of the site, structure, planning codes, and other factors ensures that your final purchase is the best use of your financial resources.
A phased approach to a successful design process: Conceptual planning, design development, and detailed finish design. [read more]
From hand drawn sketches to 3D computer studies and everything in between, we incorporate a wide array of drawing methods to enhance the design process. SF Architecture provides a comprehensive list of design services that includes conceptual design, site planning, design development, and construction documents. We combine these according to the unique circumstances of each project. Some projects may require an in-depth 3 dimensional study; others might benefit from additional site planning, materials research or cost estimation. At SF architecture, we take a fresh approach to each project and tailor a design process that incorporates only the elements that best benefit the project, providing maximum value for the client.
Permitting / Construction Documents
Thorough detailing and technical drawings will ensure high quality construction and streamline City Planning and Department of Building Inspection permitting. [read more]
After developing a comprehensive set of construction documents, SF Architecture will facilitate the permitting process. After all, a good design is useless if you can’t build it. We interface closely with DBI (Department of Building Inspection) officials, keep you informed of project status, and ensure that each project tracks safely through this often confusing time. Post-permit we are on hand to help you select a suitable contractor, and work with them during construction to ensure the final project accurately reflects the original design and your goals.
Environmental / Green Design
Sustainable design solutions for the urban dweller. [read more]
At SF Architecture, we are committed to creating beautiful and functional structures that are both sustainable and cost efficient. From our business practices to our design process, we value the environmental, social and economic vitality of the communities we design for. We believe that sustainable buildings should minimize energy use, support the health of their occupants, be constructed from renewable non-toxic materials, be built to last, and most importantly be aesthetically pleasing. This definition by the UN World Commission on Environment and Development sums it up nicely: "Sustainable development is development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."