Clients choose to work with our firm because our services are more comprehensive than others, the quality of drawings and specifications are constantly updated to incorporate new technology. Our work is superior to others in our profession because we have devoted over 40 years specialized in creating quality personal homes and estates unique to each client’s needs and desires.
BJA brings a level of value to each project that warrants the extra time we spend in all critical areas; programming, site analysis, design expertise, technical specifications, coordination with engineering consultants, interior designers and construction. Our architectural plans include design and integration of all elements of the finished product: kitchen/bath design, lighting design, theater design, landscape design, security systems, safe rooms, energy conserving techniques, and specialized features created for highly individual needs. Our expertise and experience with emphasis on architectural detailing and specifications allow construction to progress with fewer field decisions, saving time and reducing unexpected costs. The dollars our client’s invest in their homes deserve the expertise we provide. The end result is a home that exceeds our client’s expectations and bring us great pride.
Selection of the builder is made easily by our client as BJA has attained a 40+ year working relationship with local builders allowing us to refer and make introductions to those seasoned builders with the right experience for the project goals. Among the private home contractors in Orange County BJA is highly respected and regarded as the team player that makes the process of building a pleasure. Our knowledge of construction is on par with that of the most experienced general contractor allowing us to interface through construction as our client’s liaison; start to finish and for years to follow.
Analyze potential site prior to purchase to determine suitability for client goals, code restrictions, constructability issues and sun exposure.
Collaborate with client, and/or client's agent, to analyze site(s) potential based upon governing codes and ordinances compared to client's goals and objectives. Interpreting the possible affect of California Coastal Commission's guidelines & directives and analyzing potential need for specialized construction techniques. For remodeling projects BJA works with the client to analyze the program goals, budget considerations, and overall resulting benefits.
Analyze restrictions and opportunities. Research governing codes, ordinances and Homeowner Association Codes, Covenants & Restrictions (CC&Rs) and determine possible affects on project site and client's goals. Start-up meetings with HOA representative and governing agencies are insightful to achieve conformance.
Meet with owner and other key consultants for the project to establish project goals, estimated budget, establish defined objectives and project scope. BJA uses an extensive Client Questionnaire to help identify the way in which each client uses and lives in their home; today and in the future.
Create site plan determining optimum location for building(s) and other desired project elements; consider views, solar access and solar orientation, prevailing breezes, existing and future neighboring development and other special site amenities.
Following the Research/Programming phases the Architect will prepare Design Studies, illustrating the approximate scale and relationship of the various project components to one another and the external constraints. This process considers views, natural day lighting, flow and lifestyle objectives.
Create detailed design drawings from the approved Schematic Design studies that fix and depict the entire character and scale of the project, interior and exterior. This will involve detailed floor plans, roof plan, site plan, site sections and exterior elevations. All components of the design objectives will be delineated.
Maintains a well-earned reputation for securing property rights where others have failed, on sensitive sites facing difficult odds. BJA is frequently called upon by Orange County Judiciary to settle disputes arising from architectural and building issues for City and Home Owner Associations.
Since the inception of the California Coastal Commission BJA has worked to secure approvals for coastal bluff homes and developments. Experience and understanding of the frequently changing coastal guidelines and building relationships with Coastal Commission staff and commissioners have resulted in unprecedented success.
BJA plans and services include interior architectural design; creating congruency and authenticity between the exterior and interior architectural theme. Collaboration with client's interior design professional is welcome or BJA can provide recommendations of talented interior design professionals. Interior designer's drawings are integrated to create a cohesive end result.
Computer draftingof highly detailed plans and specifications provide the foundation for thorough construction bidding and building construction for the builder; assuring the end result will attain the design integrity and objectives of the collaborative work between the client and architect. BJA’s services include Kitchen Design, Specialized Lighting Design, Specification of Healthy Building Materials and Interior Architecture. Interior design and other specialized consultant drawings are integrated to create a cohesive and successful end result.
Provide total design and construction documents including any desired specialized features (tennis or sport courts, pools, spas, stables, wine cave, etc). BJA will also work with client's landscape architect to insure cohesiveness with project objectives.
Serve as liaison for the client with the contractor regarding general construction process. Make periodic site visits to review progress and help maintain the integrity of the design and building materials. Assist general contractor with field adjustments, review change orders for appropriateness, work to maintain sound relationships with neighbors and governing agencies throughout the process of construction. Refer to Construction Management for more in-depth service options.
After completion of the Preliminary Design drawings BJA can secure Preliminary Construction Cost Estimates from qualified and experienced builders to help the Client gain a sense of comfort with budget considerations before proceeding with the Construction Documents and government entitlements.
Distribute plans to selected qualified bidders, respond to RFI's, receive and review contractor's bids for comparison and consistency for objectives, assist in contract negotiation and final selection. Assist with value engineering if desired.
BJA has devoted over 30 years as a leader in Energy Efficient Design techniques and specification of healthy building materials and are well versed in state of the art advances in Green, Sustainable and Energy Conserving techniques. All Projects are designed with Passive Solar Strategies and allow for integration of Active systems for domestic hot water heating and photovoltaics for electrical needs; providing clients with the best options for present and future technology. LEED Project conformance management is provided in collaboration with the Client’s Project objectives.
Handling all building, zoning, planning or other required agency processing to secure building permits.
Provide list of experienced and qualified general contractors appropriate for your project or work with client's selection of qualified builders. Assist with interviews, and answer questions to assist with the bidding process. Review and assist with contract negotiation and refer specialized legal counsel when appropriate for scope of project.
Services vary according to client’s needs and can include full construction management: weekly site meetings with general contractor, preparation of site meeting minutes and agenda follow-up, review contractors Critical Path progress schedule, review pay requests for inclusion of lien releases and appropriateness for progress achieved. Clients living out of state or the county can have confidence in the construction oversight BJA provides.
Project models range from simple 'mass' or study models to highly detailed, finish Models. Artist renderings can be black/white thumbnail sketches to 3-D watercolor artist renderings of the finished exterior project; with landscape context and/or neighboring site relationships. Simulated modeling of completed project on its site can also be constructed.