Understand how an architect's design process works.
Jim starts a new project every 3 weeks. “Every plan starts on my desk,” he says. Then, after the client’s blessing on the initial design, it moves on to one of five Kissling Architecture production crews, architects and designers who finalize the details under Jim’s frequent review. "It's all part of quality control," he says.
At the beginning of the process, Jim gathers as much information as he can about what clients want. He gives them a 12-page questionnaire to understand their likes and dislikes, from number of bedrooms to which floor they want the family room. He also asks the homeowner to show him 10 photos of spaces and homes they love. “Not 100 images, just 10,” he says, adding that the process gets them to narrow down the look and feel they’re going for in their beach home. He keeps client budget in mind, as well, presenting options that keep cost per square foot in mind.
With high demand for Kissling designs and projects all across Texas, it's a three- to fourth-month process to design and finalize a Kissling home plan.