The process at Hamida Architects stems from an interest between simplicity of form & the natural environment. From initial conception to final completion, these interests influence every stage of our design. The blend of these two inform the spatial relationships and the perception of nature from each space.
As we collaborate with clients who share our vision of architecture, they in turn, share their vision with us. This creates a seamless dialog which influences the architecture in a natural direction. Through communication and cooperation, our objective is to create timeless architecture with an independent personality that conforms to our clients expectations & needs.
1. Complimentary Consultation
Initial meeting via phone, Skype and/or in person. May include a visit to the property. Information is gathered from you about your preferences, budget and preferred style and type of home.
2. Property Selection
Land acquisition and evaluation is the first step, if you haven’t already secured a property. We can help you with land analysis of properties that you may be considering and help figure out which best fits your needs and what limitations and restrictions may affect the design – such as slope, zoning, protected trees, allowable impervious cover, and allowable height.
3. Project Roadmap
A unique Roadmap is created by us for you at no cost. This outlines the various steps of the design and construction process and gives an estimate of the construction costs as well as the estimated timeline, professional fees and any other important components, based on similar projects to yours.
4. Financing Options
Next we discuss financing options with the Client. We can refer you to mortgage brokers who specialize in construction financing as well as permanent financing, who can educate you about your options. In some cases it may be possible to take out a low-cost loan against your current home (called a HELOC) to finance the architectural design process.
The architectural contract is presented and explained to the Client. A small down payment is made at the signing of the contract.
This consists of detailed information gathering from the client and may include images torn from magazines or idea books from houzz.com or pinterest.com. Our experience has enabled us to quickly hone in on the unique “vibe” that each client possesses.
2. Schematic Design
This phase usually involves hand-sketching and basic massing models on a topographical survey of the property. We develop one or more iterations which seek to best express the Client’s goals in Pre-design. We begin creating 3-d models very early on and can manipulate those models with the client in real time via in-person or online meetings. The model is geolocated so we can see what the sun angle will be on your home at any time of any day of any year.
3. Design Development
Based on the approved Schematic Design we flesh-out the design and begin to refine the layout and develop a palette of materials. We show the design to prospective builders for a preliminary cost estimate and speak with the Structural and Mechanical engineers to determine the most efficient and appropriate structural system. The final model of your home becomes more detailed and interior elements such as cabinetry and lighting are considered.
4. Construction Documents
The Construction Documents are the drawings that the builder will need to accurately construct the home and provide a final cost estimate. They consist of the Architect’s drawings, combined with the final drawings by the Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Septic Engineer. The Construction Documents are also needed for obtaining a Construction Permit from the city and appraisal by your bank if you are financing.
NIDAL HAMIDA, RA, AIA
Nidal Hamida is a Registered Architect in the State of California and Founder of the firm Hamida Architects. As a youngster, Nidal enjoyed drawing & wiring light bulbs with batteries as a hobby. This combination of art & engineering led him to a career path in architecture.
Nidal graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture with Distinction and completed the Solar Decathlon along with CAL-Tech and Wes Jones. Offices that he has been fortunate enough to work with include: Marmol Radziner + Associates, Jay Vanos Architects, AECOM, Platform for Architecture & Research, and Urbana.