S. Franko Architect
Each project presents unique potential and possibilities. While the working method often varies from project to project, the following indicates the typical stages of an architectural project.
1) Master Plans
On sites with multiple buildings, a master plan is a useful guide for future development for future development. Analysis of the existing topography and existing uses is undertaken, followed by documented strategies for future development. A demonstration plan illustrates the envisioned final form.2) Facilities Programmes
Buildings with a complex programme often require a facilities program prior to the Preliminary Design phase. The facilities programme establishes the size of key furniture and equipment, and the key groupings of these items.
The preferred location of these groupings in rooms is then studied, and the adjacencies of rooms and departments can be diagrammed and developed.
3) Committee of Adjustment
The municipal zoning department sets rules for how a house can be built
in any given municipality.
In some instances Clients desire plans that will conflict with the allowable
zoning. In such cases, where the allowable density or coverage for a site
is exceeded, or where the building is proposed to be in violation of setback
rules, it is often necessary to go before the Committee of Adjustment
to get a ruling on whether such a proposal can be built. This phase, normally
part of the Building Permit process, and is carried out only if necessary.