Ames Architect Shane Ames, architect Boca Raton, Florida
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Projects outside South Florida
Interior Design
Landscape Design
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Any size Multi family and Commercial project can be designed in any style. Prices and fees vary depending on complexity and style and services provided. The process is as follows.

Phase I – Conceptual Design

It begins with the questionnaire and in meetings with the architect discussing ideas, looking at photos, and visiting the site. A great deal of time is required in the initial phase to completely get across your vision to the architect and have a proper understanding of your needs, lifestyle and future plans.
We study the community and governmental requirements, survey information, aerial photos, the neighboring structures, lot orientation, topography, lot features and views. Then we start with the rough sketch.

Communicates the spatial planning of the lot and floor plan by drawing in front of you getting instant feedback, brainstorming with you and incorporating information from the questionnaire to develop a floor plan which best takes advantage of all of the lots features.

Scale Drawings will be done with approximate room sizes and square footages with many overlay drawings, refinements and fine tunings. Hand drawn 3D sketches may be used to convey special details and features.

Different concept sketches are developed of the front elevation and details and styles are researched from magazines, books, etc. All this is combined with your and the architect’s ideas. If the conceptual drawings are not to your liking new concepts are developed, until we get to a point where the roughs are approved. All of the sketches are then ready to be inputted into the computer starting phase II preliminary design development.

Phase II – Preliminary Design Development

To start the preliminary phase either a contract will need to be signed or an agreement to work hourly with an additional retainer required. (see fee schedule) The approved rough sketches are inputted into the computer in AutoCAD format allowing the most accurate and detailed drawings available. We will meet with you and collect your ideas, comments, requirements and requests from each meeting, which will direct the development and evaluation of the preliminary design phase.

The continued preliminary design development, meetings, reviews, clarifications, research and consultations with architect and staff are included in the contract or billable hourly if that option was chosen. The time this phase takes is contingent upon the client’s ability to make decisions in a timely manner. All levels of details are discussed until we achieve the desired results. Approximate 50% of the time in the base contract is allotted for this phase.

Items which will be discussed are extensive and include (but not limited to):
  • Kitchen design, floor, appliances and storage requirements.
  • Bath designs and fixtures.
  • Mechanical equipment requirements, locations and zoning.
  • All site features, pool, spas, decks, drives, walks, gardens, fountains and landscaping.
  • Door and window sizes, manufacturers and types.
  • Ceiling heights and details.
  • Roof design and materials.
  • Wall finishes and details.
  • Storage requirements.
  • Stairways and railings.
  • Storm protection (if required).
  • Flooring materials.
  • All exterior elevations.
  • 3D hand sketches of special features.
  • Plus many others

Change requests or changes in scope
It is common that changes in scope, size and level of detail occur during the design process. After we have gone through two major revisions, and you decided to make further major revisions, there will be fee based on how extensive the revision is and how far we are along in producing the final plans and elevations.

A major revision typically comprises more than 20% change in the design. There will never be additional charges or work without your written approval of this work. There are no charges for minor revisions as long they occur before the creation of the construction drawings.
Any decrease or increase in size will adjust the contract amount creating an addendum, if the contract decreases a credit will be given on your statement towards the contract amount, in case of any increase a full or partial payment will be required.

Just before preliminary drawings are completed, it is suggested that if a community review board, or state supervisory board, or any other governmental authority involved, that a preliminary review be presented for approval. This prevents costly delays and added expenses due to re-drafting. This may affect timeline.

Re-designing major aesthetic changes and CAD drafting the aesthetic changes directed by above mentioned officials, if requested and /or required, if the architect’s design follows the approved communities guidelines and codes but is denied for capricious reasons, this also pertains to changes necessary to the presentation display boards is billable at published rates. This may affect timeline.
It is also advised that in order for you to get a handle on the cost of construction of your project, a builder or cost estimator of your choosing should be consulted prior to sign off. Please be advised that your architect is not a cost estimator or a contractor. If re-design is required due to cost an addendum to contract will be issued.

Sign off is the final step before construction drawings are started. Finalized preliminary design plans will be presented to you. You will be asked to sign off on (2) copies of drawings, giving Ames International Architecture the authority to commence with phase III of your plans, the construction document phase.
Any changes/alterations after sign off will be considered above and beyond the scope of work and is billed on an hourly basis as per prevailing rates noted in the contract, by approved addendum.

Phase III – Construction Documents
To assure you that the creativity of our designs are achieved, the drawings are prepared with exact detail; our designers, technicians and consultants prepare your final construction plans using the latest in computer technology. Plans will consist of necessary drawings and details to communicate the accurate construction of your project. The final documents being ready for your contractor to start permitting and construction.
It is important that all major changes are completed at this time as new changes are billable and become quite costly as the plans turn from 5 or 6 pages to 25 or so pages involving many outside consultants. Changes cost exponentially more.
Electrical Design
  • The first meeting we have after sign off will be a lengthy electrical review meeting going over all aspects of electrical components including but not limited to:
  • Hi hats
  • Ceiling fixtures, pendants, chandeliers, fans
  • Outlets
  • Wall fixtures, sconces
  • Switches and switching
  • Phone
  • Cable, TV
  • Intercom
  • Lighting control systems
  • Site lighting
  • Exterior lighting, wall, post, flood lights (landscape lighting by others)
  • Gas appliances
  • Smoke detectors
  • Air compressors
  • Air handler units and zoning
  • Water heaters
  • Electric drapes and shutters
  • Appliances
  • Generator and fuel
  • Panel locations
  • Security
  • Pool equipment & heaters
  • Solar power
These mark ups are inputted into computer and a final review meeting is made with owners and consultants to incorporate changes from interior design decisions and minor revisions. The plans are then sent to pertinent outside consultants.

Structural ReviewStructural Review
The plans are then studied for structural efficiency. Preliminary meetings with the chosen engineering firm and contractor if chosen are made to ensure ease of building from foundation to roof. After all structural components are agreed to the plans are released to the engineering firm to do calculations and details.

Mechanical Review
Review and coordination of final A/C shop drawings and energy calculations

Truss ReviewTruss reviewTruss review
Review and coordination of truss shop drawings supplied by chosen contractor included in contract.

Final Review
A final review meeting will be made to go over entire set of plans prior to issuing signed and sealed permit plans. Note permit plans are not final for construction until building department comments are submitted and approved and final construction plans are issued.

Phase IV – Typical Multifamily and Commercial Construction Documents
consist of:
  • Cover sheet
  • Site plan
  • Site plan with setbacks and easements from survey, Site walls and fences, gates, grills, plumbing riser diagram, outbuildings, general notes, general site electric, drive way and pool deck designed with materials noted. No patterns or details included. Dock location, mail box location as per ARB requirements or any other governing authority. No design or details included. Pool layout and size only. Pool drawings, details and permit by others. Roof plan, sprinkler equipment located as per governing authority. Layout by others. A/C units location only, layout by others. Trellises, gazebos, exterior bars, outbuildings, etc.
  • Foundation Plan
    Structural column schedule, footing schedule and notes, plumbing fixture location, sewer lines location, stacks location, vents location, steps-downs and recesses, downdraft vents location
  • Floor Plan
    Doors: location and size on schedule, windows: location and size on schedule, ceiling: heights, appliances: location, attic access, soffits, ceiling changes, skylights, area breakdowns, dimensions, floor finishes, medicine cabinets, shower heads and controls, shower enclosures, mirrors, fireplaces, sill heights, staircases, hose bibs, bath fixture locations, arch heights and sizes
  • Elevations
    Front, rear, left and right sides, target heights, finishes, planter wall heights & hidden elevations.
  • Sections
    Cross sections, typical one or two story wall, sections and cross section necessary to job.
  • Floor Framing
    Two story homes only, beam schedule, wood truss or concrete precast layout.
  • Roof Framing
    Wood truss layout with tie beam schedule. Overhang details, gutters, crickets.
  • Strapping plans
    From roof framing plan for engineer.
Electrical plans
Electrical panel schedule, electrical riser and notes, electrical layout based on applicable codes, phone outlets, TV, outlets, fan location, base lighting, smoke detectors, meters, main and panel locations, appliances, AHUs located, air compressors and disconnects, electric hurricane shutter
  • Structural and general notes
  • Typical details and specifications
  • Other structural and outside consultants drawings
  • See list below
Services of professionals not included in contract
All services listed below are not included in the architectural contract lump sum square foot fee. The services of outside consultants and trades people who may be needed during the architectural drawings process of your construction documents are additional and will be used only upon your request and authorization.
Structural engineer
Services are required for permitting
Services provided
  • Site retaining, décor walls (sea walls by marine engineer if required)
  • Foundation design (pilings if required by soil testing)
  • Foundation schedule
  • Structural slab design
  • Steel schedule
  • Column plan
  • Column schedule
  • Roof truss plan – girder truss (downloads)
  • Beam schedule
  • Roof strapping plan (uplifts)
  • Strapping schedule
  • Wind pressures (windows and doors)
  • Steel connections and details
  • Truss to structure connections
  • Truss to truss connections (by truss company)
  • Checking shop drawings from steel fabricator
  • Site inspections by engineer (extra charge)
  • Price ranges depending on complexity
  • $ 0.75 to $2.00 per sq. ft. under roof
  • Rational Analysis if required from $0.50 to $0.60 per sq. ft. under roof
  • Cost paid directly by owner to engineer
  • Quotes will be secured and presented to you for your approval
  • Owner has an option of using own engineer. We suggest that you use our standard engineer as we have more control over them and will help meet our time lines.
  • This work is done during construction drawings.
M.E.P. (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineer
Mechanical A/C
Services are required for permitting
Mechanical A/C plans can be done by contractors A/C subcontractor included in subcontractors installation cost. If you bid plans the A/C plan is required prior to permitting with specifications.
Services Provided
  • Drawing done on architects backgrounds
  • A/C duct layouts. Supply and returns, duct sizes
  • Equipment location, size and specifications
  • Heat load calculations to size units due to amount of windows and orientation
  • Energy code calculations to size efficiency of units
  • Electrical load requirements to coordinate with electrical calcs.
  • Drip line drainage
  • Unit installation connections
  • Refrigerant lines
  • Price ranges on mechanical: Depends on complexity
  • $ 0.60 to $ 0.80 under A/C
  • Cost paid directly by owner to engineer
  • Quotes will be secured and presented to you for owners approval
  • Owner has an option of using own engineer. We suggest that you use our standard engineer as we have more control over them and will help meet our time lines.
  • This work is done during construction drawings.
Services are optional for permitting (in accordance with the provisions of the new Florida Building Code any electrical system which exceeds $50,000.00 in cost or is over 600 AMPS requires the seal of a professional engineer)
Services Provided
  • Drawings done on architects back grounds
  • Electric Panel schedule
  • Electronic riser and notes
  • Electrical layout based on applicable codes and based on architects and interiors layouts
  • Circuited electric plan
  • Generator distribution plan if requested
  • Coordination with appliance schedule
  • Coordination with electrical fixture schedule
  • Coordination with mechanical schedule
  • Solar photovoltaic panels

  • Price ranges on electrical: Depends on complexity
  • $ 0.40 to $ 0.60 under roof
Plumbing Services are optional for permitting. In accordance with the provisions of the new Florida Building Code, any plumbing system which exceeds 250 fixture units or exceeds $50,000.00 in cost requires the seal of a professional engineer.
Services Provided
• Paid directly by owner.

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Ames Design International
Established in 1984 in Boca Raton, Florida by our founder and architect Shane Ames, we work on design of luxurious and memorable single family homes, multi-family housing projects and commercial ventures.

We have completed projects in 27 countries throughout the globe, receiving numerous awards and accolades; being published in dozens of periodicals and books.

We offer full services; coordinating all phases of the project from initial design, through construction, to interiors and final completion
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Ames International Architecture
Ames International Architecture
203 Dixie Blvd
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 274-6444