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Projects outside South Florida
Interior Design
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Contracting Services
Any size interior design project can be designed in any style.
Full services can be supplied. Prices and fees vary depending on complexity and
style. 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

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.

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.

Concept Development:

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.

Conceptual Elevation Theme:

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

Starting Preliminary Phase

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.
Approximately 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

• 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

Major Revisions

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.

Preliminary Government ReviewPreliminary Governmental ReviewPreliminary Governmental Review

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

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

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 – Interior Design Drawings


• Furniture plan

o Locates: Built in cabinets, rugs and flooring, free standing furniture

• Room by room, wall elevations

o Showing wall moldings, cabinet designs, tile details, plumbing fixtures,
electrical fixtures, A/C ducts, special finishes, windows and doors, ceiling

• Reference plan

o Drawn to allow ease of access to detail drawings

• Finish schedules

• Paint colors, wall textures, location of wall paper and faux finishes.

• Flooring Plan

o Identifies flooring materials, identifies flooring patterns and starting,
inlays, wood direction, identifies size of material, shows floor outlets, level

• Exterior material selection

o Stone, precast, exterior paving, pool, decks, driveways, roof color and

• Reflected Ceiling

o Ceiling moldings, ceiling elevation changes, lighting fixtures and A/C ducts,
ceiling materials, ceiling design patterns

• Millwork Details

o Edge details, materials and finishes

• Coordinate with electrical plan for furniture and wall elevations, low voltage

• Railing and gate designs and specs

Additional Services

Available not included in contract

Service Fee

Interior Design Drawings (see phase IV) Quote required per scope of work

Exterior Renderings Price based on size, B & W, color, media, oil, watercolor,
marker, pencil

Cabinet Drawings Per published hourly rates

Computer Generated 3D – Perspective Renderings Price quote per complexity and
detail of drawings required. Some work may be subcontracted to third parties

Plumbing Specifications, fixtures, valves and trim,

water filtration and heating, insta hots, etc. Per published hourly rates

Exterior Animation or Interior walk thru Price quote per complexity and detail
of drawings required. Some work may be subcontracted to third parties

Critique of existing plans Per published hourly rates

Appliance specifications, kitchen, bar, barbeque, laundry, etc. Per published
hourly rates

Shipping and Mailing No fee with supply owner’s account #, 15% handling charge

Paint color specification Per published hourly rates

Courier Services Fee plus 15% handling

Prints, plots, CD’s and DVD’s Per published hourly rates

Clerical services. Word processing due to changes orders, letters, research and
others Per published hourly rates

Consultation with owner’s interior design Per published hourly rates

Meetings with specialty sub contractors, Security System, Hurricane

Shutters, Home automation, elevator consultant, Telephone systems,

sound & media systems, electric screens, etc. Per published hourly rates

Meetings with City or Architectural Review Board

to obtain preliminary approval. Per published hourly rates plus additional costs
of presentations required.

Permit processing thru License contactor Per quote

Meetings with chosen contractors to review plans Per published hourly rates

Client concept changes. Client revisions during

and after the construction documents Approved per contract, addendums and
prevailing rates

Site visit.

Note: site visit on phase I and phase II included on contract amount.

Phase V billable Per published hourly rates. Door to door.

Study Models Price based on style, size, intricacy, multilevel, materials, etc.

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


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

• 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


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
  • Drawing based on architect background
  • Hot and cold riser diagram.
  • Waste riser diagram.
  • Flow calculations.
  • Coordination with plumbing fixture schedule
  • Coordination with water heating system.
  • Septic engineering.
  • Price range on plumbing: Depends on complexity.
  • $ 0.20 to $ 0.30 under roof

Landscape Architect

Services are optional for permitting. Some governmental authorities require professional seal and permitting.

Services of Landscape company required.

Services Provided
  • Landscape plan based on architects concept and site plan
  • Landscape specifications (materials)
  • Pool design
  • Sprinkler drawings
  • Plant list and location
  • Ground coverings
  • Driveway
  • Site structures (may require architects structural drawings)
  • Site lighting
  • Coordination with drawings plans
  • Price ranges on Landscape: Depends on size of property and complexity of

Lighting Consultant

Services are optional

Services Provided
  • Lighting plan based on architect's layout and background
  • Specify lighting fixtures
  • Design lighting system
  • Calculated lighting requirements
  • Coordinates with electrical plan
  • Price range:
  • Paid directly by owner

Low Voltage Consultant

Services are optional

Services Provided
  • Specifies control systems for lighting, sound and media
  • Locates controls and equipments
  • Specifies wiring
  • Coordinates with architects plans
  • Price ranges on Low Voltage: Depends on equipment and system chosen by client
    and complexity.
  • Paid directly by owner.

Land Surveyor

Services required for permitting.

Services Provided
  • Legal description
  • Flood plans and elevations
  • Easements
  • Crown of road
  • Spot grades on property
  • Location of City Services and utilities
  • Location of all structures
  • North arrow
  • Additional information required by architect or governmental authorities
  • Specialty coastal requirements
  • Price ranges on Land Surveyor: Depends on complexity.
  • Cost paid directly by owner.
  • No quotes secured.

Certified Expert Reports

Services may be required to secure certain permits from governmental

- Attorneys
- Permitting and Zoning Issues
- Coastal Permitting
- Subsurface investigators. Environmental issues.
- Submerged investigators. Dock permits.
Services Provided
  • Letter and report writing pertaining to governmental authority request.
  • Underwater planting reports for docks.
  • Locate and test underground environmental hazards tanks, etc.
  • Endangered species reports.

• 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
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