Swan Architecture specializes in all things residential. Whether you’re in need of a kitchen remodel, sunroom addition, new home or even a color consultation, our main objective is twofold: Providing premium design, as well as to guide and protect you, the client, through what can be both an exciting and daunting journey to the best of our expertise.

We understand that you’re hiring us to actually listen, and more importantly understand your vision, so that your home reflects your spirit and personality, not ours. Above all else, when the project is finished, we want you to love where you live.

Please continue reading on to learn more about who we are and what we do.

"The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams."
Robert A.M. Stern
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Philosophy

We are passionate about being a part of what we consider to be a cultural Renaissance. More of us are turning away from abstract principles and modernist styles and are choosing a return to more proven principles. This, to our valued clients, means celebrating the timeless traditions such as order, respect for context, balance, hierarchy, proportion, and building with enduring materials that have withstood the test of time, transcending fashion. We find that the most inspiring work comes from clients interested in drawing upon rich traditions of the past yet modernizing them to suit the way we live today. Throw in a bit of whimsy, and we’re on our way to a home that will suit many for generations, but distinctively suits your life today. References are available upon request. Call or email us to further discuss what we can do for you.

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Process

The Architectural Process typically consists of 5 phases, listed below.

Step 1 – Originate
Step 2 – Focus
Step 3 – Design
Step 4 – Build
Step 5 - Occupy

You can learn more about how we will work with you to get the most value out of each phase by visiting AIA's website, by clicking on the icon below.

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Fees | Complimentary Consultation

After our initial consultation, which is complimentary, we will draft a proposal for architectural design services that outlines what services we’ve discussed. We tailor our services to suit each project.

There are several ways to charge for architectural services. We offer our clients the flexibility to choose which type of fee structure they want. We have found that many clients prefer simpler approaches, based on honesty, fair value and trust. If you prefer hourly, we’ll do that. Another approach is to set a fixed fee that is established after the initial design takes shape. Fixed fee is just that, it’s not a % of construction cost. Fixed fee from the very early stages saves worry and concern, and ensures that if we make recommendations that result in higher construction cost, we’re doing so solely for your benefit, and has no influence on our fees.

Again, an initial consultation (interview) to discuss the Process, your Program, what Services might be appropriate for your project, etc. are complimentary.

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Who is an Architect?

Did you know that If you don’t have an Architectural License, it’s illegal to call yourself an Architect, Architectural Designer, or deliver 'Architectural' services?

To call oneself ‘Architect’ is a privilege gained through extensive post-graduate training, professional experience, a rigorous licensing test, and ongoing continuing education, similar to Lawyers, Engineers and Accountants. Fewer and fewer houses are designed by licensed Architects. One reason for this is because in most states you don’t need an architectural license to perform residential construction drawings below a certain size structure.

Not many people are aware of this, nor the considerable added benefits and security gained by using a licensed Architect in the design of your home. You can learn more about this issue from a document published by AIA (American Institute of Architects) MN’s, by clicking on their icon below.


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