For the last thirty years, Doug and Kevin Edwards have transformed ideas and dreams into
beautiful environmentally friendly living and working spaces for our
conscientious clients, developing a reputation for high design and sustainable quality construction. We are designers,
builders, carpenters, craftsmen and artists. The result of our unique
approach is a home or building that looks right, feels right and rests
with beautiful harmony in it's surroundings and the environment. To live
or work in a building crafted with such care creates a quality of life
that is unequaled. We invite you to explore our process further.
Before a design is started, we work with our clients to access their needs and the property.
We want to ensure every building is integrated into the environment.
Natural undulations and property boundaries are used to harmonize your
future home or building with the land on which it sits.
Every project incorporates healthy principles.
Special care is given to all material selection to insure no or low
toxicity and with minimum environmental impact. Indigenous materials
are used where possible to reduce transportation costs and improve a
buildings melding with its surroundings. Extra effort is expended to
help ensure non-invasive, ecologically sensitive architectural design
practices. The building design starts with the clients inspiration
and their needs, the land it will compliment, the views it you will enjoy, the solar
orientation, the site, and the accessibility of the property. We
start with a introduction meeting and discuss the process, your needs,
our philosophy, a preliminary budget and our contract. We at that time
present a questionnaire for you to peruse and fill out. This document
will become the center of the design nucleus. After a contract is
signed we will proceed to hire a surveyor to mark the boundaries and
designate the topography, the views and setbacks. With this completed
and digitized into CAD files we can move on to the architectural design
This phase starts with a floor plan that embodies your needs and one
that fits the needs of the site. After the desired floor plan is
completed elevations follow. Style and dynamics are brought forward
into the elevations until your desires again are achieved. Together,
the floor plan and elevations become the compliment of the preliminary
phase. If an Architectural Design Review Board has jurisdiction over
your project a preliminary submission is presented to them.
Phase Two; This
is where the technical side of the design proceeds starts. The
foundation, framing, roof, electrical, cross sections plans are all
completed during this phase.
This phase brings all the team engineers together. The structural
engineer provides a set of drawings, details and calculations. The
civil engineer provides a grading and drainage plan along with any
legal documentation needed for the municipalities with jurisdiction.
All the drawings are complied and copies are made for permit submission
and final "Architectural Design Review Board" approval. If your project
is built in Scottsdale then we submit your plans through an accelerated
program designed to accommodate "Green Building".
staff of experienced professionals will guide your project through
permitting quickly and efficiently. Our relationship with the code
enforcing agencies helps expedite the permit process.