Project Update: Construction Phase

This project, located in Bloomfield Hills, is in full construction swing! Back in February, we featured this project in our “on the boards” monthly preview. Since then, the excavation, foundation, basement, floor, and walls have been constructed. This project is scheduled to be completed in 2015 and features a huge master suite, second floor terrace, prominent front entry, and great views to the backyard. Make sure to check back in a few weeks to see the construction progress!

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We are at a photoshoot!

Over the past week, Beth Singer Photography and CBI Design were out in Franklin, MI photographing a project that had recently been completed. This project had a wide variety of changes; a brand new expanded kitchen, expansive prep kitchen, new pantry, remodeled nook, expanded staircase, and remodeled pool house. Next week we will post the final images of the house. Until then, check out our prep shots and peeks of the new spaces!





Children’s Tumor Foundation : Tree House

In the Fall of 2013, CBI Design was asked to participate in the Children’s Tumor Foundation Gala silent auction held in Detroit, MI. This gala was held to raise awareness and funds to help improve the lives of those individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF).

The Children’s Tumor Foundation Mission:

Our mission is to advance peer-reviewed research to develop treatments and cures for NF; support persons with NF and their families by making thorough and accurate information readily available; assist in developing clinical centers and best practices to improve access to quality healthcare for those who live with NF; and expand public awareness of NF to improve diagnoses, increase understanding of the challenges that NF presents, and encourage support for NF research.

For the silent auction, CBI Design offered their services to design a custom tree house for the winning bidder. After a few different schematic designs and renderings, the final product was achieved.

Below you will find models, renderings, the construction phase, and final photos of the tree house project. Feel free to share the photos or ask questions!

Early Tree House Renderings:

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Construction Photos:

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Final Photos:

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Project Update: Bloomfield Hills Residence

In the first project update, we feature a home located in Bloomfield Hills. This project is both a renovation and addition to the current home. The master suite, kitchen, nook, mud room, and wine room are featured in the renovation portion. For additional space, a new family room was added on the rear that has French doors to open out onto the patio. An outdoor kitchen was also added to the patio area that prominently features a 2-way fireplace and grill. For the kids, a 38′ long recreation room was designed to provide a great space to play and hang out. The recreation room has massive French doors that open out to a paved motor court to allow more area to play.

Check out the 3-D model below to see what area is new (yellow) and what is existing (white).

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20 Questions to ask your Architect

When it comes to selecting an architect for your project, it can seem a little daunting. The question crosses your mind; do I really need an architect? More often than not, the answer to that is YES. Architect’s provide design and construction expertise that cannot be achieved in other areas of the process. Licensed architects know the local and state codes that can affect a design as well as they have the construction knowledge to help make your project feasible. Utilizing an architect can help you better understand what is going where and why it should go there. Architect’s are more than just a stamp on a document; they are your advocate in the construction process.

Before beginning the schematic design process, you are going to have a lot of questions to ask. Knowing which of those to ask your architect can be hard to figure out, so we put a list of 20 together that might be able to help:

1. How does the architect organize the process
2. What are the steps in the design process
3. What does the architect expect you to provide
4. Does the architect have a typical style of design they prefer and is that style what you are looking for
5. What is the architect’s experience level
6. What will the architect show you along the way to help explain the project
7. What types of media will the architect present you with (3-D models, sketches, renderings, drawings)
8. How does the architect establish fees
9. If the scope of the project changes later in the project, will there be additional fees
10. What services does the architect provide during construction
11. How disruptive will construction be
12. How long is the construction process
13. Do you have a list of past clients or past projects for reference
14. What is the architect’s schedule like (busy or open)
15. How will the architect work with you to establish priorities and make decisions
16. What does the architect see as important issues or considerations in your project
17. Who from the architecture firm will you be dealing with directly
18. What is the design timeline until the construction process begins
19. Are agency approvals needed for my project (local city and state governing bodies)
20. How is billing going to be processed (weekly, monthly, stages)

Hopefully these questions can make the process easier for you when meeting with an architect! If you have other questions you feel might be good to know, just post them in the comments on our facebook page!