Outpost Architects is a full-service architecture firm providing hands-on leadership throughout all aspects of the assessment, design, coordination, and construction of our clients’ projects. We are involved early, communicate frequently, produce detailed drawings and specifications, and are fully-engaged with each project team for the duration of construction. Our process is distilled into the following four stages:
The Four Stages
Stage 1: Groundwork
The Groundwork Stage is when all of the tasks that must be finished before design can begin are completed. The focus here is on making sure that we and our clients are on the same page and have all of the information necessary to make good decisions in the stages that follow. To begin the Groundwork Stage, simply select one of the options below.
Stage 2: Vision
The Vision Stage is when we cast a compelling design vision that is fully-aligned with our clients’ parameters and priorities. The focus here is on defining the building form, its relationship to the site, as well as the approximate size of and relationships between the primary spaces, elements, and systems.
Stage 3: Team
The Team Stage is characterized by frequent meetings and intense collaboration between all members of the project team. Product selections, drawing production, permitting, and construction all require clear, timely, and consistent communication between the client, architect, consultants, and contractor. The focus here is on documenting and constructing the project vision with excellence.
Stage 4: Results
The Results Stage is when our projects are occupied and our clients begin to receive a return on their investment. Clients should also expect to experience the peace of mind that comes with a contractor-provided warranty
How much will it cost?
There are many factors that contribute to the total cost of a project – size, location, complexity, client goals, team composition, etc. – so the fees for a full-service architecture firm are just one consideration among many. That said, hiring Outpost Architects is frequently considered either a luxury or part of an overall investment strategy, if not both. During the Groundwork Stage, we work closely with our clients to understand budgetary constraints and to set the project trajectory accordingly.
How long will it take?
Project durations vary widely in proportion to their size, type, and complexity, and the entire life-cycle for a project can range from just a few months to many years. The First Meeting is a great opportunity to have an initial conversation about the timeframe for your project.
Do you provide professional architectural services outside of Colorado?
Yes. We are a Colorado architecture firm, but our mission to unleash beauty extends throughout the Mountain West. So, projects in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming are right up our alley.
Do you work with clients who aren’t based in Colorado?
Absolutely. As you know, hybrid work environments are now common, and we haven’t missed a beat with remote clients. Our presentation and meeting tools allow us to provide the same great service that was once only possible when meetings were held in-person. Of course, meeting face-to-face is still an option when the participants are comfortable doing so.
Do you work with clients who don’t care about or really understand your mission “to do business from an eternal perspective”?
Yes. In fact, it’s rare that a client does. But, we think it is important for our clients to know that our mission is core to who we are. Of course, our mission statement also comes with a side benefit: it opens the door to some really fun conversations.
I’m ready to move forward with the design of a custom home, but I really just want a basic set of drawings that I can hand to a builder. Can you provide that instead of the higher level of service that you describe?
Admittedly, a full-service approach is not as common in single-family residential design and construction as it is in the commercial market sector, but we refuse to provide a lower level of service to our residential clients. As such, Outpost Architects only joins and builds teams with clients and contractors who understand the value of accountability for all team members throughout the entire project delivery process.
I would like to begin building a relationship with Outpost Architects. How do I start?
To begin the Groundwork Stage, simply select one of the options below. Or, just give us a call, and be prepared to answer the same questions that we ask when you Request a First Meeting online.