The Seattle design build process provides an all inclusive construction package will a variety of skill sets including: Engineering, design, cost feasibility analysis, permitting and plan review, and general construction. Schenkar Construction Design Build provides our clients with a variety of services such as: Seattle Custom home construction, Seattle remodeling, Seattle bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, and foundation repair, house lifting outdoor structures.
We also customize our client’s visions by providing interior design consultation. The design build concept allows the client to maximize the construction process by efficiently organizing their specific projects components with one group. Schenkar Construction Design Build provides exclusive “on site” management approach. This means your project is assigned a project manager who works directly with your project and you to outline scheduling, budget, construction processes and the building of your work.
- Location relative to transportation, sewer, water, power, fire and other existing infrastructure
- Natural site characteristics that may enhance or restrict design,e.g. solar access,stream corridor, etc.
- Efficient use of space for floorplan layout, e.g. shape and size
- Environmentally and socially considerate parking and road network, e.g. efficient access, reduce impervious materials, community oriented
- Green product material selection
- Efficient and comfortable floorplan, energy and water efficiency, and indoor air quality
- Construction waste management plan
Green building practices reduce negative environmental impacts, while using the features of the site to enhance human comfort and health. Preserving site resources and conserving energy and materials in construction and building operations are important
Pre-design is the phase in which a site is analyzed for general sustainable characteristics. Incorporating green building practices at this stage can clearly define a green framework. Green design identifies the ecological characteristics of the site and addresses ways to integrate the building with the site. Pre-design issues include:
- Proximity of the site to employment, transportation routes, and other amenities
- Water supply and neighboring land uses
- Existing infrastructure, i.e. sewer pipes, power lines, water mains, roads, etc.
- Energy sources, both on-site (e.g. solar potential) and utility based
- Ability to maintain and enhance biodiversity of site or recover a site that has been abused, i.e. stripped, eroded, invaded by non-native vegetation, etc.
- Ability to avoid environmentally sensitive areas
- Lot size (Smaller lots can accommodate comfortable, resource-efficient homes.)
- Topographical features that influence drainage and air movement
- Groundwater and surface runoff characteristics
- Soil texture and characteristics (bearing, compatibility and infiltration rates)
- Air movement patterns
- Neighboring developments and proposed future developments
- Parcel shape and access
- Solar attitude and microclimate factors, e.g. snow and wind load
- Sensitive areas such as wetlands, animal migration or mating areas, and endangered species of plants or animals
- Neighboring cultural and architectural characteristics
- On-site raw materials such as wood, stone, sand and clay available for construction
- Existing trees and native vegetation
The building design phase integrates the site, floorplan, building orientation, landscaping, materials, mechanical systems, architectural characteristics, and construction practice guidelines into the optimal green home.
Building design issues typically include the following considerations:
- Green products and materials
- Passive solar and energy efficiency principles
- Water efficiency and quality
- Indoor air quality
- Solid and hazardous waste management
- Building codes and standards
- Affordability and financing