Design Collaborations Between Contractor and Architect

One could argue that the best, and most organic design solutions involve input from the bottom up. S+H's skill set allows them to collaborate with architects to conceptualize designs that will not only delight the client, but provide functionality.

Design Collaborations Between Contractor and Architect

When a long-time client requested a custom-built bulkhead for their home, project manager Walter Mayne took the lead; "I looked at a set of plans that just said 'custom wooden bulkhead'. Knowing that the client's family are all sailors, I thought we should make it a bulkhead like you see on classic wooden boats." He came up with a blueprint and ran it by the architect, Edward Pitts, project architect at Charles R. Myer & Partners, who endorsed the idea and helped refine it. The client was on board for the additional cost to make the basement entrance, as it would be in a highly visible location of the house's exterior. S+H found a local cabinet maker to build the bulkhead, and sourced hydraulic pistons to make it easy to open.

The final result couldn't have been achieved without a good relationship between builder and architect.  When done well, such a partnership gives the client access to more knowledgeable people thinking about the design, and gives the builders more reason to care about the project.

Walter's inspiration for the bulkhead
Another image Walter emailed the architect