The 18th floor loft, spanning an entire floor in the historic John Hand Building in downtown Birmingham, was a lesson in salvaging beautiful old materials and adding in some points of interest with new materials.
Appleseed was "all aboard" the renovation for Kinetic Communications' new office building. This unique building, with its bright red caboose entry, lies in the center of Birmingham's historic Morris Avenue.
The Esteps, a family of four, were busting at the seams in this one-story Homewood cottage. The solution: a second story. The perforated stair tower, with windows inspired by Corbusier's Ronchamp, sets the tone for this uniquely modern addition.
As Appleseed's first commercial renovation in Birmingham, Edgewood Creamery holds a special place in their heart and history. This one thousand square foot space was transformed from a hair salon to an ice-cream parlor, full of rhythm and charm.
Appleseed Design / Build Process - Our team is well versed in every aspect of the Design Build process. Please use the numbered steps to learn more about the specifics of our expertise.
Pre-Design - At Appleseed, identifying clear project and program goals is the first step towards realizing your project. Gathering information from, you, the client (your site and your city) allows us to establish a framework for the design process. We are then able to sort out wants from needs and establish necessary budget requirements. This is the part of the process where we establish the questions that we will be answering in the later phases of design.
Schematic Design - During the schematic design phase, we analyze the pre-design objectives: site parameters, related code, jurisdictional requirements, and functional relationships between spaces and site. With this set of parameters, we outline the rough vision for your project into preliminary drawings and sketches, so as to communicate the direction of your design. This is when we begin answering the larger picture questions that we posed in the pre-design process.
Design Development - In this phase, we finalize the schematics of the design. This creates a new list of questions to answer, which focus on the smaller details. We provide you with the look, feel, and texture of your project, while confirming basic assembly types and modes. Most importantly, we develop a clear understanding of project scope and preliminary budget.
Permit and Construction Documents - The final contract between you and Appleseed is the set of drawings that we produce for your project. We submit them, on your behalf, to the pertinent regulatory groups and review boards. These are also the final drawings that we use for the construction of your project.
Permiting - Appleseed will submit, coordinate and acquire building permits and other related approvals from the local municipalty for the construction of your project.
Preconstruction - During the preconstruction phase, we work with you to finalize the target construction budget and schedule. Part and parcel to this is obtaining key contractor and supplier quotes. We then mobilize to implement the work.
Construction - We get the job done. Our mantra is always, “On time, on budget, as promised.” Above all, we put the highest value on clear communication throughout the building of your project.
Project Turnover - This is the best part! Nothing makes us happier here at Appleseed than transferring the completed and cleaned project over to you. At substantial completion, you are able to begin utilizing your space. We address the punchlist items and remain available for questions or concerns.