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History

Steve Hall

SteveHallArchitecture was founded in 2013 to serve clients out of a passion for design excellence, material craft, and good building science. With over 35 years in the construction and architecture industry, broad project experience enables us to explore creative expressions and feasible construction.

The firm holds corporate licensure under the North Carolina Board of Architecture. Individual credentials include professional licensure under the same, a national certificate with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and membership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national, state, and local chapters:

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Project Locations

Now in its eighth year of practice, about half of SteveHallArchitecture projects are within the intra-Triangle region of North Carolina: Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina (#MoCaApHoFu).

About a hundred projects beyond include Raleigh to Durham, Mebane to Greenville, and Fayetteville to Butner, with several farther from Bath to Black Mountain. Career-long experience is across the U.S. and international.

What We Do

(See residential approach to see the residential project version of this page.)

(See commercial approach to see the commercial project version of this page.)

Services are broadly available, tailored to the individual project. Traditional and advanced architectural services can be organized into three general phases:

Planning:  site selection; survey; analysis; architectural building survey; base CAD and 3D model information; feasibility testing; vision concept

Design:  concept exploration; design scheme options; 3D modeling; typical construction and wall section; material selections; engineering strategies, services, and system sizing; design coordination

Documentation:  detailed plans, elevations, interior elevations, casework drawings; large scale details of assemblies and conditions; engineering, interior design, specialties, and coordination; specifications for components and materials; construction contract and general conditions; drawings suitable for permit

Here are a few individual pages outlining some commonly provided services:

Renderings
A critical component of the design process is virtual rendering of project forms, spaces, lighting, and materials.
Architectural Survey
Establishes base information required for renovations, additions, or change-of-use projects to existing buildings.
Architectural Survey, Residential
One example of the information measured and drawn for an architectural survey typical of an existing home.
Site Analysis
Why research the site? Because that 11.2 acres they're selling might only have 5.9 acres of usable area:

  $/usable ≠ $/acre
Property Assessment
Evaluation of a facility, usually for a real estate transaction.

Designs are created with an array of experienced consultants, as appropriate, for interior design, site planning, engineering for structural, fire protection, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, and other specialties as required. The process is a partnership with clients, owners, tenants, engineers, designers, consultants, contractors, and jurisdiction officials from initial conception to the completion of construction.

Examples

Below are a few individual project examples. Click on the project to go to a dedicated page with more information about each.

Watauga County Courthouse Roof
Major roof addition over an existing municipal building
Canopy
Expressive steel and translucent light to solve structural challenges
House in the Fields
Design exploration in a concrete nautilus shell
House M1.1
Modern house expressive of a field of view
Di Fara
The classic Brooklyn pizzeria coming soon to Cary.
Di Fara
Small church in Raleigh with a creative approach to cladding
Reset House
A tool for resetting preconceptions of living
beer bottle shop
A friendly beer hall table for craft beer in reclaimed wood and rich colors
House M1.2
Sketches for an interconnected residence and guest house
RNA Laboratory
Brightening a dark basement for important research
Medical Office Building
Composed of L-shaped forms in glass, brick, and metal panel
Modern Kitchen
Enthusiastic approach to modern kitchen design
Science Spaces
Science spaces for exploration, product development, and teaching
Clock Tower Re-cladding
Re-cladding to stop water infiltration on a community building
High School Auditorium and Classrooms
Renovations for a 300-seat auditorium and classrooms
Pedestrian Bridge
Corporate campus pedestrian bridge exactly 100' long

Next Steps

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For clients exploring project feasibility, we offer a number of services. For commercial projects, a jump start offers and initial consultation and information gathering, along with a specific plan of action for moving forward with the project. For residential projects, review kickstart questions with the residential needs analysis. A more in depth look on how the architectural process works is covered by the residential process. For more on engaging services, fees, and general licensure requirements for architects and contractors, see working with an architect.

Fees and Rates

Typically arranged as a lump sum fee, most projects require a collection of services. These vary considerably from project to project and are more efficient as a package, but below is a representative sample of stand alone services:

Existing Building Surveys and Analysis: $1,500–$10,000

Site Selection and Analysis: $6,000–$20,000

Programming and Space Studies: $4,000–$20,000

Feasibility Study and Budgeting: $8,000–$25,000

Conceptual Design and Construction Documents: 4%–12% of construction

Bidding and Construction Administration: 0.5%–2% of construction

3D Models and Renderings: $4,000–$12,000

Hourly Rate: $150

Questions or Ready to Begin?

If you have questions about your specific project, the design–construction process, fees, or arranging to get started, please reach out to any of our contacts.