Craig Bosworth is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He graduated from Boston Architectural College with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1997, licensed thereafter he has registrations in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and is NCARB certified. Craig resides and has established his practice in Marblehead, Massachusetts where he has worked since 1991.
Known for his traditional style of New England Coastal architecture, Craig uses a mix of traditional and new building products in a creative manner to execute his unique design solutions. His broad experience with a multitude of building typologies provides a nice mix of projects from traditional to contemporary design based on the client’s needs.
Craig Bosworth NCARB
Craig has designed and managed a diverse range of projects for numerous Developers, Business Owners, Building Committees and Single Family Owners in the greater Boston Area and throughout Southern New Hampshire. Most projects include programming, feasibility studies, renderings and presentation drawings, representation at public hearings, interior and exterior finish, construction documents, bidding analysis and construction administration
Please reach out to our firm for a free consultation. If the project is local a site visit to review the existing property and/or building(s) will provide great insight along with your programmatic goals. From this initial meeting we will gain a better understanding of the landscape, adjacent properties, sun travel, and zoning regulations that may impact your design goals. A proposal will be written for your project and submitted via e-mail within a timely manner.
Owner – Architect – General Contractor
This process involves a series of Phases of Design Services to prepare documents for competitive bidding, permits, and construction. Multiple General Contractors will provide Stipulated Sum Bids for the owner’s selection. Upon Commission of the General Contractor, the Architect moves into an Administrative Roll for the duration of the Construction Process.
Programming, Existing Conditions, Site Analysis, Schematic Design
Upon commission of our firm, we will start a site analysis for natural land or create existing conditions of the building(s) to be modified. The existing analysis will include views, topography, access, landscape features, building floor plans and exterior elevations. The information gained with the existing conditions will be used as a base for our study. Ideas will be created in floor plan and exterior elevation to represent the desired program written in our proposal. We will meet as often as required in order to pull together a winning diagram in floor plan and exterior elevation study.
With a design in floor plan and exterior elevation, we will use this information to file with the city / town for approval of necessary design review boards if applicable. Our firm will often be involved with the representation of the project with other professionals such as lawyers, wetland specialist, etc.
If budget is a concern this is also a good time to solicit a competent General Contractor to help with preliminary construction cost.
With approvals from the city / town and your authorization to proceed we will move into the Design Development Phase.
Design Development, Preliminary Structure, Preliminary Construction Documents
Upon your approval, (and any town approvals) the diagram will be further developed with initial building sections, initial structural layout, discussions on exterior windows and doors, exterior finish materials, interior finish materials and trim, and interior elevations of space specific areas; including kitchens, bathrooms, library, mudroom, laundry rooms, and built-ins, etc.
Phase Two is a transition phase as we make initial decisions on the structural system, mechanical systems, building section opportunities, finished materials and methods of construction. This is all weighed against your specific budgetary parameters.
Contract Documents, Contractor Bidding, Analysis and Commission of the General Contractor
The objective of this phase is to provide for the necessary documents to be used for competitive bidding, for permit, and ultimately for use during construction. At this Phase in the process a majority of design objective have been met. This phase represents the nuts-and-bolts phase, creating the necessary documents to illustrate all aspects of the construction to a competent General Contractor. This inclusive package is typical for bidding between competitive general contractors.
The documents used to communicate to the General Contractor the Scope of Work for bidding are also used in reference to the Owner-General Contractor Agreement. These documents are what legally define the services to be provided for by the General Contractor for the proposal value.
The following list is a typical set of illustrations used for bidding, permit, and construction. The volume of documents fluctuates depending on the Scope of Work and complexity of the final design.
Floor plans dimensioning the layout of all work on each level in complete detail.
Exterior elevations of all pertinent faces of the structure depicting materials, window schedule, dimensions, witnessing of details.
Building sections, wall sections and details required to illustrate the work at hand.
Interior elevations of specific design elements such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, office areas, built-ins and any specific element requiring custom detail.
Building details as required to illustrate exterior trim, interior trim, fire rated assemblies, construction details, and any custom features requiring detail.
Structural foundation and framing plans with necessary details for the construction.
Electrical layout as required to illustrate switching and light fixture locations, appliance outlets, television, phone and cable. Services for Audio and Visual are not included as typical services but can be provided by independent contractor if requested.
Bidding, Analysis, and Commission of the General Contractor:
Upon completion of the Contract Documents, we will solicit bids from three competent General Contractors. This includes a visit with each contractor to the site to describe the scope of work in the field. In a fair period of time, we set a date to accept the bids. Our office receives the bids and input them into a spreadsheet so we can analyze the bids within the typical divisions of construction. If I find any oddities in the bids, I will communicate with the Contractors for resolution before meeting with the Owner. Upon meeting with the owner, it is typical to narrow down the selection to two Contractors. I coordinate a meeting with both Contractors to have an interview in order to have an open discussion on any questions before we sign a contract with the Contractor.
Administration during Construction
At a minimum the Architect will review the construction site to verify the foundation and framing are following the design intent of the Building Code and our Contract Documents. This basic review is done as part of our contract fee.
However often opportunities arise during the construction phase which require additional sketches to the field. When, or if this occurs, the time spent to understand, illustrate, and communicate the design redirection will be billed on an hourly rate basis.
At times clients want to have the Architect review invoicing, scheduling, and construction process on a more frequent basis. This more intense version of Construction Administration requires weekly or bi-weekly meetings with minute notes written of each meeting’s discussions. This service is also offered on an hourly rate basis.
I hope you find this explanation informative on the course to fulfill your building needs. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you to bring your building goals to fruition. Please call for a free consultation.
We love the opportunity to work on a difficult site. The site is narrow and steep, but provides a westerly view toward the water. Our process is to evaluate the lot. Make important notes of views, sun travel, dimensional regulations, then in a simple manner create what we call bubble diagrams of the program.
If you review the final first floor layout, the diagram informs the direction of what we feel is a great diagram for the owner who has requirements and goals with this property. Main level family room and kitchen will take advantage of the water views with access to a deck to provide the extension of the living room spaces in the summer time.
The second floor allows all bedrooms water views but the master has a arched ceiling with a private deck to embellish upon the architectural composition.
Perspectives are often a great way to provide an overall understanding of the final diagram, especially with a difficult site. We provide 3 dimensional images for interior and exteriors as necessary to help illustrate our design intentions.