Christopher Rose Architects believes that giving back to our community is not just an opportunity that we have but a responsibility to our city and neighbors. Working with clients of means allows our office to provide pro bono or low rate services for the less fortunate and needy. Our staff actively participates through our gifts of time and support in the following organizations:

• The Red Cross Heroes for Fire Victims Program - providing housing assistance for families dislocated by fires.
• The City of Charleston Committee for Homeless and Affordable Housing
• CRAN Charleston - providing affordable housing designs for the City of Charleston
• The Preservation Society of Charleston Neighbor Labors Program - providing construction labor for elderly owner occupied homes in historic Charleston.
• Volunteers of America - affordable housing
• Charleston Affordable Housing - affordable housing
• Mental Health Association of SC - affordable housing
• The Housing Authority of Charleston - affordable housing
• Canstruction - providing food assistance


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Step 1/ Marketing & Information Gathering

  • Review of the CRA portfolio
  • Tour of existing CRA designed homes
  • An interview to determine your expectations including budget and time line
  • Acceptance of the proposal and signing of the AIA Agreement

Step 2/ Programming

  • Introduction to your Studio and Project Managers
  • Review the covenants and restrictions pertaining to your property
  • Discuss potential consultants and begin setting up interviews with you
  • Initiate a contract with a surveyor and order pertinent surveys
  • Initiate a contract with a geotechnical engineer and order surveys
  • Review and approval of the written project document

Step 3/ Schematic Design

  • Initiate proposals from your chosen consultants
  • Set up meetings with potential contractors

Step 4/ Design Development

  • Produce a set of preliminary design documents for review and approval by you and the architectural review board
  • Produce a set of pre-construction documents
  • Interior selections (this happens in 3 phases)
    1. 1. Initial selections
    2. 2. Review of selections vs budget
    3. 3. Final selections
  • Client approval of pre-construction documents

Step 5/ Construction Documents

  • Complete the final drawings
  • Define the contract requirements
  • Final bidding or proposal process with contractors
  • Client approves the final construction documents

Step 6/ Pricing

  • Client-consultants final negotiations
  • Client-contractors final negotiations
  • Execution of final construction documents

Step 7/ Construction Administration

  • CRA-Contractor-Consultants construction meetings
  • CRA to oversee construction schedule
  • CRA to complete site observations and provide client updates
  • CRA to certify applications for payment
  • CRA to review and approve punch list items
  • CRA to certify final application for payment
  • CRA approves final payment to contractor
  • CRA closes out the AIA Agreement

Step 8/ Post Performance Review

  • Provide client with final set of construction documents
  • CRA to ask client for feedback on the project
  • CRA to provide feedback to contactor-consultants
  • CRA to schedule 1 and 3-year follow up interviews
  • Close out the project