Welcome Fellow Business Owner!

In 2010 I added my first employee to Spring Line Design. It had been a sole proprietorship for a decade but it was time to take the plunge and give SLD the chance to grow into the practice I envisioned, a firm that could attract projects that would engage our staff and produce work our clients would love and see built without going insane in the process.  Along the way I found it really rewarding to be able to create an office where developing architects and engineers could thrive in a working environment where we are all pulling together to make a good living. Where we also believe that making a good living is about more than just the take home pay. 

I knew there would be a dip in the amount of time I could spend being an architect, but I was unprepared for just how much time I would be spending working on the business rather than on projects. To get myself through some of the initial startup shock I prepared a checklist of all the activities/processes I might need. I have since shared this checklist with a few fellow business owners who were about to start hiring or growing. The first article in our series is this checklist. I’d like to share it with you in the hopes that it saves you some of the time and aggravation I spent collecting all this information.

Today, over six years later, I empathize with business owners in every stage of growth. From the initial spark of an idea to growth so rapid it keeps you up at night, being a business owner is hard work. If you are about to embark on or just dreaming about a building project I would like to help you by offering our insights on the things I think would be really helpful to know about the process. My staff has collected and distilled into these papers some of the input and advice that we have frequently given to our clients over the years.

I hope that this information helps you to prepare for the interesting, exciting, and challenging process that you are about to undertake. We have even tried to infuse a little bit of snark into a few of these essays to make them a bit more fun to read. We do understand that not everyone finds these topics as fascinating as we do.

If you find these helpful, please share them. Our goal is to demystify the process and get people comfortable with the service that design professionals provide. We believe that the right architect or engineer for the job can add incredible value to almost any project. Happy Building!  

- Kristin Knickerbocker, Principal Architect

1 New Business Checklist
Information on starting a business, a checklist for hiring employees, and questions you may want to ask your accountant…

2 When Do You Need a Structural Engineer?
What is a structural engineer and why you might need one…

3 Types of Design Professionals
What design professionals do in various disciplines and their services…

4 How To Get The Most Out of Working With Your Design Professional
Advice for communicating with a design professional to your best advantage… 

5 The dreaded "B" word
Plan for and work within your budget to achieve your project goals…

6 Scheduling: How long does this take?
Fundamentals and decisions which may assist in estimating project timelines…

7 What Project Delivery Method is Right for You?
    Competitive Bidding vs. Negotiated Contracts in Building Construction

Guide to selecting the best delivery method based upon your project goals…

8 What You Could Be In For... Part I
8 What You Could Be In For... Part II
8 What You Could Be In For... Part III
Explore NYS and local regulations which may affect your project and timeline…