Thursday, October 30, 2014

Property Managers - Lease Plans Available

Creating lease plans from existing drawings, or field measurements, seems like something anyone can do. But hiring someone experienced in designing new buildings, additions and remodels to existing buildings to create these plans can help you in many ways. Many assumptions made by novice drafters, result in inaccurate plans, and area calculations. An architect can accurately measure, draft in a program that's useable to potential tenant designers/architects, and ensure you are charging for all leaseable spaces. BOMA rules to calculate usable, leaseable, and common areas require knowing how to measure the spaces: sometimes from inside face of wall or glass or face of mullion depending on window sill height, center of some walls, the face of finish on others, etc.

Benefits to potential and current Tenants:

  • Potential clients rely on accurate plans to determine if they can make it work.
  • With plans available, you can offer discounted design services.
  • Negotiate for additional space, using accurate plans.
  • Tenant improvement projects proceed faster having existing plans.
Other uses include:

  • fire egress plans
  • long-term planning
  • use in maintenance programs (carpet areas, roof areas, etc)

CAD/BIM permits endless formats and sizes:

  • Overall building plan
  • Site plan
  • Individual suite plans
  • Tenant remodeling areas
  • 8x11, 11x17, 22x34
  • PDF, JPG, TIFF - digital archives.
Benefits to You:

  • Save you countless hours measuring and guessing areas for various reasons.
  • Save potentially thousands of dollars on contracted maintenance by knowing your SF
  • Get it done now, start saving money each year you hold the building.
  • Digital plans are very valuable if you plan to sell the property.

Give me a call - I love creating as-built drawings from plans or field measurements.

This is a screen shot of four lease-plans - still being refined - for a business office center in St. Paul.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's a Brick....House (well, Tavern)

Not much to look at from the exterior in terms of the kitchen addition I am addin to this original Waconia Hospital building. The last addition was a simple brick extension, we are continuing it on, with a few copied details. Thought was to let the Hospital detailing remain.

It is always a challenge to work in a historic downtown. While this is not Excelsior, there are still many requirements to be met while seeking Site Plan Review and Architectural Design Review.

If this passes, then I have a plethora of code remedies to solve, and finally get to help design the restaurant interiors, plan a stair to future roof top dining, and use of some of the low-headroom storage space in the old basement. FUN FUN!

Factory Layout

I really enjoy using the problem solving skills I have developed over the last 20 years to help design a new manufacturing facility (tenant improvement).

Life safety is always important, but that can be fully solved only after the material-flow and process equipment sequence has been perfected.

This is the first concept for this potential building. As the process is still in R&D in another full size location w/ a lab, I doubt it will (ever) be the last.

Made in Minnesota, by Minnesotan's.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tiny Projects Welcome!

Even the smallest commercial projects need some careful thought and attention!

This may be MN's smallest credit union, a relatively simple remodel in an older building.

Someone still needs to verify all the existing conditions, meet accessibility, building code, energy code, and coordinate all the "little details".

Making something work that is smaller than usual is not always easy. Hire a team that cares about the success of your business venture!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

School Squishing.....

I spent 8 years designing public schools in MN. It's nice to work on what you enjoy.

This schematic plan for a new elementary school in southern MN needs some paring down on the square footage while maintaining the program.

Time for me to dig in!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Design Tweaks for Pricing Set

Every project is an adventure: when I arrived at the final design meeting with this passionate client team one of them had built a 3/8" scale model. There were only two tweaks: remove one wall, reduce depth of four soffits.

It is exciting when a design is this close to exactly what they need to make this project work.

Stay tuned, and if driving through Princeton, MN. Look for the Crystal leaf downtown.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Do you LOVE where you LIVE

You have a vague idea of what you want in your new home: how to best take advantage of the views, replicating that enormous stone fireplace from your honeymoon, a fun bridge above the entry and two story vaulted great room, luxurious master bedroom suite, etc.

Where do you even start? There are no stock plans for this!

Hire someone who listens to your needs and wants, and guides your project down to your budget while keeping the features you just have to have.

That's what this couple did. We started mocking up the design in 3D and finished the permit drawings (blueprints) using the same tool: Revit.

Contact us today. First (local/MN) meeting is always FREE.

Larry Fredlund

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Showroom and Training Center Design

Does your WORK place WORK for you? LSF Design creating a national training center and showroom for Crystal Cabinets in downtown Princeton, MN.

Your place of work should work as hard as you do. What improvements would help you reach your business goals. We can help.

Location:Princeton, MN

Monday, June 9, 2014

Upgrading Design Software!

Having the right tools can make all the difference. And the biggest beneficiaries are you, my current and future clients.

Residential design and commercial architecture are radically different animals, requiring a variety of experience. Add to this a stable of fresh hardware and software tools, and I am ready to attack almost any design problem for you.

These last 6 months or so have been tough having access only to older versions of Autocad, Photoshop and Sketchup, and freeware versions of the MS Office suite of products.

I was (finally) able to buy a new, fast, computer, as well purchase (and/or download) the latest versions of:

Autocad 15 (2D drafting)

Revit 15 (3D drafting/BIM - building information modeling)

MS Office 360

Sketchup 14

Once I get past the always annoying "break-in" phase, I will be ready to FLY!

UPS, check.
Dell i7, check
Software, check

Too much work to do, check.

Thanks to all of you who have let me be part of your building projects and lives these last six months.

I look forward to many more years of designing better places to LIVE WORK PLAY and PRAY.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Bank in Duluth

The current design for a new bank in Duluth, MN.

Colored renderings to follow. This desires an international style building with some modern materials including glass, aluminum, metal panels and two toned brick.

The large front windows create a translucent mosaic of tinted, clear and spandrel glass.

More to follow....

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Decluttered Hotel Reception

I'm designing an updated lobby with a reception counter that puts all the clutter out of view, yet readily accessible.

This one is in Wisconsin.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We found the perfect plan, but.....

....but, we need a wider entry with a closet, less traditional exterior, more open interior, add a full basement, a loft over the garage, and twist the garage 45 degrees to fit the site, turn the gable to face the front and add a timber frame front porch......

No problem!



As you can see, once we start modifying a plan to fit your life, wants, needs and dreams, the original plan disappears.

This is one way to get started designing your new home.

Contact LSF Design to discuss your project. Helping YOUR dreams come alive.

Commercial and residential design where you LIVE WORK PLAY & PRAY throughout all of Minnesota and beyond.

Location:LSF Design

Saturday, March 22, 2014

To Skin a Cat

Sometimes the obvious answer is the best one. But not usually.

When this church brought their problem to me with a suggested solution, I made it my responsibility to fully understand the problem, make a few suggestions, let them review and select the right solution for them, BEFORE taking steps that may prevent the RIGHT solution from being possible.

The problem, a very tall (7'-6" high) flight of exterior stairs at the main entry. Slippery when wet, snowy and icy, and even though there is an accessible entrance hidden at the back of the building, this is the main entrance to a very lovely church inside.

I developed five (5) different solutions, from a dramatic new enclosed entry over the existing stairs, to a simple heated stair overlay, or a seasonal wind break enclosure.

The church facility committee is currently reviewing these options

Why so many options?


- Perhaps there is an underlying need to fix an unstated but related problem.
- Perhaps there is a "sacred" element that shouldn't be touched as it is important to certain members or the history of the church.
- Perhaps they were considering other work in the area that one solution or another meshes perfectly with that project.

With five distinctly different options to choose from now, it is more likely that this one problem will be solved to the satisfaction to more current and future members of this congregation.

What obstacle(s) might turn people off of, or away from, the church YOU attend?

- Nursery is not close to the sanctuary?
- Non-accessible rooms?
- Under-used spaces that could be combined or converted to youth spaces?
- Dark basement fellowship?
- Glare?
- Poor acoustics?
- Some spaces too hot or cold.

WHAT EVER IT IS I have likely helped others with unique suggestions, and would love to help you too.

First meeting is always FREE!!!!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

3 months...Chamber Announcement

Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce new business announcement:

What have I been doing these first three months of full time LSF Design?

Basement renovation
Elevated concrete deck
Second living quarters addition
Apartment building remodel

Cryosauna tenant space
Country Inn & Suites addition
Restaurant conversion
Middle School Cafetorium/Kit*
Special-Ed tenant remodel*
TCF Bank remodels (3)*

Distillery #2*
Airport hanger & offices

Lutheran Church addition
Food-Share warehouse

Let's discuss your project, first meeting is always free and FUN!

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Location:Cambridge,United States