Zink Design Services, LLC
West Linn, OR
Areas of service:Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Springfield, Gresham, Corvallis, Albany, Longview, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Mcminnville, Lebanon, Woodburn, West Linn, Battle Ground, Newberg, Tualatin, Clackamas, Kelso, Forest Grove and Chehalis.
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About Zink Design Services, LLC
Zink Design Services handles all types of residential and light commercial plans. If you need help with space planning or structural plans, please let me know. I have experience with the simple remodels and additions to sound proof media rooms and new homes.
I also work with a variety of contractors and interior designers in the Portland area. I do work throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
Questions and answers
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
It tends to work best if a client has a solid idea of what they want or at least a direction. We don't need a complete design when we meet but a solid base to work from helps things progess easier.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
Besides having been a contractor, I also taught autocad in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University for 2.5 years.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
When my work is done, the construction begins and occasionally, I am called upon to help with unforeseen issues that has been hiding behind drywall. I fully support my work through the construction process.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
On average, I handle about 40 small to mid size projects and another 10-15 large scale projects. I work on everything from small decks and patio covers up to new homes and commercial spaces.
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
I am currently a Certified Green Professional through the National Association of Home Builders. I am also and associate member of the American Institute of Building Designers.
This year I intend to go for my Certified Aging In Place, Certified Professional Building Designer and my Professional status with AIBD.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
I see 2 parts to this answer. The first is work with a designer early on in a project. The reason is that without a good plan, contractors don't know what to bid on so their bids will not be terribly accurate.
The second reason is that a good designer can help identify things that may blow your budget or be able to suggest things that can simplify a project.
- How did you get started?
I really started when I was 18(1996) and just graduating high school. My dad and I started a construction company and part of my duties were to design projects and draw up the plans. Then in 2006, when we sold the company, I decided to continue on doing the design work.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
The one thing I wish more people knew is that in Oregon and Washington, you do not have to work with an architect for a design. You can save yourself a lot of money by working with a good designer. Architects are required for large commercial projects only.
The main difference that I have seen through the years is that architects went to school to learn design but few have construction experience, where as most designers seem to come from a construction background.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
2011 was my best year since 2006 so I had a variety of projects to work on. I had several large scale addition/remodel projects come my way, a re-design of the JV baseball field at Lakeridge High School, a house boat on the Columbia, several new home designs, and several large and intricate decks.
- What brands or products do you work with?
Well I use a 3D design software called Softplan. I use that to help clients see what we are discussing. From there, I switch to AutoCAD to do the actual construction documents.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
The most common question is "How much do you charge?"
- The answer of course depends on the type of project but generally speaking, for living space it is about $2/sqft. Regardless of the project, my minimum fee is $750.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
- Decks/Patio Covers
- New Homes
- Tenant Improvements
- Sound Proof Rooms
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
Zink Design specializes in space planning and structural design. We work primarily in residential design but also light commercial.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
The first thing a person should do when thinking about hiring a designer is to ask about his or her training, background and experience. Designers come from a variety of backgrounds. Having a construction or technical background helps considerably.