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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 2

Part two of our series on custom home remodeling explores some more eco-friendly design tips.

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Green Remodeling: Reclaiming Your Floors

Let’s say your floor has seen better days.  One green remodeling tip that will not only save you some money as well as more than a few trees is to use reclaimed wood.  Be sure that it is free of adhesives and preservatives such as formaldehyde, but it is both sustainable and if properly refinished can be as beautiful if not more so than original hardwood floors.  But what if you have concrete floor?

One thing that a lot of people don’t know about is how to transform a concrete floor with things such as acid stain or sealing.  You’re using your existing floor, you’re just adding a bit of color to it.  Changing your floor is one of the many ways that you can not only add to your home, but do it in an affordable way.  One of the most powerful ways that you can also change a room is by the use of light and color.

Color:  Light and Shade Tricks from Your Residential Architect

In our last article, we covered the use of a window or skylight to highlight a particular room.  However, did you know that you can use solar design to help your home stay warm in the winter?  Passive solar uses the sun’s own warmth to help keep your home toasty in the winter, without paying higher utility bills to do so.  In Arizona this is not as much of a problem as we have mild winters, however, an architect can help you keep your home cool by the installation of better insulation, better windows, and other tricks that help to keep your home cool without paying the high summer rates that electrical companies will charge you.

Our next article will cover the use of green materials to remodel your home with, and some of them may surprise you.  What is imperative however, is that you get a professional to help you with your remodeling project.  You not only want to stay green as possible, you want to stay within the confines of the law.  The best person to consult for any home remodeling is a professional such as a designer or better yet, a residential architect.

For more information on green remodeling tips, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

 

DesignLine Architects, LLC 
470 E. Canyon Creek Court , 
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com

What a Residential Architect Can Do For Your Home

Residential architects are more than just adding a guest bedroom or remodeling the kitchen.  There’s so much more we can do for you.

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What Can a Residential Architect Do?

What can a residential architect do? According to WISEGEEK: “A residential architect designs buildings and structures that people live in. Residential architects work in many different settings. They may be self-employed, work for a smaller studio, or work for large companies and corporations. Residential architects may work independently, or in collaboration. Their daily work activities include designing structures, meeting with clients, and occasional visits to construction sites.

Residential architects are trained at designing living environments to suit specific conditions. They have at least a bachelor’s degree in architecture, often specifically in residential architecture. Residential architects receive training in designing single family homes, multi-family unit residences, assisted-living and senior housing units, tract homes, and remodels and additions to existing residential structures. Architects do not actually construct buildings, but design them according to the client’s specifications and the architect and client’s aesthetic sensibilities.

For example, a residential architect might be hired by a family that wanted to put a major addition onto their house. The residential architect would work with the family, considering a number of factors to determine what design would work best for the family before coming up with a design. The residential architect would consider the intended use of the new space, how the owners want it to look, cost and space considerations, building materials or desire for environmentally friendly construction, and the footprint of the existing house.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

Hiring a Residential Architect: The Details that Matter

Most people don’t know how to do an environmental impact study.  In a lot of cases, people will get building permit A, B, and C, but forget D.  That’s where the architectural firm comes in.  An architect can take a home from design to dream home, or remodel an existing home to better fit the needs of its owners.

So remember, some things you can do on your own.  Other things you’re going to need help with.  And a residential architect should always be consulted with any home addition.

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Remodeling Projects Part 3: Remodeling a Custom Home

Part two of a series on remodeling projects covers  remodeling a custom home.

Why Remodel a Custom Home?

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Why remodel a custom home?  Several reasons come to mind.  For example, what if you’re expanding your family, or want to rent out a room of your home?  You may need to add a room from scratch.

Even if you have contracting or construction experience, it’s a good idea to bring in a home remodeling architect in to make sure that anything you’re doing won’t adversely affect either the structure, or the rest of the home.  However, there are other reasons to remodel a custom home as well, as this article excerpt from the National Association of Home Builders illustrates:

“Remodeling your home can modernize the style, make it more comfortable, improve energy-efficiency and home functionality, increase the value of your home, and help with upkeep and maintenance. Home remodeling is a sure investment in your home to ensure longevity, usefulness, and home value.”

Source Article:  http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=89929

Remodeling a Custom Home for Market Value

Now that the recession is coming to an end thankfully, you may be considering selling your home.  Homes are still plentiful, so you want to have a few things working in your favor.  One of the best selling points around is to put newly remodeled in the forms when you’re talking to a realtor.  And if you hire a custom home remodeling architect, it won’t just be a remodeling job, it will be a great remodeling job.

So remember, your home is more than just your property, it is also an investment.  And if you want a good addition to your investment, calling a home remodeling architect can really help.

This concludes part two of our series.  For more information on remodeling projects, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com

Hiring an Architect: What You Need to Know Part 2

Part two of our series about hiring a custom home design architect continues with time frames as well as other things you need to know before you begin.

How Much Time Will Your Home Remodeling Project Need?

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A good rule of thumb is to shoot for at least one month to create all the construction drawings you’ll need, then two months after that for the city to review your home remodeling project and to pick your contractors.

Then you add in construction time.  Depending on complexity, this may take up to six months.  So for a complete custom home remodeling, you’re looking at a year to safe, and in some cases, the project may take up to 24 months.  While this sounds like a long time, without an architect it can be worse.

Keeping on Track With Your Budget With a Custom Home Architect

You want an architect that will pin down a question that is front and center for most people:  how much it will cost.  First off, know your budget and design goals.  When the final project is bid to the subcontractors, the costs are locked in, assuming no design changes. And that’s something that often makes costs skyrocket.

If you have your kitchen designed and then decide that the refrigerator isn’t big enough, and you want a walk in fridge, it will cause changes to the structural design, and thus increase the price.  So, you want to make sure that you get all the design elements you want on paper before you even call an architect in.

Good design is based on input.  Without your input, you are not getting the home you want.  You are getting a home that you’re settling for, and that’s never a good idea.  So know what you want, know how much it costs, and get a hold of the right personnel: a custom home design architect in Phoenix.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
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Hiring an Architect: What You Need to Know Part 1

There are several things you need to do before you hire an architect in Mesa.  This article will explore what you will need, and what questions you have to ask.

Your Lifestyle and a Custom Home Design Architect

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First off, you know your lifestyle as well as your tastes better than anyone else.  If you like English Tudor architecture, then Modern Southwest would not be a good fit.  You may want to start getting some pictures together of various homes that are close to what you’re looking for.  However, it isn’t just the visual you’ll need to know before you call in an architectural firm.

You want to know how many rooms you’re going to need.  A family of seven has far different needs than a dual income couple without children.  If you’re redesigning an existing home, you want a list of goals in place when you meet with a professional custom home architect.  You also need to have a list of personnel you’re going to need for the project such as a plumber, an electrician, and a landscaper for example.   Whoever you hire in addition to the architect needs to be in the loop, even during the design process.

Keeping On Schedule and Under Budget With an Architect

Your builder or general contractor should be involved as they’ll keep you both on or under budget, and help you to stay on schedule with your custom home design project.  Otherwise, you’ll be stuck in the nightmare zone for home upgrades and renewals, namely the standard: “It should only take two weeks.”  What a lot of design professionals don’t tell you is that the two weeks they mention is measured in football minutes, not in regular time.  In other words, your two week project may actually be nine weeks.  In fact, anyone who gives you a two week time window is probably not being honest with you.

Actual times may vary, however, just for design and construction drawings you need at least one to three months.  The next part of this article series will explore some more time frames you need to be aware of before you meet with a custom home design architect in Phoenix.

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480-710-3861
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Designing a Custom Home in Phoenix

Designing a custom home in Phoenix is not for everyone.  Some people prefer the simplicity of a pre-built home, and in some cases these designs may fit the needs of a customer perfectly. However, other customers may have some specific needs that an existing design cannot meet…

Options For a Custom Home Design

People never have the same exact needs which is where a custom home design architect comes in.  While some basic ones are fairly well established, others require a bit of adaptation.  For example, if you are quadriplegic or have another disability or handicap, a home that is split level or that doesn’t include ramps of some kind would not be a good idea.

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If you are someone who loves to cook and throw dinner parties that your friends remember for years to come, then having a tiny kitchen with inadequate burners and a tiny refrigerator is also not a good fit.  So what’s to be done?  Well, you can either begin an exhaustive search for a home that perfectly matches your wish list which may take months or even years, or you can call in a custom home design architect.

When you sit down with an architect, you’re going to come in prepared with a list of ‘must-haves.’  During this process, he’s going to be able to tell you what works and what doesn’t work.  Some ideas may cause the structure of the home to be put in danger, and others involving light may have to be moved because of the placement of shade features.

Why an Architect Though?  Shouldn’t I Just Call a Home Builder?

This is why you get an architect in.  He will know exactly what to do, what permits you need, and the best ways to go about your project.  And his hands aren’t bound by a corporate office somewhere.

A home builder, even one billing themselves as a custom home builder has to follow some rules that are in addition to the ones enforced by the city.  Usually a corporate office regulates what a home builder can add, usually based on a package deal, and they will not let you do things that are not on the list.  A custom home design architect can make a wide range of additions that aren’t covered by traditional home builders, while still staying within structural laws and building codes.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com