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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.

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Custom Home Designs: It Really is About You

A custom home design helps you to be an individual.  Despite a lot of home builders attempts to change it, America is a land of individuals.  Our choices in our decor, our plants, our pets and even our spouses and partners are reflections on us.

Designing a Custom Home:  Another Home Buying Approach

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Let’s face it.  Finding the perfect home is a lot harder than we think.  We gravitate towards the homes we afford, while at the same time, we want this home to fit our needs.  We want to settle into a home, not settle for one.  If you like split level modern and you settle for a 1950’s ranch style, then no matter how you try to sugarcoat it, you will not be happy with your home.  That’s where a custom home design architect can help you.  First off, though, know what you want.

Maybe you need a split walk in closet or a game room.  Maybe you want a big kitchen, with an island in the middle.  Perhaps you’d like a private home office that is your space.  Whatever needs you have, it’s a good idea to have an idea of what you want before you call an architect.

Brainstorm Then Call in Your Architect

The first step you want to do is to dream when you are planning to design a custom home for your family. When you brainstorm, remember, that isn’t the time to criticize ideas.  You have nothing but options, and visualize what you want. Later on, after you have built up a good list of ideas, that’s when you start reviewing each idea.  Remember, you want something that will improve your quality of life, and be easy to keep up.

While the kid in you wants a castle complete with lookout towers and secret passageways, the adult in you knows about things like building codes and practicality.  Then after you winnow it down, you call in an expert with custom home design.

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Home Remodeling: Get a Professional In

Do you want to remodel your home?  Well, before you start, there are several steps you should take first.

Consult an Architect for Home Remodeling

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There are a lot of pitfalls that you can run into as a homeowner.  First off, successful home remodeling is based on decisions, and planning.  First off, it may be a good idea to have a good idea of what you like.  You may want to gather some pictures both of spaces you like as well as buildings.  Next, know your budget.  If you have about $10,000 to spend, and the estimates on how much  it will cost to remodel are at about $50,000, then you obviously have a shortfall.

An architect can help you with this as he can also help with scheduling, so if necessary you can do your project in phases. However, it isn’t just your budget you need to be aware of.  You also have to stay within the law.

Navigate the Permit Process with Ease: Call an Architect

Don’t forget the permits! You ask yourself, “Do I really need permits?” If you plan to move any plumbing, electrical or move bearing walls, your municipalities’ building department requires you to submit construction drawings for building permit approval. And some cities like Scottsdale and Phoenix offer expedited permit processing. Not only can an architectural firm like ours provide the design and construction drawings, we will submit them for you and work with the municipality to get them approved as quickly as possible. Designline Architects uses a proven design process that ensures that each project provides continuous communication and collaboration between our clients and our firm.

Just this service alone makes an architect invaluable.  If you try to navigate the permit process on your own, be prepared for a lot of red tape and frustration.

So know what you like and what you don’t.  Make sure all of your permits are in order and your fees are paid.  And get the help of an architect in Phoenix.

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Get Home Remodeling Done by a Professional Architect

A custom home remodeling architect helps you for the one inevitability of life: change.  How?  We’re glad you asked…

What Can a Custom Home Remodeling Architect Do?

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A custom home remodeling architect is someone that can help you rearrange your living space so it is a better fit.  For example, let’s say you have children that have grown up and moved out.  The spare bedroom can be remodeled into an office, or maybe a home gym.  Or, maybe on the other hand, what if you’re a small family that is about to get bigger.  You’re going to need another bedroom, and maybe another bathroom too.  Maybe you have all the room you need, but you want to renovate your home into a luxury showplace.

A Professional Architect Can Give Your Home a Million Dollar Look

Because of the training that an architect receives, they are well versed in aesthetics.  Simple rearranging a few light sources, and using them cunningly can totally transform a home from drab to dazzling in just a short period of time.  Even something as subtle as installing a skylight  can make a room into a showpiece.

When you find an architect to remodel your home, communication is key.  Look at all of those home makeover shows where the architect is given carte blanche to remodel someone’s home, and the homeowners have a smile that looks like a grimace at the end result.  Your input should always be welcome, and your tastes should definitely be a deciding factor.  Your architect should understand that when you say you want to redecorate, and you love Art Deco, that a craftsman cottage will not meet your needs.  Or, let’s say you want a luxury sitting room, and instead you get a tiny living room that looks like it belongs in a ranch style home circa 1955.

Remodeling your home is a morale booster.  It is one of those projects that when completed will make your home an elegant complement to your life.  So know your tastes, remember that when in doubt, earth tones go with almost everything, and above all else, get the right custom home remodeling architect for your project.

Design Line Architects, LLC  offers custom home remodeling design. Give us a call today and let us show  you how we can help your home to be so much more.

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Why Hire an Architect For Your Home Remodeling Project

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Hiring an architect for a home remodeling project seems to be an unnecessary expense.  But this article except from houselogic.com shows some clear advantages to hiring a professional:

Advantages of Hiring an Architect

The bigger the remodeling job and the more valuable the house, the more you need a professional. “Any time you’re changing the exterior of the building, making significant alterations to the floor plan inside, or spending more than 5% of the value of the house, you want an architect,” says Stamford, Conn., construction manager William Harke.

Both architects and contractors can save you money through the creative use of space and materials. But the two professionals often solve problems differently. In a nutshell:

Contractors typically look for an efficient and logical solution, but not necessarily the most innovative or aesthetically pleasing approach.

Architects typically propose solutions that add visual appeal, and complement and flow into the rest of the house.

To red more of this article, please visit  the source article here.

Hiring an Architect Versus Hiring a Contractor

Be aware that not every project requires that you hire an architect.  Something simple like painting, electrical, drywall etc., are all the realms of a contractor. However, remodeling jobs that require you to get building permits such as home additions are the realm of a licensed architecture firm.

However, it isn’t just home additions that require permits, or the skilled hand of an architect.  Sometimes,  home remodeling requires that you get in touch with a pro.

Structural Integrity and an Architect

Let’s say you want to add some natural lighting to your family room.  You go to your local home improvement center, and buy a whole bunch of glass bricks and some mortar and caulking.  You’re all set.  Except, that you are looking at putting the glass bricks in a load bearing corner.  Without meaning to, you could damage the structural integrity of your house, or if you live in Mesa, you may get in trouble with the city if you’re not careful.  You would do better by calling in an architect instead, as they can easily determine where it is safe to put your new glass brick wall while keeping your house’s structure intact.

 Design Line Architects, LLC is a Gilbert-based architecture firm.

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Remodel Your Home in Time For Spring

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Time to Remodel Your Home?

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Home Remodeling is Easy

With the Help of an Architecture Firm

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Case Study – Prescription for a Master Bath Remodel : master bathroom remodel.

Written By Doug Rusk, Architect

Chandler Master Bathroom Remodel

When Dawn, a San Francisco Pharmacist, decided to move closer to her grandkids in Chandler, she found an amazing home that was more than what the doctor ordered.   But despite this home’s idyllic location in an exclusive gated Arizona community, Dawn knew that her first move was to renovate her dark, out dated Master Bathroom.

Using a trusted referral for a reputable, licensed contractor, Dawn called Ken from Behrmann Home Basics (BHB) to start work immediately.  Ken knew that a quick hand sketch would help Dawn visualize a few alternate ideas for her Master Bath Remodel.  So he brought in Gilbert Architect Doug Rusk from DESIGNLine Architects to help Dawn make sense of the many design choices available.

With her casual / contemporary styling preference and a flexible budget in mind, Dawn’s main requirement was to remove the Master Bath Tub in order to make room for a large walk-in shower.  Below are pictures of the original Master Bathroom, showing the dated tub/shower combination and two small windows over the vanity.

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Although Doug’s first sketches of Option’s 1 & 2 worked reasonably well (shown above), it was Option #3 (shown below) that Dawn immediately knew was the Master Bathroom renovation she wanted.

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Master Bathroom Remodel – Scope of Work

In addition to removing the Master Bath Tub in order to make room for a large walk-in shower, Dawn wanted the mirrors on the closet doors replaced with a wood paneled door in her Master Bathroom Remodel.  She also wanted an electric hair dryer available to grab at a moment’s notice from one of the drawers under the sink that was already plugged in (SHOWN ABOVE).  For the borders over the shower and the vanity splash, we used colorful glass tile.

Chandler Master Bathroom Remodel

Below are pictures taken during the construction phase, showing the framing, plumbing and electrical work inside the walls.  During the short construction phase, the BHB construction team did an amazing job of installing plastic walls with zippers to seal off the construction zone from the main home.

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Chandler Master Bathroom Remodel

About the Author

Doug Rusk is the principal at DESIGNLine Architects, LLC located in Gilbert, Arizona.  We specialize in residential design and commercial remodeling for small and medium sized businesses with expertise in space planning and interior design consulting.  We’ll provide your General Contractor a thorough preliminary design packages that will enable an early construction cost estimate to confirm your budget quickly.

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Plan a Budget, Before Signing Construction Contract

The key to successful home remodeling is taking the time up front for proper planning.  It’s in the best interest of ALL homeowner’s to consider the four steps below, BEFORE signing a construction contract.  Early planning is important for an enjoyable remodeling experience, because it will flush out problems early and set expectations that will prepare you for the road ahead.

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1.  Master Plan –  

ALL Your Home Remodeling Ideas Together in One Plan

You might be a homeowner whose family needs are changing, or maybe you’ve lived in your home for a while and just need a change.

  • – Make a Wish List – First, make a detailed list that includes everything you’d wish for in your home remodeling project(s).
  • – Get Architect’s help – Then, call an Architect to design one plan (called a Master Plan) that ties together ALL your ideas on your wish list.
  • – Divide into Smaller Projects – Finally, work with your Architect to prioritize and break up all your remodeling ideas into manageable projects.

 

You can complete each piece of your master plan as you can afford them, knowing that each piece has been designed to fit together.

2.  Determine your “Bottom Line” Remodeling Budget –

After writing a scope of work, create a budget for your home remodeling project.

  • – Bottom Line – Ask yourself, what is the maximum dollar amount you will allow yourself to spend?   It’s in your best interest to determine your “bottom line” budget amount, and then stick to it.
  • – Contingency – Once you have that budget number firmly in mind, it’s wise to set aside what’s called a “contingency”.  Some people feel comfortable with 10%, others 25% or more. Because extra spending will probably occur, the contingency keeps your budget under control so that you finish your original renovation plan.
  • – No Surprises – Creating the budget first, helps homeowners be realistic about selecting the final architectural designs and finish materials they can afford.

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3.  Write a Scope of Work

With your Master Plan design complete, work with your Architect to develop a written Scope of Work.

  • – List the Steps – An itemized task list of construction (i.e. demolition, concrete, framing, electrical, mechanical).  By stating clearly in writing the details of the project, the general contractor will have a very specific picture of your project and provide a more accurate construction estimate.  Also detail what’s NOT included in project.
  • – Details are Important – It clears out any grey areas, all uncertainties and ambiguities.  For instance, a general contractor might not know you want the wall paper and flooring removed and disposed of in a remodel job if you don’t say so.
  • – Remodeling Cost Schedule – Be sure to create a project cost control schedule where you review the costs on a regular basis.

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4.  Detailed Written Contract

A contract is needed to set the rules and the terms of your home remodel.  It’s very important to write down ALL your project goals up front and include them in the written contract with your architect and contractor.

  • – Spell out the Details – There needs to be a clear agreement reflected in the contract about the extent of the work, the quality of workmanship expected, the quality of the materials used, and other specific details of the remodeling design.
  • – Never assume.  When it doubt, write it all down.
  • – Important Note – if you do sign a contract and then have second thoughts, the Federal Trade Commission’s “cooling off rule” may apply.  It allows you a 72-hour period in which to cancel the agreement.

It’s easy to jump ahead without thoroughly planning out your home renovation.  Improper planning will result in impulsive decisions and choices that might cost extra either in labor or materials.  If you take the extra time required to follow these four steps in the beginning, you will take control of your home renovation, and really enjoy the results.

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An architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. And no matter what kind of space you need today, we’ll make sure it’s designed for your needs in the future.  This will give you future function built into today’s addition.  To set up a home remodeling appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at drusk@designlinearchitects.com.

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BEFORE you begin your “Scottsdale Home Remodel”

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BEFORE you begin your Scottsdale home remodel project, there are a few important steps to take now, that will prevent surprises later – surprises that might significantly affect your project budget and time schedule.  The detailed steps below will give you an idea of the some of the upfront research needed BEFORE starting your home remodel in Scottsdale. Working with an expert such as an Architect will help you navigate this important process.

1. Read your CC&R’s –

Home remodeling is about change, and major changes to an existing Scottsdale home may be subject to rules and restrictions set by state and local building authorities as well as the legal rights of your neighbors.  Review your Codes, Covenants and Regulations (CC&R’s) you agreed to comply with when you moved into your neighborhood.

2. Scottsdale, AZ Development Standards –

Every Scottsdale home Parcel has Zoning Ordinance and Building Setback requirements and restrictions , including distances that buildings/ structures must be “set back” from the property line.  Setback requirements for your home will vary depending upon the zoning district (i.e. R1-190, R1-7, etc).  Submit a Setback Request to the City of Scottsdale to determine the development standards for your property.  This will help you determine where you can build on the lot, the lot coverage restrictions (if applicable) and wall/fence restrictions.  Looking for the APN# of your parcel? Go to www.Maricopa.gov and select GIS Maps.

3. Fire Sprinklers

If you are improving or adding 25% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then fire sprinklers must be installed through out the entire Scottsdale home, including enclosed, non-heated storage, garage, etc.  Here’s a link to Scottsdale’s Fire Sprinkler worksheet.  For approximate sprinkler installation costs figure between $1.50 – $3.00 per square foot under roof, depending on complexity.

4. Building Code

If you are improving or adding 50% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then  the entire structure must be brought up to all current Building Code standards.  For work that is less than 50%, only the new work you are completing on your home must comply with current codes.

New-Home-Remodel-Architect-Designer-Tempe5. Will you need a Building Permit?

There are four types of Scottsdale building permits:

Building Permit

  • – Required for all construction work including patio covers, room additions, carports and garage enclosures, walls/fences, retaining walls, and accessory buildings (storage buildings less than 200 square feet only requires a site plan). Permits will expire if work is not commenced within 180 days of the permit being issued to you, or if the work is not inspected by the city for a period of more than 180 days.

Electrical Permit

  • – Required to install, alter, reconstruct or repair electrical wiring on any building, structure, swimming pool, or mechanical equipment.

Plumbing Permit

  • – Required to install, alter, reconstruct, or repair any plumbing system, gas system, lawn sprinkler supply, water heater replacement.

Mechanical Permit

  • – Required to install, alter, reconstruct or repair any furnace, refrigeration or other air conditioning equipment or system, except portable or window units.

New-Home-Remodel-Architect-Designer-Chandler6. You may NOT need a Building Permit

While most home improvement projects in Scottsdale require a permit (which helps ensure safety standards), there are some projects that do NOT require a residential building permit:

  • – Detached, non-habitable structures smaller than 200 square feet in floor area (a site plan is required);
  • – Patio slabs or sidewalks/drives (not over 30 inches above grade);
  •  – Repair existing landscape irrigation piping (a permit is required to connect a new irrigation system to your waterline);
  • – Walls, three feet or less (except retaining walls);
  • – Low-voltage landscape accent lighting;
  • – Minor repairs or replacement of non-structural items such as glass, doors, hardware, kitchen cabinets, carpeting, flooring or trim work (not affecting a pool enclosure or garage);
  • – Paint (interior/exterior); repair drywall, plasterboard, paneling or stucco (insulated stucco systems require a permit);
  • – Repair or replace existing evaporative coolers or air conditioning units without increasing the unit size or capacity;
  • – Repair or replace existing plumbing fixtures in the same location;
  • – Re-shingle or retile a roof when the same material is used.

7. Scottsdale Permit Fees

For a fee schedule, refer to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/onestopshop and select “Fees” Or you can contact the One Stop Shop at (480) 312-2500.

8.  Home Improvement Forms & Guides

Looking for plan submittal information for major or minor remodels built in Scottsdale, AZ, then click here.

About the Author

A Scottsdale architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. No matter what kind of space you need today, we’ll make sure it’s designed for your needs in the future.  This will give you future function built into today’s home addition.  To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at drusk@designlinearchitects.com.

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“Architectural Design Strategies” for your Phoenix Floor Plan

Can your front yard be transformed into Private Outdoor Living?  Can the garage or bedroom you’re using today be tomorrow’s organized Home Office?  Is an In-Law Suite needed because of your changing life style?  We can help you use some simple “architectural design strategies” for your next home renovation that will evolve as your lifestyle changes.

Home Sketch 1“Architectural  design strategies” will be used by your Architect to transform your home into a functional and beautiful space for you now, yet has the designed-in flexibility to allow new uses as your lifestyle moves forward.  The next generation home remodels made by homeowners today are typically smarter, more efficient and more focused on good living, rather than designed merely to impress, according to a recent AIA article.  The goal is to work with your floor plan and make better use your existing space.  The promise is you can live more fully in your existing house, if you plan ahead and use the architectural services of a good Architect.

DESIGNLine Architects, LLC has identified three Architectural design strategies we’d like to share with anyone who is considering a modification to their floor plan.

Ideas for Outdoor Living Floor Plans in Phoenix

Home Sketch 2Curb Appeal.  The first thing homebuyers, family and friends will look at when they visit your home is your front yard, the color of your home, the landscaping, and the walkways.  You only have one chance to make a first impression.

Relationship of Inside to Outside.  Consider aligning the elements of the Outdoor and Indoor Kitchen.  This will simplify the plumbing and electrical connections.

Consider the View.  What is your view from each outdoor space? You most likely cannot alter the view, but you can maximize a good one, or minimize a bad one.  Also consider views of key plants from inside.

Functionality and Beauty.  Herb planters are an easy way to add beauty and functionality to the space. Well positioned low voltage yard lights, colorful outdoor candles, and lanterns add a sense of festivity, and light up the more remote corners of the yard.

Music sets the Mood.  A set of outdoor speakers can be used alone or as part of a larger entertainment system.  A small fountain in the background lends some soft water sounds to the rest of the yard.

Ideas for Home Office Floor Plans in Phoenix

Consider Location Carefully. Size and location are two main factors to address when adding a Home Office.  Consider how many people will use your office space.  Will you have client meetings?

Small Space Design. The corner of a room is probably the most effective way to re-design your floor plan to have an office with minimal cost or disruption.

Private Location. Consider a quiet, out of the way location for your Home Office like the attic, basement or enclosed porch.

Ideas for In-Law Suite Floor Plans in Phoenix

As people live longer and healthier lives, more families are finding it beneficial to provide a special space for aging parents by combining households.

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Before Starting Remodel.  Open and honest discussion with your parent and other family members is an essential first step before remodeling.  This will help define the areas you need to change.

Safety and Comfort. Universal design or ADA-compliant living is one in which the occupant can use everything in the home safely without assistance.  Floor plan design features may include one-story living, no-step entryways, wide doorways, extra floor space, floors and bathroom features with no-slip surfaces, improved lighting and details such as lever door handles.

Think Creatively.  In addition to a bedroom, bathroom and closets, the In-Law Suite could include a kitchenette, laundry, living and dining area.  You could renovate the floor plan of a garage, bedroom, attic, office, basement, back porch, even a barn or freestanding cottage on your property.  Consider the help of an Architect to check the local zoning ordinances first before designing the house plans.

Start with a 3-D Sketch of your Phoenix House Remodel

Ask your Architect to draw a 3-dimensional hand-sketch that will allow you to visualize your architectural design ideas.  It will also help your contractor prepare an early cost estimate to verify your budget goals.

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Doug Rusk
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona
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