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Home Remodeling Architects Architects Can Smooth Out the Process of Remodeling Your Home (Conclusion)

Hire a home remodeling architect to take the guesswork out of home improvement

As we covered previously, remodeling may save you money in time as compared to all the costs of a new home and moving. In fact, your remodeling work could act as an investment and add value to your home depending on the specific work done.

Hire a Home Remodeling Architect

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The beauty of traditional styling is that it never actually falls out of fashion. In fact, many modern designs are based on more traditional building and design concepts. Your residential design architect will have the expertise to advise you on many different kinds of design considerations, so together you can create the perfect home.

The thought of hiring a professional may make you cringe because of the additional cost that the decision will lead to and because of the present economic down turn we may have second thoughts of getting these services for your home remodeling project. You should remember that in getting the services of a competent and professional residential architect, you are assured that the ground work has been laid for a reliable road map for an effective home remodeling project. The service that architects provide is worth all the money you’ll spend in hiring them as it is the right first in your home improvement project. In some instances, with the scale and complexity of the remodeling job, an architect becomes an essential part of the initial stages before the project can even take off the ground.

Expert Architects Make Home Remodeling Easy

A professional and expert architect has the knowledge, skill and training in coming up with a comprehensive home remodeling design that will reflect your preferences and desires. This is very critical as it is practically a road map that establishes how you can move from point A to point B in your home remodeling project. As you are trying to realize the envisioned improvements in your home, it is his responsibility to put those visions into a comprehensive plan with the needed refinements and adjustments based on the residential architect’s professional judgment. He or she can also help in obtaining any permits or variances that may be needed to get the job done.

While you may only have the vision of what you desire, a professional will have to convert this vision into a detailed plan with the requisite fine prints and details that are needed in order to implement the home remodeling that you want. In effect, the residential architect helps you take the initial steps toward the completion of your home improvement project through preliminary drawings done during the initial consultation. If you choose a home remodeling architect with care, he should be able to work closely with your general contractor and be at the site almost as much.


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Why You Should Hire a Residential Architect for Your Next Remodeling Or Building Project (Contd.)

A home remodeling architect can completely transform your living space.

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Architects Create Environments Which Define You

Attention to detail, functional performance, and creative thinking underpin all that a home remodeling architect in Phoenix does. With these strengths, they are able to help you design and create whatever you’d like to build, make the most out of your budget and present you with options that you may never have considered. They don’t just design, they create spaces and environments that function properly and define you and the way you’d like to live. For instance, if you’d like your new building or addition to complement the natural features on your property, you can be sure that your architect will help you achieve just that.

Architect-designed residential buildings can be more energy efficient and easier to maintain.  In our modern world that’s constantly seeking for answers to issues such as global warming and energy efficiency, a good architect can help you design a beautiful, efficient and sustainable project. A green home that’s architect-designed, is more energy efficient, and as a result, they’re less costly to operate, and easier to and maintain throughout their life than traditional structures.

A Residential Architect Increases the Value of Your Home

Because architects are well conversant with different styles of building homes (contemporary, colonial, Victorian etc.), they’re able to help you prepare designs that compliment and add value to your existing property. Should you decide to sell your home one day, this value will eventually increase its sale price.

Well-designed residential buildings are a combination of energy efficiency and aesthetic design. Lastly, residential architects will design your home to function efficiently and fit comfortably into its surroundings. For instance, they can advise you on the best way to place the building on your site so as to conserve energy, optimize views, provide shade, catch the sun and promote natural ventilation. This is because architects are familiar with new building technologies, applications and materials, which help them create an efficient building that’s not only energy efficient, but also comfortable, stylish, airy and light.

Overall, there’s a lot to gain from hiring residential architects for your building projects. Make a smart choice today, and call a residential architect to help you design and build your dream home.

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Why You Should Hire a Residential Architect for Your Next Remodeling Or Building Project

A residential architect helps you to not only build your house, but to bring your dream house to life…

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Should You Arrange a Consultation with a Residential Architect?

Let’s face it, designing and building a residential home can be extremely complex. Arriving at the right design, finding the right builder, selecting materials, and setting a realistic budget, are just some of the tasks you’ll need to be intimately involved with if you decide to do everything by yourself. Note that all these tasks require professional skills to do appropriately. Because of these tasks, they can present a very frustrating and time-consuming prospect for you, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Get it all wrong and you could end up living with your mistake for a very long time.

On the other hand, when everything is done right, it can be one of the most satisfying and memorable experiences of your life. To increase your chances of getting it right, you need to involve a licensed residential architect in all your remodeling or building projects. Here are some compelling reasons why hiring residential architects is a smart choice.

Hire an Architect in Ahwatukee for their Knowledge and Vision

A residential architectural firm has the knowledge, experience and vision to make your dream come true.  Residential architects have the professional training, qualifications, experience and vision to manage the whole design and construction process of your home. At least 5 years of university training, compulsory practical experience, as well as a registration examination separates professional architects from other less qualified builders.

With their rich background, residential architects are able to integrate your ideas in developing a coherent concept, which pulls your project together, prepare designs, assist you in setting a realistic construction budget, get competitive quotes for the project, guide you through the entire planning process, and manage consultants (engineers, surveyors etc.), as well as the entire construction contract. Your architect will work with you closely, extensively exploring your requirements, to help make your dream home a reality while saving you a significant amount of time and possibly your sanity.

Architects help to reduce your construction costs significantly. Whether remodeling an existing home or constructing a new building, it’s the wish of most homeowners to save as much money as possible and still end up with quality work. The first thing that comes to many people’s minds when you mention savings is the reduction of construction cost through lowering the cost of labor and materials. While this is partly true, you can make the biggest savings by building only what you need. A good home remodeling architect in Ahwatukee will assist you in deciding what you need, and most cost effective way to attain it.

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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 3

Part three of our series on custom home remodeling explores using environmentally friendly materials for your project.

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Green Remodeling and your Kitchen

One of the worst offenders in any custom home remodeling project is your kitchen. Installing new stone countertops involves stone being quarried, and adds to your carbon footprint as the stone has to be shipped, often thousands of miles away from where it came from. In addition, some stone is sealed with chemicals that are not environmentally friendly. Instead of putting in travertine or granite counter tops in your kitchen, one thing to substitute is terrazzo.

Terrazzo is a green remodeling idea that a lot of people don’t know about it. It is made with recycled glass cast in concrete. It is durable, has millions of color options, recycled glass form the material, generally from bottles and windshields. Terrazzo is not just durable, it is tough enough that you can put a hot pot on top of it without risk of damaging the counter top.

Using Green Building Materials to Remodel your Home

According to the EPA.GOV website: ”

Building construction uses large quantities of natural resources; in fact, construction activities use 60 percent of the raw materials, other than food and fuel, used in the entire U.S. economy. And the nearly 170 million tons of annual building construction, renovation, and demolition derived wastes (commonly referred to as C&D materials) account for nearly 60% of the nation’s non-industrial, non-hazardous solid waste generation.

Salvaging building materials and reusing them saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing the need to extract and process raw materials and ship new material long distances; it also reduces the economic and environmental impact from waste disposal (for example, greenhouse gases generated from waste decomposition, the need to build new landfills or the emission of air pollutants from waste incineration). Also, some salvaged building materials are rare and sought-after, such as marble mantles, antique fixtures, old growth hardwoods, wide-plank lumber and knot-free, fine-grain wood.

You can reduce the environmental footprint of your home by incorporating salvaged materials into the construction or renovation of your home. Nationally, hundreds of building material reuse stores sell high-quality salvaged building materials for construction and renovation projects, including lumber, flooring, cabinetry, bricks, doors, windows, fixtures, and iron work.” [READ MORE]

Making a difference is easier than you think.  Just make the right decisions in the products and materials that you choose.  And get the advice of someone who can help: a residential architect.

For more information on this subject, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
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Hire an Architect to Remodel Your Home Part 2

Part one of a series on home remodeling with the help of an architect explores some very good reasons why you should hire one rather than trying to do it yourself.

Aren’t Architects Expensive?

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Call a Professional Architect for Home Remodeling | 480-710-3861

We get that a lot. A lot of people think that architects are only for the super rich who are building a mega mansion somewhere. The truth is though, architects are well worth the fee they charge because they know tricks including how to prepare a budget that you may not be aware of.

In fact, calling in an architect may the only way the project’s going to happen. Otherwise instead of being a unified and perfectly fitted project, you could have a piecemeal patchwork of clashing design elements, price overruns, and headaches. Why should you hire an architect to remodel your home?

Why Should You Hire an Architect to Remodel Your Home

Two words: skill and training. Architects don’t just happen you know. They go through years of training and apprenticeship before they can be listed as an architect. Want a design that has all the details in place? Your architect can give it to you. See remodeling your home isn’t just going from point A to point B, it is also a bunch of baby steps in between the start and the finish of your architectural project.

The right personnel can transform your living space.  The best person to hire first?  A residential architect of course.

This concludes part two of our series. For more tips on how to improve a commercial property, be sure to read part one and part three of this series as well.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295

Hire an Architect to Remodel Your Home Part 1

Part one of a series on home remodeling with the help of an architect explores some very good reasons why you should get one rather than trying to do it yourself.

Hire an Architect for Home Remodeling

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Why should you hire an architect to remodel your home? Isn’t it cheaper to do it myself?  The answer to both of these questions is “it depends on the scope of your project.”  For example, if you are adding bathroom fixtures, it is kind of silly to hire an architect for something like this.  However, if you’re considering a large scale remodeling job, that’s where the line blurs a lot. What’s at stake?  Well, you could either get your dream home or the home you try to convince yourself and all of your friends that you love.  For example maybe you want to take your one story home and make it into a two story home.  That’s just the beginning.

French doors are beautiful, but they’re not easy to install.  They need slight structural changes.  But what will they open out to?  If they’re on an upper level, maybe a raised deck to give your home a resort kind of feel.  If they’re on a lower level, maybe have a deck that forms an l-shape around your house.  But see, this is why you consult an architect.  They can help you by narrowing your choices down.

An Architect Turns Your Dream into a Reality, Not a Nightmare

One of the  clients of our architecture firm in Phoenix, we’ll call her Rita, had some big dreams for her home.  She wanted to save money so she just called a few contractors.  However, her patio was situated on a southern exposure of her home, and didn’t have any shade.  So it was beyond hot in the summer.  Her hacienda style doors were installed by someone who didn’t know what they were doing. so that unbeknownst to her all that was really holding up the west wall of her home was the door frame.

Improperly aligned windows, design features that clashed with the home’s architecture were just some of the problems we had to unravel. We fixed the damage and got her back on track for her dream home, but it was a lot harder than it would have been if she had just called an architect for help with her home remodeling project first.

This concludes part two of our series. For more reasons to hire an architect for home remodeling, be sure to read part two  and part three of this series as well.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295

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.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295

Home Remodeling and Your Architect

Your architect in Chandler is more than about structural safety and building codes. He can also help you improve the aesthetics of your home…

Home Remodeling is More Than Just Style

Let’s say you got the latest home design magazine or visited a website full of remodeling tips.  Excited, you pick up all the colors, upholstery swatches, a couple of end tables and some vases.  You place them all, and compare it to the picture, and suddenly you find yourself disappointed.  You can’t figure out what’s wrong.  That’s where an architect can help.  Most people think that architects are just about structural design and additions, but sometimes, they can help you with important design elements such as natural light.

One trick that a Chandler architect can use  that is very effective  is the use of glass bricks.  According to this article excerpt:  Glass brick, also known as glass block, is an architectural element made from glass. Glass bricks provide visual obscuration while admitting light. The glass block was originally developed in the early 1900s to provide natural light in manufacturing plants. Glass bricks are produced for both wall and floor applications. Glass blocks for use in floors are normally manufactured as a single solid piece, or as a hollow glass block with thicker side walls than the standard wall blocks. These blocks are normally cast into a reinforced concrete gridwork or set into a metal frame, allowing multiple units to be combined to span over openings in basements and roofs. [READ MORE]

Glass bricks can be surprisingly durable.  In some cases they can even be used in flooring.  The whole reason you want to employ glass bricks in your remodeling, is that  it’s a good idea as well as a cost effective one to make as much use of natural light as possible.

Tips From a Professional Architect: Natural Light is Ideal

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While tract lights at night add an air of quiet ambiance, natural light makes a home seem somehow more like a home, while at the same time, gives your home a professional home remodeling look.  If you don’t believe us, go visit Chandler Fashion Center during the day.  If you walk down each of the upstairs wings, you’ll see a lot of natural light in play.  The mall makes clever use of reflective white panels that when the light hits them, add a lot of light to the mall.  However, it isn’t just a shopping mall that benefits from this abundant resource.  Your home can too.

This is just one trick that can transform your living space.  You want to consult the professional that has even more tips up his sleeve, your professional architect.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295


Don’t Do It Yourself: Hire an Architect

Mesa Building Permits

Hiring an architect can help you to avoid some major legal hassles, particularly in Mesa, as this article from AZCENTRAL shows:

Building Permits and a Mesa Architect

Mesa targets do-it-yourselfers who don’t get proper permits
By Gary Nelson The Republic | Wed Jan 2, 2013 9:21 AM

People who think they can save a few bucks by ignoring Mesa’s building-permit requirements sometimes are in for an expensive surprise.

In rare cases, illegal additions have to be torn down altogether. In others, the city will discover that the work has been done, require that the owner get a permit and may require modifications to bring the do-it-yourself work up to code.

And in rarer cases still, unsafe additions can contribute to property damage and even personal injury.

Mesa would really rather not have any of that happen. So the city is launching an educational effort aimed at helping homeowners understand when and why permits are needed.

“Sometimes the work is quite expensive and the reason it is of concern to us is because there are potential life safety issues if it is not done properly,” said Laura Hyneman, who oversees Mesa’s code-compliance office.

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Avoiding Fines By Getting a Home Remodeling Architect

Sometimes violations of city codes can be quite expensive.  Fines can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.  All of which can be avoided by getting the proper building permits.

How Can An Architect Help With Building Permits?

Because of all of the training, any architect is an expert at navigating the sometimes complicated permit process.  They can tell you easily what type of permits to get and when, and in many cases get the permits on your behalf.

So be sharp.  Don’t find out when it is too late that the project you’re working on required a permit.  Call in an architect that can navigate Mesa’s permit process.

Design Line Architects, LLC is an architect serving Mesa, Gilbert, and all cities within the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

Design Line Architects, LLC
470 East Canyon Creek Court
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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 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.

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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.

Design Line Architects, LLC
470 East Canyon Creek Court
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 710-3861