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Top Reasons To Seek The Services Of An Architect in Phoenix

There are several reasons to seek the services of an architect in Phoenix.

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Architectural Projects Are Complicated

It goes without question that architectural projects can be quite detailed and complex, which may oblige you to seek services of a qualified architect. Drawing up proposals for your projects from scratch, or understanding which wall you can take out for a remodeling project, is certainly out of reach for most DIY remodelers.

If you hire a qualified architect,  you  get access to so much more than you might think.  You get access to sophisticated software, as well as all of the connections they will have to building companies.  Above all that, however, is that you get access to all of their education as well as experience.  You can’t just become an architect.  You have to go to school for years and be an apprentice for even longer.

What Architects Do

Architects provide several services to their clients. Architects have training in design theory, project management, and engineering. If you need someone to manage your project, choose the contractor, solicit bids, control the cash flow, and oversee the entire project, then a Phoenix architect is someone that should be on a short list to bring any architectural projects to fruition.

Architects are highly skilled and they can come up with inventive ideas to solve complex design issues for your project. They will make sure that a project is aesthetically pleasing, whether it is original or classical in terms of styling.

In addition, other detailed projects can really benefit from a qualified architect’s vision and their capacity to visualize ideas three-dimensionally. Here are the reasons why businesses and individuals should call an architect for remodeling or building projects.

1. Architects are required to handle the paperwork. When the vast majority of us think about an architect-designed project, we imagine the style of the building: its size, shape and completed surfaces. Yet, behind the beautiful face are the skeletal bones of the building. It’s the architect’s business to plan the project to meet specific building codes and other demands that we may not even be aware of.

Furthermore, striking that harmony between aesthetic beauty and basic structural security is no simple accomplishment; it requires knowledge, not only of building codes and local ordinances, but of structural integrity.  And an architect in Phoenix can help you to balance all of these elements and more.

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What Do Commercial Architects Do? (Contd.)

Continuing our series on commercial architects, this article explores some final points to consider.

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Commercial Architects and The Process

After preparation of environmental analysis and feasibility studies, a commercial architect prepares and presents those findings to the client as proof. An architect also has powers to choose contractors that will perform the construction of particular structures, and he/ she might help a client negotiate contracts.

Architects all over the world are the same, but what differs is only the level of education. Such a person is highly trained through college, having undertaken a degree course in architecture. They are the brains behind any building. In Canada it’s described as, “the art, the science and the business of building.”  An architect has to be a rare combination of an engineer, an artist, an administrator, and a facilitator.  An architect has to know more than blueprints.  There is also the issues of getting permits and licenses to make any project a reality.  They are often responsible for hiring building companies, electrical contractors, plumbers, and other related services without which, the building will be nothing more than just a set of drawings rolled up in a tube somewhere.

What Do Commercial Architects Build?

What do commercial architects build?  Architects design buildings, but surprisingly, they don’t build anything themselves.  Commercial architects make designs and specifications of permanent buildings, such as offices and factories; shopping malls and retail outlets; air and rail terminals; and hotel, sports and leisure facilities.

Nearly 113,700 jobs in the year 2010 were held by architects and employment opportunities will grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you want to qualify for this profession, you should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in architecture from a university or college program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Even though there are a few differences between states, most of them have some sort of reciprocity where the skills of a commercial architect are concerned.  A college degree is required as is a bit of on the job training with an experienced architect.  Finally, you need to have some area of specialty, such as residential architecture, or commercial architecture.

From a business perspective, there are certain key personnel that you will need.  You’ll need an executive team.  You’ll need a place of business, and finally, you’ll need a commercial architect to help design the building you’ll be in.

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Hire an Architect to Remodel Your Home Part 3

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

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If you’re considering a large-scale, once-in-a-lifetime remodel, the expert help of a licensed architect may help you achieve the home of your dreams.

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 two of this series as well.

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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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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.

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Architects and Architectural Design Part 3: The Final Stages of a Project

Part three of a series on architects and architectural design explores the final stages of a project.

The Architectural Process:  It’s All in The Details

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At this stage  your architect is bringing  the design concepts that he or she learned in college.  if it is a current building that is being remodeled, at this point maybe a feature can be improved on.  For example, let’s say you don’t have enough light in a room. This may be the time to add another window or a skylight.  All changes are checked, double-checked, and even modeled to make sure that they don’t adversely affect the structural integrity of your home or business.  After all the checking is been done, it enters into the permits process.

The reason that permits are put in place are to help with oversight, keep in compliance with building codes, and to protect public safety.  It’s all very well and good to make a building that is five stories high, but if the local jurisdiction only permits buildings of two stories, then the project will encounter snags.  There is also the aesthetics of your building project, both on a residential level and on a commercial level.  An architect has to have familiarity with the city’s codes.

Architectural Design and City Planning

A professional architect has to know the way the city works.  For example, in places such as Santa Barbara and Cape Cod at opposite ends of the country, there are only a handful of building styles that are permitted in each city.  Why?  Well, the city planners don’t want anything to disrupt the aesthetics of the city.  Multinational corporations such as Starbucks and McDonald’s had to learn the hard way about signage, building design and more when they tried to expand into these areas.

It makes sense if you think about it.  No one wants a bright neon sign in the middle of a quaint village, nor does nayone want a skyscraper in an area that’s all residential.  That’s why it’s always best to hire the right architect to help you with any remodeling projects, or designs.

This concludes part three of our series.  For more information on architects and architectural design, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Architects and Architectural Design Part 2: An Architect’s Duties

Part two of our series on architects and architectural design explores the duties of an architect.

What Does an Architect Do?

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lot of times people ask what they think is a stupid question: “what does an architect do?” A lot of other people assume that all we do is make up blueprints, and that’s it. However, an architect follows a deliberate and step laden process to get from conception all the way to the doors opening. Here are the first steps in the architectural process.

Step 1: The initial interview with the client.  This is more than just finding out what the client wants.  During the interview, both the client and the architect see if the partnership will be a good fit.  The architect shows off his portfolio, and goes over their normal process with the client.

Step 2: Gathering information.  This is where the architect visits the site to review the conditions he will be working with. If the project is from the ground up, a surveyor may be called, otherwise, a set of plans for the structure as is is provided.  These plans are readily available at the city/county as a rule.

The Architectural Process

The third step of the process can be summed up by a question: how feasible is my architectural project?  Using the  information from step two this  is where an architect prepares a couple of designs.  So as you see, there is a lot of pre-work before the project begins in earnest.  We will discuss more of this process in our next article.

For now, know that an architect is about more than just drawing plans.

This concludes part two of our series.  For more information on architects and architectural design, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Architects and Architectural Design Part 1: Architectural Styles

Part one of a series on architects and architectural design focuses on architectural styles.

What is Architectural Style?

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According to this excerpt from Wikipedia.Org, “An architectural style is characterized by the features that make it notable. A style may include such elements as form, method of construction, materials, and regional character. Most architecture can be classified as a chronology of styles which changes over time reflecting changing fashions, beliefs and religions, or the emergence of new ideas, technology or materials which make new styles possible. Styles therefore emerge from the history of a society and are documented in the subject of architectural history. At any time several styles may be fashionable, and when a style changes it usually does so gradually, as architects learn and adapt to new ideas. The new style is sometimes only a rebellion against an existing style, such as post-modernism (means “after modernism”) which has in recent years found its own language and split into a number of styles with other names. [READ MORE]

All architecture is a combination of form and function.  Some architecture has become iconic.  Look at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York. One key axiom of modern architecture is that form is secondary to function. In other words, the architect must design a building that does what it supposed to.  A library for example has different needs than say a data center or a fine arts museum

The Balancing Act: An Architect and the Roles He Plays

An architect does more than just create some blueprints.  Usually an architect is involved at every stage of the process, and can be an administrator, a financial expert, and other areas that people don’t realize.  Our next article will explore these roles in more depth.

And what of architectural style? Remember, that unless you have given an architect carte blanche, you will always have the final say of how your building is going to look.

This concludes part one of our series.  For more information on architects and architectural design, be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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Architects and Aesthetic Design

Architects straddle the fence between form and function, and between structure and aesthetics. Each property has its own unique challenges and quirks.

Chain Restaurants and Architectural Design

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Maxine bought an old chain restaurant sight unseen.  Big mistake.  It used to be part of a notable pizza chain, and as such the building had a distinctive shape that showed what it once was.  Maxine wanted to open a vegetarian restaurant which was not in line with the pizza place motif.   Fortunately for her, she called an architectural firm, namely us to help her.  We were able to get the building changed over to looking much more like a bistro than a chain restaurant.

Look at a lot of chain restaurants and you can see the problem that will require you to call in an architect .  A certain taco chain for example has older restaurants that look a lot like a pueblo.  A certain defunct pizza chain is famous for its alpine peaked roof, and any restaurant that moves into either of those two spaces will have to deal with obvious design limitations.  In the case of fast food, sometimes, the furniture is cheap, fiberglass, and bolted to the floor.  With America facing an obesity epidemic, it may deter larger customers from patronizing an establishment.  It may sound funny, but it’s not.  However, there is another reason you want to get a professional in on the job.

Architects and Compliance with the Law

In addition to something like this, a lot of older chain restaurants were built before the Americans with Disability Act was passed, which means that the buildings are not wheelchair accessible.  This will not only cost a restaurant clients, it could also cost them in fines with the city, state, or in some cases at the federal level.  That’s another reason to call in an architect:  compliance.

Working together, you’d be surprised at how quickly an architect can make a building not only structurally sound, but aesthetically pleasing and compliant as well.

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Jobs for a Tenant Improvement Architect Part 2

Why should you hire a tenant improvement architect? Well, for one thing,  most tenant improvement projects leave  little room for error.  And why would errors even be an issue? Well for one,  since larger projects require  teams of people to complete them, all with their own management.

Tenant Improvement Architects Bring Order Out of Chaos

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Architects are vital for construction projects involving structural modifications to ensure that a project remains both safe as well as practical. However, their structural skills are only one thing that they bring to the table.  What happens if your building is leased? As most businesses operate in leased spaces, it’s important to clear any plans with the building management.

The tenant improvement architect also serves as a liaison between you and the landlord.  An architect can also help you to determine whether you should proceed with your  project.   For example, if the lease is under two years, and you’re looking at moving out after that, a  large-scale construction project is usually not feasible.  If you decide to proceed with the project, you may need construction crews.

Construction workers turn the plans of an architect into reality, while reducing potential impact to a business. For example, it may be necessary to have a construction crew work after hours, or on weekends.  In the case of a rush project, there may be crews there 24 hours a day.  An architect is also aware of safety regulations, which will help your business avoid any potential liability.  Then after the work is done that’s where a designer comes in.

An Architect’s Role in Aesthetic Appeal

A good designer will work closely with both the client as well as the tenant improvement architect.  You think a skylight would be a nice touch, and the designer agrees,  however, the architect tells you that the skylight will be in shadow during the winter months, so he can help you to place it so it gets the right balance of light.

An architect can also help with the type of windows to get.  For example, hurricane windows reduce  noise, improve security,  strengthen the  structure of your building, and restrict UV rays.

So you see, doing a project of this sort requires a lot of planning, so start with the right step first.  Call in a tenant improvement architect in Phoenix today.

 

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Jobs For a Tenant Improvement Architect Part 1

What can a tenant improvement architect do?  A lot of people think that an architect may not be necessary, however, commercial construction can become rapidly complicated without a professional present to help.

Tenant Improvement Architects:  Some Sample Jobs

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Let’s say you have an older building that was once subdivided into warehouse space.  You’ve bought it for your new Internet startup, and you have the keys.  The retro style of the building appeals to you, however, there is a slight problem, or more accurately problems.  First off, your building is in Phoenix and it was put up in the 1930’s.  The last tenant had the office space air conditioned, but the back is only cooled by a beat up series of swamp coolers.  A tenant improvement architect can retrofit the building to have air conditioning throughout it.  However, there’s even more.

For example, most tenant improvement projects are a lot more complicated and require a team of people.  The architect can be the coordinator between the building owner or landlord, the interior designers, and the construction crew to name but a few.  However, there are certain regulations that have to be adhered to as well.

How an Architect Can Help You to Comply to All Applicable Codes

You make widgets and sell them on the Internet, do you know about building codes?  How can you make your building handicap accessible other than a ramp?  You need to open in a few days, how can you do all of this without shutting down and renting temporary office space?  What about dust control?  As you see, sometimes, projects can rapidly spiral out of control.  What you need is someone who helps to control the project, not let the project control you.  The best person to get for the job is your first step before you open for business.  An architect that does tenant improvement can help answer all of these questions and more.

So, concentrate on getting your business started, and let the tenant improvement architect handle the stuff behind the scenes.

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