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Gilbert, AZ 85295
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Remodeling Projects Part 1: Natural Light

Part one of a series on remodeling projects covers the addition of natural light fixtures to an existing home or business.

Natural Light in Architectural Design 

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Using natural light effectively in an architectural design is important both aesthetically and psychologically.  One of our clients in Scottsdale bought a building to set up their new corporate headquarters.  The building was antiquated and made at a time when everyone seemed to love fluorescent lighting.  When we were remodeling the place, the client was at a loss for what to do where light was concerned.  We installed about three or four skylights, including one large one in the lobby area.  We removed the popcorn plaster ceiling and rerouted the ventilation shafts.

What was a dilapidated eyesore changed into a corporate showpiece, and all because we added some natural light.  However, it isn’t just skylights that can help with natural light.  With the right windows designed by an architectural firm, you can have the best of both worlds, with glare reduction woven together with natural light.

Architects and Window Design

Sometimes, when a building was designed, the tastes of the times dominated the design.  As a result, there are some building designerss that were so keen on the introduction of electric light, that they walled off windows to take advantage of the “marvel of the modern age.”  As a result, a lot of older buildings have an oppressive feel because of the lack of natural light.  By consulting an architect, you can place a window appropriately, without compromising the structural integrity of the building, and also avoiding putting a window that will catch far too much sunlight.

So remember that natural light is a wonderful addition to a building.  It gives people a morale boost, and allows you to save money on electricity.  So if you want to add natural light to your building design, call in an architect.

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

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

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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.

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

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The Process of a Phoenix Architect Part 2: The Practical Side

Part two of our series on the process of a Phoenix architect explores the more mundane side of a project.  Be sure to read part one of this series as well.

An Architectural Project:  Plans and Dollar Amounts

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As a professional architect, I get asked one question above all others:  how much will this architectural project cost?  The best way to answer this depends on one’s approach.  The cost question must be answered quickly so that the project can proceed.  First off, you must know the answer to some questions.

What’s your budget?  What about your design goals?  How flexible are you regarding your budget as well as your architectural design goals.  If you identify both your budget and design goals, an architectural firm can provide you with  a low cost conceptual design package. If you need a building that holds 400 people, and your design goals will comfortably fit 200, then you need to expand your design, which in turn will impact your budget.  You must be willing to have up to 20% flexibility on your budget at this stage.

Once your conceptual design and budget align, the project enters into the final phase of the design phase.  At this stage, you must allow up to 10% +/- the cost. You must also start looking into materials and finishes at this point.

An Architectural Project:  From Design to Reality

Before the project is complete, everything must be in place.  There should be no technical issues, and nothing should be out of place on whatever level, be it mechanical, structural, electrical, geo-technical, or civil.  An architect is more than a designer, he is also an administrator, and someone that communicates with the city and/or county governments. He is your representative to the appropriate government entities.

So as you see, the design process is more than just blueprints and budgets.  It is a complex trail that involves a lot of paperwork as well as patience.  And who is  your guide?  Your local architect of course.
DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com

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

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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.

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

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