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Why You Should Hire a Professional Home Architect For Home Remodeling

You should really call an architect to remodel your home.  Why?  Because of a rare combination of expertise, knowledge and organizational skills.

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Why Should You Hire an Architect for Home Remodeling?

Why should you hire an architect for home remodeling? Because of the professional knowledge and expertise they will bring.  Let’s face it. No one likes to go to a dentist, and yet everyone understands that the dentist has the knowledge and expertise that is needed to prevent tooth decay and the spread of gingivitis.

Similar to  dentists are  professional architects, who have a vast knowledge bank and skills that give you an assurance that the remodeling and customization of your home are done as perfect as possible. And people are often reluctant to consult architects where home remodeling is concerned.

With the advent of the Internet, anyone that has the time and finances think that they can do everything on their own. What a lot of the do-it-yourself crowd doesn’t know is that certain home remodeling projects can have long term consequences.  For example, one misaligned wire can cause a fire, and a room addition done without permits from the city could result in fines.  The last thing that someone should feel is regret from investing their hard-earned money, only to see negative results. These types of situations are what call for experienced professionals who can assess all aspects of the project, and do it right the first time around. Here are some of the reasons why hiring a professional home architect is worth it.

Hiring a Home Remodeling Architect Saves you Time

If you’re starting your custom home project and are not too sure on the proper structural choices, this can have a detrimental effect to the foundation of your home. Or even more, you may not have that many options on the materials and equipment that are needed for the project to be done. Learning where the best technologies and materials are, which may be far cheaper than you would expect, can all be advised by a skilled professional architecture firm. Trying to figure out where everything is will take a lot of time – lots of time. It’s better to save yourself from the stress and leave the work to the professionals this time.

To sum up, you want to save both money and hassle.  The best person to help you achieve these goals is a home remodeling architect in Phoenix.

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470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
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Architects and Architecture

Architects are both artisans and engineers.  In most of the world, only qualified persons  may legally practice architecture.

An architect can help with a project, regardless of how big or small it is

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The Licensure an Architect Needs to Practice

To get a license, first off any architect usually needs to have a degree from an accredited university. Each state usually requires exams to be passed as well.  In addition to this, there is also a fairly substantial training period. Arizona takes such terms and titles seriously, including versions such as architectural designer is restricted to licensed individuals by law.

To practice, a Phoenix architect must be able to work independently of supervision. Design professionals under the supervision of a licensed architect, such as architectural technologists and intern architects, often may not need a license to practice, however, they must approve all plans with the registered professional.

 

Experience that an Architecture Firm in Phoenix Needs

Architecture is a mentor-based profession.  It is one of the highest skilled labor jobs out there, so not everyone can do it.  Usually after passing their exams, and graduating from college, architects also have a length of time that they have to work under the supervision of a professional architect, usually of three years or more.  Like a lot of skilled professions,  sometimes continuing certification is also required.

If you think all of this material is excessive, think again.  One pin out of place in a girder, and a building can fall onto a busy street, killing or injuring hundreds or even thousands of people.  Less extreme is the effect a badly designed building can have on a skyline.  Look at the Seattle EMP museum.  Even though it was designed by a notable architecture firm, a lot of people in Seattle do not like the way it looks, which is not a high mark for it’s architect.

So when you get ready to hire a design professional, check out his portfolio, and check him out with with the state. That way you get an architect that is right for you and your project.

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470 E. Canyon Creek Court
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
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An Architect’s Areas of Specialty

An architect does more than just build buildings and design structures.  This article will explore some of the many things that a design professional like this can do either for a homeowner or a business owner.

Architects: More than Just Buildings

An architect in Phoenix can help you with remodeling

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Ancient Rome was famous for its aqueducts, among other things. How were they built? With the help of a series of architects. Of course they had a different name back then, but the principles were the same.  Even back then, architects were people who wore many different hats.  Today, however, an architect serves a lot of purposes including:

Administration of projects-A lot of people don’t realize that an architect is more than just a design professional.  Architects also serve as the last word in projects, and are also the manager on whom a lot of decisions rest.

-Clearing permits with city governments where necessary.  Do you know what permits are necessary for a room addition?  If you’re building on land, do you know how to schedule an environmental impact study?  A Phoenix architect does.

Form and Function: More Jobs for Your Architect

-Aesthetics and incorporating both form and function.  If you are looking at custom home remodeling, do you know how to place a natural light source where it won’t be glaring, or too dark?  Guess who can tell where it should go…?

Tenant improvement.  Let’s say you have a commercial property.  One of your tenants has a booming business and needs to expand into the suite next door.  They want to knock out a wall.  Who do you go to for the answer?  Simple, you call in a professional architect.

There are certain jobs you don’t do yourself.  If you are injured in a car wreck, you don’t drive yourself to the hospital.  If  you are in danger from a criminal you call the police.  And when you want to do something connected with your building or structure, you call in an architect.

Design Line Architects, LLC  is a Phoenix based architecture firm.

Design Line Architects, LLC
470 East Canyon Creek Court
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com

 

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Score a Touchdown With The Help of a Tenant Improvement Architect

Do you need tenant improvement?  If so, call in a professional expert…

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Score a Touchdown with Your Tenant Improvement Architect

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Building Permits, Construction Cost, and Tenant Improvement

Super Bowl Sunday is February 3, hire a tenant improvement architect and score a touchdown.

All Handled by a Professional Architect

Hire a professional architect to navigate the red tape.

Call us today:

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470 East Canyon Creek Court
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 710-3861
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Remodel Your Home in Time For Spring

Call Your Gilbert Architect for Remodeling

Time to Remodel Your Home?

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Home Remodeling is Easy

With the Help of an Architecture Firm

Design Line Architects, LLC is an Arizona based architecture firm.

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470 East Canyon Creek Court
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 710-3861
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Happy New Year From Your Gilbert Architect

Design Line Architects wishes you and yours a safe and happy New Year.

 

Happy New Year From Your Architect

 

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Need an Architect?

Want to Remodel Your Home for 2013?

We can help.  If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to remodel your home, or even if you haven’t, your Gilbert architect stands ready to assist you.

Design Line Architects, LLC  is an architecture firm based in Gilbert, AZ.

Design Line Architects, LLC
470 East Canyon Creek Court
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com

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What is an Architect

An architect is so much more than a designer.  First off, here is a definition of an architect from WIKIPEDIA.ORG:

An architect is a person trained to plan and design buildings, and oversee their construction. To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design and construction of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use.[1] Etymologically, architect derives from the Latin architectus, which derives from the Greek arkhitekton (arkhi-, chief + tekton, builder), i.e., chief builder.[2]

Professionally, an architect’s decisions affect public safety, and thus an architect must undergo specialized training consisting of advanced education and a practicum (or internship) for practical experience to earn a license to practice architecture.

To read more of this entry, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architect

In most of the world, only people with appropriate qualifications and licensure may legally practice architecture. To get a license, an architect has to have:

  • An advanced degree from an accredited university
  • Successful completion of state administered exams
  • Successful completion of a training period.

There is a big difference between an architect and a building design professional.  An architect can operate independently of supervision.  A building design professional is someone that can be an architectural technologist, an intern architect, or an engineer but is not directly connected to the architectural process.  Another key thing to know about what an architect does is that sometimes, they are consultants.

Sometimes an architect is hired not to design a structure or building, but to do a feasibility study on a proposed structural improvement or addition.  Sometimes, it is a good idea to have someone outside of a design team take another look at any plans to make sure there’s no problems down the road.

Architects have an eye for detail, and are respected consultants throughout different levels of society.

You can do a lot worse than to call an architect for any improvement projects you may have for your home or business involving structural changes.

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470 East Canyon Creek Court
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 710-3861
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Accelerated Tempe Building Permits

By Doug Rusk, Architect

The City of Tempe offers an accelerated process to obtain building permits for minor remodels.

Tempe Buliding PlansObtaining approved building permit  in Tempe has been put on a “fast track” for those who are planning for minor commercial tenant improvement for your business OR for a minor home renovation.  These special programs will significantly shorten the plan review and building permit approval process.

City of Tempe Building Permits

Over The Counter Plan Review

If you meet the following criteria and have a form of payment with you, you may be eligible for an Over the Counter Permit.  The Building Permit may be processed while you wait, depending on the complexity of the project.   Plan check and building permit fees vary depending upon the type of work being done and the valuation.

  1. Minor residential additions not exceeding $10,000.00 valuation, patio covers, interior remodels, detached accessory structures, carport to garage conversions, covered patio to livable, and mobile home permits.
  2. Residential Fire Damage Repairs under 50% damage if the Fire Damage Report is available.
  3. Counter plan review may be provided for commercial Tenant Improvements (TIs) given the following situations:
  • Under 3,000 sq. ft. for Business Offices (no medical offices)
  • Under 1,500 sq. ft. for Mercantile space
  • Under 15,000 sq. ft. for storage of Low Hazard Storage less than 12’ in height.
  • Fire Damage “ Restore to Original” with no structural requirements
  • Depending upon the complexity of the work to be constructed, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) plans for any tenant space under a, b, or c above.
  • All other Occupancies—Multi-Family Residential, Medical Office, Assembly, Educational, Factory or Manufacturing, Hazardous, and Institutional Occupancies will require submittal.

3.    A counter plan review will NOT be provided when any of the following conditions exist:

  • A Notice to Comply has been issued for Construction Without Permits
  • A Change of Occupancy or revision of required exiting will occur upon completion of construction
  • A Use Permit, Parking Variance, etc. is required from Planning
  • Changes to the exterior of the building which will require Planning approval, including roof top changes that add equipment extending above the parapet, exterior lighting changes, window and door changes, paint scheme changes, etc.
  • Residential expansion larger than 25% on retention lots requiring engineering approval.
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing which is part of a pending building project or a building project not suitable for over the counter permits.
  • Projects where structural calculations are required.

Please Note:  The counter plan review is usually available on TUESDAY and THURSDAY (only) from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.   To learn more, call (480) 350-8341 to verify availability of services.

City Of Tempe Building Permits

Tempe house plans

Building Safety Department
21 E. Sixth St., Suite 208
31 E. Fifth St., East Garden Level
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Phone: 480.350.8341
Fax: 480.350.8677

How Do I Know if I Need a Permit in Tempe?

You May Need a Tempe Building Permit, if you’re:

  • Moving a sink- requires the proper extension of plumbing.
  • Demolishing a load-bearing wall- means redistributing weight from above.
  • Changing the home’s roof line framing.
  • Punching in a new window or door- requires a new header that carries weight from above.
  • Altering the footprint of your house.
  • Installing new electrical wiring.

You May NOT Need a Tempe Building Permit, if you’re:

  • Putting in hardwood floor.
  • Installing carpeting.
  • Upgrading your counter tops.
  • Paint

For more Building Permit specific details related to cities that you live or work, click on one of the following links: Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale.

About the Author

A Tempe 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 discuss your Tempe building permit needs, contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at drusk@designlinearchitects.com.

Architect in Tempe

Doug Rusk, Architect
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona
www.designlinearchitects.com

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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.

Master Bath Remodel Architect

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.

Master Bath Remodel Architect

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.

Master Bath Remodel Architect

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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Doug Rusk, Architect
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona
480-710-3861
www.designlinearchitects.com

 

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CASE STUDY– Mesa Office Tenant Improvement

Written By Doug Rusk, Architect

Mesa Office Tenant Improvement

A recent office tenant improvement we performed for a national insurance company showcases a great example of why some businesses are more successful than others.   When you’re an insurance business that focuses all day on helping other businesses and individuals with risk prevention, damage protection and safety & Loss control, it’s no surprise to find they are just as smart at handling their own office tenant improvement in a similar way.

So when Mary, their regional Project Manager, needed a reputable General Contractor for her company’s 2875 SF office tenant improvement project in Mesa, she called Joe Harris, managing partner of AZ Construction, LLC.   Joe’s first move was to confirm this project qualified for the “Permit By Inspection” program offered by the City of Mesa for minor tenant improvements projects.  His second move was to retain Doug Rusk, a principal with DESIGNLine Architects, LLC ASAP, who he knew would make him look good to his client by expediting their design/permit submittal package.  And because our client Mary provided a detailed specification package that described all their project goals, Doug’s design team needed only 21 business days from signed design contract to obtain City approved building permit in order to start construction. And Joe’s team needed only 20 business days from building permit approval to finish construction so the tenant could move in.

TENANT IMPROVEMENT  MESA

And as a result of our team’s continuous communication with the City of Mesa, we discovered that the current drinking fountain code requirement could be reduced to only requiring drink cups next to the break room sink.  So including the plumbing work that would have been required, this saved the client over $1200.

Mesa Office Tenant Improvement – Scope of Work

Overall, the tenant improvement scope of work on this project was relatively straightforward:

– Removed several decorative walls and ceiling elements in the main room.

– Remove the old ceiling work, and replaced with a new 11’-4” high T-bar ceiling, modified layout of lights and mechanical as required.

– Removed glass door wall in order to open up the front entry.

– Built 3 new walls to create one new office and two conference room. Painted Orange contract color on new office walls shown on left in photo above).

– Added all the necessary electrical outlets, power panel updates, lighting and data lines necessary for 12 cubical work stations.

– Updated paint and flooring throughout entire 2875 SF space.

COMMERCIAL OFFICE REMODEL

Have you noticed the growing number of unattended office lobbies these days?  In order to create efficiencies in our tenant improvement, we down sized the fancy lobby and instead positioned one of the typical workstations to act as the reception (see image above).

After removing the curved, multi-height ceiling elements and added the new office and conference room (see left side of top picture), we installed a new single height ceiling grid.   We saved $1600 by carefully designing the new ceiling grid and lighting so that we didn’t have to move too many fire sprinkler heads.  Per Mesa Fire Department codes if you relocate no more than 9 fire sprinkler heads, then you will not be required to submit complete fire sprinkler design drawings to the City of Mesa.

Office Tenant Improvement – Location is Key:

So if you’re business will benefit more exposure, consider some of the moves our subject insurance client performed:

Find a prominent corner location on a busy intersection with a gas station next door. – Provides great drive by exposure to drivers waiting at a stop light.

Locate your business between nationally franchised restaurants on one side and a Fed-Ex type postage delivery store on the other side. This will provide continuous walk by traffic that will build familiarity to your brand.

For other great ideas, read this:  Cost Effective Tenant Improvement Ideas

COMMERCIAL OFFICE REMODEL

About the Author

Doug Rusk is the principal at DESIGNLine Architects, LLC located in Gilbert, Arizona.  We specialize in residential and commercial tenant improvement 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.

Phoenix Architecture FirmDoug Rusk, Architect
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona
480-710-3861
www.designlinearchitects.com

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