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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 1

Part one of our series on custom home remodeling and green remodeling explores some green remodeling tips.

Installing a skylight is one good green remodeling tip | 480-710-3861

Installing a skylight is one good green remodeling tip | 480-710-3861

Green Remodeling Tips

One trend that is achieving prominence these days is to not only remodel your home, but to do it in such a way that it is sustainable.  So here are some green remodeling tips.

First off, consider what you have to work with.  So many times people think that they have to add a room to get the sort of space that they need, however, sometimes, something as simple as using your existing floor plan and simply adjusting it a bit to better fit your needs can reallocate your space more effectively.  Can you work with what space you have? Green design involves using environmental principles such as reduce, reuse, and recycle. Why not recycle your living space?

Home Remodeling and Natural Light

One of the biggest problems that most modern homes have is their use of electricity.  While switching to LED bulbs and compact fluorescent lights can help, sometimes, adding a skylight or a window can help to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your electrical use, and incorporate natural light into your design as well.  If you get the right sort of skylights and windows it will not even add to your energy bill.  When in doubt, consult an architect that does home remodeling.  He or she can help you with placement of the windows and skylights to help you get light without it being overpowering or not getting enough light to a room. And using light effectively is one of the greatest tricks an architect can perform.  Natural light, when properly placed not only illuminates a room, it highlights it. For example, let’s say you have an amber colored wall. The use of a window or a skylight on this surface can reflect light into the rest of the room, and give it an almost homey sepia touch.

So remember, sustainability is all about the choices you make.  You want to reduce your carbon footprint, as well as take what you have and make it better.  And you want the advice of a professional whenever possible.  The perfect consultant for any project of this sort is your local custom home remodeling architect.

Read our last article about residential architects.

For more information on this topic, 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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Hiring an Architect: What You Need to Know Part 2

Part two of our series about hiring a custom home design architect continues with time frames as well as other things you need to know before you begin.

How Much Time Will Your Home Remodeling Project Need?

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A good rule of thumb is to shoot for at least one month to create all the construction drawings you’ll need, then two months after that for the city to review your home remodeling project and to pick your contractors.

Then you add in construction time.  Depending on complexity, this may take up to six months.  So for a complete custom home remodeling, you’re looking at a year to safe, and in some cases, the project may take up to 24 months.  While this sounds like a long time, without an architect it can be worse.

Keeping on Track With Your Budget With a Custom Home Architect

You want an architect that will pin down a question that is front and center for most people:  how much it will cost.  First off, know your budget and design goals.  When the final project is bid to the subcontractors, the costs are locked in, assuming no design changes. And that’s something that often makes costs skyrocket.

If you have your kitchen designed and then decide that the refrigerator isn’t big enough, and you want a walk in fridge, it will cause changes to the structural design, and thus increase the price.  So, you want to make sure that you get all the design elements you want on paper before you even call an architect in.

Good design is based on input.  Without your input, you are not getting the home you want.  You are getting a home that you’re settling for, and that’s never a good idea.  So know what you want, know how much it costs, and get a hold of the right personnel: a custom home design 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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