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BEFORE you begin your “Scottsdale Home Remodel”

Home Remodeling Scottsdale

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BEFORE you begin your Scottsdale home remodel project, there are a few important steps to take now, that will prevent surprises later – surprises that might significantly affect your project budget and time schedule.  The detailed steps below will give you an idea of the some of the upfront research needed BEFORE starting your home remodel in Scottsdale. Working with an expert such as an Architect will help you navigate this important process.

1. Read your CC&R’s –

Home remodeling is about change, and major changes to an existing Scottsdale home may be subject to rules and restrictions set by state and local building authorities as well as the legal rights of your neighbors.  Review your Codes, Covenants and Regulations (CC&R’s) you agreed to comply with when you moved into your neighborhood.

2. Scottsdale, AZ Development Standards –

Every Scottsdale home Parcel has Zoning Ordinance and Building Setback requirements and restrictions , including distances that buildings/ structures must be “set back” from the property line.  Setback requirements for your home will vary depending upon the zoning district (i.e. R1-190, R1-7, etc).  Submit a Setback Request to the City of Scottsdale to determine the development standards for your property.  This will help you determine where you can build on the lot, the lot coverage restrictions (if applicable) and wall/fence restrictions.  Looking for the APN# of your parcel? Go to www.Maricopa.gov and select GIS Maps.

3. Fire Sprinklers

If you are improving or adding 25% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then fire sprinklers must be installed through out the entire Scottsdale home, including enclosed, non-heated storage, garage, etc.  Here’s a link to Scottsdale’s Fire Sprinkler worksheet.  For approximate sprinkler installation costs figure between $1.50 – $3.00 per square foot under roof, depending on complexity.

4. Building Code

If you are improving or adding 50% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then  the entire structure must be brought up to all current Building Code standards.  For work that is less than 50%, only the new work you are completing on your home must comply with current codes.

New-Home-Remodel-Architect-Designer-Tempe5. Will you need a Building Permit?

There are four types of Scottsdale building permits:

Building Permit

  • – Required for all construction work including patio covers, room additions, carports and garage enclosures, walls/fences, retaining walls, and accessory buildings (storage buildings less than 200 square feet only requires a site plan). Permits will expire if work is not commenced within 180 days of the permit being issued to you, or if the work is not inspected by the city for a period of more than 180 days.

Electrical Permit

  • – Required to install, alter, reconstruct or repair electrical wiring on any building, structure, swimming pool, or mechanical equipment.

Plumbing Permit

  • – Required to install, alter, reconstruct, or repair any plumbing system, gas system, lawn sprinkler supply, water heater replacement.

Mechanical Permit

  • – Required to install, alter, reconstruct or repair any furnace, refrigeration or other air conditioning equipment or system, except portable or window units.

New-Home-Remodel-Architect-Designer-Chandler6. You may NOT need a Building Permit

While most home improvement projects in Scottsdale require a permit (which helps ensure safety standards), there are some projects that do NOT require a residential building permit:

  • – Detached, non-habitable structures smaller than 200 square feet in floor area (a site plan is required);
  • – Patio slabs or sidewalks/drives (not over 30 inches above grade);
  •  – Repair existing landscape irrigation piping (a permit is required to connect a new irrigation system to your waterline);
  • – Walls, three feet or less (except retaining walls);
  • – Low-voltage landscape accent lighting;
  • – Minor repairs or replacement of non-structural items such as glass, doors, hardware, kitchen cabinets, carpeting, flooring or trim work (not affecting a pool enclosure or garage);
  • – Paint (interior/exterior); repair drywall, plasterboard, paneling or stucco (insulated stucco systems require a permit);
  • – Repair or replace existing evaporative coolers or air conditioning units without increasing the unit size or capacity;
  • – Repair or replace existing plumbing fixtures in the same location;
  • – Re-shingle or retile a roof when the same material is used.

7. Scottsdale Permit Fees

For a fee schedule, refer to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/onestopshop and select “Fees” Or you can contact the One Stop Shop at (480) 312-2500.

8.  Home Improvement Forms & Guides

Looking for plan submittal information for major or minor remodels built in Scottsdale, AZ, then click here.

About the Author

A Scottsdale 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 set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at drusk@designlinearchitects.com.

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Doug Rusk, Architect
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona

www.designlinearchitects.com

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Why Hire an Architect For Your Home Remodel or Custom Home in Phoenix?

Home-Remodel-Designer-PhoenixAre you considering a Home Remodel of your current home or building a new Custom Home?  If so, this can be such an exciting, yet overwhelming, adventure.  There are so many things to consider and how do you know where to start?

An Architect to Design Your New Custom Home in Phoenix?

If you are designing a new Custom  home, you may really want to consider hiring an Architect.  Ask yourself what your goals are?  Do you just want to pick a stock floor plan out of a book?  Or do you want to take the ideas in your head and create a custom floor plan that meets the needs of YOUR particular lifestyle?  What are the perimeters of your lot and the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) for your community in Phoenix?  Confused already?  For these reasons and many more, hiring an architect will help you with all of these issues and provide you with a design that specifically meets your needs.

An Architect to Design the Remodel of your Home in Phoenix?

Home-Remodel-Designer-ScottsdaleIf you are considering a remodel to your existing home you may question if you need to hire an architect.  Of course, this really depends on the project.  Often times though an architect can provide design ideas that you may not have even considered, ones that will better achieve your original goals for Home Remodeling in the first place.  As they say measure twice, cut once.  A well designed and thought out house plan will give you the best results and a better value for your money spent.

What is an Architect?

There are many options to choose from when you are designing and executing a Home Remodel or building a new Custom Home.  There are draftspeople, designers, space planners, contractors, architects and many more titles that people call themselves.  In the state of Arizona one cannot call themselves an “Architect” unless they have been registered or licensed to practice architecture in the state.  To be a licensed or registered architect in the state of Arizona one must complete a bachelor’s degree in architecture, a 3 year internship and pass an extensive series of licensing tests administered by the State.  What exactly does that mean for you and your residential project?  Hiring an Architect for your project can provide you with a professional that has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that you may not find in an unlicensed designer.

How Do I Choose an Architect in Phoenix?

A good Arizona Architect should provide a no-cost, initial consultation.  This gives you a chance to run your basic ideas by them and get a feel for their design style and if they are someone you can work with.  It is important to find an Architect that you feel confident about and enjoy working with.  A good Architect will be able to help you realize and visualize your ideas on paper to result in a remodel or new build that best meets YOUR needs.  Many times there are several solutions to solve a problem and an Architect can help you define these.

About the Author

Doug Rusk is the owner and principal Architect at DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS.  He believes the initial consultation appointment is an important step for both the client and the Architect.  A relationship must be built in order to establish good communication.  This provides the best possible outcome for your project no matter how big or small.  To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at drusk@designlinearchitects.com. to get started on your Home Remodel or new Custom Home Design.
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Doug Rusk, Architect
DesignLine Architects, LLC
Gilbert, Arizona
www.designlinearchitects.com

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Home Remodel Architect Mesa

By Doug Rusk, Architect

Think Strategic When Preparing a Home Remodel in Mesa

Home-Remodel-Architect-GilbertIncreasing the scale of your home is not always necessary when considering a Residential Remodel Mesa; Strategic remodeling is doing what your home needs to stay current – nothing more. 

Why is Obtaining a Building Permit So Important?

• City Requirement. If you are planning to update any part of your residence, like relocating plumbing, adding electrical, cutting into a bearing wall or adding more floor area, then your City’s building department will need construction drawings to be submitted for building permit approval.
• Real Estate Disclosure. Earning a building permit for your Home Reconditioning will assist you in the long run, because it will allow you to honestly disclose your renovation, if you were to sell your home down the line.

 Ask Questions Before Planning a Home Renovation in Mesa

“We consult with many homeowners each year to help them redesign their residence more to way they live now”, says Doug Rusk, owner of DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS. Here are a couple of questions you should ask yourself prior to getting started:
• Do you have an estimated spending limit in mind? If you find yourself intending to stay in your house for a while, then consider separating the proposed design into separate phases. This tactic will spread out Residential Remodel expense over a few years.
• What is the typical resale price of houses in your community? After a little investigation, you can estimate the average sale price for homes in your community and then estimate what the “highest” is for your investment.
• Are you planning for a significant enhancement to your residence? If you’re planning to remain in the house for several more years, it’s probably worth spending a little more to deliver what you wish for.
• Or are you planning to sell soon? If you’re intending to move within the next few months or years, then a fancy Residential Redesign is probably not a good course of action, because you will stand less a chance of recouping your investment. You’re be more satisfied placing your attention on smaller things that get your house ready to sell, like a fresh coat of paint, trimming your shrubs or simply removing just a little clutter in your home office space.
• What kinds of home finishes and features are usually offered in your neighborhood? If your home has one bathroom, and all the other neighbors have two, then adding a second bath might be a good solution.

Having a CLEAR PLAN FIRST is Always a Great Idea

Most individuals underestimate the number of decisions they need to make their Home Remodel successful.   Proper planning helps keep you from exceeding your budget later on.
Home-Remodel-Architect-Gilbert• Start an image folder by clipping photos of spaces and finishes you enjoy.
• Develop a list of the spaces and functions you want to include.
• Determine your goals for project timetable and budget.
• Whether meeting with your architect or contractor for ideas and advice, there are a number of decisions you’ll need to deal with. At DESIGNLine ARCHITECTS we offer an alternative Design/Build strategy  that will pin down the cost question quickly, so you can decide to move ahead.

Searching for a Residential Restoration Professional – Get in touch with Your Architect

Gilbert Designer Doug RuskTo arrange a consultation get in touch with Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at drusk@designlinearchitects.com We will ensure your Home Remodel look more beautiful and welcoming, while also increasing efficiency and comfort for your family.

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