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Phoenix New Home Design that “Fits the Way You Live, Now”

Does your Home Design fit your current lifestyle?

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You’ve lived in your existing Phoenix home for many years and its served you well.  But for some time now you’ve realized that your needs have changed – maybe most of the kids are on their own, or a family member needs to move in, or maybe it’s just time to update your home.  Here are a few things to consider, if you are planning a remodel or new home design:

 

* Improve on what you already have.  Yes, your life is always in motion, but sometimes small changes to your home design can have a big impact.

* Write a list of all your household activities. The intent is to identify the way you live now and the way you’ll live in the future.

* Identify the big design ideas early on.  Ask your architect to draw a few conceptual 3D sketches of your space.  These quick sketches are a great starting point to convert your words and thoughts into visual pictures.

* Don’t rush to finish the design process. Let the ideas develop and evolve over time.  There WILL be a point when you will KNOW in your gut that your Phoenix new home design is complete.  Only then will we move to the finishing details.

What Feels like Home to You?

New-Home-Remodel-Architect-Designer-MesaWhere do we find and how do we incorporate the emotional qualities we want most in our Phoenix new home design?   Draw on the past to establish your feelings of home, and then incorporate them into your current lifestyle and needs.

* Childhood memories often contain vivid images and emotions that trigger feelings of joy and peacefulness.  As young people, we were more receptive to the simple pleasures of living.

* Perhaps the home you grew up in had a window seat just big enough for you and all your dolls or toy soldiers.  Maybe you remember your kitchen table was close enough to your mother at the stove so that you could hear her softly humming over the sounds and aroma of sizzling bacon?  Did your grandma live down a long tree lined road in a white farmhouse with a large wrapping porch, where you remember the fragrance of orange blossoms?

* It may surprise you to find that these nostalgic memories are at the center of your preferred design taste and desires.  Bringing these memories into a creative remodel or new home design process may assist you in making your space feel more like home.

Home is a Special Place, Where You can be You

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No doubt that your architect will help bring these nostalgic memories and new home design goals to the surface.  But the following questions are designed to help stimulate your thoughts on what feels most like home to you.

* From other homes you’ve visited, what elements most appeal to you?

* What feelings do you want to have as you drive up the driveway or walk up to you new home?  Be specific.

* What is most important to you in a new home or remodel?

* Pleasant memories are helpful to your architect.  Think back to your favorite indoor childhood spaces.  Which rooms were most memorable?

             – Why did you enjoys those rooms?

             – How did those rooms make you feel?

These are only a few of the questions your architect will ask in order to gain an understanding of your ideas of home, your lifestyle and how you and he will incorporate them into your Phoenix new home design or remodel that fits the way you live now, and in the future.

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

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Scottsdale Master Bath Home Remodel

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Master Bath Sketch 1

If you are planning home remodel, don’t forgetno matter the scale and size of your project, it is usually sensible to break up your home redesign into small, individual tasks for each and every room. Take your master bathroom as an illustration; whether you are looking to create a setting of personal indulgence OR a practical, cost efficient improvement, here are some ways to help to improve your returns.

Start with a Quick Sketch of your Scottsdale Home Remodel

Generating a dimensioned floor plan drawing of your home remodel is always a good option, but also ask your Architect to draw a quick hand sketch that may help you visualize how each of the little details of your residential remodel fit together. 3-dimensional sketch of your home renovation can help you visualize your design ideas. It will also help your contractor whip up an early cost estimate to verify your budget goals.

Add Storage and Get Organized in your Home Remodel in Scottsdale

 

Master-Bathroom-Sketch 2

– Get very creative when organizing all your hygiene products. The sketch on the left illustrates a built-in niche in the top of the cabinet centered between two vanity sinks. This is a replacement for a medicine cabinet and may allow easy accessibility to your products and quick, easy clean up.
– Add bathroom cabinets, drawers, shelves
and even carts to keep necessary items.
– There should be at least one place to hang your towels and bathrobe that’s not more than 12 inches from the shower.

Add Architectural Elements to your Home Remodel

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Master Bath Sketch 3

You may stay slightly warmer while showering if you consider reducing your 12′-0″ bathroom ceiling.  A few things to re view with your architect include:
Adding some architectural elements like arches, soffits and columns similar to those shown in your sketch on the left.
– Large soaking tubs, once
popular, have fallen from popularity. Instead, people are choosing custom showers, including overhead shower heads, hand-held shower heads, safety grab bars, body sprays and steam showers.
– If space
is a concern inside of your master bath, think about a residential remodel that can expand it in almost any direction possible. Extra sq footage will open up your cramped bathroom and improve the possibilities.
– Try
enhancing the daylight into your master bathroom making use of sun-tube or skylight.

Don’t forget, after you perform a high end house renovation for your bathroom, it is possible to make back approximately 57.2% in the remodel cost if you resell, based on the 2010 – 2011 Cost vs. Value Report.

About the Author

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

 

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Do I Really Need a Phoenix Building Permit for my Home Remodel or Addition?

By Doug Rusk, Architect

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You may be considering a remodel or add-on to your current home, because you just need a few changes or some more space.  Home remodeling takes planning, time and money.  The process of getting a building permit only adds to the time and expense.  So you ask yourself – do I really need a permit for this?  I know it is temping to think this way, but here are a few things you may want to consider.

What is a Phoenix Building Permit?

A building permit signifies that your building meets local city, county and state building construction laws and is a safe structure. Building permits protect everyone against unsafe buildings.  SAFE is the word that should get your attention here.

Why is a Building Permit in Phoenix Important to Me?

To save time and money you may think you can skip this step.  Outlined below are a few reasons to illustrate why obtaining a building permit may actually SAVE you money:

Home-Remodel-Architect-Tempe– Non-permitted work might not be done correctly or to code.
Just because a homeowner hires a contractor doesn’t mean the contractor will do the job correctly.  There are several ways to do any project, but not all of them are smart choices.
– Homeowner’s insurance might not cover a defect for non-permitted remodeling.
If a remodel was done incorrectly, you may end up with faulty wiring which could cause a fire. The damage caused by that fire might not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, if the improvement was finished without a permit.
– City might require you to tear it out.
City code often requires that framing be inspected by the City prior to hanging drywall. Things may have to be torn out to be inspected after the fact.  More time and money will be wasted.
– City might assess penalties.
There may be fines and penalties for failure to obtain a permit.
– A home appraiser might not include an addition in the square footage.
Without a building permit the County will not be notified of the improvements and added floor area.  This may cause the home to appraise for less, and potentially affect a refinance loan for you or a loan for a potential buyer.

“Permit By Inspector” option

The City of Phoenix has “cut the red tape” for obtaining building permits.  If you’re planning a minor Commercial or Residential remodel, there is a special program in place at the City of Phoenix that will greatly REDUCE the Permit and Plan Review approval process.  Not all construction projects will qualify for what is called a “Permit By Inspector” option, so call 602-262-7811 to review your projects scope of work.

How Do I Know if I Need a Permit?

Each City or Town may have different building permit rules and guidelines you will need to follow.  Here are some general guidelines:

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

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  • 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 Phoenix Building Permit, if you’re:

  • Putting in hardwood floor.
  • Installing carpeting.
  • Upgrading your counter tops.
  • Paint
  • Minor electrical work, such as replacing an existing electrical outlet.

For more details you can review these links for the Cities of: Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, GilbertChandler, Mesa, Scottsdale.

You may need to hire an architect who will not only draw up construction plans for your design that meet your jurisdiction’s building codes, but can also provide design ideas that you may not have even considered. An architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects.   He can submit the plans to the local municipality for you. Fees and timing of building permit approval vary depending on your project scope.

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Home Remodel Architect Phoenix

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

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Master Bathroom Home Remodel in Phoenix

Home-Remodel-Architect-PhoenixIf you’re planning a large home remodel, remember no matter the scale and size of your project, it’s always wise to break up your overall home remodel into small, individual tasks for each room.  Take your master bathroom for instance;  whether you’re looking to create an atmosphere of personal indulgence OR a practical, cost efficient update, here are a few things to help improve your results.

Start with a Quick Sketch of your Phoenix Home Remodel

Creating a dimensioned floor plan drawing of your home remodel is always a good idea, but also ask your Architect to draw a quick hand sketch to help you visualize how all the little details of your home renovation fit together.  A quick sketch will really give you a 3-dimensional view of your home remodel ideas.   It will also help your contractor put together an early cost estimate to confirm your budget goals.

Add Storage and Get Organized in your Home Remodel in Phoenix

Home-Remodel-Architect-Scottsdale– Get creative when organizing all your hygiene products.  The sketch  on the left illustrates a built-in niche in the top of the cabinet centered between two vanity sinks.  This is an alternative to a medicine cabinet and will allow easy access to your products and quick, easy clean up.
– Add bathroom cabinets, drawers, pull-out shelves or even carts to store necessary items.
– Consider installing towel racks that also function as grab bars . If it’s designed well, a fully accessible bathroom will end up looking like a gorgeous, light-filled home that will keep you safe for years.

 

Add Architectural Elements to your Home Remodel

You might stay a little warmer while showering if you consider lowering your 12′-0″ bathroom ceiling.  Some things to discuss with your architect include:

 

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– Add some architectural elements like arches, soffits and columns similar to those shown in the sketch on the left.
– Large soaking tubs, once all the rage, have fallen out of popularity. Instead, people are choosing custom showers including overhead shower heads, hand-held shower heads, safety grab bars, body sprays and steam showers.
– If space is an issue in your master bath, consider a Phoenix home remodel that will expand it in any direction possible. Extra square footage will open up your cramped bathroom and increase the possibilities.
– Try increasing the natural light into your master bathroom with a sun-tube or skylight.

And remember, when you perform an upscale home remodel in Phoenix to your bathroom, you will recoup approximately 57.2% of the remodel cost when you resell, according to the 2010 – 2011 Cost vs. Value Report.

About the Author

Architect Phoenix DesignerDoug 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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