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Gilbert, AZ 85295
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Why You Should Hire a Residential Architect for Your Next Remodeling Or Building Project (Contd.)

A home remodeling architect can completely transform your living space.

A Home Remodeling Architect in Phoenix Defines Your Space in Your Image | 480-710-3861

A Home Remodeling Architect in Phoenix Defines Your Space in Your Image | 480-710-3861

Architects Create Environments Which Define You

Attention to detail, functional performance, and creative thinking underpin all that a home remodeling architect in Phoenix does. With these strengths, they are able to help you design and create whatever you’d like to build, make the most out of your budget and present you with options that you may never have considered. They don’t just design, they create spaces and environments that function properly and define you and the way you’d like to live. For instance, if you’d like your new building or addition to complement the natural features on your property, you can be sure that your architect will help you achieve just that.

Architect-designed residential buildings can be more energy efficient and easier to maintain.  In our modern world that’s constantly seeking for answers to issues such as global warming and energy efficiency, a good architect can help you design a beautiful, efficient and sustainable project. A green home that’s architect-designed, is more energy efficient, and as a result, they’re less costly to operate, and easier to and maintain throughout their life than traditional structures.

A Residential Architect Increases the Value of Your Home

Because architects are well conversant with different styles of building homes (contemporary, colonial, Victorian etc.), they’re able to help you prepare designs that compliment and add value to your existing property. Should you decide to sell your home one day, this value will eventually increase its sale price.

Well-designed residential buildings are a combination of energy efficiency and aesthetic design. Lastly, residential architects will design your home to function efficiently and fit comfortably into its surroundings. For instance, they can advise you on the best way to place the building on your site so as to conserve energy, optimize views, provide shade, catch the sun and promote natural ventilation. This is because architects are familiar with new building technologies, applications and materials, which help them create an efficient building that’s not only energy efficient, but also comfortable, stylish, airy and light.

Overall, there’s a lot to gain from hiring residential architects for your building projects. Make a smart choice today, and call a residential architect to help you design and build your dream home.

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480-710-3861
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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

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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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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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Don’t Do It Yourself: Hire an Architect

Mesa Building Permits

Hiring an architect can help you to avoid some major legal hassles, particularly in Mesa, as this article from AZCENTRAL shows:

Building Permits and a Mesa Architect

Mesa targets do-it-yourselfers who don’t get proper permits
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By Gary Nelson The Republic | azcentral.com Wed Jan 2, 2013 9:21 AM

People who think they can save a few bucks by ignoring Mesa’s building-permit requirements sometimes are in for an expensive surprise.

In rare cases, illegal additions have to be torn down altogether. In others, the city will discover that the work has been done, require that the owner get a permit and may require modifications to bring the do-it-yourself work up to code.

And in rarer cases still, unsafe additions can contribute to property damage and even personal injury.

Mesa would really rather not have any of that happen. So the city is launching an educational effort aimed at helping homeowners understand when and why permits are needed.

“Sometimes the work is quite expensive and the reason it is of concern to us is because there are potential life safety issues if it is not done properly,” said Laura Hyneman, who oversees Mesa’s code-compliance office.

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Avoiding Fines By Getting a Home Remodeling Architect

Sometimes violations of city codes can be quite expensive.  Fines can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.  All of which can be avoided by getting the proper building permits.

How Can An Architect Help With Building Permits?

Because of all of the training, any architect is an expert at navigating the sometimes complicated permit process.  They can tell you easily what type of permits to get and when, and in many cases get the permits on your behalf.

So be sharp.  Don’t find out when it is too late that the project you’re working on required a permit.  Call in an architect that can navigate Mesa’s permit process.

Design Line Architects, LLC is an architect serving Mesa, Gilbert, and all cities within the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

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

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