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Why You Should Hire a Residential Architect for Your Next Remodeling Or Building Project

A residential architect helps you to not only build your house, but to bring your dream house to life…

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Should You Arrange a Consultation with a Residential Architect?

Let’s face it, designing and building a residential home can be extremely complex. Arriving at the right design, finding the right builder, selecting materials, and setting a realistic budget, are just some of the tasks you’ll need to be intimately involved with if you decide to do everything by yourself. Note that all these tasks require professional skills to do appropriately. Because of these tasks, they can present a very frustrating and time-consuming prospect for you, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Get it all wrong and you could end up living with your mistake for a very long time.

On the other hand, when everything is done right, it can be one of the most satisfying and memorable experiences of your life. To increase your chances of getting it right, you need to involve a licensed residential architect in all your remodeling or building projects. Here are some compelling reasons why hiring residential architects is a smart choice.

Hire an Architect in Ahwatukee for their Knowledge and Vision

A residential architectural firm has the knowledge, experience and vision to make your dream come true.  Residential architects have the professional training, qualifications, experience and vision to manage the whole design and construction process of your home. At least 5 years of university training, compulsory practical experience, as well as a registration examination separates professional architects from other less qualified builders.

With their rich background, residential architects are able to integrate your ideas in developing a coherent concept, which pulls your project together, prepare designs, assist you in setting a realistic construction budget, get competitive quotes for the project, guide you through the entire planning process, and manage consultants (engineers, surveyors etc.), as well as the entire construction contract. Your architect will work with you closely, extensively exploring your requirements, to help make your dream home a reality while saving you a significant amount of time and possibly your sanity.

Architects help to reduce your construction costs significantly. Whether remodeling an existing home or constructing a new building, it’s the wish of most homeowners to save as much money as possible and still end up with quality work. The first thing that comes to many people’s minds when you mention savings is the reduction of construction cost through lowering the cost of labor and materials. While this is partly true, you can make the biggest savings by building only what you need. A good home remodeling architect in Ahwatukee will assist you in deciding what you need, and most cost effective way to attain it.

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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 3

Part three of our series on custom home remodeling explores using environmentally friendly materials for your project.

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Green Remodeling and your Kitchen

One of the worst offenders in any custom home remodeling project is your kitchen. Installing new stone countertops involves stone being quarried, and adds to your carbon footprint as the stone has to be shipped, often thousands of miles away from where it came from. In addition, some stone is sealed with chemicals that are not environmentally friendly. Instead of putting in travertine or granite counter tops in your kitchen, one thing to substitute is terrazzo.

Terrazzo is a green remodeling idea that a lot of people don’t know about it. It is made with recycled glass cast in concrete. It is durable, has millions of color options, recycled glass form the material, generally from bottles and windshields. Terrazzo is not just durable, it is tough enough that you can put a hot pot on top of it without risk of damaging the counter top.

Using Green Building Materials to Remodel your Home

According to the EPA.GOV website: ”

Building construction uses large quantities of natural resources; in fact, construction activities use 60 percent of the raw materials, other than food and fuel, used in the entire U.S. economy. And the nearly 170 million tons of annual building construction, renovation, and demolition derived wastes (commonly referred to as C&D materials) account for nearly 60% of the nation’s non-industrial, non-hazardous solid waste generation.

Salvaging building materials and reusing them saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing the need to extract and process raw materials and ship new material long distances; it also reduces the economic and environmental impact from waste disposal (for example, greenhouse gases generated from waste decomposition, the need to build new landfills or the emission of air pollutants from waste incineration). Also, some salvaged building materials are rare and sought-after, such as marble mantles, antique fixtures, old growth hardwoods, wide-plank lumber and knot-free, fine-grain wood.

You can reduce the environmental footprint of your home by incorporating salvaged materials into the construction or renovation of your home. Nationally, hundreds of building material reuse stores sell high-quality salvaged building materials for construction and renovation projects, including lumber, flooring, cabinetry, bricks, doors, windows, fixtures, and iron work.” [READ MORE]

Making a difference is easier than you think.  Just make the right decisions in the products and materials that you choose.  And get the advice of someone who can help: a residential architect.

For more information on this subject, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 2

Part two of our series on custom home remodeling explores some more eco-friendly design tips.

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Green Remodeling: Reclaiming Your Floors

Let’s say your floor has seen better days.  One green remodeling tip that will not only save you some money as well as more than a few trees is to use reclaimed wood.  Be sure that it is free of adhesives and preservatives such as formaldehyde, but it is both sustainable and if properly refinished can be as beautiful if not more so than original hardwood floors.  But what if you have concrete floor?

One thing that a lot of people don’t know about is how to transform a concrete floor with things such as acid stain or sealing.  You’re using your existing floor, you’re just adding a bit of color to it.  Changing your floor is one of the many ways that you can not only add to your home, but do it in an affordable way.  One of the most powerful ways that you can also change a room is by the use of light and color.

Color:  Light and Shade Tricks from Your Residential Architect

In our last article, we covered the use of a window or skylight to highlight a particular room.  However, did you know that you can use solar design to help your home stay warm in the winter?  Passive solar uses the sun’s own warmth to help keep your home toasty in the winter, without paying higher utility bills to do so.  In Arizona this is not as much of a problem as we have mild winters, however, an architect can help you keep your home cool by the installation of better insulation, better windows, and other tricks that help to keep your home cool without paying the high summer rates that electrical companies will charge you.

Our next article will cover the use of green materials to remodel your home with, and some of them may surprise you.  What is imperative however, is that you get a professional to help you with your remodeling project.  You not only want to stay green as possible, you want to stay within the confines of the law.  The best person to consult for any home remodeling is a professional such as a designer or better yet, a residential architect.

For more information on green remodeling tips, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

 

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What a Residential Architect Can Do For Your Home Part 2

Part two of our series explores some more things that a residential architect can do for your home.

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What Does a Residential Architect Do?

What does a residential architect do? Well according to the site SuperPages.Com:

“Most residential architects will create custom designs for clients who wish to have unique homes. Having a custom home will give you the opportunity to freely construct a building that will perfectly match your personality and lifestyle. It may be cost more than purchasing a generic home, but everyone wishes to live in their dream homes, and working with residential architects to do a one-of-a-kind design is the surest way to achieve that dream. Other residential architects, however, those who build apartments and townhouses, will usually stick to generic or standard designs.Typically, a residential architect will start a project by first meeting with the client in order to determine his or her design vision, budget, and style. The architect will draft blueprints to present his proposals. A residential architect should always keep abreast with current architectural trends for merging style with function, so make sure his proposal reflects that knowledge.When employing the services of a residential architect, expect him to guide your all throughout the project, from drafting the design to the complete construction of the property. They must work closely with you in order to make sure that all your expectations are met. They’re like fashion designers, but instead of making clothes, they build houses… and just the same way you would like clothing to fit you perfectly, you also want a home that fits your lifestyle well.

Aside from aesthetics, a residential architect must also incorporate safety guidelines, and building codes, into the design. Floor plans must include designs for plumbing, electrical, cooling and heating systems for the property.

A good residential architect will supervise and oversee a project from start to completion. They must also interact with contractors, builders, and interior designers.

The trend nowadays is building greener homes and more and more residential architects are jumping into the bandwagon. Green homes are designed in such a way that promotes energy conservation. For instance, green homes during the hot summer months will not require frequent use of air conditioners. The ventilation of the home will be maximized through the construction of the home. Residential architects will also research on the best and most eco-friendly construction materials to use for building.” [READ MORE]

Do Residential Architects Cost a Lot of Money?

Do residential architects cost a lot of money?  That depends on how you look at it. Compared to fines from the city, county, and sometimes the State for doing a project that hasn’t been approved, the fees that an architect will charge are minor at best.

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What a Residential Architect Can Do For Your Home

Residential architects are more than just adding a guest bedroom or remodeling the kitchen.  There’s so much more we can do for you.

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What Can a Residential Architect Do?

What can a residential architect do? According to WISEGEEK: “A residential architect designs buildings and structures that people live in. Residential architects work in many different settings. They may be self-employed, work for a smaller studio, or work for large companies and corporations. Residential architects may work independently, or in collaboration. Their daily work activities include designing structures, meeting with clients, and occasional visits to construction sites.

Residential architects are trained at designing living environments to suit specific conditions. They have at least a bachelor’s degree in architecture, often specifically in residential architecture. Residential architects receive training in designing single family homes, multi-family unit residences, assisted-living and senior housing units, tract homes, and remodels and additions to existing residential structures. Architects do not actually construct buildings, but design them according to the client’s specifications and the architect and client’s aesthetic sensibilities.

For example, a residential architect might be hired by a family that wanted to put a major addition onto their house. The residential architect would work with the family, considering a number of factors to determine what design would work best for the family before coming up with a design. The residential architect would consider the intended use of the new space, how the owners want it to look, cost and space considerations, building materials or desire for environmentally friendly construction, and the footprint of the existing house.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

Hiring a Residential Architect: The Details that Matter

Most people don’t know how to do an environmental impact study.  In a lot of cases, people will get building permit A, B, and C, but forget D.  That’s where the architectural firm comes in.  An architect can take a home from design to dream home, or remodel an existing home to better fit the needs of its owners.

So remember, some things you can do on your own.  Other things you’re going to need help with.  And a residential architect should always be consulted with any home addition.

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Hire an Architect to Remodel Your Home Part 3

Part one of a series on home remodeling with the help of an architect explores some very good reasons why you should get one rather than trying to do it yourself.

Hire an Architect for Home Remodeling

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Why should you hire an architect to remodel your home? Isn’t it cheaper to do it myself? The answer to both of these questions is “it depends on the scope of your project.” For example, if you are adding bathroom fixtures, it is kind of silly to hire an architect for something like this. However, if you’re considering a large scale remodeling job, that’s where the line blurs a lot.

What’s at stake? Well, you could either get your dream home

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If you’re considering a large-scale, once-in-a-lifetime remodel, the expert help of a licensed architect may help you achieve the home of your dreams.

This concludes part two of our series. For more tips on how to improve a commercial property, be sure to read part one and part two of this series as well.

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Hire an Architect to Remodel Your Home Part 2

Part one of a series on home remodeling with the help of an architect explores some very good reasons why you should hire one rather than trying to do it yourself.

Aren’t Architects Expensive?

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Call a Professional Architect for Home Remodeling | 480-710-3861

We get that a lot. A lot of people think that architects are only for the super rich who are building a mega mansion somewhere. The truth is though, architects are well worth the fee they charge because they know tricks including how to prepare a budget that you may not be aware of.

In fact, calling in an architect may the only way the project’s going to happen. Otherwise instead of being a unified and perfectly fitted project, you could have a piecemeal patchwork of clashing design elements, price overruns, and headaches. Why should you hire an architect to remodel your home?

Why Should You Hire an Architect to Remodel Your Home

Two words: skill and training. Architects don’t just happen you know. They go through years of training and apprenticeship before they can be listed as an architect. Want a design that has all the details in place? Your architect can give it to you. See remodeling your home isn’t just going from point A to point B, it is also a bunch of baby steps in between the start and the finish of your architectural project.

The right personnel can transform your living space.  The best person to hire first?  A residential architect of course.

This concludes part two of our series. For more tips on how to improve a commercial property, be sure to read part one and part three of this series as well.

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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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