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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 Tips Include More Effective Ways to Use Electricity | 480-710-3861

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.

 

DesignLine Architects, LLC 
470 E. Canyon Creek Court , 
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com

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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.

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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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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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480-710-3861
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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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470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
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