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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

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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:

 

Home-Remodel-Architect-Scottsdale

– 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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