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Repair & Renovation in Historic Westview

Repair & Renovation in Historic Westview

“But I already had that extra Kitchen upstairs. I never have rented it out as an apartment — just use it for my kids’ craft room.” The Plan Review Intake Official at the City would not allow the set of drawings to be submitted for permitting until the so-called...

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Aging in Place — the Accessible Bath

Aging in Place — the Accessible Bath

 Here’s a question While you’re active, would you rather stay in the familiar surroundings of your neighborhood or relocate away from your established roots and those you know? While some are choosing retirement communities, where all residents must be 55 years or...

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Why do I need an Architect? Part 2

Why do I need an Architect? Part 2

Last week, we wrote about the pitfalls of starting a building project without an architect. So, what, exactly, does an architect do for you? First, we protect all the parties by establishing standards that apply to your project. For a typical project, here’s how we...

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Why do I need an Architect? Part 1

Why do I need an Architect? Part 1

So, someone just urged you not to hire an architect. Why is that? If you’re a property owner, maybe it was a contractor. Or if you’re a builder, your customer may have asked you to build without “wasting time or money on drawings” — he just wanted to “tell” you what...

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Why You Need A Survey

Why You Need A Survey

As architects, we have worked on hundreds of projects over several decades. We often hear questions such as, “I just bought a house. I’d like to do a little upgrade and addition. I need to know where to start. What do I do?” The short answer is, “Get a survey.” Read...

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What are the Steps in Working with an Architect?

What are the Steps in Working with an Architect?

People ask us what steps to take to start their building projects. We break these down into Phases. The Phases of most construction projects are: Pre-Design; Schematic Design; Design Development; Construction Documents; and Construction Contract Administration. A few...

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