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Building

Designing a new home is an exciting experience for most clients although it certainly can come with a few anxious moments.

Many people, in fact most people, have a hard time visualizing a finished room or exterior elevation from a sketch or a drawing.  Sometimes clients can have a hard time trying to communicate what they are looking for in a design so I like to advise that they have brochures of floor plans or magazine articles showing plans or photos of rooms that they like.  You can have pictures of ten different kitchens but there will be a constant theme throughout all of them that catches your eye.  Many people have given me line drawings showing their ideas, and some have given me detailed layouts on graph paper.  Most just tell me what they want and through their descriptions of daily activities I’m able to come up with a design scheme.

Having a desired square footage in mind is helpful but don’t be surprised if the final design is a little bit below or above what you initially thought you were needing.  Have you ever been asked by a sales agent or realtor, “What square footage were you looking for?”  Square footage isn’t and shouldn’t be the end-all when it comes to designing a home, the layout of the spaces you require will be the major factor in determining the size and shape of your new home.

Remodeling

Additions are the easiest way to transform or remodel your existing home.

Often when you have a one-story home it’s easier to add a room or two to the existing perimeter.  It’s usually fairly simple to design the new roof to match the existing one and it’s relatively easy to tie in the new foundation.  If you have a large enough attic it can sometimes be more cost efficient to add a staircase to your home and then put the new room(s) into the attic space.  This will almost always require some modification to the roof in order to have windows in the new space, but in general it can be less expensive than adding on to the first floor of your home due to the costs incurred with having an additional foundation.  Many cities and most builders require that the floor systems be engineered and stamped by a structural engineer before they will issue a permit allowing construction to begin.

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