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FEASIBILITY STUDY

My previous blog post Working with an Architect touched upon the various steps and processes that define the…

FUN FACT: THE SALTBOX HOUSE

So why is it called The Saltbox House? Salt was necessary for preserving food, and so it was…

FEE-BASED EXPERTISE

There was a time when The American Institute of Architects (AIA) actually published a recommended fee schedule.  However,…

COST OF CONSTRUCTION

Localized situations and the special features that define any given project make it very difficult for an Architect…

PERMISSION PLEASE: PERMITTING

The Zoning By-laws are local ordinances regulating the use and development of property by dividing the jurisdiction into…

WHY HOMEOWNERS SHOULD NOT PULL A PERMIT

As an Architect I come across many homeowners who would like to perform their own renovations or pull…

FUN FACT: LEVITTOWN, NY

I grew-up on Long Island and my recent visit sparked a desire to highlight the first suburban mass-produced…

FUN FACT: ‘GOOD MORNING’ STAIR

Cape Cod Style homes often had what was called a”Good Morning” stair that rose towards the chimney block…

DO I NEED AN ARCHITECT?

So you have decided to pursue a residential design project; whether it be a remodel, renovation, addition, or…

FUN FACT: COLORFUL ORIGINS

New England’s early years were not colorless. Yes, the earliest homes often remained unpainted since early homeowners didn’t…

WORKING WITH AN ARCHITECT

Chances are you haven’t worked with an Architect before.  This is a new relationship and your understanding of…

FUN FACT: COLOR AND ARCHITECTURAL STYLE

Painting can be a fun, economical way to refresh a room or even give your whole house a…

BEYOND THE DRAWINGS: CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION (CA)

My previous blog post: Working with an Architect explained the design process and professional services performed by an…

FUN FACT: THE GAMBREL

Gambrel is a Norman English word, referring to a wooden bar used by butchers to hang the carcasses…

TALK OF THE TOWN: THE NON-CONFORMING LOT

My first blog post Do I need an Architect touched upon some of the factors that make building…

DECIDING ON AN ARCHITECT

You have been thinking about a new build, addition, or renovation project for a long time and you…