Our specialty is designing and managing renovations to existing old homes with character, using sustainable practices from deconstruction to alternative energy systems. If you are new to the possibilities, download our guide.
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Did you know you can hire your own deconstruction company before the contractor arrives, which will lead to maximum recycling and donation of materials?
Old windows are not difficult to repair, most often better quality than new windows and can last 100 more years.
Using local materials reduces the carbon footprint of your home renovation
After our initial phone call about your project and goals, if you feel I might be a good fit then we schedule a feasibility study and brainstorming session. Before the session I complete a zoning analysis to help identify an issues we would need to consider. Then we meet on site for about an hour and a half to two hours, discussing possibilities together in the house. This is followed up with a written summary and proposal for the steps.
This stage is where the brainstorming turns in to actual schemes and ideas. We'll work through the options in a series of design meetings. At the end of this stage we will have basic documents that we can use to give a contractor an idea of the scope of the project and you can use that for attracting the contractor who is right for your project.
Once you have found a contractor and have decided to move forward with the project, we will determine the final plan, work on details, choose all materials, coordinate with the structural engineer, surveyor and any other consultants who would be necessary to the project.
Your architect is your advocate during construction. Often the team will have a regularly scheduled site meeting to review the progress of the project, answer questions and make decisions.
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